Despite its game at Calvary Lutheran on Monday getting called because of weather, the Van-Far varsity softball team held it's own at the Hallsville Tournament on Saturday.
This included the Lady Indians beating Sturgeon 10-0 in the consolation game after taking out Harrisburg 12-2 and getting edged out in the opener by Salisbury.
In that final contest Van-Far's Jayle Jennings gave up just one hit while the offense racked up 12 hits and made just one error.
"As the weekend went on our defense started to look a lot stronger and we were able to make the plays that we need to make," said coach Kelly Orf. "Offensively we hit the ball very well all three games and the last two games we were able to start scoring the runs we needed."
While Sturgeon didn't do themselves any favors by making five errors against the Lady Indians, in the second game against Harrisburg, Van-Far blew up with 16 hits in six innings. On defense the squad also made zero errors for the game.
"Colby Walton was the winning pitcher this game, allowing two runs," Orf said. "We came out hot against Harrisburg both offensively and defensively."
That initial matchup against Salisbury was the closest of the three and featured nine hits for Van-Far. The Panther's offense also was firing on all cylinders in this one and pulled things out with a one-run advantage in the eighth after charting 11 total hits.
"Offensively we hit the ball well but defensively we hurt ourselves with errors," said Orf. "We ended up in extra innings and having to play with the international tie breaker rule and we couldn’t pull out the win."
For the weekend Jennings came through for Van-Far with eight hits, six runs, three RBI and a homerun, Walton added a hit and one RBI and Jordan Garner posted three hits, which included two homeruns, three RBI and two runs. Senior Reaghan Case also charted four runs, two hits and two RBI, Alivia Graddy chipped in with a hit and Mallory Williams was good for nine hits, five runs, four RBI and a homerun.