Having ended 2017 with a record of 16-9 overall and just four Eastern Missouri Conference losses, head coach Kelly Borchert and the Van-Far varsity softball team were still looking to get better in 2018 instead of simply being happy where they were at.
That hard work and aggressive attitude paid off to the tune of a 19-5 overall record and a mere two league defeats, heights that the Lady Indians will be trying to reach next year without to very key elements to their success for quite some time now.
"I will be graduating two seniors. Jayle Jennings and Jordan Garner. These seniors have been starting varsity since their freshman year they have competed in four district championships three 1a and one 2a," Borchert said. "These individuals have helped shape the Van-Far softball program to what it is today. They are exceptional players and even more exceptional people. I have been extremely blessed to have coached them the past four years. They definitely are leaving big shoes to fill next year."
Highlights from this season for Van-Far include rebounding from an early loss to Southern Boone to win the consolation prize at the Hallsville Tournament and the Lady Indians claimed the top spot at the North Shelby Tournament. Jennings and Garner also reached 100 career hits each during the first tournament of the season.
"We had a great season this year. I would have hoped for at least two of those losses to be wins, but we definitely met most of my expectations for the season," said Borchert. "We stayed healthy all year and the girls are great students both academically and behavior wise. We also got pretty luck with only having two rain out games this entire season."
Having been moved up to class 2A for 2018, the Lady Indians had to get past Elsberry in order to make it to the district title game, so that's exactly what they did. But, upon arrival state champion Bowling Green proved to be more than Van-Far could handle. It was still quite a contest, though, and this is strill quite a team. Now it just has to keep moving forward the same as it has been and try and fill the gaps graduation is about to create in its lineup.