http://www.leaderunion.com/sports/rss.xml en Lack of strikeouts propels Bray in baseball, life http://www.leaderunion.com/content/lack-strikeouts-propels-bray-baseball-life <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140724bray.jpg" alt="Kyle Bray collects one of his five hits during a doubleheader last Wednesday at the Sr. Legion District Tournament. He left a hockey camp in Oxford, Ohio, that morning to play in the games." title="Kyle Bray collects one of his five hits during a doubleheader last Wednesday at the Sr. Legion District Tournament. He left a hockey camp in Oxford, Ohio, that morning to play in the games." align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> ROBINSON &ndash; After the worst pair of games of his summer, Kyle Bray needed a break.</p> <p> Going hitless for two straight games was bad enough &ndash; also striking out in each game just made it worse.</p> <p> They were the last two games of the Mattoon Sr. Legion Firecracker Classic &ndash; a wooden bat tournament &ndash;&nbsp;at the end of June, and Bray would be leaving soon for a hockey camp.</p> Post 95 routed at Divisions http://www.leaderunion.com/content/post-95-routed-divisions <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140724powlessclr.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Noah Powless safely slides into second after reaching on an error during Tuesday&#039;s loss to Swansea/Fairview Heights at the Fifth Division Tournament in New Baden." title="Vandalia&#039;s Noah Powless safely slides into second after reaching on an error during Tuesday&#039;s loss to Swansea/Fairview Heights at the Fifth Division Tournament in New Baden." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> NEW BADEN &ndash; Once the Swansea/Fairview Heights Giants began to hit, it didn&rsquo;t seem like it would ever stop.</p> <p> And it only did because of the mercy rule.</p> <p> S/FH scored 11 runs in the fourth inning and kept on scoring to beat Vandalia, 20-3, on Tuesday in the first game of the Fifth Division Tournament, sending Post 95 to its most lopsided loss of the season.</p> 'We all felt like we shouldn’t have been in the loser’s bracket in the first place' http://www.leaderunion.com/content/we-all-felt-we-shouldn%E2%80%99t-have-been-loser%E2%80%99s-bracket-first-place <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0227_0.jpg" alt="Vandalia earned the championship of the East Division Sr. Legion District Tournament for the first time ever last Friday after winning four straight games in the loser&#039;s bracket. The team is pictured above with its championship trophy. In the front row, from left, are: Ryan Miller, Johnnie Clift, Gavin Ratermann, Brett Mueller, Dalton Crisman, Quinn Wadkins and Austin Schwarm. In the back row are: Clinton Hood, Brock Trexler, Connor Beasley, Jacob Behrends, Kyle Bray, Noah Powless, Dylen Peters, Nate Ketchem and acting coach Rod Mueller. Not pictured are Matt Tomazzoli and team manager Jacob Riedle. " title="Vandalia earned the championship of the East Division Sr. Legion District Tournament for the first time ever last Friday after winning four straight games in the loser&#039;s bracket. The team is pictured above with its championship trophy. In the front row, from left, are: Ryan Miller, Johnnie Clift, Gavin Ratermann, Brett Mueller, Dalton Crisman, Quinn Wadkins and Austin Schwarm. In the back row are: Clinton Hood, Brock Trexler, Connor Beasley, Jacob Behrends, Kyle Bray, Noah Powless, Dylen Peters, Nate Ketchem and acting coach Rod Mueller. Not pictured are Matt Tomazzoli and team manager Jacob Riedle. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> ROBINSON &ndash; For the first time ever, Vandalia reigned supreme over the East Division Sr. Legion District Tournament.</p> <p> After losing its first game, Post 95 rallied to score 48 runs in four games in the loser&rsquo;s bracket, capping the comeback with a 13-3 win against Olney in last Friday&rsquo;s double-elimination championship game.</p> Post 95 forces double-elimination title game http://www.leaderunion.com/content/post-95-forces-double-elimination-title-game <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0027_5.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Johnnie Clift tries his hardest to slide around the tag of Olney&#039;s catcher last Thursday, but wasn&#039;t able to get his hand on the plate. He would score late in the game, a 14-2 victory for Vandalia." title="Vandalia&#039;s Johnnie Clift tries his hardest to slide around the tag of Olney&#039;s catcher last Thursday, but wasn&#039;t able to get his hand on the plate. He would score late in the game, a 14-2 victory for Vandalia." align="left" hspace="6" width="183" height="85" /><p> ROBINSON &ndash; Quinn Wadkins had very little experience running a home run trot going into last Thursday&rsquo;s District Tournament game against Olney.<br /> And he never anticipated that would be the day he would round the bases.<br /> Wadkins hit his first home run since pony league in the eighth inning and Austin Schwarm also homered to back a complete game from Matt Tomazzoli in a 14-2 win against Olney that forced a double-elimination championship game.<br /> Vandalia eliminates T-Town; wins 30th http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-eliminates-t-town-wins-30th <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0095_4.jpg" alt="Austin Schwarm has to hold up at third base following a good play by an outfielder, but he would later score in last Wednesday&#039;s win against Teutopolis." title="Austin Schwarm has to hold up at third base following a good play by an outfielder, but he would later score in last Wednesday&#039;s win against Teutopolis." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> ROBINSON &ndash; For the second time this season, a Vandalia pitcher fired a nine-inning complete game.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s not even a contest when determining which was the better outing.</p> <p> Jacob Behrends needed 143 pitches to complete last Wednesday&rsquo;s must-win game against Teutopolis in the Sr. Legion District Tournament, striking out a season-high 10 as he led Vandalia to its 30th win of the summer, an 8-4 victory.</p> Beasley homer propels Vandalia comeback vs. Robinson http://www.leaderunion.com/content/beasley-homer-propels-vandalia-comeback-vs-robinson <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140724crisman.jpg" alt="Dalton Crisman collects a hit last Wednesday during the District Tournament in Robinson." title="Dalton Crisman collects a hit last Wednesday during the District Tournament in Robinson." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> ROBINSON &ndash; Connor Beasley picked a pretty good time to hit his first home run of the summer.</p> <p> Beasley ripped a towering home run to right last Wednesday to pull Vandalia back within a run of the lead after five innings, setting up a momentum shift that included an eight-run sixth as Post 95 picked up a must-win 13-6 victory against Robinson in the Sr. Legion District Tournament.</p> Patton traded to Texas Rangers http://www.leaderunion.com/content/patton-traded-texas-rangers <p> South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton was traded from the Kansas City Royals organization to the Texas Rangers on the same day he pitched for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game.</p> <p> Patton, 26, was exchanged last Wednesday for veteran reliever Jason Frasor, 36, and was assigned to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Frasor joined the Kansas City bullpen.</p> Post 95 finishes 1-2 at Jr. Legion Districts http://www.leaderunion.com/content/post-95-finishes-1-2-jr-legion-districts <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0278.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s Jacob Linnabary lays down a bunt during last Saturday&#039;s winner&#039;s bracket semifinal loss to Newton at the Jr. Legion District Tournament in Teutopolis." title="Vandalia&#039;s Jacob Linnabary lays down a bunt during last Saturday&#039;s winner&#039;s bracket semifinal loss to Newton at the Jr. Legion District Tournament in Teutopolis." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Post 95 upset the No. 2 seed at last weekend&rsquo;s Jr. Legion District Tournament, but that would be its only victory as the season ended on Sunday in the loser&rsquo;s bracket.</p> <p> Vandalia beat Altamont, 5-2, in a first-round game last Thursday, but lost to Newton 7-4 and Dieterich 4-3 over the weekend.</p>