VHS baseball season ends with loss at regionals by Jim Prosser The Southern Dakota Baseball League paired Vermillion with Alcester-Hudson in the first round of regional play at Alcester on Monday, May 17.
With overcast skies and temperatures in the high 50s, the game was almost a repeat of a previous struggle against the tough Cubs' pitching and some untimely errors which led to a 12-6 loss for the Tanagers.
Brad Schaack started and went 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks (as well
as several team fielding errors). He was relieved by Jason Donald who allowed five runs (one unearned) on five hits and two walks. The total Cubs earned runs of seven would be enough since VHS could only muster six runs by the end of the game.
The Tanagers took advantage of some sloppy play by the Cubs in the first inning, scoring three runs to build a comfortable lead after one inning. The home team scored an unearned run in the second as the visitors committed three errors on one play. In the third, Vermillion scored one run and A-H scored two on a home run by Mike Thompson, giving the visitors a short lived 4-3 advantage.
Unfortunately, the fourth inning became a nightmare as the Tanagers went down 1-2-3, while the Cubs put together a seven-run fiasco built on four runs and four Vermillion errors. The offense was unable to mount much of a threat at the bat, accumulating two runs on one hit in the sixth against the Cubs' second relief pitcher, Tom Dubs.
The home team duplicated to scoring feat in the bottom of the inning and the final 12-6 Cubs victory.
Line scores: Vermillion � 6 runs, 5 hits, 7 errors, 8 lob; Alcester � 12 runs, 10 hits, 3 errors, 4 lob.
The Tanager stats included: Ben Oberle � 3 for 3, 1 run, 1 rbi; B.J. Campbell � 1 for 4, 1 run; Collin Prosser � 2 runs scored; Kyle Mollet � 1 run; and Ryan Mocker � 1 run; Jason Donald went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs; Jared Burcham had an rbi on a fielder's choice play; and Jordan Anderson got an rbi when he had a bases loaded walk. The varsity season record ended at 7-11.