When the Van-Far Indians baseball team drew their match-up with Clopton in the Class 2, District 4 championship game, they were hoping the success of the school’s other Spring teams would become contagious.
In recent weeks, both the Van-Far golf team and the Van-Far boys track and field team had won district titles.
Fortunately, the baseball team completed the rare Spring sports sweep for the boys as they won the district championship with an 8-6 victory over a Clopton team that had just beaten them 15-0 during the regular season.
The title is Van-Far’s first in the sport.
“Was Van-Far’s first district baseball championship and hopefully will get this program going in a positive direction,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden, who is retiring after the season.
“It’s a great feeling to see the boys celebrate. I could not be more happy and proud for a bunch of kids than I am these boys.”
Van-Far’s Josh Hodde, who had been out with a lower body injury, made his presence felt in his first game back for the Indians.
In the first inning, Van-Far took a 2-0 lead as Hodde’s triple scored both Logan Wilson and Riley Culwell.
After Clopton rallied to score two runs in their first two at-bats, the Indians added one run in the top of the third inning. Treyson Culwell’s RBI double scored Hodde for the third run.
In the top of the fourth inning, Hodde had a two-RBI double that scored both Colten Jensen and Caden Wilburn.
Van-Far plated three more runs in their next at-bat.
Wilburn’s two-out triple followed Jensen’s double to score one run. Wilburn then scored on Wilson’s sacrifice fly. Treyson Culwell added an RBI single to plate Riley Culwell.
Hodde finished with three hits while Treyson Culwell, Wilburn, Jensen, and Wilson each had two hits.
Wilson picked up the win on the mound after tossing four innings and striking out eight. He gave up just three hits and no walks.
“He was aggressive on the mound and had a great pace and rhythm for himself,” Rowden noted.
Van-Far played St. Vincent in the State Sectionals after press time on Monday evening in Perryville, Mo.
St. Vincent was a .500 team that was a surprising No. 4 seed that won their Class 1, District 3 Tournament.
They upset the No. 1 seed Valle Catholic (22-5) before beating Bismarck (14-7) in the title game.