The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team advanced to their fourth straight district finals last Saturday, only to fall this time to Bowling Green, 3-1, after playing a near-perfect game. The Lady Indians battled the Lady Bobcats and gave them everything they had.
After Bowling Green hit the first of three solo home runs in the bottom of the second, Van-Far responded two innings later when Jayle Jennings had an RBI single. Her hit scored Jordan Garner, who had an interesting at bat. She first hurt her finger on a foul ball.
On the next pitch, she sent a liner up the middle off the Bowling Green pitcher’s shin, which led to an infield single.
The Bowling Green pitcher remained in the game. Bowling Green pulled away in the bottom of the fifth as Gabi Deters hit a long homerun to left field. A third home run was hit two batters later and that was all the Lady Bobcats needed for a hard-earned victory.
Jennings only allowed seven hits and added five strikeouts in the loss.
Van-Far moved up to Class 2 this year by just 13 students in the enrollment. This came after making three straight appearances in the district finals in Class 1, leading to a special tenure for Van-Far seniors, Jordan Garner and Jayle Jennings.
“Jordan and Jayle are irreplaceable,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
In the semifinals, the Lady Indians trailed Elsberry 6-1 in the second inning. They then rallied to go up 10-6 before scoring 13 runs in their final at-bat for a 23-7 victory.
Garner had two home runs and five RBIs.