Vermillion’s Post 1 baseball team headed to state

Vermillion's Post 1 baseball team headed to state
Vermillion's American Legion Post 1 went undeafeated through the Region 3B tournament, Saturday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 25. Tournament hosts were Dakota Valley.

Game one on Saturday, July 21, in the heat of the day had Post 1 meeting up with Lennox. Starting pitcher was Zach Weiss recording 3 SO relieved by Jeff donnelly in the seventh recording 1 SO. Lennox came out with the early lead scoring 2 in the first inning of play. They led Vermillion 4 to 0 by the sixth inning. Lennox scored one more run in the eigth. The Post 1's offense came alive scoring three runs in both the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings. Kyle Olson recorded a double in the seventh inning. Final game score was 6 to 5 in the top of nine innings.

Game two on Sunday, July 22, was also in the bright sun with the thermostat again in the 90s. This game had Post 1 against Alcester who advanced on a bye. The heat was turned up a few notches as pitcher Ryan Gilbertson recorded 12 SO. Going into the seventh inning the score was tied 3 to 3, Alcester making Vermillion play all nine innings. Post 1 broke it open finally in the top of the ninth inning bringing in 5 runs. The nine-inning game ended up with the final score of 11 to 4.

Game three on Monday, July 23, was an evening game against the host, Dakota Valley. Brandon Womack started and finished on the mound in six innings. The stellar offense recorded 4 runs in the fifth and 5 runs in the sixth. Weiss, Meierkort, and Moore all blasted doubles and Meierkort also recorded a triple in the game. The final score was 16 to 5.

In game four on July 25, Post 1 played Irene in their first match-up of the year. J.R. Moore went the distance and recorded 8 SO. Freidel and Meierkort each had a double. Final score after the top of nine innings was 10 to 4.

In game five on the July 24th, Post 1 entered the championship game with Lennox, a team they had defeated in the first game of tournament play. Starting pitcher was Jeff Donnelly recording 2 SO and then relieved by Kyle Olson in the sixth who recorded 4 SO. Lennox scored 5 runs in the sixth to shake up Post 1. Post 1 was able to dig the cleats in to keep from playing a back-to-back play-off game for the double elimination by allowing no more runs and scoring 4 runs themselves in the seventh inning. Final score after the top of nine innings was 14 to 9.

The tournament ended with the trophy presentation to the team as well as individual medals to the players. The final award was to the two winning coaches as the team dowsed each of them with a cooler of water.

State tournament play began Wednesday, Aug. 1 in Elk Point with Vermillion's Post 1 playing in the 10 a.m. game against Chamberlin.

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