Beresford Watchdogs lose to Tanagers' last inning comeback By Jim Prosser The VHS Tanager varsity baseball team opened the �05 season in a rescheduled game vs. Beresford on Thursday, March 31 in Prentis Park.
The weather was chilly with winds gusting to 20 mph at times. There was an unusually large group of spectators for the early season. They were awarded with a real barn-burning contest which included three lead changes and several tied innings ending with a terrific last-second surge by the home-standing Tanagers who scored two runs after there were two outs and two strikes on the third batter (Zach Weiss).
The following scenario could only happen in fantasyland. Trailing 2-3, two outs, with the count 1 and 2 on the batter, the pitcher flung a fastball high, swung at by Zach, over the catcher�s head sending the batter to first base. Sam Laprath hit an infield drive to deep second base and beat the throw for a single.
Reserve centerfielder Jeff Donnelly reached first on an error by the Watchdogs� shortstop who bobbled the catch, loading the bases. Lead-off batter Ben Oberle hit a liner toward shortstop who tried to beat the runner at third, but the throw was wide and Weiss scored the tying run on the error. Kyle Mollet, the next batter, was hit by a pitch, and with the bases loaded, was credited with an rbi and the winning run for the game.
Tanager Brad Schaack was the winning pitcher giving up three runs on five hits, walking one and registering 14 strikeouts. Beresford�s Dayne Goodman suffered the loss even though having only two earned runs charged against him. He recorded 12 Ks, 8 hits, and 4 bases on balls.
Line scores: Vermillion � 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 errors, 14 lob; Beresford � 3 runs, 5 hits, 4 errors, 6 lob.
Tanager scorers were Mollett, Schaack, Weiss, and Laprath. Mollet went 2 for 3 batting with 1 rbi; Jason Donald was 2 for 4 with 2 rbis, batting cleanup; Laprath also went 2 for 4 at the bat; Schaack and catcher Jordan Anderson each had a single.
The JV team beat the Watchdogs� JV 5-1. Several throwers were used by the Tanagers, but Ryan Gilbertson was the winning pitcher. With prior agreement, the entire JV roster was allowed to be in the batting rotation. The main contributors to the scoring were: Reid Meierkort � 1 for 1, 1 run, 1 rbi; Jeff Donnelly � 1 for 2, 1 run, 2 rbis; Brandon Hansen � 1 for 1, 1 rbi; Tyler Thedorff � walk, 1 run; Ryan Husby � HBP, 1 run.