Legion baseball team wins two, loses one on weekend

Legion baseball team wins two, loses one on weekend By by Jim Prosser On June 28 the Vermillion Legion Post #1 baseball team traveled to Mitchell for a double header as they faced the Mitchell Legion team. The result was a long, hot, successful evening when the play added two wins to their season record.

The first game was a marathon 10-inning screamer as it took three Vermillion pitchers to stem the attack of the home team. Kevin Bliel pitched a 3 1/3 inning opening start allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out three batters, walking four. He was relieved by Brett Mockler who completed the fourth inning, surrendering only one hit but walking three and being charged with three runs. Drew Lawrence completed the game with a 6 1/3 inning relief stint and the win.

The offense got a good start, scoring 12 runs in the first three innings while Mitchell scored four. The �roof fell in� in the fourth inning and six runs crossed home plate, followed by a three-run seventh and a two-run ninth, leaving the game tied since Post #1 had scored a run in the fourth and two in the ninth. The 10th inning run was set up by a hit batsman and a error which made Kyle Mollet�s RBI the winning run. Lawrence retired the side 1-2-3, with two Ks and a fly out in the bottom of the 10th.

Led by B.J. Campbell�s 3-6 hitting, three runs scored and one RBI, every member of the team except one registered at least one run. Other contributers on offense were: Dan Holoch, 1-4, two runs; Andy Ofstehage, 2-5, two runs, one RBI; Brett Mockler, 2-6, three runs, one rbi; Drew Lawrence scored once and drove in two; Eric Rickord, 1 -5 one run, four RBIs; Jeff Gilbertson, 2-6, two runs, three RBIs; Bliel went 1-2, scored one and drove in two.

Line scores: Post #1 � 16 runs, 14 hits, 6 errors, 14 lob; Mitchell � 15 runs 8 hits, 7 errors, 9 lob.

The second game was more like the typical Danny Holoch pitched game as he gave up only three runs on five hits (all singles), striking out seven batters. He was credited with the win when his teammates backed him up with only one error while scoring six runs on seven hits.

Summary: Post #1 � 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 error, 6 lob; Mitchell � 3 runs, 5 hits, 4 errors 7 lob. Mollet went 2-4, scored two, drove in one; Mockler was 2-4, one run, two RBIs; Rickord wemt 1-4, one run; Jared Burcham, 1-3, one RBI; BJ Campbell, 1-4, one run.

Saturday evening, the team played at North in a 10-run rule shortened game when W. Whitehall tossed a no hitter, giving up only an unearned run, and Drew Lawrence was charged with 11 runs for the loss.

Line scores: North � 11 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors, 2 lob; Post #1 � 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 lob. The season record stands at 12 wins, 11 losses, with two games scheduled for July 2.

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