First National places third in Babe Ruth Tournament

First National places third in Babe Ruth Tournament The First National Bank-Vermillion 11- and 12-year-olds came up short on their championship run in the Yankton Babe Ruth League Tournament on Friday, July 27, with a 6-2 loss to the Yankton Rangers. The locals placed third in the 13-team field.

The semi-final contest was close throughout as both teams demonstrated effective fielding and pitching. Vermillion starter Alex Schaack held the Rangers to two runs on three hits in the first three innings. Jordan Boots struck out three batters in relief. Critical defensive plays were made by Michael Oberle in left field on a line drive catch and by Ryan Powell on a throw to home stopping a run.

Offensively the team scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Casey Carlson. Michael Van Dyke had singled, stole second base, and then scored the run. Ryan Husby scored in the sixth on a hit by Boots. Also getting hits during the game were Steve Tims, Powell and Schaack.

The initial tournament game was July 24 in Yankton against the Crofton Blue team. FNB came away with an 11-6 victory after scoring four runs in both the third and fifth innings.

Leading the offensive assault with two hits each were Nick Rasmussen, Powell and Van Dyke. Daniel Storm scored two runs in the game. Powell struck out six batters in two innings of work. Boots pitched in relief and shut down a Crofton rally in the third. With bases loaded and one out, the first two batters grounded back to him for easy plays at first. Carlson saved a run in the fifth on a catch of a line drive to right field.

With the Crofton win, FNB advanced to a Thursday game with the Yankton Stars. The locals breezed to a 10-4 victory after losing to the Stars 17-10 only one week earlier in league play.

One key to this win was the team's offensive performance as eight of the 11 players had hits. Leading the team was Powell with two singles, two walks and two RBI. Jesse Kirkpatrick had a double with three RBI in the game and C.J. Haakinson scored two runs.

The other key was a three inning pitching shutout by Schaack. He had three strikeouts in both the second and fourth innings. The team completed several fielding gems in the third resulting in three force outs. Center field fly ball catches by Tims and Oberle in the fifth and sixth innings preserved the victory.

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