Field maintenance was the primary topic of discussion at Tuesday night's Field of Dreams meeting.
No specific deadlines or motions were made involving maintenance, but the committee discussed a number of areas to be improved.
At the high school baseball diamond, committee members have found that there is grass growing on the outer edge of the infield and that there are too many weeds growing in the outfield warning track. In addition, weeds are growing on the side tracks down the right- and left-field lines.
A Vandalia YMCA 12U softball team placed third in a tournament in Nokomis on Sunday.
The girls played three games, beating the Hillsboro Bruins, losing to the Hillsboro Jaguars and beating Nokomis in the third-place game.
Coast to Coast Baseball will be holding two tryouts and hitting camps in Illinois.
Players accepted to the program from the tryout can either represent the United States in competition in Puerto Rico, or work with college coaches and professional scouts at Major League Baseball spring training sites in Florida or Arizona.
The first event will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, at Avanti's Dome in Pekin. The second is on Monday, Aug. 8, at Rend Lake College in Ina.
The tryout begins at 10 a.m., and the hitting camp begins at 2 p.m. for both sites.
SALEM - Vandalia was eliminated from the District Tournament Sunday morning after a 9-6 loss to Effingham.
There will be a full report on that game and all of Post 95's tourney games in the July 21 edition of The Leader-Union, and a large tournament photo gallery will be available by the end of the day on Thursday at www.leaderunion.com.
SALEM - Vandalia's Jr. Legion team was knocked out of the winner's bracket, and South Central was eliminated from the District Tournament on Saturday.
Vandalia appeared on its way to an upset of top-seeded Teutopolis to get a trip to the district title game, but Post 95, the No. 6 seed, squandered a 7-1 lead and a pair of controversial umpiring calls extended the bottom of the seventh inning long enough for T-Town to come away with an 11-10 win.
SALEM - The game lasted 11 innings and didn't end until shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday night, but it was worth the wait for the Vandalia Jr. Legion team.
Post 95 scored twice in the top of the 11th to break a 3-3 tie and fended off a bases-loaded threat from South Central in the bottom half to pull off an upset win, 5-4, and secure a spot in the championship game of the winner's bracket at the District Tournament.
Vandalia Jr. Legion coach TK Kinkead went straight to his ace in the first game of the District Tournament in Salem on Thursday, and Post 95 was rewarded with its first tourney win in several years.
Connor Beasley struck out nine during a complete-game effort and Matt Campbell made a run-saving catch in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Vandalia secure a 2-1 victory against Salem.
More than 300 youngsters have participated in baseball or softball through the Fayette County Family YMCA this summer.
Despite bad weather at times, 304 youths took the field this season, which is nearing its finish.
Due to the rising popularity of traveling teams, however, that number is about 100 fewer than the YMCA had just two years ago.
Nonetheless, Amber Daulbaugh, who was hired as the program director at the Y on June 20, still said that she was pleased to see so many children participating in something active and competitive this summer.
SALEM – Before the bottom of the sixth inning at the Sr. Legion District Tournament on Saturday, Vandalia’s players stood outside the dugout and tossed their bats onto the field.
Done to “wake up” the bats because Post 95 was struggling offensively while clinging to a 2-1 lead, Vandalia would go on to score once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and thrice in the eighth to walk away from the first-round game with an 8-1 win against Bridgeport.