Vandalia softball places second at end-of-year Decatur tourney

This summer, the Vandalia Community High School softball team participated in a Decatur summer league.  The Lady Vandals played in their end-of-season tournament in Decatur, on July 24 and 25,  finishing in second place. 
In game one, they lost to the Crush, 13-1.  Megan Godoyo hit a triple to drive in the Vandals' lone run of the game.
In order for the Lady Vandals to stay alive in the tournament, they would have to win their next three games. And they did just that. In game two of the day, the Vandals defeated Argenta, 7-5. Godoyo earned the win by giving up only three hits, striking out 11 and walking six. Whitney Newsom and Morgan Whightsil both went 3-for-4, and combined for five runs and three runs batted in. 
The Vandals then defeated the No Names, 12-6. Peyton Banal of Ramsey started the game for the Vandals and held it to a 6-6 tie going into the fifth inning. Godoyo was able to close out the last two innings and got some extra run support when the Vandals scored three runs in each of the last two innings. Newsom went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run and accounted for six runs batted in. Taylor Well also had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two singles.
Vandalia finished off day one of the tourney with an 8-4 win over the Generals.  Banal and Taylor Knisley, also from Ramsey, teamed up in the circle to get the win. Newsom and Godoyo had two hits apiece. 
With only three teams left in the tournament on Sunday, the Vandals needed to win their first game of the day to reach the championship. They matched up again with the Crush to try to return the favor for the loss the Vandals received the day before. 
Vandalia won 8-4 behind the pitching of Godoyo. She went seven strong innings, giving up five hits, striking out six and walking three. Matti Tedrick had a big game as well, going 2-for-2 and delivering two clutch base hits that drove in a pair of runs.
Newsom went 3-for-4 with a double and also drove in two runs. The win put Vandalia in the championship game, needing to defeat Midwest Energy twice to become the champions. Midwest Energy was a team made up of some of the best players from the Decatur area. 
The Vandalia lost 10-0 in five innings. Knisley took the loss and the Vandals had no hits.
In their summer season, the Vandals' record was 10-19-1.

The VCHS softball team is shown following its second-place finish at the end-of-the-year Decatur tournament. In front, from left, are Morgan Whightsil, Emilie Britt, Taylor Knisley, Matti Tedrick and Molli Tedrick. In back are coach Jeremy Curll, coach Hannah Edgar, Whitney Newsom, Taylor Well, Peyton Banal, Megan Godoyo, Alex Henna and head coach Brian Buscher.

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