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Post 95 drops District game to Altamont

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – Vandalia’s Jr. Legion squad doesn’t have a roster filled with big-name players from the area, but Steve Dangbar has the team playing well, despite a losing record.

Post 95 played another close game last Friday, taking a 4-2 loss to Altamont in District action.

Of Vandalia’s 11 losses, five have come by three runs or fewer. If the team can find a few more clutch hits as the season wears on, Post 95 could be a dark horse team in the District Tournament, which begins on July 17.

Zach Schaal stroked an RBI double, and Zeke Cassidy brought in a run on a groundout against Altamont, but those sixth-inning runs were the only two of the game for Vandalia (5-11).

Noah Murray and Austin Hoehn each had two hits.

Altamont took an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning, and a leadoff triple and run in the second.

Two more runs crossed with one out in the fourth inning.

After that, however, Matt Rademacher found his groove, and finished with a quality start for Post 95.

He struck out five in a complete game, allowing four earned runs on five hits, three walks and two hit batsmen, as he searched for his first win since June 8.

Friday, June 20

Altamont 4

Vandalia 2

A: 1-1-0-2-0-0-0—4-5-0

V: 0-0-0-0-0-2-0—2-9-2

WP: Miller; 7 IP, 7 K

LP: Rademacher; 7 IP, 5 K

Post 95: Hoehn, 2-for-4, 2B; Murray, 2-for-4; Schaal, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, run; Cassiday, 1-for-3, RBI; Ryne Dangbar, 1-for-3, run, HBP, SB; Rademacher, 1-for-3, SB; Dawson Enloe, 1-for-3; Michael Sloan, BB.

 Record: 5-11