Legion Post #1 goes 3-1 at Yankton Classic

Legion Post #1 goes 3-1 at Yankton Classic by Jim Prosser Vermillion Legion Post #1 lost their first game to Yankton in the First Dakota Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday, July 9-10 at Riverside Field.

They then won the last three contests to claim second place. Yankton also had a 3-1 record but tie break critiria gave the home team the championship.

Game 1 � Yankton � 9 R, 9 H, 0 E, 7 lob; Vermillion 5 R, 6 H, 1 E, 6 lob.

Ben Oberle started for Post #1 and went the full seven innings and suffering the loss. He did however score two runs in his leadoff slot reaching base on hit pitches twice.

B.J. Campbell went 2 for 3 with one run and one rbi; Brad Schaack scored one and drove in one with his 2 for 3 at bats; Chris Chase was 1 for 3, one run; Jordan Anderson and Jason Donald both were 1 for 3 with one rbi.

In game #2 Jason Donald pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on one hit, walking three and registering 10 Ks as Post #1 outscored Lennox 7-3.

Line score: Vermillion � 7 R, 7 H, 2 E, 7 lob; Lennox � 3 R, 1 H, 2 E, 2 lob.

The game was close through the first five innings 3-3. Two hits and two errors accounted for a four-run sixth and Lennox was unable to recover.

Vermillion scoring stats: Oberle � 3 for 4, one run; Jared Burcham � 2 for 4, two RBIs; Campbell scored one and drove in one on a sac fly; Eric Chase � 1 for 2, one run; Schaack went 1 for 1, one run, one rbi; Zach Weiss and Brandon Hansen each scored once.

Game #3 � another close game but a Vermillion won nonetheless over Salem 6-4. Salem took an early two-run lead after two innings, then Post #1 came up with five runs in the third, sparked by three straight singles (by Schaack, Oberle, and Burcham), followed by a fielder's choice and an Eric Chase two-RBI single and a Jason Donald single. Each team scored a run in the sixth but Post #1 prevailed. Schaack won, giving up four runs on four hits and collecting eight Ks.

Vermillion's offense included Oberle with two runs on 1 for 4 at bats, Burcham � 2 for 4, one run, one RBI; Eric Chase � 1 for 2, one run, two RBIs; Donald � 2 for 3, one run, two RBIs. B.J. Campbell scored one, with one rbi.

Game #4 � you want close? How about 13 innings! Chamberlain was the foe and they led 5-1 after 6 1/2 innings when an error, an Oberle hit, a Burcham rbi FC, Campbell's hit batter, a single by Eric Chase and a double from Donald tied the score.

That was the way it stood until the 13th inning � leading off, Zach Weiss reached base on an error, Hanson struck out, Oberle and Burcham were intentionally walked to load the bases. Relief pitcher B.J. Campbell placed a perfect bunt for a suicide squeeze play, and Weiss scored the winning run. Jason Donald was the starter and went 10 innings. Campbell went the final three innings.

Offensively, Oberle went 3 for 4 with two runs; Burcham � 2 for 5, two RBIs; Campbell � 1 run, one rbi; Eric Chase � 3 for 6, one run, one rbi; Weiss and Hanson each scored once.

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