Root for the home team! Baseball Day is Saturday in Vermillion By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Enough baseball for even the most devoted fan will occupy the Prentis Park diamond Saturday as the Vermillion Youth Baseball Association hosts its annual Opening Day celebration. All VYBA players wearing their uniforms will be admitted free to the games, and VYBA will sponsor an all-day concession stand whose proceeds will help support the Vermillion summer baseball program. Fans will have the chance to see four hometown teams taking on out-of-town opponents, starting at noon with the VFW Vermillion 13-14 Teeners taking on Lennox.�? At 2:30 p.m. the VFW 15-16 Teeners will have their chance against Lennox. T-ball and Rookie League players will participate in a parade of teams during opening ceremonies prior to the 5 p.m. match-up between Vermillionâ�?�?s Post 1 American Legion and Lennox Post 174. A ceremonial first pitch will be delivered by long-time Vermillion baseball supporter Norm Herron. Another opening ceremony prior to the 7:30 p.m. game between the amateur Grey Sox and Crofton will feature the Minor League and Major League players in a parade of teams.�? Another local baseball legend, Ken Beringer, will have the honor of throwing in the ceremonial first pitch in this ceremony. Baseball Notes â�?¢ Prior to their Saturday home opener against Lennox, the Post 1 Legion squad will open its season at Canton at 6:30 p.m. Friday. â�?¢ The first head-to-head meeting of Vermillionâ�?�?s two amateur clubs, the Red Sox and the Grey Sox, is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday.�? â�?¢ Alex Schaack of the VHS team earned a spot on the state high school baseball Academic All-State team. The distinction goes to any senior player who maintained at least a 3.5 grade-point average during his entire high school career. â�?¢ The Parkston team to which Vermillion High School lost twice this spring went on to remain undefeated for the season and win the state â�?�?Bâ�? high school title Monday.�? Parkston whitewashed Winner-Colome, 10-0, in the semifinals and took out Garretson, 9-4, in the championship game. â�?¢ Vermillion will have another shot at Parkston next week, this time on the American Legion baseball level. Parkston, the defending state â�?�?Bâ�? Legion champion, is one of the teams in the Vermillion pool in the Lewis & Clark Classic, which will have games at Prentis Park as well as in Yankton and Hartington June 6-8.�? The Post 1 games next Friday will be at 9:30 a.m. against Sioux Falls West, the defending state Legion champ, and at 7:30 p.m. against Gretna, NE. Other contests that day in Vermillion will be Parkston-Sioux Falls West at noon, Parkston-Watertown at 2:30 p.m. and Watertown-Gretna at 5 p.m.