Baseball season ends for Post #1 with tourney loss

Baseball season ends for Post #1 with tourney loss Day four of the South Dakota Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament became the last game for Vermillion's Post #1 for the season.

Defending State B champion Groton Post #39 eliminated the home team 13-6 in a nine-inning loser-out semi-final. In the final game of Saturday's session, Milbank eliminated Southern Hills and faced Groton on Sunday.

In the final game of Saturday's session, Milbank outscored Southern Hills to eliminate them from the tourney. Milbank defeated Groton 18-8 in the final game on Sunday. They swept the tournament teams 6-0 for the championship.

Danny Holoch, who was the winning pitcher in both previous tournament games, started in the Vermillion-Groton game and was charged with the loss. On a very hot, humid day, he went 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine batters and walking two.

He surrendered nine runs on nine hits. Drew Lawrence came in for 1 1/3 relief innings, and Tim Brodersen finished the game.

Line score: Groton � 13 runs, 12 hits, 1 error, 6 LOB; Vermillion � 6 runs, 10 hits, 1 error, 8 LOB.

On offense, Ryan Nelson went three for four batting (including the only Vermillion home run in the tournament), scoring two runs, driving in one. Brett Mockler went two for five with one RBI and one run scored. Brodersen was two for four with one run scored. Tyler Vacek went one for four, scoring twice. Adam Brooks drove in two runs on two for five at the bat.

Utility players Josh Kyte and B.J. Campbell entered the game in the final couple innings. Their importance to the team should not be overlooked � Kyte warmed up the pitchers between innings in every game, and Campbell played right field in late innings of the last two games. Besides, they were real cheerleaders for their team mates.

Coach Jason Gault and assistant coach Scott Sebo crafted a successful roster of 12 young gentlemen who represented Vermillion in every aspect of competition and good sportsmanship. The teams' final record was 24 wins, 13 losses, and state tournament respectable participation.

The second game of day four (#10) had the Groton pitcher Greg Fichs going the distance giving up six runs on 10 hits, striking out 10 Vermillion batters and advancing his team to the final day of competition.

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