Teeners meet further frustration at Salem The Vermillion Teeners baseball team faced the Salem Teener club in a scheduled double-header on Friday, June 29 at Salem.
When the visitors took an early two-run lead in the top of the first of the opening game, things looked pretty good for Vermillion. In spite of the five runs scored by the home team in the bottom half, Vermillion responded with three runs in the second to tie the score.
Fans had to hold their breath when the Salem team loaded the bases before an out was registered in the third inning. Even after a run scored, a second out was made and the outcome didn't appear too bleak. But then the roof fell in with hit batsmen, errors and bases on balls bringing about a seven-run onslaught and another Teener defeat.
Vermillion's Jeremy Yankton started and went 2 1/3 innings with all runs being charged against him. Matt Kallsen relieved, went the rest of the game and shut down the opposition.
Line scores: Salem � 12 runs, 5 hits, 4 errors; Vermillion � 5 runs, 7 hits, 6 errors.
The Vermillion offense was led by Jared Burcham who scored twice and drove in one run on a one for three at-bat performance. Yankton went one for one and had two RBI. Adam Brunick was one for two, scored one and had one RBI. The other runs were scored by Max Swanson and Collin Prosser.
The second game found Vermillion unable to overcome an early 5-1 lead, although they did match the five runs of Salem before five more runs were scored by the home team with threatening skies overhead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, a lightning bolt struck near the baseball field and that terminated the game!
Line scores: Salem � 10 runs, 5 hits, 1 error; Vermillion � 5 runs, 6 hits, 3 errors.
Kallsen went three innings and Brunick relieved in the terminated game. Offensively, Yankton scored two runs and drove in two, going one for two at the plate. Burcham went two for three, with two RBI. Swanson was one for two, scoring once, and Tom Harnois and Kallsen each scored a run.
The team's season record stands at 1-9.