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Three Vandals combine for no-hitter

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Three Vandalia pitchers combined for a no-hitter in the Vandals’ 6-0 home win against Brownstown/St. Elmo on Saturday morning.

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Starting pitcher Kelly Jones struck out five and walked one in four innings of work, Garett McNary struck out four and walked two in 2 1/3 innings and Garrett Austin finished up the final two-thirds of an inning, recording one strikeout.
The Vandals scored all of their runs in the third inning.
Matthew Wells started off the inning with a walk, moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Slater and ended up scoring on an error.
Thomas Ritchey reached on an error, stole second and scored on a base hit by Marcus Zimmmerman, who advanced to second on a walk to Richie Well, then scored on a single by Nathan Casey. Well stole third base, then he and Casey came home on a double by Kelly Jones. Alec Schroeder’s single brought Jones home.
Nate Philpot took the loss for Brownstown/St. Elmo, allowing five hits while striking out five and walking three.
Wade Ireland, Jeffrey Kelly and Kolton Sapp reached base for the Bombers on walks.
Vandalia – Zimmerman 2/2, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 run scored; Well 0/2, 1 walk, 1 run; Casey 1/3, 2 RBI, 1 run; Jones 1/3, 2 RBI, 1 run; Schroeder 1/3, 1 RBI; Morrison 0/1, Phillips 0/1, Well 0/1, 1 walk, 1 run; Largent 0/1; Slater 0/1; Austin 0/1; Ritchey 0/2, 1 RBI, 1 run.

In the second game of the day at Vandalia Mutual Field, Okawville scored four runs in the first and two in the second on their way to a 7-5 win over Brownstown/St. Elmo.
The Bombers scored three runs in the top of the second to answer Okawville’s first-inning outburst, then added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Dalton Denton took the loss for BSE, giving up seven runs on four hits while walking three.
Ireland was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, and Denton and Hunter Strauch each went 2-for-4, with Strauch driving in a run. The other RBI came from Bryton Pruett, who was 1-for-3.
Philpot, Isaac Maxey, Lewis Brown, Caleb Atwood and Kelly each had one hit.

In the final game of the day, Vandalia took a 5-3 lead over Okawville after two innings, but Okawville scored 12 in the final three innings to record a 16-6 win.
Zimmerman started the scoring by reaching on a walk and scoring on a double by Well, who moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, Blake Morrison reached on a walk, advanced to third on an error and came home on a single by Ritchey.
Ritchey moved to second on a single by Zimmerman, to third on a walk to Well and scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey.
Well scored the Vandals other run in the second, reaching on a double and scoring on a single by Casey.
Wells took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and six walks while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings. Schroeder gave up two hits, walked one and allowed two runs, one earned, in a third of an inning, and Austin finished up, allowing seven runs, four earned, on seven hits while striking out one and walking one.
Vandalia – Zimmerman 1/3, 1 walk, 1 run, 1 RBI; Well 2/3, 1 walk, 2 runs, 1 RBI; Casey 1/3, 2 RBI; Jones 1/4; Schroeder 0/3; Lotz 1/1; Morrison 0/2, 1 walk; Guffey 0/1; McNary 0/2, 1 run; Isringhausen 0/1; Ruckman 0/2; Phillips 0/0, 1 walk; Ritchey 1/3, 1 run, 1 RBI.

Kelly Jones homered and improved to 4-0 on the mound as the Vandals defeated Altamont, 12-4, at home on Tuesday.
The Vandals scored four runs in the third inning, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth as they breezed to victory.
Jones was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored, and scattered six hits and struck out four in four innings on the mound.
Thomas Ritchey pitched the final three innings for Vandalia, giving up four hits and four runs, with just one run earned, while striking out one and walking one.
Vandalia – Zimmerman 1/3, 2 runs, 1 walk; Well 2/3, 1 run, 1 walk; Casey 2/3, 2 runs, 1 walk; Jones 2/3, 2 RBI, 3 runs, 1 walk; Schroeder 2/4, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Austin 0/2, 1 walk; Phillips 1/1, 1 RBI; Morrison 3/3, double, 1 run; McNary 0/1; Ruckman 0/0, 1 run, 1 walk; Wells 0/1; Ritchey 0/4.

On Friday, Richie Well struck out 15 and allowed just two hits in a complete-game performance and drove in two runs as the Vandals topped Pana in an eight-inning contest at Pana.
Well walked only two Panthers in a 100-pitch outing, and drove home Thomas Ritchey and Marcus Zimmerman with an eighth-inning single.
Well then scored the Vandals’ third run on a single by Kelly Jones.
Vandalia – Zimmerman 0/3, 1 run; Well 3/4, 2 RBI, 1 run; Casey 1/3, 1 walk; Jones 2/4, 1 RBI; Schroeder 0/4; Morrison 0/4; McNary 0/2; Austin 0/1; Ruckman 0/3; Ritchey 2/3, 1 run.

The Vandals scored on a single and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning to edge Morrisonville, 5-4, on Monday at Vandalia Mutual Field.
Garrett Austin started the Vandals’ winning rally with a single, moved around to third on a walk to Thomas Ritchey and a sacrifice by Zimmerman, then scored on a walk to Well.
Ritchey advanced to second on Zimmerman’s sacrifice and to third on Well’s walk, then scored the winning run on a single that gave Kelly Jones the third of his three runs batted in.
Alec Schroeder got the win, improving to 1-2 on the second, after coming in to pitch the final four innings. He struck out two and gave up four hits in allowing one run.
Garett McNary started on the mound for Vandalia, giving up three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out one.
Vandalia – Zimmerman 0/2; Lotz 0/1; Well 2/3, 1 walk, 2 runs; Casey 1/3, 1 walk, 2 RBI, 1 run; Jones 3/4, 3 RBI; Schroeder 2/3; Morrison 0/3; Ruckman 0/3; Austin 1/2, 1 walk, 1 run; Ritchey 0/2, 1 walk, 1 run.