Errors decide Tanager loss by Jim Prosser A team's loss is charged to the pitcher, but the result is often caused by shoddy play in the field, and that was the outcome as VHS played a double header at Beresford on Thursday, May 1.
The weather was not to our liking, with intermittent showers and drizzle, and the first game became another nightmarish struggle against one of a coach's bane � those untimely errors!
The game started on a positive note for the Tanagers as the first four batters scored in the top half of the opening inning, led by three straight hits, a fielders choice, and a sac fly. The Watchdogs were retired in order while the Tanagers scored a run in the second inning and Beresford answered with an unearned run.
The third inning started innocently enough for Vermillion as the first two batters, against Dan Holoch, grounded out. They were followed by a walk, two errors and two hits to score four more unearned runs.
It remained tied until the fifth when the visitors scored on a double and sac fly for a 6-5 lead. The Watchdogs countered with a two-run half inning themselves, courtesy of an error, a hit and a sac fly to make the score 7-6 as the Tanagers threatened with two hits in the final inning but couldn't score.
Danny Holoch, who went the whole way, allowing only six hits and one earned run, walking three while registering four strikeouts, was charged with the loss. His teammates, unfortunately, had more problems with fielding the ball, committing four errors and the offense was not able to overcome disaster.
Line scores: Vermillion � 6 runs, 10 hits, 4 errors, 6 lob; Beresford � 7 runs, 6 hits, 2 errors, 5 lob
Tanager runs were scored by five individuals � Kevin Bleil (one for three), B.J. Campbell (one for three, one rbi), Kyle Mollet (three for three, two runs) Holoch (one run, one rbi) and Ben Oberle (one for three). Drew Lawrence went three for four with one rbi, and Andy Ofstehage was one for three batting with one rbi.
Team record is now 3-5.
The second game was a three-inning JV weather shortened affair which didn't go Beresford's way. In fact, it was a one-hit, four-run fiasco for the Tanager JV who registered a 9-4 winning score in an error filled performance by both sides.
Jason Donald pitched one inning, giving up one hit, two walks and two unearned runs while registering two Ks. Collin Prosser's two inning stint included one walk, three Ks and an unearned run. Each team committed three errors, but the Tanagers had seven hits and a couple of hit batsmen to account for their nine runs.
Leading the onslaught were: Ben Oberle � two for two, one run, one rbi; Brad Schaack � one for one, two runs; Zach Weiss � one for two, two runs; Jordan Anderson � one for two, one run, one rbi; Prosser � one for one, two RBIs; Alan Bos and Ryan Mockler scored one run, each.
The JV record is 3-2-1.