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Lady Vandals fall to St. Anthony, 1-0

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By Jonathan Stark

The Lady Vandals had some tough losses this season, but perhaps the most painful will be the 1-0 loss to St. Anthony in the regional quarter final on Tuesday.

Senior Maggie Childers pitched a gem in her final game for Vandalia, scattering five hits and not allowing an earned run in six innings of work.

St. Anthony's run came in the bottom of the third after a lead-off single ended up scoring on an error. The Lady Vandals were held to four hits, but couldn't string anything together until the seventh inning

In their last chance, Whitney Newsom led off the inning with a single to left field. She moved up to second on a sacrifice by Taylor Brown and to third on a wild pitch. Vandalia failed to get just one more hit that would have tied the game

Newsom, Brown, Childers and Audra Donaldson each had a hit.

The Lady Vandals end the season 6-23.

Tri-City Tournament

Vandalia was 0-2 at the Tri-City Tournment on Saturday. It fell to St. Teresa, 10-3, and to Tri-City, 8-3.

Roxana 7

Vandalia 5

Even though Vandalia lost to Roxana, 7-5, last Thursday, the Lady Vandals were still able to honor their seniors one last time.

Prior to the game, Katie Vieregge, Maggie Childers and Taylor Brown were honored by their team, families, friends and fans.

Vieregge and Brown each went 2-for-4 in the game, while Childers went 1-for-3.

After falling behind, 4-2, Vandalia was able to tie the game in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Newsom. Roxana broke the tie with three more runs in the six.

Sophomore Alex Henna belted a solo home run in the sixth to make it a two-run game, but Vandalia couldn't get any closer.

Newsom went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. Amber Bruno went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Henna went 1-for-3.

After the loss, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher was proud of how his team battled and proud of his three seniors.

"The score didn't turn out (the way we wanted), we didn't play perfect, but I just love the way we came back," Buscher said. "I told them after the game, 'This is a ball team; it doesn't matter what your record is.'"