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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
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.