Lennoxâ�?�?s tough pitching too much for VFW 15-16 Teeners to overcome By Parker Knox
Sportswriter When the opposing pitcher strikes out 15 batters in seven innings and allows only one hit, a team's margin of error is almost non-existent.�? Nevertheless Vermillion's VFW 15-16 Teeners were still within 1-0 of Lennox through five innings in their Baseball Opening Day game Saturday. In the sixth, however, an outfield error opened the door for Lennox.�? Five hits and a walk later, the visitors had a 6-0 lead, more than enough of an advantage for lanky righthander Taylor Snoozy to breeze to victory by a final 7-1 count. Despite being held to one hit, Vermillion did have several baserunners as Snoozy, in among his 15 strikeouts, walked six batters and hit two others, but�? Glen McDonald's ballclub couldn't plate a run until the bottom of the seventh when it was too late.�? With his team down 7-0, Ryan Fischbach led off with a walk. When Snoozy tried to pick replacement runner Bennett Johnson off first, the ball went sailing all the way to the fence. Then the first-baseman's across-the-diamond peg to try to nab a streaking Johnson�? at third ended up in the left-field corner, and�? he�? gleefully kept running to home�? to allow Vermillion to avoid the shutout. Vermillion starter Nick Anglin held Lennox hitters in check through five innings.�? The only run against him was a single score in the fourth when errors at shortstop and right-field allowed the visitors' Austin Harms first to reach base and then to score. Still it was only 1-0 until the fateful sixth. A hit by Tyler Larsen made it 2-0, and an infielder's interference call allowed another Lennox man to score.�? A bases-loaded walk increased the Lennox lead to 4-0, and the frosting on the cake was provided by Clay Haan's two-run single. Anglin was relieved on the mound at that point by Jerad Ceretti who ended the big inning on one pitch on an outfield fly. He finished the game for Vermillion, giving up a seventh Lennox run in the seventh on a Snoozy triple and a Larsen single. The only Vermillion hit off Snoozy was a leadoff single by Brian Hansen in the second. Twice later in the game the home team managed two baserunners at once, but Snoozy was always equal to the task.