The weather was chilly, with winds gusting to 25 mph at times. With no dugouts and no scoreboard, the home-standing Tanagers suffered a 9-6 loss when the Watchdogs scored four runs after being behind 6-5 in the late innings.
The 35-member squad is coached by Jason Gault, assisted by Nick Mayer. The starting lineup includes juniors Zach Weiss, Ryan Gilbertson, Eric McPherson, Jeff Donnelly, Bobby Dykstra, and Paul Hammond; with seniors Kyle Brunick, and John Gregg; and sophomore Reid Mierkort. The pitching corps includes Dykstra, Ryan Husby, Ryan Gilbertson, Brunick, C.J. Haakinson, and Meirkort.
A Triple header scheduled for Sunday April 2, was cancelled due to a wet field and threatening weather conditions.
In general, the whole spring season has been affected by unusual weather. An April 6 game at Dakota Valley was played under the threat of tornadoes and wicked thunderstorms.
The Tanagers used 16 players in the contest as they trailed 11-2 after four innings before the reserves made a comeback in the fifth inning with a 5-point scoring rush. But the Panthers responded with a five-run final inning and the result was a 15-7 loss for the visitors.
Significant statistics for Vermillion were: Reid Meirkort � 3 for 4, 2 runs; Tyler Thedorff � 1 for 2, 1 run, 1 rbi; Roman Lamie � 1 for 3, 3 RBIs; single runs were scored by Ryan Gilbertson, Jarrod Freidel, Jackson Freidel, Kyle Brunick, and Ryan Husby. Dykstra was charged with the loss. Incidently � the rains came after the game.
Next, the Tanagers faced Beresford in a return match in Beresford on April 12. The Watchdogs rode the shoulders of pitcher Dayne Goodman who pitched a one-run, two-hit complete game. Jeff Donelly suffered the loss, giving up five runs (two unearned), on six hits, four walks and four Ks. Paul Hammond scored the only Vermillion run, driven in by Zach Weiss.
With a 0-3 record, their next games are at Parkston, against the Winner Warriors and Parkston Trojans on Monday, April 17.