The top four hitters in Vandalia’s lineup each had one hit, but that only produced one first-inning run for the Vandals in last Friday’s 11-1 loss at Staunton.
Junior Jake Bowen drove home junior Collin Nestleroad in the top of the first, but Staunton answered that run in the bottom of the frame, and added one more in the second, two in the third and seven in the fourth in the South Central Conference matchup.
After scoring in the first inning just once in the first six games, Vandalia (5-6, 1-1 SCC) has scored a run in the first in five straight, but the Vandals have just two runs after the first in the past four games.
Austin Gusewelle pitched a well-balanced game for the Bulldogs, striking out nine over five innings and walking none.
He also hit one of Staunton’s five doubles, and Sam Alender homered, as Bowen (2-1) took his first loss from the mound.
Friday, April 18
WP: Gusewelle; 5 IP, 9 K
LP: Bowen (2-1); 3 1/3 IP, 1 K
Vandals: Bowen, 1-for-2, RBI; Nestleroad, 1-for-3, run; Carson Smith, 1-for-2; Richie Well, 1-for-2.
Record: 5-6 (1-1 SCC)
Junior Jake Bowen collected three hits, but the Vandals scored just two runs last Thursday in a 12-2 loss at Shelbyville that evened Vandalia’s record at .500.
The game marked Vandalia’s third straight loss after a 5-2 start.
Senior Carson Smith extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-3 effort, including a double, his fourth on the season.
Bowen drove home freshman Richie Well and freshman courtesy runner Preston Ruckman with a single in the first inning, but those runs were the only ones for the Vandals (5-5), who surrendered three runs to Shelbyville in three innings.
Tyler Hendyrx hit a home run and one of three doubles for the Rams, who pounded out 13 hits against Vandalia senior Matt Beck (0-2).
Thursday, April 17
WP: McConnell; 6 IP, 6 K
LP: Beck (0-2); 5 2/3 IP, 4 K
Vandals: Bowen, 3-for-3, 2 RBI; Smith, 2-for-3, 2B; Collin Nestleroad, 1-for-3; Ruckman, run; Well, run; Adam Palmer, BB.