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  • Sr. Legion gets No. 2 seed in...

    Despite an overall record of 8-18, the Senior Legion team has secured a No. 2 seed in the district tournament, which starts this weekend. Of Post 95’s eight wins, five of them came against district opponents. Monday night, Vandalia will play T-Town in Effingham at 8 p.m.

    Vandalia 7 – Toledo 5

    Post 95 had to come from behind to win Tuesday night against Toledo.

  • Freight takes third at Altamont...

    Last weekend, Guaranteed Air Freight played seven games over the course of three days, in finishing third at the 2009 Altamont Fourth of July Tournament.

    The Freight played four games on Saturday alone, as they battled back through the loser’s bracket after suffering a 3-2 loss to Franny's in its first game on Saturday. The Freight would win four straight games before losing in the semifinals to Home Center, 7-6, on a close play at the plate.

  • Post 95 picks up two big wins...

    The Senior Legion team looks as if it has finally turned its season around. This past week, Post 95 won three of its five games, including three in a row, and a sweep of Olney.

    The offense that struggled to score just a few weeks ago has now scored 34 runs over the past five games.

    Perhaps the biggest reason for the recent offensive surge is lineup changes. Dallas Gray, who usually holds down the fourth spot in the lineup, has led off the last three games. In those games, he is combined 6-for-11 with two home runs, a double and four runs scored.

  • Senior Legion loses seventh one-...

    Monday night, Post 95 suffered its seventh one-run loss of the season and 12th loss overall, a statistic that haunts head coach Steve Hosick.

    Hosick said Tuesday that he thinks the players, “small town” mentality is partly to blame for the team's close losses. He thinks the players have a state of mind that tells them that playing a team close is good enough.

  • Junior Legion swept by Effingham

    Vandalia was swept in a doubleheader against Effingham last Wednesday. The Vandals failed to capitalize on opportunities, and errors on routine ground balls and dropped fly balls allowed Effingham second-chance opportunities.

    “You have to take care of your pitcher, and when a pitcher gets ground balls and fly balls, you have to take care of him and make those plays,” coach Luke Hohlt said. “A few guys are playing out of position and we’re kind of short-handed. They have to learn to make the plays when they’re out of position.”

  • Freight looking for redemption...

    For the past year, Guaranteed Air Freight has had time to think about the last year's Fourth of July Tournament in Altamont, where they were blanked in the championship, 7-0, by Cerro Gordo.  This weekend, they will get another shot at the title.

    The Freight is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Kelso Klassic. .

    Friday night, Vandalia will play its first game of the tournament, against T-Town KC at 7:30 p.m. on field A.

    Should Vandalia win, it will play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of the Franny’s vs. Kull’s game.

  • Tanner Bushue: Signed, Sealed...

    South Central pitcher Tanner Bushue wasted no time signing with the Houston Astros, on Sunday at his home in Kinmundy.

    The right-handed pitcher for the South Central High School Cougars was drafted 69th overall by the Astros in the second round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft on June 9.

  • Passing the torch

    In 1964, Ron Etcheson was an eighth grader at Vandalia Junior High School. On April 24 of that year, he set the record for the 220-yard dash with a time of 24.6 seconds. In the days after his record-breaking run, Jim Staff, who at the time was the regional superintendent of schools, came and congratulated Etcheson on his accomplishment. The moment stuck in Etcheson mind for years to come.

    “Just as a courtesy, he came and congratulated me,” Etcheson said. “I remembered that and thought it was neat.”

  • Freight takes fourth in Kelso...

    To open its final season The Guaranteed Air Freight softball team went on the road to Kelso, Mo. to compete in the Kelso Klassic. As the reigning champs, the team was looking retain its crown.

    The long layoff between last summer and this past weekend seamed to have some affect on their hitting, but their pitching was top notch.

    Brad Sturdy was just that, sturdy, as he went seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight. He held Lee’s Sports, of Pinckneyville, scoreless.

  • Tanner Bushue drafted 69th...

    Throughout the high school baseball season, scouts flocked to Kinmundy and rumors began to fly about right-handed pitching sensation, Tanner Bushue of South Central High School.

    As the season went on, Bushue’s draft stock rose and many foresaw Bushue being drafted in the first three rounds of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Tuesday night, Bushue was drafted 69th overall by the Houston Astros in the second round.