Vermillionites celebrate after late-night contest

Vermillionites celebrate after late-night contest by Jim Prosser The results of the second day of competition in the Clark Division had Carlisle Insulation-Omaha Bryan 3-0; Vermillion Post #1, 3-1; Parkston, 2-2; Lennox, 1-3; and South Sioux 0-3. The Lewis division two-day standings were: Papillion, 4-0; Norfolk, 3-1; Spearfish 1-3, Yankton, 2-2; and Valley Springs, 2-2.

In the first game of day two, Post #1 had another easy time, this one against Lennox as Kyle Mollet pitched a two-hit one-run masterpiece for his second win of the season. His six-inning stint included four walks and five Ks. He was backed up by flawless fielding as his team mates played an error-less defense and contributed nine runs on nine hits offensively.

Leading the offense was B.J. Campbell who went two for two, one BB, three runs (including a steal of home). Andy Ofstehage was one for two, scored one, and had two RBIs. Mollet went one for two with one run. Drew Lawrence scored one, drove in two; Dan Holoch was one for three, one run, one rbi; and Eric Rickord, from his lead-off spot, added a run and an rbi with his two for four at bats.

The fifth and final game of day two was a midnight celebration for the Vermillionites!

Rain washed out the fourth game at Prentis Park and the deluge made the field unplayable. So Parkston and Vermillion played their game in Yankton's Riverside Park with the start time about 10:30 p.m.

Post #1 fell behind 3-0 after four innings, 4-3 after five. The comeback was sparked by a hit parade of five in a row led by Kevin Bleil and completed by B.J. Campbell.

Yankton Post #12 scored one in the top of the sixth, but Bleil led off the bottom with a hit that inspired another scoring explosion of four runs which stood up for a 7-5 early morning victory.

Vermillion's Bleil was the winning pitcher as he put on an exceptional show of defense which outdid his offensive heroics. He gave up five runs on four hits but walked eight while registering eight Ks. His secret weapon is his pick off move to first when a man is on base. (He picked off five runners in the game). His batting stats included three for four with two runs scored. The best defensive play was a game ending double play, Bleil � Mollet � Lawrence.

The rest of the team offense was led by Kyle Mollet (two for three, two runs, one rbi); Campbell (two for four, one run, two RBIs); Dan Holoch (two for four, one run, one rbi); and Drew Lawrence (one for four, one run, one rbi). Ben Oberle and Andy Ofstehage each had an rbi with sac bunts.

Vermillion faced Papillion in the semi-finals of the tourney played on Sunday, June 8, and Norfolk faced Omaha Bryan in the other semi with the two winners playing the championship game of the tourney.

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