Van Buren dismissed for Spring Break after Thursday’s 7A/6A-West softball opener. But with the way the Pointers have been playing, head coach Andy Williams might have wanted to get on a bus for the state tournament after beating Rogers, 8-3.
“We need to keep playing,” Williams said. “We have hit the ball well, we are getting the big pitch when we need it and making the big defensive play when we need it.”
Van Buren (9-1, 1-0) slugged three home runs and has already set a school record for a season with 11. Tori Stafford hit her fifth and sixth while leading a parade of 14 hits with eight for extra bases.
“I’m just going to hold on to my lucky rabbit’s foot,” Williams said. “Whatever we’re doing we need to keep on doing it.”
On the other side, Rogers (2-5, 1-1) has struggled to start the season after reaching the state championship game last year.
The Mounties loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with three singles but couldn’t push across a run.
“We’ve got to score in that situation,” Rogers coach Mike Harper said. “We had a chance to grab the momentum and we let it get away. We just didn’t play well and we made too many mistakes.”
Van Buren scored in the bottom of the first on Stafford’s first home run. Rogers tied it in the second, 1-1.
Destiny Moses hit a two-run triple in the third for a 3-1 lead for Van Buren. Then Brianna Vest hit a two-run double in the fourth as the Pointers made it 5-2. Stafford homered over the signs in left field and Moses hammered one to dead center as Van Buren opened it up to 8-2.
Stafford was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, Moses 2-for-3 with a triple and Abby Killough had two doubles.
Haley Zimmerman and Kytan Hensley each had two hits for the Mounties.