FNB/V advances in Babe Ruth League by Jim Prosser FNB beat the Yankton Dodgers on Thursday, July 24 to advance in the league finals against Vermillion Park & Rec on Monday, July 28, at Prentis Park.
The Vermillion team got off to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Alex Schaack reached base on a bunt single followed by a Jordan Boots walk. Gabe Verbeski plated them with a double.
Boots started and pitched three scoreless innings. In the second inning, he escaped from a bases-loaded, no-out jam. He registered a K for the first out. The second out was a force at the plate from SS Jeff Donnelly to Tyler Thedorff. Boots ended the threat with another K.
Schaack relieved in the fourth and ran into immediate trouble. The first batter doubled which was followed by infield errors on the next two hitters and resulted in a run.
A strikeout plus a catcher Boots to SS Donnelly to Jordan Merrigan at third turned into a double play. The rally was finished when Schaack gained another K.
An insurance run occured in the sixth inning as Boots scored on a Verbeski single, giving him all three RBIs for FNB.
Line score: FNB � 3 runs, 7 hits, 3 error; Dodgers � 1 run, 5 hits, 0 error.
Pitching: Boots � 3 innings, 0 R, 3 H, 3 Ks, 2 BBs.
Schaack � 3 innings, 1 R, 2 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB.
Hitting: Verbeski � 2 B and S; Schaack � 2 S; Thedorff � 2B; Nick Rasmussen � S; Mikal Ustad � S.