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Van-Far softball opens 2-0 in EMO

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

Van-Far’s Annaliese Hubert tries to slide into third base under the tag of Community R-VI’s Courtney Bertels.

The Van-Far Lady Indians washed away a series of losses two weeks ago by picking up two EMO Conference victories.
Van-Far unleashed 13 hits against the Community R-VI Lady Trojans, picking up six runs in the fourth inning to hold a 7-0 lead.
The Lady Indians then scored three runs in the fifth inning and another four runs in their final at-bat to finish off the Lady Trojans with a 14-4 victory.
“We hit the ball really well,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden said. “Paige Curtis, Community’s pitcher, is probably the fastest pitcher we have seen all year, and it took us a few innings to get her timed.”
Sarah Sutton pitched the first four innings for Van-Far, giving up seven hits and earned runs. Payton Willis pitched the final two innings to shut out the Lady Trojans but only faced six batters.
Haven Atkinson had two hits and two runs scored with three RBIs. Mackenzie Baumbach and Melani Hamlett both had one hit, with Baumbach knocking in three RBIs and Hamlett finishing with two RBIs. Ciara Craven scored three runs.
All Van-Far starters had at least one hit.
Crushes Montgomery County 12-1
Van-Far picked up its second EMO Conference victory of the season on Thursday night after scoring seven runs in their final at-bat for a 12-1 victory.
The Lady Indians led 4-0 through the first two innings before pulling away late to seal the six inning win in their 16-hit attack.
“We hit the ball really well in the sixth inning,” Rowden said. “We had plenty of chances to score in the second, third, and fourth innings leaving bases loaded and in the sixth.
Payton Willis gave up one run on four hits through six innings pitched, with five strikeouts, one walk, and gave up just one earned run.
“We had plenty of chances to score in the second, third and fourth innings, leaving bases loaded, and in the sixth we broke through and got some key hits,” Rowden said.
The Lady Indians had seven runs in the sixth inning when Weiberg lead of with a triple and scored on Craven’s single. Craven then stole second and reached third base on a single by Willis. Courtesy running for Willis, Annaliese Hubert advanced to second on a bunt by Sutton. Craven was then thrown out in her attempt to run home and Kambrie Hartsell went in to run for Craven. Hubert then scored on a double by Atkinson with Hartsell taking third base. Baumbach grounded a ball to short stop to be thrown out at first with Hartsell and Atkinson both crossing home plate on the play. Later in the sixth inning, Weiberg smacked a triple to score three runs with bases loaded.
Baumbach had two hits with four RBIs in her five at-bats. Hamlett and Strange both had three hits and one run scored, with Weiberg and Atkinson scoring two runs each.