Region 3B crown awarded to Vermillion Post #1 by Jim Prosser With coordination, confidence, cooperation, and class the Vermillion Post #1 baseball team outplayed Lennox in the final game of Region 3B.
The Vermillion team's 7-3 victory earned it a berth in the State Legion Tournament. The local team's first appearance in the double elimination state tournament was 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. Vermillion was beaten by Miller/Wessington 11-9, and was scheduled to play either Winner/Colome or Milbank at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
In the Region 3B game against Lennox, Vermillion fell behind 1-0 in the first inning when Ken Longman drove in Kirby Hofer on a fielder's choice ground out. That lead remained through five innings as Vermillion's Danny Holoch confidently kept the opponents' bats quiet and his teammates cooperated with errorless play.
When inning six brought about a three-run spurt, with the coordinated three straight hits, two sacrifice bunts and eight at bats, Post #1 took a lead they would not relinquish. The onslaught continued during inning seven as three hits and a Lennox error produced three more runs and a somewhat comfortable 6-1 lead.
A combination of a hit batsmen and an error gave the visitors an unearned run in the ninth and, while Lennox scored a couple runs in the bottom half, they couldn't overcome the seven runs and fell four runs short giving Vermillion their fifth win of the tournament 7-3 and another trip to the State Legion Tournament.
Holoch pitched the complete game giving up three runs on six hits, two walks, and a hit batter. He registered a game high 13 Ks and the team made no errors.
Line score: Post #1 � 7 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors, 9 lob; Lennox � 3 runs, 6 hits, 6 errors, 6 lob
Offensively, Kyle Mollet was two for four with one rbi and one run scored. Holoch went one for three, one run, one rbi; Eric Rickord had two hits, scored twice and drove in one; Drew Lawrence scored twice and had 1 rbi on one for three hitting. Kevin Bleil drove in two with one for four at bats. BJ Campbell went one for four with a run scored; Andy Ofstehage, Ryan Mockler, and Ben Oberle each had a hit.
The team demonstrated the cooperation of teamwork as they contributed six sacrifices in the game. (The six hit batters by the Lennox pitchers also aided the cause.).
Vermillion's season record following Wednesday's play was 19-19.