Tanager baseball team gains split with Yankton

Tanager baseball team gains split with Yankton by Jim Prosser The VHS baseball team scheduled a double header to help fill out a schedule that has been affected by weather and personnel conflicts. It gave them the opportunity to take on a class AA Yankton Bucks team at Prentis Park on Tuesday, April 23.

In the first game, Drew Lawrence went four innings and maintained a 1-1 tie before �running out of gas.� He had given up two hits and one run going into the fifth. A walk, sac bunt, two singles and another base on balls gave the Bucks the lead and the bases loaded.

Adam Brunick was brought in to relieve and retired the next batter but a bases loaded home run by Matt Frank opened the flood gates and an eight-run inning was the result. The Tanagers threatened in each of the final two innings but were unable to score more than one run while Yankton scored two and the final score was 11-2.

Tanager scoring came from Jeff Gilbertson and Ben Oberle, with Brett Mockler and Dan Holoch getting the RBIs. Losing pitcher � Lawrence; winning pitcher � Aaron Ankany.

Line scores: Vermillion � two runs, five hits, five errors, seven LOB; Yankton � 11 runs, eight hits, two errors, nine LOB.

The second game became an exciting adventure for the home team fans as the Tanagers scored four runs in the first inning using an error and four straight singles to good advantage. Then increasing their lead to 8-2 after six innings before surrendering three runs on two hits and four errors in the final inning and the potential tying run at bat gave the fans about as much excitement they could stand.

Thankfully the starting pitcher, Dan Holoch, struck out Nick Dawson to end the game and preserve the win, 8-5. It was the 11th �K� for Holoch

as he gave up six hits and five walks for his complete game victory.

Leading the offense also, Holoch was 3-3 batting, scored a run and had one RBI. Brett Mockler chimed in with 2-3 at bats, scored twice and drove in two; Adam Brunick was 1-2, walked once, and had two RBIs.

Other contributers were: Eric Rickord and Jeff Gilbertson, both of whom went 1-3, scored once and had one RBI.

Also, Dave Hanson was 1-2; Dan O�Connor and B.J. Campbell each scored a run, as did Drew Lawrence.

Line scores: VHS � eight runs, 10 hits, six errors, six LOB; YHS � five runs, six hits, two errors, 11 LOB.

The season record stands at 3-3.

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