Vermillion Teeners finish with 39-9 record

Vermillion Teeners finish with 39-9 record Vermillion's 13-14 year old teener team ended its regular season with a 12-1 win in five innings over Alcester. Alcester scored their lone run in the first.

Wagner was the host for the 3A regional where Vermillion played Scotland in its opening game.

Vermillion scored two in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth then added three insurance runs in the bottom of six innings to defeat Scotland by a score of 8-0. Scotland was held scoreless in the contest as Vermillion used two pitchers who struck out nine while walking only two in an outstanding effort.

In the semi-finals of the regions, Vermillion met Parkston for the second time this season. Parkston, the 2004 13-14 state champions, beat Vermillion 7-5 at the Yankton tourney in July. Game time conditions were less than ideal with 40 mph winds and a temperature of 111 degrees.

Vermillion played well through three innings and held a 3-1 lead. Then in the top of the fourth the lead and momentum switched to Parkston as they scored four runs on three walks and three errors. Vermillion, attempting to rebound, loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth with one out when a looping line drive that looked like a base clearing triple blew its way over toward a sprinting center fielder who made a lunging catch and was able to get a throw in to double off a runner.

Parkston was able to add eight more runs aided by four walks and three more errors over the next three at bats. Vermillion refused to give in as they loaded the bases twice but could not score. Parkston made another nice play in the sixth with bases loaded and one out as their first basemen snagged a line drive that was headed for the right field corner and turned it into another double play. The final was Parkston 13 Vermillion 4.

Scotland came through the loser bracket to face Vermillion for a second time in the third game. Vermillion held a 5-4 lead after two complete. Vermillion was able to hold Scotland to only one run over the next three innings due to a solid effort from relief pitching. Vermillion scored two runs in the fourth but left the bases loaded. The top of the sixth found Vermillion scoring three more runs but again they left the bases loaded. With Vermillion leading 9-6 the bottom of the sixth was a disaster for the team as they allowed five runs to score and would end up losing 11-9.

Parkston would defeat Scotland for the region championship and would end up finishing second in the state tournament to Madison. The Vermillion squad finished with a 39-9 record.

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