Post #1 baseball team wins doubleheader

Post #1 baseball team wins doubleheader by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Post #1 team played host to Freeman Post #248 in a double header last Tuesday, June 18, raising their season record to 8-6 and extending their winning streak to five in a row.

Vermillion�s Danny Holoch pitched the first game, a real �slugfest,� allowing two runs in the first inning and four in the second, then holding Freeman to two runs in the remaining five innings as his Post #1 players built an eight-run, three-inning spurt to tie and finally win with the go ahead run in the sixth inning. It wasn�t pretty but the outcome was great.

While striking out only two, walking four, and giving up 10 hits, Holoch was backed up by a nearly perfect fielding crew which came up with some spectacular catches and throws. Conversely, pitcher Jason DeBelts for Freeman gave up nine runs on nine hits while striking out two batters and walking four.

Line scores: Freeman � 8 runs, 10 hits, 4 errors, 7 lob; Vermillion � 9 runs, 9 hits, 1 error, 6 lob.

B.J. Campbell led the hitting and scoring with 2-4 at bats, one run and three RBIs. He was followed closely by Jeff Gilbertson going 2-4, and scoring twice. Brett Mockler also went 20-4, driving in two; Ray O�Connor was 1-4, 1 run and one rbi; and Drew Lawrence had 1-1 batting but was on base three times, scoring two runs.

Game #2 proved to be a �breather� as the Vermillion team took an early 10-1 lead and ultimately arrived at a 13-3, 10-run rule finish. Drew Lawrence started and went 2-plus innings giving up three runs on two hits, registering four K�s and four walks, also hitting a batter. He was relieved by Kevin Bleil who pitched three shut-out innings.

Line scores: Vermillion � 13 runs, 11 hits, 2 errors, 2 lob; Freeman � 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 9 lob.

Eric Rickord put on an offensive show with 3-3 hitting including a double, three runs scored, two RBIs. Ray O�Connor found the hitting groove as he also went 3-3 including two doubles (almost triples!), four RBIs and one run scored; Jeff Gilbertson went 2-3, two runs, two RBIs; Lawrence was 2-3 batting, two runs, one RBI; Brett Mockler was 1-2, one run, one RBI. Kyle Mollet scored twice; Danny Holoch and Adam Brunick each scored a run, and Kevin Bleil drove in the deciding run to end the game. Sparkling defense was again displayed with some great throws from both infielders and outfielders.

Games were scheduled Friday, June 21 at Alcester and a two-day tournament at South Sioux City on June 22-23.

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