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Lady Vandals unable to get by Effingham

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – The Lady Vandals were stifled on offense and allowed one big inning to Effingham on Tuesday night, creating a lopsided 7-1 loss.

Rising senior Megan Godoyo pitched out a jam in the first, allowing just one of the three base runners to score, and she breezed through the second with a pair of strikeouts.

In the third, however, Effingham was able to break open the game, scoring five times.

After an two walks and an RBI double with no outs, three passed balls, an infield single and a hit batter helped produce the other four runs.

It wasn’t until the bottom of that frame that the Lady Vandals got a hit, with rising junior Jessica Sullens singling from the No. 9 spot with two outs.

Godoyo doubled in the fourth, but she would be stranded at second base. Effingham added its final run in the top of the fourth, getting a walk, two steals and a fielder’s choice to bring in the run.

After a quiet fifth on both sides, rising sophomore Karlie Bright reached on an error in bottom of the sixth and easily stole second.

She was moved to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch. Godoyo would then reach on an infield single, but she would be stranded there.

The game ended after six innings due to the time limit.

In the second inning, Kelsey Swain left the game with a hand injury after an Efingham runner collided with her glove on a play at first base.

Box score
Tuesday, July 16
Effingham 7
Vandalia 1
E: 1-0-5-1-0-0—7-6-1
V: 0-0-0-0-0-1—1-3-1
LP: Godoyo; 6 IP, 10 K
Lady Vandals: Godoyo, 2-for-3, 2B; Sullens, 1-for-1; Bright, run, SB.