ROBINSON – Vandalia faced two must-win games on Wednesday at the Sr. Legion District Tournament, and despite falling behind in both games, Post 95 got to 30 wins on the season with a pair of victories, advancing the team to the championship game of the tournament.
Post 95 erased a 6-2 deficit against Robinson, using an eight-run inning to turn it into a blowout 13-6 win, and after falling behind 1-0 to T-Town, back-to-back extra-base hits in the third and a three-run eighth gave Vandalia a 8-4 win.
The two wins kept Vandalia alive in the double-elimination tournament, and Post 95 advances to the play Olney on Thursday at 5 p.m. Because Olney has yet to lose, Vandalia must win Thursday's game, and then beat Olney again on Friday to be declared the District East Division champion and advance to next week's New Baden Division Tournament.
Robinson scored twice in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-2 lead.
Noah Powless hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, and that was followed by a two-run home run by Connor Beasley to cut Robinson's lead to a run.
Vandalia then collected eight hits in the sixth to score eight runs and take control of the game.
Beasley earned the win, pitching the final five innings and striking out seven.
Against Teutopolis, Post 95 fell behind 1-0 after Jacob Behrends allowed three hits and two free passes in the third inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Kyle Bray roped a hit-and-run RBI double, and Powless followed with a two-run home run to give Post 95 a lead it wouldn't lose.
Beasley hit a solo home run in the fifth. T-Town's Andy Borries hit a two-run homer in the sixth to pull within a run, but Vandalia added another run in the sixth.
Teutopolis got another run in the seventh, but Vandalia put away the game with three runs in the eighth.
Behrends fired a complete game, striking out 11 and throwing 143 pitches to move his personal record to 8-0 and the team's record to 30-8.