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Van-Far softball knocks off rival Community R-VI

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

Van-Far’s Alivia Graddy hits a Community R-VI pitch.

The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team picked up a pair of big EMO Conference victories last week after they outscored rival Community R-VI and Wellsville, 23-1.
In the win at Community R-VI, the Lady Indians led 7-0 through five innings before scoring six runs in their final at-bat. They had 15 hits in the win.
The Lady Trojans scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Taren Clark scored on an error.
Makayla McAfee led Van-Far by going 4-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Gina Clausen had two RBIs and two runs scored; Mallory Williams scored three runs and added one RBI; Reaghan Case and Jayle Jennings each had two RBIs and one run scored; Alivia Graddy had one RBI and scored one run; while Carleigh Phillips, Jordan Garner, and Morgan McDowell each scored one run.
“The girls did a great job of getting on base and then being aggressive once on base,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert. “We were able to pull off a suicide-squeeze, which is something we have been working on this Summer. I am very proud of the progress we are making as a team and very excited to get those two conference wins last week.”
Jennings picked up the win on the mound after allowing no earned runs, two hits, with 10 strikeouts.
“Jayle Jennings pitched a great game against R-VI,” Borchert added. “…Defensively, we need to get tighter; we had two errors.”
The JV team lost 6-5 to the Lady Trojans.
The team struggled defensively in four of the five innings before falling apart in the bottom of the fifth.
“Colby Walton pitched a good game and we hit the ball better than we have all season,” Borchert said. “…The JV team has been showing some great improvements and Coach Fowler and myself are looking forward to see what these young ladies can do.”
Earlier in the week, the Lady Indians had six stolen bases in a 10-0 win over Wellsvile-Middletown.
Van-Far led 3-0 through three innings before adding seven over the next two innings for the five-inning shutout.
Case hit the game-clinching, RBI base hit in the fifth to seal the 10-run victory.
“Defensively we looked great,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert. “No errors and Jayle Jennings was very strong on the mound. She had nine strikeouts, no walks, and only allowed two hits. Again offensively it took us a while to get our bats going, but our short game was looking pretty good…As a team, we are working on keeping a defense tight and trying to get our bats hot sooner in the game.”
Case finished the game with three hits, four RBIs, two runs scored and one stolen base while McAfee added three runs scored and two stole bases.
Both Graddy and Garner had two runs scored and one stolen base; Jennings added two RBIs; Clausen added one RBI; Phillips had one run scored; and Williams added one stolen base.