Johnsonâ�?�?s arm, Eidemâ�?�?s blast secures a season-opening win for Vermillion Post 1 By Parker Knox
Sportswriter The way he was pitching, it would have been a travesty if Vermillion righthander�? Tyler Johnson didnâ�?�?t get credit for�? a win Saturday afternoon.�? Battery-mate Andrew Eidem saw to it that�? justice prevailed. Eidem, the Post 1 catcher, stroked a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and give his American Legion team an exhilarating 5-3 triumph in its season opener, part of Vermillionâ�?�?s Baseball Opening Day celebration. â�?�?He threw me a fast ball, and I just hit it,â�? Eidem said of his game-winning blast.�? â�?�?I didnâ�?�?t even see where it went.â�? He and Johnson are both first-year Legion players. Kyle Olsen, one of the two Beresford area members of the Post 1 club, doubled with one out in the sixth�? to start�? the tide-turning�? rally. Kyle Nemec walked, then the two runners advanced on a wild pitch, setting the table for Eidem.�? Two innings earlier, his single through the box had scored Olsen, who had also singled, to tie the game at 3-3. Meanwhile, Johnson frustrated Lennox batters for nearly two hours. He had at least two strikeouts in every inning but one, and he fanned the side three times. When Post 174â�?�?s Josh Jorgenson reached on a two-out single in the seventh, bringing the visitorsâ�?�? potential tying run to the plate, Johnson bore down and finished the game with a flourish, striking out Mike Bridgford for his 16th â�?�?Kâ�? and a well-deserved victory. â�?�?He was amazing,â�?�? catcher Eidem said of Johnsonâ�?�?s pitching day, adding that it is easy to catch a game like the one Johnson pitched. Only eight Lennox men reached base â�?�? three on hits, three on errors, one on Johnsonâ�?�?s only walk of the day, and one on a fielderâ�?�?s choice.�? Johnson had the game in the palm of his hand to such an extent that there were only three put-outs at first base the entire game and only one Vermillion outfielder even had a chance to catch a flyball. Lennox led 3-0 on three unearned runs through 2 1/2 innings. A two-run double by Andrew Grotewold in the third was the big blow up to that point. Brandon Womack, the other Beresford athlete playing Legion ball for Vermillion, led off the bottom of the third with a double. He scored on J.R. Mooreâ�?�?s single, and Moore was plated by Cory Taggartâ�?�?s single. Post 1 evened the game at 3-3 on Eidemâ�?�?s hit in the third. Vermillion had nine hits off Levi Parker, who went the distance for Lennox. Taggart, Olson and Eidem had two hits each with Moore, Womack and Jason Rasmussen getting the others. Post 1 had been scheduled to open the season Friday night at Canton, but that game was postponed due to wet field conditions there.�? This weekend the team will have at least four games and potentially more in the Lewis & Clark Classic. Next week Post 1 and Harrisburg will play back-to-back doubleheaders â�?�? here on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at Harrisburg at the same time.