The Lady Vandals softball season ended on a low note as they fell to Carlyle 12-2 Monday afternoon in the first round of the regionals.
Carlyle was in control from the first pitch. Its defense and pitching kept Vandalia off the scoreboard until the fifth inning.
The Vandals' offense was not the only aspect of their game struggling; the pitching and defense also had its hands full with the Indians. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first to set a pattern for the rest of the game. Vandalia was able to keep them off the board through the middle innings, not giving up another run until the bottom of the fifth.
A triple by Audra Donaldson scored both of Vandalia’s runs in the fifth.
“We knew we were going to have to score three or four runs to have a chance,” Coach Brian Buscher said.
Three more runs by Carlyle in the fifth made it an 8-2 game. The Lady Vandals went three-up, three-down in the top of the sixth, and the Indians put the final nail in coffin with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Buscher blames part of the loss on giving up a lot of hits early and not playing very solid defense.
Ali Meyer, Amanda Walton and Laura Hobbie all played their final game as Lady Vandals. Hobbie was 0-for-3 on the day, Walton was 2-for-3 with a run and Meyer was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
“Our seniors … did a great job for us,” Buscher said. “It’s always tough when you have a coaching change, but they had a great attitude. I hope they look back and remember that they had a great experience.”
Vandalia ends the season 5-17.
Vandalia vs. Staunton
Friday brought another day and another loss for the Lady Vandals on the softball field. The Bulldogs of Staunton were the victors of a 4-1 final score.
Staunton took control in the first inning with a home run and never relinquished the lead.
By the time that Vandalia got on the board, Staunton was up 4-0. The Lady Vandals, lone run was scored by Laura Hobbie. Hobbie hit a single to right and moved to second on a stolen base. She would score two batters later when Meyer singled to left.
Audra Donaldson was handed the loss. She gave up three runs over the course of four innings.
Vandalia at Litchfield
Litchfield hosted the Lady Vandals for a doubleheader last Thursday.
Game one went Vandalia’s way with a final score of 7-3. Vandalia struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third. They also posted a run in the fourth and fifth so that by the time Litchfield was able to get going offensively they were down 4-0. The deficit was manageable however. The Panthers scratched across four runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at four-all.
For the fourth consecutive inning the Lady Vandals were able to cross the plate. In the bottom of the sixth they broke the 4-4 tie when Whitney Newsome drove in Audra Donaldson. Vandalia would score two more times in the inning and go on to win 7-4.
Game two however went the Panthers way.
Laura Hobbie went 2-4 in the game with two RBI and a home run. Katie Vieregge was 3-3, with two doubles, a triple and two RBI.
Audra Donaldson went the full distance on the mound giving up four runs and striking out four in route to the win.
The Lady Vandals weren’t so successful in part two of the doubleheader as they were run ruled after just four innings and change.
Litchfield scored in every inning making Vandalia play catch-up the whole game. The Lady Vandals did strike first in the top of the first inning. Amanda Walton led the game off with a double and later scored on a sac fly to left field.
From there it was all Panthers. They scored five runs over the first three innings and busted out with 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth rendering the three runs Vandalia scored earlier that inning moot.
Litchfield took a 15-4 lead after four innings and had a ten run rule in its sights if it could hold the lead for one more inning.
With their backs against the wall in the top of the fifth the Lady Vandals were able to score two runs and cut the lead to just nine. Walton led the inning off with reaching first on an error and eventually came around to score on a RBI single by Laura Hobbie. Hobbie would later score on a hit by Ali Meyer.
In the bottom of the fifth the Panthers were still looking for the run rule. A leadoff single and a wild pitch put the winning run in scoring position on second. A single into left center brought the run around to score and Litchfield won 16-6.
Hobbie was 2-2 with three runs batted in and another home run, her second of the day. Maggie Childers drove in two and was 1-2 on the day.