Lady Vandals hold on to defeat South Central Monday

Vandalia 6, South Central 5
The Lady Vandals scored five runs in the fourth inning, then held off a late South Central charge to record their first win of the season on Monday.

South Central followed the Lady Vandals’ big inning with one of its own, scoring four times in the sixth inning, then threatened to add more in the final frame.
With Vandalia holding a 6-5 lead going into the seventh inning, South Central had runners on second and third when Kelsey Swain secured the win by inducing a popup to end the game.
Swain struck out six, walked three and allowed eight hits as the Lady Vandals improved to 1-2.
Mikayla Ruot led Vandalia in hitting with a 3-for-3 day, including a double, and one RBI, and Swain was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI. Molly Kern and Gracie Morrison each added one hit.
The loss was the season opener for South Central, which had even been unable to have infield practice until prior to Monday’s game.
Abby King took the loss for the Lady Cougars, giving up four hits while striking out nine, walking one and hitting one batter. Only two of the runs that King gave up were earned.
Bailey Ritter led the Lady Cougars with two hits and an RBI, and Mia Campbell had a double and an RBI.
Sidney Wilkins tripled, and King, Serina Lee and Jordan Schaal added singles. Kanady Grzegorek and Jayla Conley each contributed an RBI.

Effingham 19, Vandalia 0
The Lady Vandals fell to 1-3 on the season after being the victims of a no-hitter on Tuesday.
Molly Kern took the loss on the mound, striking out three, walking two and giving up 12 hits in two innings of work. Kelsey Swain struck out three and allowed five hits in two innings, and Daryn Waddell pitched the final inning, striking out one, walking three and allowing one hit.

SEB 19, CORL 6
St. Elmo/Brownstown picked up its first win of the year on Tuesday, scoring in all five innings to defeat Christ Our Rock Lutheran in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.
The Lady Eagles scored six times in the first, five in the second and third innings, twice in the fourth and once in the fifth.
Darby Moss and Tessa Philpot each went 3-for-3, with Philpot driving in six runs, and Audriana Pruett was 3-for-4.
Stephanie Calhoun was 2-for-3, and Kyrstyn Fitch and Sydney Moss each added one hit.
Baylee Scholes was the winning pitcher, striking out two and allowing five hits.
After the win, SEB’s season record stands at 1-5.

Okaw Valley 15, SEB 1
Despite the loss, St. Elmo/Brownstown coach Tom Fedrigon  saw some positive things in Tessa Philpot’s first varsity start as a pitcher.
“She threw the ball pretty well and show some good mental toughness,” Fedrigon said.
St. Elmo/Brownstown scored once in the first inning, then was blanked the rest of the way in the road loss.
Philpot struck out two and gave up five hits in four innings.
The Lady Eagles were limited to four hits, a double by Audriana Pruett and singles by Kyrstyn Fitch, Philpot and Jenna Long.

Bailey Ritter scores for South Central in Monday’s contest at Vandalia as Lady Vandals catcher Gracie Morrison awaits the throw to the plate.

Mikayla Ruot strokes a double during the Lady Vandals win over South Central on Monday afternoon.

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