The VCHS softball team had its best offensive showing of the spring Monday at Litchfield.
Unfortunately, the host Purple Panthers did as well.
After being shut out over the first three innings, Litchfield exploded during the second half of the game, putting up crooked numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings in a 13-7 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Vandals.
Vandalia looked poised to halt a three-game losing streak, as it enjoyed a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. But the Panthers plated three in that frame to get back in the game. They then tied the game at 7-all with a four-run fifth.
A six-run outburst in the sixth completed Litchfield’s comeback, turning a close game into a blowout.
VCHS banged out a season-high 11 hits, as Amanda Walton led the way by going 2-for-4 with two RBI and Laura Hobbie continued her recent surge by going 3-for-4.
Ali Meyer added a triple and a double in four at-bats, while Julianna Banal was 2-for-3. But Litchfield was even hotter at the plate, finishing with 15 hits.
On a brighter note, the JV Lady Vandals (4-5) continued their fine play of late with a 14-4 pasting of the Panthers.
Maggie Childers improved to 4-2 on the year by striking out three and allowing three hits in three innings. Audra Donaldson closed out the win with two innings of work.
The varsity Lady Vandals (6-6) will look to snap a four-game losing skid when they host Pana Wednesday at 4:15 p.m.
Vandalia 012 400 0 – 7 11
Litchfield 000 346 x – 13 15
WP – Bergman (6-4, 7IP, 5H, 0BB, 11H, 7R). LP – Shields (6-6, 6IP, 5K, 2BB, 15H, 13R). Top hitters – Vandalia: Walton 2-4 (2 BI), Banal 2-3, Hobbie 3-4, Meyer 2-4 (2B, 3B); Litchfield: Bishop 2-4, Glover 3-4, Jaeger 3-4, M. Painter 3-3. Record – Vandalia is 6-6.
Hillsboro 6, Vandalia 5
Lauren Williams’ two-run single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference, as the Lady Vandals suffered a heartbreaking SCC-East loss to the Hiltoppers.
Trailing 5-4, Hillsboro quickly put runners on second and third in its final at-bat, but Vandalia pitcher Emily Shields struck out the next batter, as the Lady Vandals were an out away from a victory.
But Williams delivered a clutch hit for the visiting team, putting the Hiltoppers up a run. The Lady Vandals had the tying run on third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a groundout ended the game.
The Lady Vandals had rallied from an early 4-0 deficit, as Shelby Cearlock’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run rally and gave VCHS a 5-4 lead that they would enjoy until Williams’ game-winner.
Cearlock finished 2-for-4 in the game, as did Hobbie. Meyer and Mary Davis chipped in a hit apiece in three at-bats.
Hillsboro 101 200 2 – 6 7
Vandalia 000 500 0 – 5 7
WP – Banal (7IP, 7H, 4K, 0BB, 5R). LP – Shields (7IP, 7H, 6R, 3K, 0BB). Top hitters – Hillsboro: Williams 3-4, Thacker 2-4; Vandalia: Cearlock 2-4 (HR, 3 BI), Hobbie 2-4, Davis 1-3, Myer 1-3.
Greenville 5, Vandalia 2
Rebecca Peddicord struck out 16 and held the Lady Vandals to just one hit, and a five-run outburst by the host Comets in the fourth proved too much to overcome.
The Lady Vandals drew first blood with two runs in the top of the fourth, but Greenville countered with a big bottom half, and Peddicord shut Vandalia down the rest of the way.
The JV Lady Vandals also fell, 5-0, despite 10 strikeouts by Audra Donaldson in six innings of work.
Vandalia 000 200 0 – 2 1
Greenville 000 500 x – 5 7
WP – Peddicord (7IP, 16K, 1H, 2R). LP – Shields (6-4, 6IP, 2K, 0BB, 7H, 5R). Top hitters – Vandalia: Hobbie 1-3; Greenville: Miller 1-3, Hoffmeier 1-3, Stevenson 2-3, Hamel 2-3.