Pair of extra-inning walk-off wins give Post 95 East Division title at Districts

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By Andrew Harner

ALTAMONT — Vandalia needed extra innings in both games of the District Tournament this weekend, but ended both in dramtic style to earn the District's East Division title.

On Friday, Post 95 took down Teutopolis, 7-6, in eight innings, and on Sunday, beat Altamont, 2-1, in nine innings. Both games ended with a Vandalia runner scoring from third base on an error.

With the victories, Vandalia moves on to compete for the overall District championship on Monday. The game will be played at Centralia against the winner of the West Division.

The Division Tournament begins at the end of the week in Murphysboro.

Against T-Town, Vandalia held an early lead, but had to comeback from a 6-4 decifict in the bottom of the seventh inning, tying the game when Colin Ledbetter scored on a wild pitch.

One inning later, Ledbetter hit into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, and Zach Schaal scored when T-Town's catcher was unable to corral to throw to the plate.

Against Altamont, Vandalia had just one hit — a single by Tylor Knisley in the first inning — but drew nine walks in the game.

The teams were tied at 1-1 after three innings, and the game would remain a tense battle all the way to the ninth.

Schaal walked to open the inning, but he was followed with two quick outs before Ledbetter was hit by a pitch.

After a couple of stolen bases, Collin Nestleroad lifted a routine fly ball to right field for what should have been the third out, but Altamont's fielder was unable to make the catch, allowing Schaal to score the winning run.