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Community Sports

  • Vandalia Men's Slo-Pitch Softball results from July 13
    Game 1 Buckstop Archery 11 Montgomery Plumbing 1 •Andy Hipsher had a triple, and Curtis Ireland, Kenny Koenig and Justin Atwood all doubled for Buckstop, while Dave Milam had two hits for Montgomery.
  • Coast to Coast baseball coming to Illinois
    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.
  • Vandalia eliminated from Districts
    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.
  • Vandalia out of winner's bracket; South Central eliminated from tourney
    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.
  • Worth the wait: Vandalia upsets South Central in marathon game
    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.
  • Jr. Legion team wins tense game at Districts; will play Friday at 7:30 p.m.
    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.
  • Get out and play
    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.
  • Vandalia Sr. Legion ends season after three tourney games
    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.
  • Post 95 falls in final game; looking toward tournament
    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.
  • Crafty pitching gives Jr. Legion team win
    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.”