Vandals can't find big hit in loss to Altamont

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – The Vandals had several base runners, but never could find a big hit to drive them home on Tuesday in a loss to Altamont.

Six runners were left in scoring position and 11 total runners were stranded as the Indians used a late push to take a 10-1 victory at Vandalia Mutual Field.

“We had the bases loaded a couple of times, and we just have to come up big in those situations,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “I am confident we will get there with these guys.”

After Altamont took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth, the Vandals had a chance to get some of those runs back with three straight two-out walks, but a soft grounder ended the inning in the next at-bat.

One inning later, the Indians had added three more runs, but Vandalia was again unable to answer after loading the bases.

“Balls didn’t bounce are way today,” Hohlt said. “Plus, we didn’t put a lot of balls in play, and we need to have some more guys step up in the lineup.”

Senior Leyton Godoyo paced the offense with two solid singles to center for the team’s only multi-hit game.

Junior Jake Shulman and senior Levi Carroll also had singles for Vandalia, with Shulman scoring the team’s lone run in the second inning on an error with two outs.

Altamont tied the game in the third by stringing together two singles after a walk before four hits and two Vandalia errors helped contribute to the six runs scored in the fourth and fifth innings.

Sophomore Jake Bowen was hit with the loss, pitching five innings for the Vandals (3-5). Senior Garrett Ziegler was the winner for the Indians, striking out seven in a complete-game effort.

The Vandals have a busy week coming up, with home games against Shelbyville on Thursday, Staunton on Friday and South Central next Monday, before traveling to Greenville next Wednesday.

And despite a lackluster effort from his players against Altamont, Hohlt is confident that his team will be ready to play against Shelbyville.

“Even from the get-go, there seemed to be a lack of effort (today),” he said, “but we will turn it around on Thursday.”

Tuesday, April 9
Altamont 10
Vandalia 1
A: 0-0-1-3-3-2-1—10-10-3
V: 0-1-0-0-0-0-0—1-4-5
WP: Ziegler; 7 IP, 7 K
LP: Bowen (0-2); 5 IP, 0 K, 7 R, 8 H, 4 BB
Vandals: Godoyo, 2-for-4; Shulman, 1-for-2, run; Carroll, 1-for-2, BB; Colin Ledbetter, 2 BB; Bowen, BB; Matt Rademacher, BB.
Record: 3-5