Post #1 among eight teams in Simons Tourney by Jim Prosser With eight teams entered in the annual Milt Simons Tournament the pairing of the first day of competition in pool B had Vermillion Post #1 facing Sioux Falls West, Post #15 in the 1 p.m. opener. Other teams in Pool B were Marshall, MN, and Valley Springs.
The Pool A teams were Sioux Falls East, New Ulm, MN, Mitchell and Yankton. Pool play will determine the final day's pairings with the corresponding seeds playing on Sunday.
In the first game of the tourney, Post #1 had a difficult first inning as West scored 10 runs on eight hits with three errors. They basically set the tone and coasted to a 15-7 win.
Vermillion made a valiant attempt to overcome that early lead as Eric Rickord went three for three with two home runs (one a grand slam) and all seven runs batted in. Other leaders on offense were Kevin Bleil going one for three, one run; Kyle Mollet scored twice; B.J. Campbell was one for three, scoring one run; and Drew Lawrence scored one.
Line score: West � 15 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors, 5 lob; Post #1 � 7 runs, 6 hits, 4 errors, 3 lob.
The second game for Vermillion matched Marshall, MN Post #113 in the tourney, and was played at Ronken Field on the Augustana campus in Sioux Falls, on Saturday June 28.
Post #1's pitcher was Dan Holoch who went the full game giving up six runs on seven hits, registering six Ks and seven walks. Two Marshall pitchers held Vermillion to two runs on four hits with three Ks and three BBs. Marshall ended pool play with a 2-1 record and faceed the second place team from pool A on Sunday.
Post #1 had Rickord and Jared Burcham each scoring a run, and Holoch getting credit for an rbi. Campbell went for three; Burcham and Holoch were both one for three.
Lawrence went one for four. The team's pool record was 0-2 with a second game to be played. Line score: Marshall � 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 error, 8 lob; Post #1 � 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 11 lob.
The third game paired Valley Springs Post #131 with Vermillion Post #1 in the last Pool B competition in the tournament. It became a close struggle to determine the third place team to play the consolation bracket on Sunday. Post #131 prevailed after a see-saw four-inning lead of 3-2 became a 6 point advantage after five.
Vermillion scored four in the sixth, but VS countered with two more and the final was 10-6 putting Post #1 in the seventh place contest on Sunday. Bleil went the full game for the loss.
Line score: VS � 10 runs, 7 hits, 3 error, 8 lob; Post #1 � 6 runs, 5 hits, 6 error, 3 lob
Stats for Vermillion's offense are: Rickord � two for three, three RBIs; Holoch � one for two, two runs, one rbi; Mollet, one for four, one run, one rbi; Campbell, one for four, one run; Bleil and Lawrence each scored a run.
The season record sagged to 8 wins, 13 losses.
The third day of the Milt Simons American Legion Tournament paired the Pool A and Pool B corresponding seeds for the final round. Vying for the seventh place slot were Yankton Post #12 against Vermillion Post #1, contested at Augustana's Ronken Field on Sunday June 29.
Starting pitcher for Post #1 was Ben Oberle who went the distance giving up 10 hits, three walks, and four hit batsmen, resulting to 12 (six unearned) runs. Post #12's pitcher, Luke Kathol, was the winning pitcher as he surrendered four runs on six hits with three BBs. Vermillion committed three errors (none for Yankton).
Stats for Vermillion's offense are: Lawrence � two for three batting, one run; Holoch � two for two, one run, one rbi; Burcham � one for two, one run, one rbi; and Campbell � one for three with two RBIs, one for four, one run; Bleil and Lawrence each scored a run.
The season record fell to 8 wins, 14 losses.
The championship game was won by Sioux Falls Post #15 West when they defeated Mitchell Post # 18 9-2 on Sunday afternoon.