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VANDALIA – Plenty of runs were scored in Jr. Legion contests involving Vandalia in the past week, with 71 runners crossing the plate in three games since last Wednesday.
Only 29 of those runs were produced by Post 95, which went 1-2 over that stretch to move its record to 5-7 (0-2 District).
In a doubleheader against Altamont last Thursday, Vandalia split the contests, losing, 10-0, in game one before winning, 17-6, in game two.
In the opening game of the set, Post 95 was held to just five hits and couldn’t get a runner past second base in the loss.
Klaiton Wolff struck out 12 in tossing a complete game for Altamont, which scored six times in the second inning to take control of the District contest.
Carson Smith had the only multi-hit game for Post 95, and Zach Schaal, Ryne Dangbar and Matt Korte also had hits for Vandalia.
In game two, Altamont had the early momentum, but Vandalia scored with fury late in the game to take the victory.
Vandalia scored three times in the bottom of the first inning, but Altamont secured four quick runs to take the lead.
Then, on a slow roller to first base, Vandalia’s Marcus Chausse beat the runner to first base for what should have been the third out, but a missed call allowed two extra runs to score and led to a pair of Post 95 ejections.
That didn’t seem to fluster Vandalia, however, as the team went on to add 14 runs to its tally after the controversy to take the lopsided win.
Dalton Crisman, Jake Bowen and Korte were a combined 10-for-10, with eight runs and nine RBI to pace Vandalia’s offense, and Tylor Knisley went 3-for-4, with three RBI.
All 13 of those hits were singles, and Post 95 had 19 hits in the win.
The highest-scoring affair of the past week came last Wednesday, when it took 3½ hours to complete a nine-inning game against Breese.
Vandalia led 12-11 going to the eighth inning, but Breese added 10 runs in the seventh and five more in the ninth to win 26-12.
Post 95 fell behind 10-2 after the first 4½ innings, but the offense took advantage of four errors and three walks in the bottom of the fifth to tally six runs and get back within reach of the lead.
After Breese added a run in the top of the sixth, Vandalia scored four more runs in the bottom of the frame.
Drake Hall delivered a two-run single for the biggest hit of that inning.
Breese however, responded with 10 runs, bringing 16 batters to the plate in the seventh before using 12 hitters in the ninth to finish off the lopsided victory.
Thursday, June 13
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