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.
With the Jr. Legion District Tournament set to begin on Thursday, it was good to see that Vandalia’s squad did not give up during its final regular season game on Monday.
Unfortunately, the offense didn’t start clicking until after it had fallen behind by 13 runs and needed to score to make the game last more than five innings.
After the eventual 17-9 loss to Effingham, however, coach TK Kinkead said he believes that fighting spirit will serve his team well in Salem over the next several days.
The Vandalia Jr. Legion club started last Friday’s game with a soft-tossing lefty.
It closed the game with a lanky, hard-throwing righty, and the contrasting styles had Salem fooled during an 8-5 win for Post 95.
“That was our plan at the beginning of the game,” said TK Kinkead of his pitching strategy. “After the rough first inning, Matt (Campbell) really settled down, and I kept on letting him go until Salem caught up to him.”
Keck’s Marsh 16
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•Jason Laack had a double and a triple for Keck’s, and Matt Thompson homered and Cody Allen doubled for Goldsmith.
•Patrick Thompson, Travis Nodyke and Reid McKinley each doubled for Goldsmith. For Keck’s, John Lotz doubled twice.
Members of the Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team on Saturday won an exhibition game, 13-3, at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in Casey, defeating a 23-and-under team from Rockford.
Alumni softball game is Thursday
The Vandalia alumni softball game will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m.
The game will be played on the Vandalia high school softball field.
Vandalia's high school team will play its final home game of the summer season on Thursday, July 21, against Greenville. Next Thursday, the Lady Vandals play at Greenville, and they will play in the Decatur League Tournament from July 20-23.
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•Wyatt Schnaite and James Giles homered, and Jake Brimberry had a triple for KMO’s.
•With two outs in the second inning, Buddy Carroll tripled and Joe Elliott drove him home with a single to score the game’s lone run. That was the first 1-0 game in the history of the league that wasn’t a forfeit.
Shane Henson of Vandalia recorded a hole-in-one on the par three hole No. 8 at the Ramsey Lake Golf Course last Tuesday during a league match.
Henson, 40, who has played golf for 28 years, said he didn’t actually see the ball go in the hole, but some of his friends began celebrating after it rolled in.
He is dedicating the shot to his late father, who taught him how to golf.