Both the Van-Far Lady Indians and Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball teams entered this season with a lot of optimism due to returning players and several key newcomers.
The excitement spilled over into the first meeting between the two rival programs last Thursday in Laddonia.
While the host Lady Trojans struggled, the Lady Indians took advantage of six errors and 15 hits in a 14-2 victory.
Van-Far took the lead in the second inning after scoring four runs.
Hailey Hopke had an RBI double that scored Alexis DeTiene. Carleigh Phillips scored after Madison Orr reached base on an error. Both Hopke and Orr later scored on an error.
The Lady Indians added two more runs in the fourth inning. Reaghan Case grounded out, scoring Hopke. Jayle Jennings added an RBI single to score Orr.
Van-Far pushed the lead to 10-0 in the sixth inning behind the bat of freshman Jordan Garner. Garner, who was intentionally walked in her first two at-bats, hit a three-run home run over the center field fence for three RBIs. Jayda Borgmeyer scored the fourth run of the inning after a misplayed ball was hit by DeTienne.
Community R-VI scored their only two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Samm Jett scored one of the lone two runs.
In the top of the seventh inning, Van-Far added four more runs to push their lead to 12.
Case had an RBI single to score Orr for the first run. Garner then added a two-RBI double to score both Lindsey Nitcher and Case. Garner later scored on an error after a ball was hit by Borgmeyer.
Garner led the 15-hit attack with two hits, two runs scored, and five RBIs, including her home run.
Case had two hits, two runs scored, and four RBIs while Orr added two hits, three runs scored, three stolen bases, and one RBI.
Jennings had three hits and one RBI; Phillips had two hits and one run scored; Hopke added two hits, two runs scored, and one RBI; and Gina Clausen had one hit.
“We did play with more intensity, which was positive and we did a lot of good things as well,” said Van-Far Assistant Coach Wes Rowden. “It was a good win for us.”
The Lady Indians’ defense made two errors in the win.
Jennings picked up the win on the mound after allowing just one earned run on six hits.
“Jayle again had good control walking only one batter,” Rowden added.
Samm Jett led the Lady Trojans with three of the team’s nine hits, one stolen base, and one run scored.
Jett picked up the loss on the mound after allowing 12 earned runs and striking out two.
“We had a rough night at the plate,” said Community R-VI head coach Nathan Carroz. “We did a good job of making contact, but we hit it right at their players.”
-Statistics provided by both coaching staffs.
Two days earlier, the Lady Indians hosted Wellsville and picked up a 12-2 victory after scoring seven runs over the first three innings.
Orr started the game with a lead-off triple in the first inning and later scored on Case’s RBI.
The Lady Indians scored their second run in the second inning when Renee Nelson scored after two passed balls.
Van-Far opened the flood gates in the third inning with five runs.
Orr and Nitcher each scored runs on a misplayeed ball, Garner scored on a dropped third strike, Borgmeyer also scored a run.
After Wellsville got on the board in the fifth, Van-Far responded with two runs as two runners scored on wild pitches.
Errors helped Wellsville score a run in the sixth before the Lady Indians added two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a wild pitch and a wild throw.
The Lady Indians had seven hits but committed eight errors in the win.
“Seven runs in the first three innings allowed us to eventually put the game away early,” Rowden said.
Orr led Van-Far with three hits and two runs scored while Garner added two hits and two runs scored. Both Case and Borgmeyer each had one hit.