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School Sports

  • Four JV players play vs. Litchfield

    Several JV players were given an opportunity to play at the varsity level last Friday, and the Swain twins impressed during a 14-0 loss.

    Freshman Ashley Swain went 1-for-1 to get her first career varsity hit in the bottom of the third, and Kelsey Swain pitched the final one-third of an inning, allowing one hit.

    Others who earned playing time due to two varsity players being unavailable to play were junior Caitlin Alverson and freshman Kadi Metzger, who each had one at-bat.

  • Vandals snap losing streak; to honor seniors Friday

    While it’s likely that teams will eventually catch on to his bunting, Vandalia junior Leyton Godoyo still might be fast enough to outrun a prepared defense.

    He showcased his speed last Wednesday, when he had three bunt singles and three stolen bases to help the Vandals snap an 11-game losing streak by defeating Hillsboro, 9-3.

    What’s good, however, is that while Godoyo has attempted bunts in the majority of his recent at-bats, if a defense ever does find a good strategy to stop his bunts, he is perfectly capable of swinging away for hits.

  • Rainey named MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

    BEECHER CITY – Ramsey junior Shaunna Rainey on Saturday was named the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference.

    Rainey was joined by teammates junior Taylor Knisley and senior Darien Carter on the all-conference first team.

    “I’m really proud of that,” said coach Mike Jackson. “She is a big boost for our team. Nobody worries about our catching position, and her hitting and base running are good.”

  • St. Elmo takes third place at EIC Tournament

    BEECHER CITY – St. Elmo regained its focus after a lopsided loss to take third place at the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    The Lady Eagles suffered a 16-1 setback against Ramsey in the semifinals, but St. Elmo scored seven runs in the first two innings of an 8-4 win against Beecher City in the third-place game.

    “It was good to see them get their focus back and play a good game,” said coach Tom Fedrigon. “Samantha (Austin) pitched fantastic, and the defense played well behind her.”

  • Ramsey makes contact all game long in semifinal win

    BEECHER CITY – Even their foul balls were hit hard.

    The Lady Rams came out swinging against St. Elmo in the semifinals of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday, posting the day’s highest run total in a 16-1 drubbing.

    “They are adjusting and not going for any pitch (that isn't want they want) on the first strike,” said Ramsey coach Mike Jackson of hitters.

    Included in Ramsey’s 14 hits were six doubles, four of which brought home at least one run.

  • The Next Level: graduated athlete round (May 10)

    Tanner Bushue • Pitcher/Minor Leagues
    •May 1 – Bushue, a South Central graduate, was reassigned to extended spring training after a rough start to his season with the Class A Lexington Legends. In six appearances (three starts), Bushue was 0-3 with an 18.82 ERA. He had allowed 27 hits and 23 earned runs in 11 innings of work, while striking out 10.

    Paige Dodson • Junior/Greenville College

  • Prep roundup (May 10)

    Several Jr. High track athletes going to state

    Patoka eighth-grader Taylor Issak qualified for Saturday's state meet in three events.

    Issak qualified for the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Class S state meet in Salem in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump.

    In her three years with PJH, Issak had qualified for the state meet in six events.

    In addition, 16 Brownstown athletes have qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class A state meet.

  • Vandalia baseball, softball games canceled

    The Vandalia baseball and softball games scheduled for Monday have been canceled.

  • Lady Vandals now to play in Vandalia

    The softball game between Vandalia and Marquette Catholic will now be played in Vandalia due to wet grounds in Alton.

  • Vandalia, St. Elmo baseball games canceled

    The Vandalia baseball game at Litchfield has been canceled due to a school activity scheduling conflict at Litchfield. It will be made up on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. (varsity only). In addition, St. Elmo at North Clay has been canceled for Friday.