Pepsi Invitational sends Legion team home early

Pepsi Invitational sends Legion team home early by Jim Prosser It�s too bad that you couldn�t have been in Rapid City last weekend to observe the Vermillion Post #1 baseball team as they were unusually proficient with defense and pitching in the three games contested at the Pepsi Invitational.

It was a double elimination format and Post #1 was victorious in game #1 over Chadron NE 3-2.

Drew Lawrence pitched a complete seven innings to claim the win. He was stung for eight scattered hits (two were infield singles), two runs (one unearned), while overpowering the Chadron bats with 13 Ks and giving up one BB.

It was not an easy contest, as J. Heiting gave up three runs to Vermillion on only four hits during the span of seven innings.

Summary: Post #1 � 3 runs, 4 hits, 4 errors, 6 lob; Chadron � 2 runs, 8 hits, 2 errors, 8 lob.

B.J. Campbell, from his leadoff spot, was 1-4 and scored a run; Mockler went 1-2 with one RBI; Kyle Mollet was 1-2, two runs scored with one rbi; and Ray O�Connor went 1-3 (a double which drove in the winning run).

In the second game, against Ogallala, Danny Holoch was the starter and pitched a complete seven innings giving up one hit, two runs (unearned), registering eight Ks, with no BBs. Unfortunately, E. Johnson held the Vermillion team to one run on seven hits as five runners were stranded when unkindly plays by the home team kept them from crossing the plate. Try to explain the vagaries of the game � two hit batsmen in a row, followed by the only error in the game, resulted in the two runs.

Summary: Ogallala � 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 lob; Vermillion � 1 run, 7 hits, 1 error, 5 lob.

Offensive stats for Post #1 included Drew Lawrence who was 1-2 with a run scored; Kyle Mollet went 2-3 with one rbi.

Game 3 was in the loser bracket and brought Reliance, NE to face Vermillion. Kevin Bleil started and gave up two runs in the first inning, then shut them out the rest of the game, registering six Ks, walking one and holding the batters to five hits. But Reliance�s A. Shannon held the Post #1 batters to one run on six hits, registering seven Ks.

Summary: Reliance � 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 4 lob; Post #1 � 1 run, 6 hits, 2 errors, 6 lob.

Offensively, Campbell went 2-3 and scored one, while Lawrence was 2-3 and a run batted in.

The loss sent Vermillion home early but �what might have been� haunts the memory of three excellently pitched games.

�It must remind us of the need to concentrate and perform on every pitch, hit, and throw if we�re going to succed,� said coach Jason Gault.

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