Vermillion Post #1 tops Harrisburg in DH action

Vermillion Post #1 tops Harrisburg in DH action by Jim Prosser Talk about ridiculous or sublime, Vermillion Post #1 gave the sparse Tuesday night, June 17 crowd its choice, as they claimed a double header victory over Harrisburg Post #44, 6-5, and 14-5, in which excellent play in the first game was followed by what might be called a rout in the second.

Game one was a see-saw affair with the scores tied 1-1 and 2-2 after two innings, but Post #1's starting pitcher Ben Oberle lost his control, giving up two walks in a row followed by an error and a two-base hit resulting in a two-run lead.

He was relieved by Kyle Mollet who pitched a one hit, one run, 4 2/3 inning gem, for his third win of the season. He was backed up by his teammates who used a fifth inning string of three hits and a sac fly to score three runs and take a 5-4 lead.

Unfortunately, a home team's double error and a sac fly by Harrisburg tied the score and the game had to be decided by another offensive spurt. It happened in the bottom of the seventh when Dan Holoch slammed a double to the scoreboard and Drew Lawrence advanced him to third using a ground out.

Eric Rickord then pounded the first pitch for a RBI single and the game ender.

Line score: Post #1 � 6 R, 11 H, 4 E; Post #44 � 5 R, 4 H, 2 E.

Leading the offense was Holoch with 3 for 3 hitting and two runs. Rickord was 2-4 scoring one and the game winning RBI; BJ Campbell went 2-4; Andy Ofstehage was 1-2, scored one, and had an RBI; and Drew Lawrence scored one, drove in one, on 1-3 batting.

The final game of the day was a waltz in the park for the home team! Dan Holoch started and went three innings surrendering two runs on four hits as the Vermillion offense and defense took a 6-2 lead into the middle of inning three, then a scoring explosion of eight runs against three different Post #44 pitchers sealed the victory for Holoch.

Collin Prosser took over the last half inning, being charged with two earned runs on one hit, two BBs and a K.

The team offense was led by Kyle Mollet (2-3, two runs, two RBIs); Ryan Mockler (1-2, two runs, two RBIs). Eight of the starters scored as Harrisburg put 11 runners on base by walks or hit batters.

Reserve Alan Bos was 1-1, one walk, one run, and one RBI. Line score: Post #1 � 14 R, 7 H, 1 E; Post #44 � 5 R, 5 H, 1 E.

Holoch's record is 2-1 and the team's season record stands at 7-5.

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