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.
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.