Van-Far’s Lady Indians struggled in their first series of competition in the regular season. Against South Callaway for the season opener, the Lady Indians lost 8-2, with fresh starters getting a feel for the field.
“We had some misplays, which hurt us defensively, but we also made some good plays as well,” Head Coach Wes Rowden said.
Van-Far scored its first run after Mackenzie Baumbach slapped a one-out double to right field in the first inning allowing Madison Orr to move to third base and ultimately make home plate scoring on a wild pitch.
For the second run, Breanna Strange tripled to right field, enabling her passage to home plate after Ciara Craven had an RBI.
South Callaway held the lead after the third inning with three runs, scoring two more in the fifth inning when the Lady Indians chalked up their second and final run of the game.
Van-Far had four hits total with five errors to South Callaway’s seven hits and zero errors.
“I was really pleased with our hitting,” Rowden said. “We hit the ball hard several times but right at their fielders, and we only had one strike out, which is really good.”
On August 23, the Lady Indians took on Paris, who held on late for a 6-5 victory. Van-Far doubled their hit total to eight from their season opener against South Callaway. The girls lessened their errors by one from the opener, making four errors for the game. Scoring one run in the first and third innings, the girls’ fifth inning rally came up short with just one-run for the remainder of the game. During the fifth inning rally, Haven Atkinson hit a single then reached second base after another single from Melani Hamlett. Brooke Johnson then walked to load the bases. A double by Strange then allowed both Atkinson and Hamlett home to score, and running for Johnson, Chevi Windland scored during an infield out by Madison Weiberg. The Indians loaded the bases in the seventh inning but failed to score the tying run.
At the August 25 Hallsville Tournament, the Lady Indians shutout while the No. 2 seed Salisbury program scored 11 runs within the first three innings, eight runs from the third inning alone for a victory.
Van-Far scored three runs in the fourth inning after a single by Hamlett followed a walk to Brooke Johnson. A single from Strange scored Hamlett home.
A double then drove Johnson to score, followed by an infield out that allowed Strange to score a run.
Overall, the Lady Indians had four hits with four errors. In the second game of the Hallsville Tournament, Harrisburg scored three runs on the Lady Indians in the first inning. In the third inning Harrisburg scored its fourth run on a dropped fly ball. Van-Far picked up its first run of the game with a walk by Atkinson who reached second on a single from Baumbach. Atkinson then scored on Hamlett’s single RBI. Harrisburg had one more run for the game in the fourth inning then remained scoreless, with Van-Far picking up two runs in the fifth inning from a one-out single by Atkinson, and a single from Baumbach that sent Atkinson to third base. Baumbach then stole second and both she and Atkinson scored on Johnson’s double. Van-Far added a run in the seventh inning when Baumbach scored off a two-out double from Strange, but the Indians still trailed by one run.
Overall Van-Far had 11 hits with just two errors. The final score was 5-4, as Harrisburg took the win.