Twelve teams from Nebraska and South Dakota spent the weekend of June 9 – 11 participating in the Lewis & Clark Wooden Bat tournament hosted by Vermillion and Yankton. The other South Dakota teams were Mitchell, SF East, SF West and Valley Springs. Representing Nebraska were: Blair, Gretna, Hartington, Norfolk, Omaha Bryan and Papillion South.

The following is a recap of the Vermillion Post #1's weekend competitions.

Results of the first game had Vermillion topping Hartington 7 � 1 as Kyle Mollet pitched a complete seven innings, giving up only two hits and two walks while registering 12 Ks.

Line scores: Post #1 � 7 R, 5H, 1 E, 10 LOB; Hartington � 1 R, 2 H, 1 E, 4 LOB.

Vermillion's offense included: Ben Oberle � 11 for 2, two runs; Mollet � 1 for 1, one run, one RBI; Reid Mierkort � 1 for 3, one RBI; Jeff Donnelly � 1 for 3, two runs, one RBI; Scott Morrison drove in a run on a sac fly; Zach Weise reached base three times without a hit and scored a run; Eric McPherson scored once and drove in a run on a fielder's choice; and Ryan Husby went 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

The second Post #1 game matched Omaha Bryan Post #339 in what must be the worst result of the tournament: Omaha Bryan's Matt Noesen pitched a masterful five inning two hit gem. He gave up one run in the first inning, then shut down the home team with nothing but a couple of walks the rest of the way, to record a 11 � 1 victory.

Zach Weiss was the losing pitcher, giving up 10 hits, and three BBs while registering 2 Ks.

Vermillion's offense: Kyle Mollet � 1 for 2, one run; Scott Morrison � 1 for 1, one RBI.

Game #3 was another nightmare as Norfolk took advantage of three errors and five hit batsmen in cruising to a 9 � 0 win.

Scott Morrison suffered the loss, giving up nine runs (five earned) and five hits while registering 4 Ks. He hurt his cause by hitting five batters. Norfolk's Matt Tichota was the winning pitcher, surrendering only two Vermillion hits (Oberle and Morrison).

The fourth game, Papillion South against Post #1, turned out to be the third loss for the home team. Vermillion used three pitchers in the contest, but they couldn't hold back the offense because of untimely errors, walks, and hit batters.

Line scores: Papillion � 7 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 7 LOB; Post #1 � 3 runs, 6 hits, 4 errors, 4 LOB.

Jeff Donnelly was charged with the loss as he gave up five runs on two hits while the team committed three errors behind him. Zach Weiss and Reid Meierkort were the relievers.

Offensively, Kyle Mollet was 1 for 3 with 1 run and 1 RBI; Ryan Gilbertson went 1 for 2 with an RBI; Jerrod Freidel � 1 for 2, one run; Donnelly � one run.

Game #5 belonged to Gretna as Matt Robinson made winning easy by allowing four hits and two runs in the five inning 10 � 2 domination of Post #1. Vermillion seemed to be a little intimidated as they committed two errors allowing four unearned runs to score.

Ben Oberle was the losing pitcher giving up six hits and five runs. Releivers were Ryan Husby and Ryan Gilbertson.

Line score: Gretna � 10 R, 12 H, 0 E, 12 LOB; Vermillion � 2 R, 4 H, 2 E, 5 LOB.

Offense: Hits were credited to: Ben Oberle � 1 for 3; Meierkort � 1 for 3, one run; Morrison � one run; Donnelly � 1 or 1; and Zach Weiss � 1 for 2, two RBIs.

Game #6, I'm sorry to state, was more of the same, as Blair shut out Post #1, 8 � 0. Will Young for Blair gave up four hits while holding the home team scoreless. Donnelly took the loss, Morrison relieved.

Line score: Blair � 8 R, 5 H, 0 E, 7 LOB; Vermillion � 0 R, 4 H, 3 E, 6 LOB.

Offense for Post # 1: Weiss � 2 for 2; Mollet � 1 for 2; and Donnelly � 1 for 2.

Post # 1 has a record of 3 wins, 5 losses.

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