The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team won its first game of the season last week after traveling to Paris and leaving with an 8-4 victory.
“We did good to get a win and hopefully we can build upon that,” said Van-Far head softball coach Wes Rowden.
The Lady Indians offense struggled early to capitalize on scoring opportunities as they left the bases loaded in the first inning and left three more runners on during the next two innings.
Van-Far scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning after taking advantage of some Paris miscues.
The Lady Indians batted around the lineup in the seventh inning. Alexis DeTienne hit a double down the left field line to help Van-Far pull ahead for good.
Rowden said the team’s IPad used as a scorebook stopped working so no statistics were available.
Thankfully, pitcher Breanna Strange kept working for a complete game victory.
She allowed four runs in Paris’ last at-bat but some solid, heads-up defensive plays helped Van-Far seal the win.
“Breanna Strange pitched pretty well overall,” Rowden said. “She got into trouble a couple of times early but pitched out of it.”
Before picking up their first victory of the season, the Lady Indians lost a tough home opener against South Callaway, 16-4.
South Callaway scored nine runs through four innings before Van-Far put two runners across home plate. DeTienne drew a bases loaded walk to score their first run. Emily Laskowski, who was a pinch runner for Strange, scored on Alexis McCurdy’s RBI single.
South Callaway added three more runs in the fifth before Van-Far responded with their third run of the game.
Madison Orr hit a single and stole second base before eventually scoring after two wild pitches.
In the seventh inning, Annaliese Hubert’s RBI single scored Renee Nelson.
Hubert went 3-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Orr had two hits and one run scored while both Autumn Sutton and McCurdy each picked up one hit and one RBI.
Van-Far’s defense committed seven errors, with six of them being on throws.
“So we caught the ball, which is an improvement,” Rowden added.
“Now we just need to concentrate more on our throwing.”
Offensively, Rowden was pleased with his team’s effort off two good pitchers. They had eight hits and drew four walks.