Legion baseball team falters at South Sioux

Legion baseball team falters at South Sioux by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Post #1 baseball team was at South Sioux City, NE to play at the Cardinals sports complex on June 22-23 in a tournament involving three teams from Nebraska.

Drew Lawrence pitched five innings against the SSC Legion team in the first game. He was stung for four scattered hits � all singles, but suffered the results of several team errors and was charged with seven runs (two unearned).

Brett Mockler relieved and suffered the same fate as he held the other team hitless but was charged with three unearned runs in one inning.

It was not an easy contest, as South Sioux�s Nick Foster gave up three runs, holding the visitors to only six hits during the span of seven innings.

Summary: SSC � 10 runs, 5 hits, 2 errors, 6 lob; Post #1 � 3 runs, 6 hits, 7 errors, 5 lob.

B.J. Campbell, from his leadoff spot, was 3-3 and scored a run; Mockler went 1-3, and one RBI. Mockler went 1-3 with one RBI; Max Swanson was 1-1 with one RBI; Kyle Mollet and Ben Oberle each scored a run.

In the second game against Norfolk, Vermillion had 12 hits and nine runs but Norfolk finished with 11 runs on five hits as errors were again contributing factors in the scoring.

Danny Holoch was the starter and pitched six innings giving up three hits, and eight runs (four unearned). B.J. Campbell relieved in the last inning, taking the loss when he was charged with three runs on two hits to end the game.

Line score: Norfolk � 11 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors, 8 lob; Vermillion � 9 runs, 12 hits, 4 errors, 8 lob.

Offensive stats for Post #1 included Kevin Bleil who was 3-4 with two runs scored; Campbell went 1-4, scored one and had two RBIs; Jeff Gilbertson was 1-5, 1 run, one RBI; Brett Mockler scored a run on 2-4 batting; Andy Ofstehage scored one and drove in one, with 2-4 at bats; Max Swanson went 1-3, scoring two with an RBI. Eric Rickord drove in two runs, going 1-3.

Games three and four were in the loser bracket and brought Pender to face Vermillion � twice. They sent two excellent pitchers in Jon Berridge and Cole Richardson who pretty much dominated the Post #1 batters. Berridge gave up three runs on three hits, registering five K�s, walking three.

Summary: Pender � 7 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 6 lob; Post #1 � 3 runs, 3 hits, 3 errors, 3 lob

Kevin Bleil pitched 5 1/3 innings and had seven K�s, three hits and six (three unearned) runs charged against him. Brett Mockler wrapped up giving up three hits and one run in 2/3 inning. Offensively, Mockler went 1-1, scored one, with one RBI; Campbell and Lawrence each scored a run.

By the time the fourth game had to be played, Pender�s Richardson took charge and held the Vermillion-ites to two runs on five hits and his team mates took advantage of a flock of errors (nine of �em!) and pretty much overpowered Post #1 14-2 .

Line score: Pender � 14 runs 5 hits, 0 errors, 9 LOB; Post #1 � 2 runs, 5 hits, 9 errors, 8 lob.

Lawrence, Oberle, and Gilbertson shared the pitching chores � each throwing for two innings and giving up about a third of the runs for each stint. Mockler had 3-3 batting including a homer, driving in a run and scoring one; Kyle Mollet was 1-2 and scored once; Ben Oberle was credited with an rbi when he walked with the bases loaded � the only scoring threat of the game for Vermillion.

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