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VANDALIA – After blowing a lead in the sixth inning of game one against Newton on Saturday, Vandalia scored early and often in game two to salvage a split in a Jr. Legion doubleheader.
Post 95 led 4-2 going to the bottom of the sixth inning in game one, but Newton, which was the home team since the game was supposed to be played at Newton, scored four times to take a 6-4 lead.
Vandalia left runners on second and third bases in the top of the seventh inning.
Collin Nestleroad and Colin Ledbetter both doubled to deep left-center field to give Post 95 a lead in the fourth inning.
Ryne Dangbar and Marcus Chausse would also reach that inning, and both scored on a two-run single by Matt Korte, who entered that inning as a pinch hitter.
Newton got a run back in each the fourth and fifth innings, but Korte would lay down a textbook suicide squeeze bunt in the sixth inning to score Ledbetter.
And despite losing that lead, coach Jacob Riedle was very pleased with the way his team responded in game two, scoring seven runs in the first two innings.
“Instead of being content with just competing and fighting (in game one), our guys were ticked off and got fired up that second game,” he said. “They are expecting to win every game now.”
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Carson Smith, Jake Bowen and Zach Schaal each singled to produce a run, and Korte was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Derek Childress and Noah Murray followed with walks.
The second innings featured much of the same, only most of the damage was done with one out.
Ledbetter singled to open the inning, and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nestleroad.
Smith, Bowen and Schaal again each had hits, with each driving home a run, and Murray would draw a bases-loaded walk three batters later.
Newton scored in the top of the fourth, but Vandalia came back with two runs in the bottom of that frame.
Bowen hit his second double of the game to lead off the inning, and Schaal followed with a single. Both scored on a single by Childress two batters later.
Childress picked up the win for Vandalia, striking out four and helping Post 95 even its District record at 3-3.
Saturday, July 6
Post 95: Nestleroad, 2-for-4, 2B, run, SB; Chausse, 2-for-2; Korte, 1-for-1, 3 RBI, sac bunt; Ledbetter, 1-for-1, 2B, RBI, run, 2 BB; Bowen, 1-for-1, run; Childress, 1-for-3, BB; Dangbar, run, BB, HBP; Smith, BB.
Post 95: Bowen, 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, 3 runs; Schaal, 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs, SB; Smith, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Childress, 1-for-3, 3 RBI, BB; Ledbetter, 1-for-3, run, BB; Murray, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HBP; Korte, 2 HBP; Nestleroad, sac bunt.
Twice in the past week, Vandalia got past Effingham, using a game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 4-3 District win last Wednesday, and needing extra innings in a 6-4 District win on Monday.
With the second win, Vandalia improves to 15-9 and 6-3 in District action after the team had hovered near .500 for much of the summer.
After Vandalia got a 4-0 lead on Monday, Effingham scored a run in the sixth and three more in the bottom of the seventh to force extra frames,
After a scoreless eighth, Post 95's Tylor Knisley ripped a triple to score Zach Schaal and Carson Smith and secure the win.
Knisley had three hits and three RBI in the game, and also pitched the final two innings, striking out one and allowing no hits to earn the victory.
Smith finished the game with four hits, including two doubles, and Colin Ledbetter added a pair of singles.
Schaal pitched the first seven innings for Vandalia, striking out four and allowing just one earned run.
The first game was a little more complicated, however.
The game counted in the District standings, but the final score was tallied after the seventh inning, even though the teams played nine. Typically, teams would play a doubleheader.
Schaal hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and the District portion of the game, and Vandalia added two more runs in the inning to take the game 6-4 after nine innings.
Smith collected three hits in the game, and went a combined 7-for-9 against Effingham.
Schaal earned the win, tossing the first seven innings and striking out six.
Monday, July 8
WP: Knisley; 2 IP, 1 K
Post 95: Smith, 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 runs, Knisley, 3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI; Ledbetter, 2-for-5, run, SB; Derek Childress, 1-for-3, RBI, BB.
Record: 15-9 (6-3 D)
Wednesday, July 3
WP: Schaal; 7 IP, 6 K
Post 95: Smith, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB; Schaal, 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs, SB; Noah Murray, 2-for-4, RBI; Ledbetter, 2 runs, BB; Bowen, run, SB; Nestleroad, run, 2 SB, 3 BB; Childress, BB; Hoehn, BB.