VHS Tanager baseball team ends season by Jim Prosser A reversal of roles for the pitchers on the VHS baseball team occurred in the opening game of the regional held at Prentis Park in Vermillion last Tuesday, May 14. The return engagement with Beresford had starting pitcher Adam Brunick having some control problems as the team fell behind 3-0 midway in the second inning.
He was relieved by Dan Holoch who pitched four scoreless innings to record a win as Brad Schaack took over and gave up four runs before the Tanagers were able to salvage a 13-7 final advantage.
Line scores: Vermillion � 13 runs, 6 hits, 4 errors, 11 LOB; Beresford � 7 runs, 7 hits, 8 errors, 9 LOB.
While only five hits were registered by home team, most of the damage to the Watchogs� cause could be attributed to the errors, walks, and hit batsmen.
Leading the VHS varsity offense: Brett Mockler who was on base five times, with 1-3 batting, scored a run and had three RBIs. Eric Rickord and Jeff Gilbertson each were 1-3 batting, scored three and drove in one. Also, being credited with two RBIs was Jared Burcham who went 1 for 3. Drew Lawrence had an RBI in 1-3 batting; Holoch had an RBI with a sac fly and Kyle Mollet scored two runs.
The win sent the team to Chamberlain to face the second seeded Cubs in the regional championship game which was played on Tuesday, May 15.
Drew Lawrence pitched a three hitter, giving up two runs (one unearned) in the first inning. Unfortunately, Chamberlain�s Jay Reyer shut down the bats of the Tanagers, registering a no hitter scoreless performance.
Line scores: CHS � 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB; VHS � 0 runs, 0 hits, 4 errors, 4 LOB.
The Tanagers had three runners on base by being hit by a pitch, and there was one walk.
�It was the fastest seven inning game I�ve been involved with,� said coach Jason Gault, �less than an hour and 15 minutes!�
Note: the travel time for the round trip was probably six hours.