Five teams compete in Legion Baseball Classic July 11-12 in Yankton by Jim Prosser The Yankton Legion Baseball Classic was conducted on Friday and Saturday July 11-12 at Riverside Field.
Five teams competed in a round robin tournament format. Ten total matches were held with five games each day.
Game 1 � Yankton Post #12 pummeled Harrisburg 18-0.
Game 2 � Chamberlain defeated Harrisburg 7-1.
Game 3 � Freeman defeated Chamberlain 15-3
Game 4 � Freeman 6, Vermillion 5 in an exciting seven-inning screamer.
Kyle Mollet started for Post #1 and went three innings giving up two runs on three hits with two walks and one K. He was relieved by Kevin Bleil who was charged with four runs on six hits two Ks and one BB. He also hit a batter during his 2 1/3 inning term. Jason Donald finished the game holding the opponents scoreless the rest of the way. The two-run lead was cut in half when Drew Lawrence got on base with a single and was driven in by Eric Rickord's double in the fourth inning.
Freeman countered with a run in the fifth, then built the lead to 6-1 after six. Finally, the Vermillion offense came alive as Rickord walked, Andy Ofstehage singled and, after a couple outs, B.J. Campbell drew a walk, as did Bleil. With the bases loaded, Kyle Mollet lofted a long double to drive in two and Dan Holoch drove in a run with a single.
But the rally came up short when Lawrence was called out in a close play and the final tying run didn't score. Campbell went two for three, one run; Mollet � one for three, two RBIs; Rickord � one for two, one run, one RBI; and Lawrence, one for four, one run.
Game 5 � another close game but a Vermillion loss, nonetheless, to Yankton Post #12, 5-3. The home team took an early 2-0 lead but Post #1 answeredwith two runs in the third to tie the score.
Yankton countered with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. Vermillion replied with a run but couldn't overcome the two-run deficit. Vermillion's pitcher was Dan Holoch who went six innings giving up five runs on five hits, registering five Ks and three walks in the game. Line score: Post #1 � 3 runs, 8 hits, 2 errors, 7 lob; Post #12 � 5 runs, 5 hits, 5 errors, 5 lob. Travis Devine was the winning pitcher and Holoch took the loss.
Vermillion's offense was led by Holoch who was one for three, one run, one rbi; B.J. Campbell went one for four, with one rbi; Eric Rickord one for three, one run, Drew Lawrence was one for three; and Jared Burcham � two for three; Ryan Mockler scored the other run.
Saturday scheduled games in the Yankton Classic:
Game 6 � Yankton got by Chamberlain 2-0.
Game 7 � Freeman topped Harrisburg 9 � 3
Game 8 � Vermillion met Chamberlain in a six-inning 8-run rule loss for Post #1, 10-2. Steve Ehlers tossed a three-hit, two run, three-K win for Chamberlain. Drew Lawrence took the loss, giving up six hits (three homers), eight BBs, with nine Ks. Dan Holoch went two for two, with one run; Eric Rickord was one for three, with one rbi.
Game 9 � Kevin Bleil pitched a complete game win for Post #1 over Harrisburg Post #45, 6-4. He allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk, being credited with five Ks.
Line score: Post # 1 � 6 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 7 lob; Post #45 � 4 runs, 9 hits, 6 error, 5 lob.
Each of six players scored a run for Vermillion, Rickord, Bleil, Burcham, Lawrence, Ofstehage, and Mockler. RBIs were credited to Campbell, Holoch, Bleil, and Ofstehage. Vermillion's season record is 13-17.
Game 10: Yankton doubled up Freeman 12-6 in the championship game.
Places and classic record:
First � Yankton, 4-0.
Second � Freeman, 3-1.
Third � Chamberlain, 2-2.
Fourth � Vermillion, 1-3.
Fifth � Harrisburg, 0-4.