Legion team competes in invitational tourney

Legion team competes in invitational tourney Vermillion's Legion Post #1 baseball team traveled to Sioux Falls to compete in the Post #15 Invitational Double-elimination Tournament on Friday through Sunday, June 9-11.

The close-scoring late-inning losses seemed to plague Vermillion as they suffered 5-4 and 3-2 setbacks in the first two tourney games � the first to Beatrice, NE, and the second to Sioux Falls Post #15 West.

The stats for Beatrice were not available for this article but the West game was close throughout, with Post #1 holding a 2-1 advantage through 5 1/2 innings, then giving up an unearned run in the sixth, sending the game into extra innings, which West won in the eighth.

Vermillion out-hit West 7-4, but Dan Holoch took the loss with the two scores for the team being made by Todd Anderson who went two for four and was driven in by Dustin Larson who was two for three hits.

The next scheduled game was against Wakefield, NE, which was tied 8-8 in the fifth inning but, the Huskers out- scored the Vermillion contingent 6-1 in the final two innings to register a final 14-9 defeat of Post #1.

The offense was led in scoring by Dan Tolsma with three runs on three hits and one RBI. Also contributing was Brett Mockler scoring two runs on three for three hits and three RBIs; and Tyler Vacek was two for four, scoring two runs.

The final stats for Vermillion were: nine runs, 13 hits, five errors; losing pitcher Eric Holoch. Wakefield was: 14 runs, 10 hits, 2 error; winning pitcher J. McQuisten.

Finally favorable events occurred and Vermillion won by breaking a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning against Brookings, in the last game of the tourney, by scoring four runs in the sixth and shutting out the opponents in the last inning to register a long awaited 9-5 victory.

Todd Anderson went the distance giving up five runs on four hits, six walks, and five strike-outs.

Statistics for Post #1 were: nine runs, nine hits, two errors; Aaron Baedke � two runs, two for four hits, one RBI; Dan Holoch � two runs, on base three times; Jason Madsen � one run, one for four, three RBIs; Tim Broderson � one for three, one run; Brett Mockler � two for four, one run, one RBI; Todd Anderson � one for three, one run, two RBIs; Eric Rickord � one for one run; Tyler Vacek � one for four, two RBIs.

Madsen's home run in the fourth inning, with two men on base, was the blow that tied the score.

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