Post 1 baseball team continues tourney play By: Parker Knox
Sports Writer Vermillionâ�?�?s ever-improving American Legion baseball club plays its second straight weekend tournament Friday and Saturday, determined to take it one step farther than last weekend. Post 1, by the narrowest of margins, had to settle for second place at the Winner Invitational Tournament but won three of its four games.�? Vermillion lost the championship only because a Northville player hit a walkoff home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning for a 7-6 triumph over Post 1. Otherwise, Post 1 walloped Miller, 17-4; took out host Winner-Colome, 6-2, and edged Rapid City Post 320â�?�?s JVs, 7-6 to improve its record to 10-6. â�?�?It was a fun trip, and the kids had a good time,â�? coach Jason Gault said. â�?�?We played pretty good baseball out there.â�? This weekend, Vermillion is home Friday against Salem at 11 a.m. and later in the day at either 5 or 7:30 p.m. against either Harrisburg or Stillwater, MN, depending on the outcome of the morning games.�? The other bracket of the 1st Dakota Classic will be played simultaneously in Yankton with Hartington, Yankton, Freeman and Chamberlain participating.�? The tournament will conclude with four placing games Saturday.�? The full bracket for the classic can be found at www.ballcharts.com/post1 under â�?�?Handouts.â�? â�?�?This should be a very competitive tournament,â�? Gault said, â�?�?and we hope to get to that championship game.â�? Post 1 will also be home for a single non-tournament game against Stillwater at 10 a.m. Sunday. (Note the earlier starting time.) The trip to Winner began with the Vermillion offense in full throttle. Post 1 scored four runs in the first inning and tallied in every inning the rest of the way.�? The game ended via an eight-run rule after five innings.�? Brandon Womack was winning pitcher, benefitting from the Post 1 offense, led by Andrew Eidemâ�?�?s three hits and three runs batted in and J.R. Mooreâ�?�?s three hits and two RBIs. Tyler Johnson fired a four-hitter at Winner-Colome to get the win, and Post 1 backed him up with an errorless game on defense.�? Kyle Olsen contributed two hits and two RBIs, and Reid Meierkort added a pair of hits to the cause. The game that would decide the tourney champ saw Northville, a state â�?�?Bâ�? Legion tourney contender last season, take a 6-1 lead into the sixth inning.�? Post 1, however, staged a four-run rally in the sixth and scored once more in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 6-6 before the Northville homer that won it in the bottom of the inning. Kyle Nemec homered for Vermillion, Eidem had two hits and two RBIs, and Cory Taggart registered a pair of hits and one RBI. Post 1 solidified its second-place standing with the win over the Rapid City club.�? Nemec earned the pitching win with Grant Lueders picking up a save.�? Meierkort chipped in with three hits, Olsen two hits and Taggart one hit and one RBI. In an earlier game last week, Vermillion matched Brandon Valley 5-5 through five innings before BV pushed across a run in the seventh and four in the eighth for a 10-5 win at Valley Springs.�? BVâ�?�?s Darren Niklason was the big culprit with a three-run homer and a three-run double among his five hits.�? Nemec slugged a homer for Post 1.