Dieterich Post 628 pitcher Paul Thoele threw a four-hit gem in a 5-1 win, but Vandalia Post 95 coach Steve Dangbar took fans’ attention away from the performance with a spectacle in the fifth inning.
Dangbar was thrown out of the game after arguing a close play at first base, then getting into an argument with Dieterich first base coach Jason Poe.
Dieterich right fielder Callaway Campton beat out a throw to first base, benefiting from an indecisive play by Vandalia second baseman Austin Hoehn. The second baseman looked to throw out a base runner at second, but changed his mind and threw to first base too late.
Post 628 coach Jamie VanScyoc said it was a close call that could’ve gone either way and the grounder drove in the team’s fourth run of the game.
Dangbar, who was not available for comment after the game, left the dugout to argue the call after the umpire called Campton safe. He went back to the dugout after a discussion, but resurfaced a few pitches later — in the middle of Ryan Radloff’s at-bat.
“As far as I know, there were some words said about our kids as he left the field and then there was an exchange between him and my assistant coach (Jason Poe),” Van Scyoc said.
The home plate umpire tossed him from the game, at which point the coach appeared to signal his team off of the field, as the players began to walk toward their dugout.
Players never completely left the field and the two teams continued to play. Radloff singled after waiting to continue his at-bat, driving in a run to give Post 628 a 5-1 lead.
“He comes through and gets a hit,” VanScyoc said. “It shows a lot of desire on our kids’ part to go ahead and finish regardless of what’s going on.”
The spectacle couldn’t overshadow Thoele’s performance on the mound. He gave up four hits in seven innings and only one run. He finished with six strikeouts.
Post 628 scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the third inning. Trenton Poe drove in three of Dieterich’s five runs, on two hits.
“Trenton is playing like the player I expected him to be, coming through in big situations and driving in runs for us,” VanScyoc said.
Campton and Radloff each drove in one run. Poe and Clayton Campton led the team with two hits. Devin Flach had two walks.
Post 628 committed two errors in the game, though neither led to a run scored. Mike Sloan’s double in the fourth inning drove in Vandalia’s only run.
VanScyoc said he would tell his team not to be distracted by the game’s dramatic turn; instead, he wants his players to be proud of the way they played in the win.
“They did a lot right tonight in order to get the win,” Van Scyoc said. “With everything going on, we came together and finished.”
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Dieterich Post 628 002 030 5 6 2
WP - P. Thoele (7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB) LP - Dangbar (5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 6 K, 5 BB)
Vandalia: Dangbar (1B), Schaal (BB, SB), Sloan (2B, RBI), Cassidy (1B), Radamachier (1B)
Dieterich: Hartke (1B, SB), C. Thoele (BB), Cl .Campton (2 1B), Poe (2 1B, 3 RBI), Ca. Campton (RBI), Radloff (1B, SB, RBI), Bloemer (BB), Flach (2 BB), P. Thoele (BB)