13-14 VFW Teeners rally to defeat Lennox

13-14 VFW Teeners rally to defeat Lennox By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillionâ�?�?s 13-14 VFW Teeners did their part in making Baseball Opening Day a success Saturday, rallying from behind with a 15-batter, 10-run fifth inning to break open a close game with Lennox. The team coached by Ed Meierkort and Bill Settles then ended the game abruptly via the 10-run rule, 14-4, in the sixth inning when Nate Garrett singled, went to third on an outfield error and scored on a wild pitch. Garrett also was the winning pitcher as he hurled the final two innings in relief of Mitch Brown and was the pitcher of record when his team blew past Lennox.�?  Garrett gave up two hits, struck out one and walked one in his two innings.�?  Brown had allowed only four hits while fanning six and walking five in his four-inning tenure on the mound. Vermillionâ�?�?s first two batters of the game, D'Andre Fore and Chayse Meierkort, walked, and both later scored on wild pitches. Lennox tied the game in the second when Max Jacobsen singled in a pair of teammates. Vermillion crept to within 4-3 in the fourth. Brown led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on an infield throwing error. The winnersâ�?�? big inning started ominously for Lennox when Jace Huska was hit with a pitch. The next nine Vermillion batters all reached base and all scored. By the time the inning was over three Vermillion batters had walked and six had registered hits.�?  Three times during that stanza�? Lennox infielders, in scooping up infield balls, made ill-advised choices of trying to�? nail the lead runners instead of throwing to first base for sure outs. All three times the decision failed, prolonging the inning. Fore and Lane Brown had two hits apiece among Vermillionâ�?�?s eight hits. Lennox starter Jared Fodness took the loss, leaving in the middle of Vermillionâ�?�?s 10-run fifth.

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