It looked like a home run off of the bat, but Collin Nestleroad tracked the ball’s path anyway.
And it was a good thing, because his over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track in the top of the seventh inning last Wednesday proved to be a game-saver.
Johnnie Clift had a pair of doubles and scored twice and three pitchers combined for a four-hitter before Nestleroad’s catch during a 6-5 Jr. Legion win against Granite City.
The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee will be hosting a pitcher’s and catcher’s camp at the high school baseball field from July 16-20.
There will be two sessions of the camp, which is being instructed by Kyle Hawkins. Ages 9-14 will participate from 8-10 a.m. daily, and ages 15-18 will participate from 10 a.m.-noon daily.
Older participants in the first session may stay for the second sessions if they choose.
The registration cost is $20 per child and must be paid prior to start of camp. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.
Facing two standout pitchers who will be pitching in college, the Sr. Legion team on Tuesday was able to split a doubleheader against Effingham.
In game one, Effingham used Nick Gardewire, who will be attending Kaskaskia College, and he allowed just two hits to earn a 3-0 shutout victory.
“We weren’t very good offensively, but they threw a very, very good pitcher,” said Post 95 coach Andy Rincker. “He’s an upper 80s/lower 90s guy who shut us down.”
The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee has sold the naming rights of the high school baseball field to a local insurance company.
Willms and Yakel Insurance Agency has agreed to accept naming rights for the next 10 years. The Field of Dreams committee will receive $4,000 annually, starting with this year.
A sign will be installed above the scoreboard. That will be purchased and installed by Willms and Yakel.
Vandalia Jr. Legion coach TK Kinkead is hopeful that at least one of his hitters will get hot soon.
Post 95 has had trouble getting into a groove on offense, and Kinkead said that if one player gets going, the rest of the team may follow. Then, nights like Tuesday against Teutopolis might not end in 11-4 and 8-3 losses.
“That’s the natural thing with a summer team of guys who know each other,” he said. “It would be huge, but right now, we aren’t getting the consistent play from anyone.”
NEW BADEN – After starting the season by scattering 32 hits in three games, the Vandalia Sr. Legion offense has quieted down, scratching out just 15 hits in three losses at the New Baden Wooden Bat Classic.
In the final two games of the event on Saturday, Post 95 (3-4) fell to Salem, 3-2, in 10 innings and was shut out by Imperial, Mo., 2-0.
“Everybody is pressing,” said coach Andy Rincker. “We have some guys gone, and people are trying to do too much, so we’re struggling a little bit.”
The Fayette County Family YMCA is offering four youth sports programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays this July.
Sports offered for children in grades K-8 are: dodgeball, kickball, flag football and sand volleyball.
Registration is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, and includes a free T-shirt.
For those interested in participating on individual days, the registration cost is $10 per day, but no T-shirt is included.