Photo by Andrew Harner
Vandalia freshman Preston Ruckman slides into home for the game-winning run in last Friday's South Central Conference win against Pana. He narrowly beat Pana senior Brock Trexler's tag on the play.
Schaal pitches Vandals to first back-to-back wins since '12

VANDALIA – Preston Ruckman made sure arguably the best pitching performance of Zach Schaal’s career wasn’t wasted.

Ruckman scored as a courtesy runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Schaal pitched a five-hitter, striking out 11 Pana hitters over eight innings, for a 1-0 win in last Friday’s South Central Conference opener to give the Vandals their first back-to-back wins in more than two years.