Prep roundup (March 15)

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St. Elmo baseball loses season-opener

ST. ELMO – A slow start put the Eagles behind early, and they weren't able to recover during a season-opening 12-2 loss to Shelbyville on Tuesday.

Junior Connor Beasley was hit with the loss after allowing five earned runs in two innings.

The Eagles (0-1) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second before getting RBIs from Beasley and senior Woodsen Savage in the third.

Sophomore Dalton Parks had St. Elmo's only multi-hit game, with a 2-for-3 effort.

Tuesday, March 13
vs. Shelbyville
Shelbyville 12
St. Elmo 2
SHS:   3-4-0-1-0-1-3—12-10-4
SEHS: 0-0-2-0-0-0-0—2-6-2
WP: Miller
LP: Beasley (0-1)
Offense: Parks, 2-for-3; Savage, 1-for-2, RBI; Beasley, 1-for-4, RBI; Ben Sperry, 1-for-3; Blaine Scholes, 1-for-4.

Lady Eagles fall to Flora in first game

St. Elmo softball coach Tom Fedrigon said there was good and some bad in the Lady Eagles' season-opening loss to Flora on Tuesday.

Some of the positives in the 12-2 loss included some acrobatic defensive catches by sophomores Dani Austin and Tiffany Austin, and that the team (0-1) struck out just twice.

Some of the bad included three errors and just five hits.

Flora scored at least one run in all five innings to hand junior Samantha Austin the loss. She struck out two over the five innings and had some swelling in her pitching arm during the game.

Offensively, junior Megan Maxey had the only multi-hit game, and sophomore Bethany Oberlink and junior Kara Waltrip each had an RBI.

Tuesday, March 13
at Flora
Flora 12
St. Elmo 2
SEHS: 0-1-1-0-0—2-5-3
FHS: 1-3-4-1-3—12-10-0
LP: S. Austin (0-1)
Offense: Maxey, 2-for-3, run; Savannah Feezel, 1-for-2, run; Oberlink, RBI; Waltrip, RBI; T. Austin, 1-for-2; S. Austin, 1-for-3.

Vandalia home openers are next Monday

The Vandalia baseball and softball teams will hold opening day ceremonies prior to each of their games next Monday.

The ceremonies at both fields will include first pitches from all the new major donors to the Field of Dreams committee.

Activities will begin at about 4:15 p.m.

Ruffner is lone placer for girls track team at Charleston Indoor

Saturday, March 10
at Charleston Indoor
Fourth-place finisher
•Sierah Ruffner, high jump (5 feet, 2 inches)
Other participants
•Randi Evans, 55-meter dash (:08.8), 55-meter hurdles (:11.2)
•Kelly Booker, 55-meter dash (:08.98), 200-meter dash (:33.47)
•Krissy Connell, 400-meter dash (1:16.45)
•Brittany Cook, 880-meter run (3:19.43)
•Austyn Krueger, 800-meter run (3:28.07)
•Makenzie Roberts, 1,600-meter run (7:20.01)
•Kelsey Rubin, 1,600-meter run (7:36.94)
•Iris Daiber, long jump (13 feet, 4 inches)
•4X400-meter relay, Johanna Walton, Halae Ruble, Daiber and Kendall Leander (5:09.14)
•4X800-meter relay, Roberts, Connell, Rubin and Nicole Wells (11:47.13)

Vandalia placed 52nd of 64 teams at the event.

Vandalia eighth-graders out of tourney

Vandalia's eighth-grade junior high volleyball team was upset in the regional semifinals last Wednesday, falling to Carlinville, 26-24, 19-25, 23-25.

Rylee Wollerman led the way with 13 points and three aces. Lexi Buechel added two aces and three kills.
Vandalia has a 16-7 record.