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Softball alums split with HS squad

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By Andrew Harner

A collection of 12 former Vandalia High School softball players gathered for a doubleheader against the current high school team on Monday night.

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The former stars got the best of a short-handed varsity squad in the first game, pulling away to a 13-5 victory, but the alumni did not fare as well in the second game, falling, 5-2.

The alumni got on the board first, thanks to Hannah Edgar's second-inning single that brought in Whitney Newsom and Michelle McNary.

The Lady Vandals would put two runners in scoring position in each of the first two innings against Maggie Childers, but they failed to score.

Amy Walton extended the alumni’s lead in the third, with a two-run double to right-center that scored Sha Tedrick and Amanda Walton.

Newsom brought in Amy Walton on a fielder’s choice, and Cathy Jones busted open the game, with a two-run double that scored Jeni Boyd and McNary to gave the alums a 7-0 lead.

Audra Donaldson brought home Jones, and Jessica Pollard would score on a wild pitch.

In one of the most interesting at-bats of the game, Sha Tedrick faced her daughter, Molli, who relieved Lady Vandal starter Brandy Protz.

On a full count, Molli’s next pitch sailed over her mom’s head to bring in Childers for the alumni’s 10th run.

The Lady Vandals got on the board in bottom half of the third, with Kylie Sellers reaching on an error and scoring on a passed ball, and Alex Henna reaching when the third strike against her was dropped and scoring on a fielder’s choice by Paige Ehrat.

Boyd and Newsom walked to open the fourth inning against Ashley Swain, who has shown improvement in her delivery since the beginning of summer, and both scored after a pair of errors were committed on a hit by McNary.

The alumni would score their final run in the fifth, with Pollard opening the frame with a triple, and Donaldson bringing her home on a single.

Sellers and Emilie Britt had back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth, and both would score. Taylor Well had an RBI double and would score, as well.

Dakota Kellow did not play in the first game for the alumni, but did play in the second.