Vermillion team participates in Smitty Wood Bat Invite By Jim Prosser Teams from all over South Dakota spent the weekend of June 24-26 in Aberdeen participating in the Smitty Wood Bat Invitational Tournament. Besides Vermillion, the other teams were Britton, Clark, Eureka, Howard and Aberdeen.
The first game of the tourney for Post #1 was a real barn burner as Clark took an early 7-3 lead after three innings. Vermillion came back to tie the score with four runs in the fifth. It was a see-saw adventure through six, seven, eight and nine, with Post #1 scoring a tie-breaking run in the final inning to take an 11-10 tournament win.
Jason Donald went seven innings and Ryan Gilbertson pitched two scoreless innings to claim the victory.
Line scores: Clark � 10 R, 6 H, 7 E, 7 LOB; Post #1 � 11 R, 15 H, 5 E, 12 LOB.
Vermillion�s main offensive stats include: Ben Oberle � 2 for 5, 2 runs, 1 rbi; Kyle Mollet � 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 rbi; Reid Meierkort – 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 rbi; B.J. Campbell � 1 for 5, 2 R, 1 rbi; Chris Chase – 3 for 4, 1 R; and Zach Weiss � 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 rbi.
The second day put Post #1 aginst Eureka with positive results (10-4). Eric Chase went the distance giving up five hits while registering four Ks. Eureka scored three runs in the first inning but Vermillion got six in the third, coming on three hits, a couple walks, and two errors.They continued their domination with four more runs by the end of the sixth and the win was theirs.
Significant stats: Meierkort � 2 for 4, 2 R; Campbell � 2 for 4, 2 R, 3 rbi; Donald � 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 rbi.
The next game pitted Vermillion against Aberdeen and became a classic pitchers' duel betwen Mollet and Doug Metz for the Pheasants. Each pitcher held the opposition at bay for five innings with Mollet giving up three hits while Metz was charged with six. The only score of the game came on an error followed by a hit for the home team and Post #1 couldn�t capitalize on their hits. Final score: 1-0.
The third day found Post #1 playing Howard and suffering a 5-2 loss. Jason Donald was smacked for five runs on nine hits, recording four Ks.
Vermillion had seven hits but couldn�t put them together at the right moments.
Gilbertson and Weiss scored the runs while Meierkort and Jordan Anderson each had two hits.
Finally, Vermillion faced Britton/Claremont for a chance to take second place in the tourney. This was another squeaker and went down to the last inning before Post #1 prevailed 4-3. The winning run in the ninth was driven in by Chris Chase with a hit that sent Eric Chase across the plate. B.J. Campbell was the recipient of the win as he gave up three runs on three hits in spite of the team�s four errors. He did record nine Ks.
Significant offense: Oberle – 1 for 4, 1 run; Chris Chase – 2 for 3, 1 run, 1 rbi; Weiss – 1 for 3, 1 rbi; Mollet – 1 for 4, 1 rbi; Campbell and Eric Chase were the other scorers.
Team's record: 13 wins, 8 losses. They placed second to Aberdeen in the Smitty Tournament.