Community Sports

  • South Central graduate Patton helps earn Class AAA national title
    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was included on the postseason roster for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers, and he helped the team win the Pacific Coast League championship. The Kansas City Royals prospect has had a stellar season in the lower levels of the farm system, and was rewarded with a spot on the playoff roster. Last Saturday, he struggled in an outing, allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning during a 9-0 loss to Salt  Lake.
  • Field of Dreams All-Stars go 2-2 at Metzger-Thiele
    VANDALIA – The Vandalia Field of Dreams All-Stars had a solid showing at Saturday’s Metzger-Thiele Classic, reaching the championship game of the tournament. Playing in a field with club baseball teams from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Washington (Mo.) University in the second annual event, the VFOD All-Stars had a strong showing for a team with a mixed roster that had very little practice time.
  • PHOTO: Local Shooters Compete
    The Tri-County Clay Grinders – representing Fayette, Bond and Montgomery counties – recently participated at the Aim Grand American at the World Shooting complex in Sparta.
  • BCH Auto Detail is slo-pitch champ
    BCH Auto Detail earned the championship of Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league last Wednesday by defeating Liberty Trading, 9-4, in the title game of the league’s double-elimination tournament. Shawn Harris and Justin Atwood were named the co-MVPs of the tournament after both had extra-base hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie. In the semifinals, Liberty beat Montgomery Plumbing, 13-1, to earn the right to face BCH in the title game.
  • Grobie Flooring gets top 5 finish at state
    Grobie Flooring, a fast-pitch softball team based in Altamont, recently finished fourth at the state wooden bat tournament in Casey. In game one, Grobie beat the Belleville Stallions, 8-2; in game two, Grobie lost to Vandalia Freight, 3-0; in game three, Grobie beat Pinckneyville Lee's Sports, 5-1; and in game four, Grobie lost to Belleville, 1-0.
  • Dallas Gray in the world long drive finals
    As a youth, Dallas Gray would watch the Remax World Long Drive Championship with his parents, Gary and Dianna Gray. “That’s going to be me someday,” his mother said. That “someday” for Gray is Oct. 30. The graduate of Vandalia Community High School and Blackburn College is headed for the long drive finals after having the longest drive at a local qualifier at Red Tail Golf Course in Decatur and placing second at the regional competition at Crystal Springs Quarry Golf Club in Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Former MLB pitcher Hobbie dies at 77
    A former Major League Baseball pitcher who lived in the area has passed away. Glen Hobbie, who played in the majors from 1957-1964, died on Aug. 9 in Springfield. He was 77. Hobbie played most of his career with the Chicago Cubs, debuting at age 21 and pitching in 271 of his 284 career games with the club before being traded to St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of the 1964 season. He pitched in 13 games for the Cardinals before being demoted to the minors. St. Louis would win the World Series that year.
  • The Freight is third at state tourney
    The Freight once again came out of retirement and posted a strong finish at the Illinois Amateur Softball Association state wooden bat tournament by finishing third for the second straight year. The two-time fast-pitch national champions based in Vandalia went 2-2 in the event from Aug. 2-4. In game one, Bryan Hobbie had a home run and Alan Meinhart struck out five and allowed four hits in a complete game in a 2-1 win against the Pinckneyville Falcons.
  • Blythe wins at Carbondale
    Hannah Blythe, who will be a sophomore on Vandalia's tennis team, won the Saluki Junior/Adult Open on Saturday in Carbondale. She defeated Katie Ranie, 6-4, 6-3, and Carlie Kopkins, 6-1, 6-3, to win the Girls 16 Championship.
  • MG shooting team has openings
    The Mulberry Grove shooting team has openings for youth shooters, coaches and board members. Several youth shooter positions are open on the team, and students from surrounding areas such as Vandalia, Greenville and Hillsboro may join the team. There are also coaching openings and two board positions up for re-election. The board election will be held on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Mulberry Grove community building, and the coach will be selected by the board prior to October.