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  • Miller hopes eye test will earn...

    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...

    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...

    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.

  • National tour thrills at county...

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    The UMP Summer National tour made its annual stop at Fayette County Speedway last Friday night, ushering in the track’s biggest night of the year.  

    The Summer National “Hell Tour” is an annual endurance series, which races 33 nights at 33 different tracks throughout the Midwest over 39 straight days.

    Off days are for extended travel, so no rest for wicked, right?  

  • PHOTOS: Another Alumni Softball...

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

  • Post 95 reaches semis of...

    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...

    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.”

  • Vandals have tough time in...

    The Vandals closed the home portion of the summer season with just one win last Thursday and Friday in the final Vandal Shootout.

    Vandalia beat St. Elmo/Brownstown, 59-41, in pool play for its lone victory. The Vandals lost to Litchfield, 34-25, in the first round of the tournament, after having won the first round game in the three previous events this summer.

    Vandalia finished the final shootout at 1-6, and closed the summer at 9-23.

    Nashville topped Princeton, Ind., 32-13 to win the final shootout.

  • Jr. Legion headed to Greenville...

    Vandalia will spend the weekend at the Greenville College Jr. Legion Tournament, playing two games this Friday and Saturday in the inaugural event.

    Post 95 is in Pool A, and will face Shelby County at noon on Friday and take on Highland at 8 p.m. Both games will be played at Robert E. Smith Field on the campus of Greenville College.

    On Saturday, Vandalia meets Teutopolis at 1 p.m. and Carlyle at 5 p.m., with both games at Greenville High School.

    Winners of each pool will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Robert E. Smith Field.