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The Vandals fell to a pair of South Central Conference opponents in the past week, falling to Litchfield, 10-0, on Monday, and Greenville, 5-4, last Wednesday.
A game against Hillsboro was rained out last Friday, and it will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Hillsboro next Wednesday.
Offensive struggles hurt Vandalia against the Purple Panthers, with just two hits in the six-inning loss that saw Litchfield score five times in the sixth inning to end the game on the mercy rule.
Senior Michael Wells and sophomore Jake Bowen each had a single for Vandalia in the game, but with just two other base runners from walks, the Vandals couldn’t score a run.
Lefty Kevin Young frustrated the Vandals (3-9), striking out 10 batters over six innings.
Sophomore Zach Schaal (1-2, 0-4 SCC) took the loss, striking out two in 3 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks.
Monday, April 22
WP: Young; 6 IP, 10 K
LP: Schaal (1-2); 3 1/3 IP, 2K
Vandals: Wells, 1-for-2, BB; Bowen, 1-for-3; Colin Ledbetter, BB.
Record: 3-9 (0-4 SCC)
The Vandals held an early lead against Greenville, but after a four-run surge in the first two innings, Vandalia wouldn’t get any more runs in a 5-4 road loss.
Senior Levi Carroll reached on an error and advanced to third on a double by senior Leyton Godoyo in the top of the first inning.
Sophomore Jake Bowen’s sacrifice fly brought home Carroll, but Greenville would score twice in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.
Two errors and a single by senior Michael Wells quickly loaded the bases in the second, and runs scored when junior Colin Ledbetter was hit by a pitch, Carroll walked and Godoyo hit into a fielder’s choice.
The Comets got one run back in the bottom of the inning, and got the winning runs in the fifth after an RBI double and a passed ball.
Greenville’s Tyler Hutchinson struck out four of the last six Vandals, and had 12 strikeouts in the game for the Comets (9-8, 3-1 SCC).
Bowen tossed a complete game for the Vandals (3-8, 0-3 SCC), allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out four.
Wednesday, April 17
WP: Hutchinson; 7 IP, 12 K
LP: Bowen; 6 IP, 4 K
Vandals: Godoyo, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; Carroll, 1-for-3, RBI, run, BB; Colin Ledbetter, 1-for-2, run; Michael Wells, 1-for-3, run; Dalton Wehrle, 1-for-3; Carson Smith, 1-for-3; Collin Nestleroad, RBI; Bowen, RBI; Matt Beck, run.
Record: 3-8 (0-3 SCC)