Tanager baseball team battles elements, errors

Tanager baseball team battles elements, errors by Jim Prosser South Dakota spring weather is hardly conducive for athletic endeavors � but the Tanager baseball team perseveres with four canceled games and some cold and windy conditions in many of the rest of the scheduled competitions. In addition, they have to contend with some ill-prepared fields, scoreboards, and lighting. None the less, VHS played a double header at Alcester on Wednesday, April 23.

With overcast and threatening skies and temperatures in the low 50s, the first game became a struggle against the elements and some untimely errors which led to a 9-4 loss for the Tanagers.

Kevin Bleil started but lasted only one-plus innings, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks (along with a couple fielding errors). He was relieved by Danny Holoch who went the rest of the way allowing only two hits and two walks while registering nine strikeouts.

His teammates, unfortunately, had more problems with fielding the ball, committing eight more errors and the offense was not able to overcome the early deficit.

The Tanagers threatened in each of the final three innings but were unable to score more than four runs.

Line scores: Vermillion � 4 runs, 10 hits, 10 errors, 10 lob; Alcester � 9 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 8 lob.

Tanager runs were scored by four individuals � Kevin Bleil, three for four and one RBI; Andrew Ofstehage, two for three; Jason Donald; and Zach Weiss, one for two and an RBI. B.J. Campbell went one for two with two RBIs and Collin Prosser was two for four batting.

The second game was a JV affair and didn't go Vermillion's way. In fact, it was a no hit shutout for the Cub's JV who registered a 5-0 score in a darkness shortened performance.

The JV record is 2-1-1 and the varsity season record stands at 3-3.

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