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VANDALIA – Post 95 seemed to be on the way to victory against Olney in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, but steady rains for the next several hours canceled that game in the third inning.
The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when lightning was spotted, and about 20 minutes later, rain began to fall and did not let up for several hours.
Vandalia was ahead, 5-2, when play was stopped and had a runner on first base.
Austin Schwarm had doubled in both of his at-bats, scoring twice and driving in a run. Brett Mueller and Dalton Goldsmith each had RBI singles.
The other two runs scored on wild pitches, with Schwarm and Lukas Hamlin scoring on those two pitches.
Connor Beasley allowed just one hit in the three innings, and both runs allowed were unearned, as Post 95 committed three errors in the second inning.
Tylor Knisley left the game in the second inning with a hand injury after being hit while trying to tag out a runner who was stealing second base.
VANDALIA – Effingham’s hitters took an aggressive approach against Post 95 last Thursday in an 8-3 win at Vandalia Mutual Field.
Effingham hitters put the ball in play on the first pitch 14 times during the game, doing so on three straight pitches in the third inning to take an early lead that proved to be enough to win.
“They hit the ball. Every team tries to hit the ball,” said centerfielder Kaiah Miller. “They hit the ball into places where we couldn’t field it, and that’s what every team tries to do.”
Effingham had 13 hits in the game – including a two-run home run by Nate McDonald in the eighth inning and three doubles.
Dalton Goldsmith – who threw 7 2/3 innings without walking a batter – took the loss, striking out one and allowing seven runs (six earned).
Post 120, however, was showing off almost all of its pitchers in the District contest, using five of them throughout the game to combine for seven strikeouts and nine hits allowed – all singles.
“They threw a pretty good kid to start, but they took him out and we started getting a little something going,” Miller said. “We couldn’t ever quite get a lot of contact or runners moving on the basepaths.”
Drew Levitt pitched the first two innings, striking our four in getting six outs in just 24 pitches.
Once he was lifted, Post 95 was able to get runners on base in every inning but one, but couldn’t score until the fifth, when Miller drove home Connor Beasley by beating out an infield single with two outs.
The other runs came on an RBI single by Beasley in the sixth, and in the seventh, when Lukas Hamlin scored on a wild pitch that came with the bases loaded.
Otherwise, Vandalia left nine runners on base – with six stranded at second or third – and were just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
“We didn’t do well with our situational hitting tonight,” Miller said. “That’s something we can’t have; we have to find a way to get (those runs) in.”
Thursday, June 20
LP: Goldsmith; 7 2/3 IP, 1 K
Post 95: Beasley, 2-for-4, RBI, run; Hamlin, 2-for-3, run, BB; Miller, 2-for-4, RBI, BB; Leyton Godoyo, 2-for-5; Tylor Knisley, 1-for-2, 2 BB; Brett Mueller, run, BB, SB; Dathan Berning, BB.