Post #1 baseball team is loser in fourth round The following is a review of Post #1�s adventures through the Region 3B tournament played in Tea July 16-19.
Vermillion Post #1 was assigned the visitor�s role in the first game against Elk Point/Jefferson #139. Since there was not a seeding procedure and luck of the draw was used for pairings, probably the two best teams in the region faced each other.
The game was a bonified pitcher�s duel between Vermillion�s Kyle Mollet and Post #139�s Curt Thrue.
Elk Point scored in the first, fourth, and seventh, to gain a 3-1 advantage after seven innings. Post #1 responded with a two-run rejoinder to tie the score. They then gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth as Mollet surrendered a double and two walks before Jason Donald came in as a reliever.
But the game wasn�t over as Vermillion responded with a four-hit, three-run explosion to tie the score with a half inning to play. Unfortunately, an error and two singles gave an unearned, game winning run, and EP/J prevailed 7-6. Donald took the loss.
Scoring stats for Post #1 were: Ben Oberle � 2 for 5, 1 run, 1 rbi; Reid Meierkort � 3 for 6, 2 RBIs; Mollet � 1 for 4, 2 RBIs; Donald � 2 for 4, 2 runs; Zach Weiss � 2 for 4, 1 run, 1 rbi; Chris Chase � 1 run scored.
Game #2, played on July 17, had an unfortunate situation arise when two players on the Tea Post #366 team were ejected after an umpire�s ruling went against them. Region rules state that a full complement of nine players must finish a game. Tea only had 10 players on their roster so the ejections left them shorthanded and the game became a forfeit. Vermillion was given a 2-0 win. However, the winning team actually was leading 5-0 midway through the fourth inning.
Stats for the team were: Oberle � 1 run; Mollet � 1 run (on base 3 times, 2 HB and a walk); B.J. Campbell � 1 run; Chris Chase � 2 walks, 1 run; Jeff Donnelly � 1 run. Campbell was pitching a shutout when the game was called.
Game #3 was another elimination situation (loser goes home). The opponent was Harrisburg with Eric Chase the Vermillion starter. Harrisburg took a 6-2 lead after four innings and Jason Donald relieved.
Post #1 had a big fifth inning, scoring seven runs on six hits, with a couple bases on balls, too. After a two-inning stint, Donald gave way to Campbell, followed by Ryan Gilbertson, each going an inning and giving up four total runs.
Meanwhile, the Post #1 team was accumulating 11 more runs to close out the game with a 20-10 final. Chase was credited with the win.
Significant offensive sats were: Oberle � 3 for 6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Meierkort � 3 for 5, 3 runs, 1 rbi; Mollet � 3 for 4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs; Campbell � 4 for 6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Chris Chase � 2 for 6, 1 rbi; Eric Chase � 2 for 5, 1 run, 3 RBIs; Donnelly � 1 for 4, 2 runs, 1 rbi; Weiss � 3 for 5, 3 runs.
Game #4 put undefeated Lennox aginst Post #1 and a typical Vermillion vs. Lennox athletic contest ensued. Jason Donald pitched the whole game.
The home-standing Lennox team took a 6-2 advantage through the fifth inning. Vermillion scored 5 and Lennox scored 1 to tie 7-7 after six.
Lennox regained the lead by scoring two runs in the seventh. Post #1 countered with three runs in the top of the ninth and led 10-9 before the bottom of the ninth. A single and a hit batsman, followed by a sac out, scored a run and put men on second and third and the usual situation of intentionally walking the batter was applied. The next batter walked with the bases loaded, giving way to the end of the Vermillion�s 2005 season.
Line scores: Lennox � 11 runs, 12 hits, 2 errors,14 lob; Vermillion � 10 runs, 14 hits, 5 errors,12 lob.
Post #1 stats: Oberle � 4 for 5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Meierkort � 2 for 6, 1 run, 1 rbi; Mollet � 3 for 5, 1 run, 1 rbi; Weiss � 2 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBIs; Chris Chase scored twice and Campbell went 1 for 5 with a run scored.The team�s total season record was 23 wins, 13 losses (unofficial).