Tuesday, July 19
Montgomery Plumbing 11
Goldsmith Farms 2
•Cole Rhodes had two triples, Tyler Montgomery had one triple and Dave Milam had a double for Montgomery, while Reid McKinley tripled for Goldsmith.
•Rhodes, Milam and Dathan Berning each doubled for Montgomry, and McKinley and Cody Allen doubled for Goldsmith.
SALEM – TK Kinkead isn’t sure if he will coach the Vandalia Jr. Legion team next summer.
The 19-year-old Collinsville resident and former Vandalia player said that being a college student and driving to games only to have them rained out, at times, made coaching difficult this season. But after guiding Post 95 through an improbable run to the semifinals of the District Tournament this past weekend, he may just get the coaching itch next June.
SALEM – It was an unexpected ride for the Vandalia Jr. Legion squad, but it was one the players will always remember.
Seeded last among East Division teams after winning just six regular-season games, Post 95 upset Salem and South Central in dramatic fashion last Thursday and Friday, before being relegated to the loser’s bracket after losing a lead to Teutopolis in the semifinals of the District Tournament on Saturday.
SALEM – With one more out, Vandalia was going to be relegated to the loser’s bracket.
But Johnnie Clift had another idea.
His three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning put Vandalia ahead, 10-8, during the semifinal game of the Jr. Legion District Tournament on Saturday night. But with the help of a couple controversial umpiring decisions and a handful of Vandalia errors, top-seeded Teutopolis stormed back in the bottom half to win, 11-10.
SALEM – The suicide squeeze is one of the most exciting plays in baseball.
It's also one of the most dangerous.
Nonetheless, Vandalia coach TK Kinkead drew up the play for Nick Metzger as the clock approached 11 p.m. last Friday night in the second-round of the Jr. Legion District Tournament.
Metzger squared, placed a perfect bunt and Leyton Godoyo scored to give Post 95 a slim 4-3 lead in the 11th inning against South Central.
SALEM – The hearts of the players on Vandalia’s Jr. Legion team and its fans collectively dropped as a flaring, would-be game-tying blooper began to drop into right field last Thursday.
Well, everyone’s except Matt Campbell’s.
His sliding catch for the second out in the bottom of the seventh inning saved a run and pumped life back into Vandalia’s squad after a leadoff triple gave Salem some momentum before Post 95 closed out a 2-1 victory in the first-round of the District Tournament.
SALEM – South Central had trouble hitting the ball against Altamont on Saturday, scoring just once as it bowed out of the Jr. Legion District Tournament with a 6-1 loss.
Post 519 had seven hits – four singles and three doubles – but it only had three multi-hit innings, stringing together doubles from Larry Schoreck and Seven Wright in the sixth to get on the board.
South Central had also struggled to hit during an 11-inning game against Vandalia the night before in the winner’s bracket quarterfinal.
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.