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School Sports

  • Effingham rallies to win Jr. Legion game

    VANDALIA – Two errors proved costly in the top of the seventh inning last Friday, as they helped Effingham score twice to take a 4-3 victory from Vandalia in District play.

    After a leadoff single in the seventh, an out was recorded when a sacrifice bunt turned into a fielder’s choice, but a pair of errors by third baseman Aaron Huber followed, the second leading to the tying run.

    A deep sacrifice fly in the next at-bat gave Effingham the winning run, and Post 120 followed with a 19-5 win in the second game to sweep the doubleheader.

  • Journey of Hope visits FAYCO Enterprises

    VANDALIA – Push America’s Journey of Hope cycling tour made its annual stop at FAYCO Enterprises in Vandalia on Monday afternoon, taking pictures with clients and learning about their daily activities.

    Members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapters throughout the country join forces on the west coast each summer and embark on a 4,000-mile cross-country cycling trip that ends in Washington, D.C., along the way raising money and awareness for those with disabilities.

  • PHOTOS: Challenger Sports soccer camp

    Matthew Higginson of Ireland began a week-long Challenger Sports camp for the Vandalia High School soccer team on Monday.

  • Miller hopes eye test will earn him a chance to play college baseball

    ROBINSON – In a baseball era driven by statistical analysis, it’s easy to categorize a player’s hitting ability.

    Punch a few numbers into a spreadsheet after each game, and it will generate his .329 batting average or his .381 on-base percentage or countless other figures developed to help tell how much value a player brings to his team.

  • Post 95 reigns supreme

    Connor Beasley has found his groove again.

    Beasley fired his first complete game shutout of the summer in last Saturday’s championship game of the inaugural Robinson Sr. Legion Wounded Warriors Tournament, a 4-0 win against Tennessee.

    It was Beasley’s second appearance of the tournament, after having allowed 10 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings in his last three appearances.

    He pitched three perfect innings on 37 pitches in last Thursday’s 18-2 win against short-handed Teutopolis in Post 95’s first game of pool play.

  • Post 95 earns share of District title

    Though neither team knew it at the time, the second game of last Tuesday’s doubleheader against Salem ended up counting in the District standings.

    A doubleheader at Salem was scheduled for Sunday, with the first game to count in the District standings, but those games were canceled.

    It was decided on Tuesday night that Vandalia’s 16-12 win from last Tuesday night would be a District game, giving Post 95 at least a share of the regular-season title.

  • Post 95 goes 2-2 at Greenville College Jr. Legion Tournament

    VANDALIA – Post 95 took a tough loss in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Breese.

    Noah Murray had Vandalia’s lone hit and Breese had an eight-run first and a six-run fifth to take a 15-0 win.

    Nic Hollenkamp retired 15 straight batters after Murray led off the bottom of the first with an infield single and Austin Hoehn drew a five-pitch walk.

  • PHOTOS: Another Alumni Softball Battle

    The Vandalia High School summer softball team and alumni met for a doubleheader on Tuesday

  • Post 95 reaches semis of Firecracker Classic

    Hitless games have been few and far between for Vandalia’s Brett Mueller this season.

    And after going hitless for back-to-back games for the first time in Sr. Legion action this summer, he bounced back with a hit in the semifinals of the 29th annual Mattoon Firecracker Classic.

    That single, however, was one of just four for Post 95 last Saturday, as Vandalia lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after being shut down, 4-0, by eventual tournament champion Mattoon.

  • Post 95 wins another District game

    VANDALIA – Jacob Behrends remained perfect with another complete game, Noah Powless drove in three runs and Post 95 rebounded from its first back-to-back losses with a 7-2 win against Salem in Sr. Legion District play.

    Behrends fired his second straight complete game, striking out seven to earn his third win in District action and move his overall record to 6-0.

    “He’s been throwing strikes like crazy,” said outfielder Austin Schwarm. “A big part of his success is that he doesn’t walk many people.”