Lady Vandals finish season in play-in game

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By Andrew Harner

The Lady Vandals softball season came to a close on Monday, with a 4-1 loss in the play-in game of the Vandalia Regional.

As the No. 5 seed, the Lady Vandals had to travel to fourth-seeded Wesclian for the right to play in their own regional tournament, but collected just three hits on the afternoon, finally scoring in the seventh inning.

“It was really a pretty good game,” said coach Brian Buscher. “We had a couple of situations in one inning where we didn’t execute on plays – they weren’t necessarily errors, but we didn’t get the outs that we wanted.”

The lack of offense spoiled a strong outing from senior Megan Godoyo, who struck out three and allowed the four runs on five hits and six walks. She stranded nine runners, including seven in scoring position.

Senior Taylor Well led the offense, with a pair of singles. Her RBI hit in the seventh scored senior Kylie Sellers, who reached on a bunt single.

Otherwise, the only other base runners for Vandalia (8-23) were Well, who singled in the second, and freshman Sarah Bigelow, who was hit by a pitch in the fifth.

Well had two hits in three of her final four career games, and had a 10 multi-hit games this season. Godoyo led the team with 11.

“If you look at the season, there were times where we did parts of the game well, but we didn’t do them all at the same time,” Buscher said. “Our biggest struggle was probably hitting up and down the lineup.”

The Vandalia Regional continued on Tuesday, with Greenville beating Wesclin and Breese Central winning against Carlyle in the semifinals.

Greenville and Breese Central will play again on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the championship game.

Monday, May 19
Wesclin 4
Vandalia 1
W: 0-0-0-0-0-0-1—1-3-2
V: 0-0-0-3-0-1-X—4-5-1
LP: Godoyo; 6 IP, 3 K
Lady Vandals: Well, 2-for-3, RBI; Sellers, 1-for-3, run; Bigelow, HBP, sac bunt.
Record: 8-23


The regular season closed last Friday with an 18-1 South Central Conference loss at Southwestern.

A game last Thursday against Roxana was canceled and did not need to be made up.

Senior Taylor Well had two of Vandalia’s five hits – including a double – and sophomore Karlie Bright singled and scored in the fifth inning.

But the Lady Birds got 10 runs in the first, and scored eight more over the next three to earn the easy victory over Vandalia (8-22, 2-6 SCC).

Friday, May 16
Southwestern 18
Vandalia 1
V:   0-0-0-0-1—1-5-2
S: 10-2-5-1-X—18-9-0
LP: Godoyo; 4 IP, 7 K
Lady Vandals: Well, 2-for-2, 2B; Bright, 1-for-3, run; Molly Kern, 1-for-2; Brandy Protz, 1-for-2; Lindsay Dagen, BB; Sarah Bigelow, HBP.
Record: 8-22 (2-6 SCC)