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Vandals fall to Greenville, split SCC matchups

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By Andrew Harner

The Vandals picked up their first win South Central Conference win of the season on Tuesday, using a five-run fifth inning to break a tie in an 8-3 win against Carlinville.

Seniors Leyton Godoyo and Michael Wells each had three hits – including a double – in support of sophomore Zach Schaal, who fired a complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks.

Carlinville wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a pair of RBI doubles in the first inning, but Vandalia (4-11, 1-5 SCC) cut that lead in half in the bottom of the frame on junior Carson Smith's RBI single.

The next two innings were quiet, but Carlinville scored once in the fourth and Vandalia scored twice to tie the game at 3-3.

Six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Vandalia five runs to win the game and snap an eight-game losing streak that dated back to April 6.

Box score
Tuesday, April 30
Vandalia 8
Carlinville 3
C: 2-0-0-1-0-0-0—3-4-0
V: 1-0-0-2-5-0-X—8-13-5
WP: Schaal (2-2); 7 IP, 0 K
LP: Pingolt; 5 IP, 3 K
Vandals: Godoyo, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Wells, 3-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Jake Bowen, 2-for-4, run; Smith, 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Colin Ledbetter, 1-for-2, RBI, run; Isaac Francis, 1-for-3, 2B, run; Collin Nestleroad, 1-for-4, run; Aaron Harter, 1-for-3; Schaal, run.
Record: 4-11 (1-5 SCC)

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VANDALIA – After a strong first inning, it looked as if the Vandals were going to play another competitive game against Greenville.

That competitive nature remained for five innings, but a handful of Vandalia errors, combined with some timely Greenville hitting in the last two frames, made for a lopsided 9-1 result.

“Our offense continues to struggle a little bit,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “One little rally here or there might snap things.

“Right now, we are struggling at the plate and struggling with confidence,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time for it to turn around, because I know we can hit.”

Vandalia scratched out just four hits against the Comets – including two by senior Levi Carroll – as the offense struggled to figure out Greenville’s starting pitcher, Clint Meadows.

Meadows actually pitched more efficiently than ace Tyler Hutchinson did in the 5-4 Greenville win on April 17.

“They just keep producing pitchers over there,” Hohlt said. “They didn’t throw their No. 1, but that guy was just as good.”

Meadows struck out nine batters in a complete-game effort.

Vandalia (3-11) did hold an early lead, taking advantage of two walks in the first inning to get on the board.

Senior Leyton Godoyo walked to open the game, and he took second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Collin Nestleroad.

After advancing to third on a fielder’s choice by Carroll, Godoyo would score on a wild pitch.

“They gave us a run, and I thought we would start believing,” Hohlt said. “But it just didn’t happen.”

Meadows led off the second inning with a double off of senior Michael Wells (2-3), and he scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game.

A handful of hits and walks, along with a Vandal error, allowed two Comets to score in the fourth.

The Vandals nearly had a scoring opportunity in the sixth, with Godoyo leading off the inning with a double, but he was tagged out when he overslid second base.

Carroll had a hit two batters later, but was stranded at second after a wild pitch allowed him to advance.

Greenville (13-12) added three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to finish off the victory.

Box score
Monday, April 29
Greenville 9
Vandalia 1
G: 0-1-0-2-0-3-2—9-7-0
V: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0—1-2-3
WP: Meadows; 7 IP, 9 K
LP: Wells (2-3); 5+ IP, 1 K
Vandals: Carroll, 2-for-3; Godoyo, 1-for-2, 2B, run, BB; Isaac Francis, 1-for-3; Jake Bowen, BB; Nestleroad, sac bunt, BB.
Record: 3-11

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Last Friday, the Vandals came close to earning their first South Central Conference victory of the season.

Vandalia struck first in the top of the sixth inning, but Gillespie came right back to score in bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 victory.

Senior Leyton Godoyo walked to open the sixth, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Collin Nestleroad followed with an RBI single.

A two-run triple for Gillespie gave the Miners a lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Vandalia nearly tied the game in the seventh, but the final out was made at home plate.

Sophomore Jake Bowen took the loss, pitching six strong innings.

Box score
Friday, April 26
Gillespie 2
Vandalia 1
V: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0—1-3-1
G: 0-0-0-0-0-2-X—2-5-1
WP: Stewart; 7 IP, 12 K
LP: Bowen (0-4); 6 IP, 1 K
Vandals: Nestleroad, 1-for-3, RBI; Godoyo, 1-for-3, run; Colin Ledbetter, 1-for-3; Bowen, BB; Levi Carroll, BB; Jake Shulman, BB.
Record: 3-10 (0-5 SCC)