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After losses, Vandals set to finish regular season

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By Andrew Harner

The regular season comes to a close this week for the Vandals with the final two South Central Conference games and the annual Ish Smith Classic in Greenville.

Vandalia will two long trips – one to Roxana on Thursday and one to Southwestern on Friday – before playing two games at Greenville on Saturday.

There, the Vandals will face Pinckneyville at 10:30 a.m. and Red Bud at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Greenville College’s Robert E. Smith Field.

Vandalia will then host Pana next Monday in the play-in game of the Vandalia Regional.

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Vandalia was no-hit by Carlyle’s Logan Zachry in Monday’s 10-0 road loss.

Senior Colin Ledbetter, junior Colin Nestleroad and sophomore Tucker Willms each drew a walk, but Zachry was otherwise perfect in the five-inning contest. He had seven strikeouts.

John Baker led Carlyle’s offense with a home run and a triple off of junior Jake Stewart, who allowed 10 runs (two earned) on 11 hits and four Vandalia errors. He struck out one and walked none for the Vandals (8-13).

Monday, May 12
Carlyle 10
Vandalia 0
V: 0-0-0-0-0—0-0-4
C: 1-1-3-3-2—10-11-0
WP: Zachry; 5 IP, 7 K
LP: Stewart (1-4); 4 2/3 IP, 1 K
Vandals: Nestleroad, BB, SB; Ledbetter, BB; Willms, BB.
Record: 8-13

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Nine of Litchfield’s 23 hits went for extra bases as the Purple Panthers beat Vandalia 20-3 in last Friday’s South Central Conference matchup.

Though the game was in Litchfield, the Vandals were the home team, because the rained-out conference game that was supposed to be played in Vandalia on April 28 was replaced by the scheduled nonconference at Litchfield.

All but one Litchfield starter had at least two hits, and all but two starters drove home a run.

The game was tied 2-2 after the first inning, but Litchfield had two runs in the second, four in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth to jump ahead 12-3.

Litchfield (13-9, 6-2 SCC) then added eight runs in the top of the seventh to further the blowout.

The Vandals (8-12, 1-6 SCC) got two hits from junior Collin Nestleroad, and freshman Richie Well hit an RBI double, the first double of his career. Also doubling were Nestleroad, and seniors Matt Beck and Carson Smith.

Smith and junior Jake Bowen each had an RBI.

Freshman Kelly Jones singled in his first career at-bat.

Junior Zach Schaal (5-2) took the loss, allowing 13 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) over 4 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts.

Neither team drew a walk in the game.

Friday, May 9
Litchfield 20
Vandalia 3
L: 2-2-4-0-2-2-8—20-23-1
V: 2-0-1-0-0-0-0—3-9-6
WP: Chamberlain; 4 1/3 IP, 3 K
LP: Schaal (5-2); 4 1/3 IP, 2 K
Vandals: Nestleroad, 2-for-3, 2B, 2 runs; Well, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI; Smith, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; Bowen, 1-for-3, RBI; Beck, 1-for-2, 2B; Jones, 1-for-1; Tucker Willms, 1-for-1; Colin Ledbetter, 1-for-2; Preston Ruckman, run.
Record: 8-12 (1-6 SCC)