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School Sports

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (April 11)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Wilmington Blue Rocks

    •April 6 – Patton, a South Central graduate, pitched two innings of relief during a 5-0 loss at Myrtle Beach. The Kansas City Royals prospect allowed two hits, including a home run, and one walk, while striking out two.

  • Liberty Shops purchase naming rights to Vandalia's high school softball field

    Both high school fields at Vandalia Community High School have now been given naming rights.

    Liberty Shops has purchased the naming rights to the high school softball field, according to Vandalia Field of Dreams President Tom Lucken.

    Liberty Shops will own the naming rights to the field for the next five years at $3,000 per year.

    Lucken said the committee plans to use the first installment to purchase a new scoreboard for the softball field.

    Vandalia Mutual owns the naming rights on the baseball field.

  • Area Prep Roundup (April 11)

    SOUTH CENTRAL

    Though South Central has had mixed results early in the season, the Cougars found a way to pick up a big win on Tuesday.

    Battling Class 2A Greenville at home, South Central got a complete game from senior Dan Diss and three doubles to defeat the Comets, 7-5.

    The Cougars (3-5) scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-1 lead, and held off Greenville, which scored three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to get within a run before South Central added another run in the sixth.

  • Beasley shines in shutout of Route 40 rival

    ST. ELMO – Senior Connor Beasley set the school record for strikeouts, and the Eagles offense took advantage of several Brownstown errors to pick up a win on Monday night.

    Beasley struck out 19 batters in a record-breaking performance that left the Bombers with just two hits and St. Elmo with an 8-0 win in one of the last games between the two schools before they co-op in baseball next season.

  • PHOTO: Banal makes college choice

    Ramsey senior Peyton Banal on Monday signed a letter of intent to play softball for St. Charles (Mo.) Community College.

  • Vandals can't find big hit in loss to Altamont

    VANDALIA – The Vandals had several base runners, but never could find a big hit to drive them home on Tuesday in a loss to Altamont.

    Six runners were left in scoring position and 11 total runners were stranded as the Indians used a late push to take a 10-1 victory at Vandalia Mutual Field.

    “We had the bases loaded a couple of times, and we just have to come up big in those situations,” said coach Luke Hohlt. “I am confident we will get there with these guys.”

  • Vandals 1-1, Bombers 0-2 at round-robin

    VANDALIA – Hits were hard to find for the Vandals and Bombers in the first game of Saturday’s round-robin in Vandalia, and one run was enough for Vandalia to secure the win.

    Both teams had three hits in the game, but a first-inning RBI infield single by Michael Wells was enough to give the Vandals the 1-0 victory

    “I thought that we could have put the ball in play some more, but I am happy we came away with a win,” said Vandalia coach Luke Hohlt.

  • Lady Vandals Insider: Plenty of players available for softball team

    VANDALIA – It’s hard to say if the Lady Vandals will ever have a true group of regular starters this season.

    With some 15 players who have proven they deserve playing time, coach Brian Buscher has employed several different lineups already this spring to give as many players as possible the chance to get on the field.

    “We’ve basically played 14 players, and Kylie Sellers will hopefully be back next week, so that’s 15 in the rotation,” Buscher said. “The girls will have be patient.”

  • Lady Vandals start conference season with win over Pana

    VANDALIA – Senior Abby Dugan pitched three innings of shutout relief, and the offense had a season-high 11 runs against Pana in picking up the first win of the season.

    Dugan allowed just one runner to reach third base in the final three innings of an 11-8 win in the South Central Conference opener, a game that featured seven lead changes.

    “We’d take a lead, they’d take a lead,” said Lady Vandals coach Brian Buscher. “That helped us keep our focus.

  • Ruffner leaps 5-5 to set new high jump record

    Senior Sierah Ruffner twice broke the school record in the high jump earlier this week.

    With a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches at Breese Central on Monday, Ruffner broke her old record of 5 feet, 3 inches.

    She bettered that by another inch at Roxana on Tuesday.

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    The Vandalia boys track team will take part in its first home track meet of the spring on Thursday.

    Patoka, St. Elmo and Altamont will be the other teams at the meet, which begins at 4 p.m.