Tanager baseball team battles errors in 13-11 loss

Tanager baseball team battles errors in 13-11 loss by Jim Prosser VHS played a double header vs. Alcester on Friday, April 2, at Prentis Park in Vermillion.

The first game became a struggle against some untimely errors which led to a 13-11 loss for the Tanagers.

Jason Donald started but lasted only three innings, giving up 5 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks (along with 3 fielding errors). He was relieved by Brad Schaack who went 3 1/3 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 walks while registering 5 strikeouts (but suffering the results of 4 more fielding errors).

His teammates' offense was good but not enough to overcome the defensive lapses. The Tanagers took the lead with a six-run outburst in the fourth inning and built the lead to 9-6 in the fifth, but a seventh inning collapse led to a 7-run Cubs' score and a 13-9 advantage. The home team threatened in the final inning but was unable to score more than two runs as they left the bases loaded when the final out was recorded.

Line scores: Vermillion � 11 runs, 12 hits, 7 errors, 8 lob; Alcester � 13 runs, 9 hits, 3 errors, 9 lob.

Tanager runs were scored by seven individuals � Ryan Mockler (3 runs, 2 for 3 and 2 rbis), Ben Oberle (1 run, 2 for 3, 3 rbis), Brad Schaack and Sam Laprath (1 run each), and Zach Weiss (3 runs, 1 for 3), Jordan Anderson (2 for 3, 1 run, 2 rbis), and B.J. Campbell went 2 for 4 with 1 run, 2 rbis.

The second game was a JV affair and went Vermillion's way. In fact, it was an exciting one run victory as the team scored five runs in the fifth (final) inning to overcome an 8-4 deficit. Alan Bos had the game winning hit as he drove in Jeff Donnelly and Eric McPherson to make the final 9-8 score

Other highlights included: Pitching � Bobby Dykstra went 2 innings giving up 5 runs (4 earned) and recording 4 Ks; Ryan Gilbertson had a one inning stint and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, with 3 errors by his teammates. Zach Weiss finished the game and gave up 1 run, 3 walks, with 2 more team errors, but recording the win. Hitting � Bos, 1 for 3; John Gregg, 2 for 3, Gilbertson, 1 for 2; Donnelly, 1 for 3.

Scoring � Dykstra scored on a wild pitch in the third; Bos and Gregg drove in runs and two runs were scored on passed balls in the fourth (see the opening paragraph for the final scoring).

Fielding � Matt Stange led the team with 3 putouts and played a solid defensive game at second base; Paul Hammond and Tyler Thedorff both contributed to a good outfield defense.

Coach Jason Gault had some pointed remarks about both games.

"It was a great game to watch, as a coach, it made my night � fun to watch a very young group of kids come back and win after watching the varsity do the exact opposite," he said. "This is a solid group of youngsters and if they stay together, they will be a good varsity team in the future. The only negative note in both games was the abundant errors. The players in the field must avoid trying to make a play after committing an error. It usually leads to another and compounds the effect on the team's psyche."

The JV record is 1-0, and the varsity season record stands at 0-2. A doubleheader was scheduled at Harrisburg on Sunday April 4.

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