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The Lady Vandals scored in every inning against South Central on Monday, but it was a six-run fifth inning that ended the game by the 10-run rule in favor of Vandalia, 13-3.
A two-run single to center by senior Amy Walton drove in fellow senior Whitney Newsom and junior Alex Henna to secure the win, and Walton was the seventh Lady Vandal to reach base in the inning.
“When we got a couple hits and a couple runs, I said, ‘Hey what’s the score?’” said Vandalia coach Brian Buscher. “I had no concept that were going to score six (going into the inning), but I was hoping we’d score some.”
Sophomore Emily Britt led off the inning with a walk, and she advanced to third on back-to-back singles by junior leadoff hitter Morgan Whightsil and sophomore Amber Bruno.
Freshman Megan Godoyo – who earned her fourth win of the season by pitching a complete game – then drove in two runs with a double to center.
For the game, the No. 3 hitter was 3-for-3 with one walk and five runs batted in.
She, along with Bruno and Newsom, the No. 4 hitter, combined to reach base all 12 times at bat and score six times.
“We know we’re going to put the ball in play to at least make them make a play,” Buscher said of the middle of his order. “That’s a great thing if they can get on four times.”
On Godoyo’s double, a third run scored because of a throwing error. Newsom then walked and advanced to second on catcher’s indifference.
Both she and Godoyo advanced one base after an error on a groundball hit by junior Alex Henna.
“We need to cut down on the errors,” said South Central coach Gary Kapper, noting that most of the Lady Cougars’ errors on Monday allowed runners to score or move into scoring position.
Kapper did say, however, that he has seen improvement in his team since the season-opener, praising the team for turning a heads-up double play on a Vandalia base running gaffe and earning a run with the help of a sacrifice bunt.
“They are competitive, so when they do something wrong, they aren’t happy with themselves,” Kapper said.
Despite trailing by six, the Lady Cougars had five batters reach base in the fifth inning, with junior Celeste Fox scoring on a double by junior Alexis Phillips, who had a pair of doubles and took the loss in the pitching circle, and sophomore Macie Cain scoring on an infield single by junior Courtney Gunnels.
Godoyo, however, would strike out the final batter of the inning to leave the bases loaded.
She struck out six batters in the game and allowed six base hits.
The Lady Vandals opened the game with a walk and three straight singles, which resulted in three runs.
Crafty base running – including a steal by junior Molli Tedrick and an uncontested steal by Whightsil – placed runners on second and third in the second, and both players were driven in on a double by Godoyo.
“It seemed like every time Megan Godoyo was up after the first inning, we had bases loaded or runners on second and third,” Buscher said, noting that that will often result in runs.
At least three players reached base in both the third and fourth innings, giving the Lady Vandals a run in each.
“I’m really satisfied,” Buscher said of the young season. “We haven’t played perfect ball, but they are battling all the time.”
Senior Audra Donaldson was attending a registered college visit in Carbondale and did not play on Monday; sophomore Paige Ehrat started at first base in her place … Monday’s game was originally scheduled for last Friday, but was moved due to a scheduling conflict … Cain reached base in all her at-bats for the Lady Cougars.
Vandalia vs. Newton
The Lady Vandals lost to Newton on Tuesday, 15-8.
Newsom hit a grand slam for Vandalia in the second inning. Donaldson followed with a solo home run, and Whightsil added a solo shot in the third inning.
Vandalia led 8-1 going to the bottom of the third, but Newton scored six in the third and took the lead for good in the fifth.
Godoyo pitched a complete game, striking out 11.
The JV team lost, 15-1.
Freshman Brandy Protz, Ehrat and Tedrick each had hits.