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The Vandalia Vandal diamondmen racked up two victories this past week, defeating Hillsboro and Carlinville, and narrowly dropping to Dieterich in a nailbiter.
After taking the lead in the top of the second, Vandalia couldn’t hold onto it, giving up three in the bottom of the frame, as they dropped to Pana, 5-3 on Tuesday, May 11.
The Vandals answered with one run in the top of the third, when Reid Well grounded out, scoring one run. Pana then returned with one of their own.
Nic Rosborough took the loss for Vandalia Vandals Varsity. The pitcher went four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and striking out one.
Conner Ray went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Vandalia in hits.
The Vandals are 4-7 on the year.
Despite allowing a four-run second inning by the Cavaliers, the Vandals put up 12 runs on the night and defeated Carlinville on Monday, May 10.
The Vandals weathered a scare by Carlinville in the second inning where they mustered four runs, their largest inning in the game.
Vandalia got on the board in the first inning when Mitchell Casey hit a solo homer to put the good guys on top, 1-0.
Vandalia tallied five runs in the second inning, with Matthew Hagy, Casey, and Jayden Lotz all moving runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Nolan White earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Vandalia Vandals Varsity. The righty surrendered five runs on six hits over five and a third innings. Gaige Beall threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
In the Vandals 11 hits in the game. Carson Ruot, Casey, and Lotz each racked up multiple hits with Casey and Ruot each collecting three hits to lead the team. Lotz and Hagy each had two.
The Vandals came up on the wrong end of a close battle with the Dieterich Movin’ Maroons on Saturday, May 8. Dieterich trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning when an error scored two runs for Dieterich.
Despite the loss, the Vandals collected eight hits in the game.
Dieterich opened up scoring in the second inning when Garrett Niebrugge doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring three runs, taking a 5-2 advantage.
The Vandals came back in the fourth with three in top of the inning, however Dieterich evened things up at six in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Vandals’ big bats in the inning were led by a single by Carson Ruot and a double by Mitchell Casey.
Matthew Hagy took the loss for Vandalia. The righty went two and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out six.
Vandalia collected eight hits on the night, with Hagy, Casey, and Ruot each rackingd up two hits each.
After trailing 1-0 after two innings against Piasa Southwestern last Thursday, May 6, the Vandals could not get on the board in the contest, and fell 5-0.
Southwestern fired up the offense in the second inning, scoring one run.
Conner Ray had a single in the fourth inning.
Nic Rosborough took the loss for the Vandals.
Mitchell Casey wasted no opportunities at the plate on Wednesday, May 5, driving in five on two hits to lead the Vandalia Vandals past Hillsboro, 12-2.
Casey drove in runs on a triple in the first, a sacrifice fly in the second, and a fielder’s choice in the fourth.
An early lead helped propel Vandalia to victory. The Vandals scored on a double by Jayden Lotz, a single by Conner Ray, a fielder’s choice by Reid Well, a ground out by Carson Ruot, a triple by Casey, and a single by Cayden Hipsher in the first inning.
Lotz earned the victory on the hill for the Vandals. The right-hander surrendered two runs on two hits over five innings, striking out four.
Vandalia collected 14 hits on the night, with Ray, Well, Casey, Nic Rosborough, and Hipsher all managing multiple hits for the team. Ray went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead in hits.