Vandalia Jr. Legion coach TK Kinkead is hopeful that at least one of his hitters will get hot soon.
Post 95 has had trouble getting into a groove on offense, and Kinkead said that if one player gets going, the rest of the team may follow. Then, nights like Tuesday against Teutopolis might not end in 11-4 and 8-3 losses.
“That’s the natural thing with a summer team of guys who know each other,” he said. “It would be huge, but right now, we aren’t getting the consistent play from anyone.”
Vandalia held a brief lead in the second game against T-Town, scoring after two walks and a single in the bottom of the first, but Teutopolis came back with eight runs over the next three innings, while holding Post 95 to just one in the same span.
That run came after Matt Rademacher, Carson Smith and Eric Gurtner hit three singles in a row.
Post 95 added its final run in the sixth when Jake Shulman walked and eventually scored on an error.
In game one, Vandalia recorded the first two outs in the top of the first, but T-Town rallied for four runs after that and scored seven times in the next three innings.
Smith doubled in the second, took third on a passed ball and stole home as part of a double steal to get Post 95 on the board.
“Carson has been big for us,” Kinkead said. “He’s been a rock for us, and we have a lot of other guys who can be that for us.”
Post 95 then added single runs in the fifth through seventh innings, with Jake Bowen, Smith and Gurtner each scoring.
But even though Teutopolis is a big baseball name in the area, Kinkead said that just scoring some runs isn’t enough to be pleased.
“We’re not satisfied with this,” Kinkead said. “Last year, we were one out from beating this team.
“It was good that we scored some runs, but we’re definitely capable of beating a team like this if we figure some things out,” he said.
The Jr. Legion squad is back in action on Saturday for a home tournament with Salem, South Central and the St. Louis Pirates. The team travels to Salem next Tuesday for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.
Tuesday, June 12
LP: Gurtner; 2 IP, 1 K, 6 R, 0 ER
Post 95: Smith, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 runs, BB; Gurtner, 1-for-1, 2B, RBI, run, 3 BB; Bowen, 1-for-4, run, SB; Clinton Hood, 1-for-4; Seth Allen, 1-for-4; Nate Ketchem, RBI, SB, 2 BB; Colin Ledbetter, BB, SB; Zach Schaal, BB; Tristan Wesselman, BB.
Tuesday, June 12
LP: Wesselman; 2 2/3 IP, 3 K, 5 R, 5 ER
Post 95: Rademacher, 1-for-3, 2 runs, BB; Smith, 2-for-3, BB; Gurtner, 1-for-4, RBI; Allen, 2-for-4; Childress, 1-for-2, BB; Matt Korte, 1-for-2, BB; Shulman, run, BB.
Over the weekend, Vandalia played at the Jerseyville Wooden Bat Tournament, finishing 1-3, with a win against Quincy in the first game of the event.
In the 14-9 victory, Post 95 scored nine times in the third to take away Quincy’s 6-5 lead. Quinn Wadkins and Clinton Hood each had two-run hits in the inning, and the first 12 batters of the inning all reached base.
Johnnie Clift had a 3-for-4 day, with three RBI, and Collin Nestleroad was 2-for-3, with two RBI. They both scored twice.
Bowen also a strong game, going 3-for-4, with two RBI.
Post 95 wasn’t able to follow that with any victories, however, falling to Jerseyville, 5-4, in eight innings; Manchester, 16-6; and North Green, 6-5.
In the losses, Nestleroad had three hits and scored five runs, while also stealing five bases.
Allen started against Jerseyville and Manchester and had one plate appearance against North Green, going a combined 6-for-8, with two RBI. He had three doubles and scored once.
Bowen played in all three games, tallying three hits, two runs and an RBI.
WP: Wadkins; 1 IP, 2 K, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB
Post 95: Clift, 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs, 3 SB; Bowen, 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Wadkins, 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, run; Nestleroad, 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs, SB; Hood, 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB; Wesselman, 2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs, SB; Ketchem, 1-for-2, run, SB, 2 BB; Smith, 1-for-2, run; Childress, 1-for-1, 2B, run; Schaal, 1-for-2, 2 runs, SB.
LP: Clift; 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB
Post 95: Allen, 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, run; Matt Beck, 1-for-3, RBI; Clift, 1-for-3, RBI, run; Nestleroad, 2-for-5, run, 2 SB; Bowen, 2-for-3, run, SB; Hood, 2-for-4, RBI; Wesselman, 1-for-4.
Post 95: Clift, 2-for-3, 3 RBI, run; Allen, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; Bowen, 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Nestleroad, 2 runs, SB; Hood, 1-for-2, 2B, run; Childress, 1-for-2; Ketchem, 2 runs, 3 SB; Korte, BB.
North Green 6
LP: Ketchem, 1 H, 1 R
Post 95: Childress, 1-for-1, RBI, run, 3 BB, SB; Ketchem, 1-for-3, RBI, SB; Nestleroad, 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 SB; Allen, 1-for-1; Smith, RBI, run; Bowen, run; Ledbetter, BB.
This Saturday's tournament schedule is as follows:
•St. Louis Pirates (Gray)
•STL Pirates (Black)
Pool A schedule
•9 a.m. – Effingham vs. STL (JV field)
•11:15 a.m. – Effingham vs. South Central (high school field)
•1:30 p.m. – STL vs. South Central (high school field)
Pool B schedule
•9 a.m. – Salem vs. Vandalia (high school field)
•11:15 a.m. – STL vs. Vandalia (JV field)
•1:30 p.m. – Salem vs. STL (JV field)
Trophy round (HS field)
•3:45 p.m. – Pool A third vs. Pool B third
•6 p.m. – Pool A second vs. Pool B second
•8:15 p.m. – Pool A first vs. Pool B first
There will be a two hour time limit on all games, a 10-run rule after five innings and an eight-run rule after six innings.