VHS baseball team stumbles to 10-8 loss at Dakota Valley by Jim Prosser In a single game played at McCook Lake sports complex at Dakota Valley, on Friday, May 9, the Tanagers were the victim of the familiar foe, in the guise of five errors (three key ones) in a heartbreaking 10-8 loss to the Panthers.
After falling behind 5-1 in the first inning, Vermillion gained the lead in the fourth by scoring six runs after there were two outs in the frame. The comeback was sparked by a string of three singles contributed by Zach Weiss, Ryan Mockler, and Kevin Bleil, followed by a double from Andy Ofstehage, and finished off by a towering home run by Jason Donald.
It appeared that the visitors would prevail but the Vermillion team again fell into another sloppy play routine, committing three crucial errors, in a five-run sixth inning when the Tanagers used three pitchers before the "bleeding" stopped.
But Dakota Valley's Eric Sherrick, in a relief role, kept the Vermillion bats silent as he held the team scoreless over the final three innings and Dakota Valley came up with the 10-8 win.
Line score: Panthers � 10 runs, 10 hits, 1 error, 9 lob; Tanagers � 8 runs, 8 hits, 5 errors, 10 lob.
Offensively, Ofstehage scored three runs and had an rbi, hitting two for three. Donald went two for four with four rbis and a run scored. The other runs were made by Weiss (one for three), Mockler (one for three), and Kevin Bleil who also had an rbi.
The pitchers for Vermillion were Brad Schaack (one inning), Jason Donald (4 1/3), Kevin Bleil (1/3), and Kyle Mollet (1/3). There were only five earned runs for Dakota Valley, compared to six ER for the Tanagers.
Season record becomes 6 wins, 7 losses.