Vandalia avenged its most lopsided loss in several years with an upset of Greenville on Monday in nonconference action.
The Comets beat Vandalia 22-1 on April 23, but the Vandals traveled to Greenville and came away a 4-1 winner behind a strong pitching performance from junior Zach Schaal and the defense’s first errorless game since April 2, 2013.
Schaal struck out nine in a complete game for his fourth win of the season. He allowed one earned run on five hits and no walks, but he did hit five batters.
Junior Collin Nestleroad had two hits and an RBI for the Vandals (7-10), and seniors Matt Beck and Colin Ledbetter also had an RBI.
Nestleroad has three two-hit games over the past four, and is hitting .462 in that span, while raising his season average to .302.
The Vandals scored all of their runs in the second inning, and Greenville scored on an RBI double in the fourth.
Monday, May 5
WP: Schaal (4-1); 7 IP, 9 K
LP: Mueller; 1 1/3 IP, 2 K
Vandals: Nestleroad, 2-for-4, RBI; Beck, 1-for-2, RBI, run, BB; Alec Schroeder, 1-for-3, run, BB; Carson Smith, 1-for-4; Ledbetter, RBI, BB; Jake Bowen, run, BB; Schaal, BB; Richie Well, BB.
VANDALIA – Gillespie put the first pitch of 12 at-bats into play, and made solid contact on almost every ball it hit during last Thursday’s 15-0 win at Vandalia.
The Miners had 17 hits – including five doubles – in the South Central Conference matchup, getting out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and scoring in each frame in support of Jake Fredericks, who struck out seven Vandals and allowed one hit and one walk.
Senior Matt Beck collected a single in second inning, but it was one of just three balls the Vandals put in the outfield in the five-inning game.
Junior Jake Stewart drew a walk in the fifth, and senior Carson Smith reached on an error in the fourth, but no Vandalia runner would reach second base.
The game was the first time the Vandals (6-10, 1-4 SCC) had been shut out this season.
Friday, May 2
WP: Fredericks; 5 IP, 7 K
LP: Bowen (2-3); 3 1/3 IP, 2 K
Vandals: Beck, 1-for-2; Stewart, BB.
Record: 6-10 (1-4 SCC)
Junior Jake Stewart struck out 10 in the best pitching performance of his career, and senior Carson Smith had three hits last Thursday as the Vandals snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-2 nonconference win at Pana.
Stewart was sharp all game long, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and just one walk to earn his first career win, and he also had a two-run single.
Smith extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three singles, raising his average to .477 on the season.
Vandalia (6-9) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third, and added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Juniors Collin Nestleroad and Adam Palmer each had two of the team’s 11 hits, including a double, and he and junior Jake Bowen each had one RBI. Freshman Richie Well had two RBI.
It was Vandalia’s second win against Pana this season, the first a 1-0 eight-inning victory on April 11.
Thursday, April 30
WP: Stewart (1-2); 7 IP, 10 K
LP: Gibson; 4 IP, 3 K
Vandals: Smith: 3-for-5; Nestleroad, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, run; Palmer, 2-for-3, run; Stewart, 1-for-1, 2 RBI; Bowen, 1-for-3, RBI, run, BB; Well, 1-for-4, 2 RBI, run, BB; Alec Schroeder, 1-for-4, run; Matt Beck, run.