Vermillion Post 1 wins 4, drops 2 By Parker Knox
Sports Writer An exciting week that began with a one-hit shutout by Grant Lueders ended with a game-saving catch on his knees by Tyler Johnson, and Vermillion Post 1, playing six games in a span of 95 hours, won four and lost two. Post 1 heads west on its only overnight road trip of the season to play in the Winner Invitational this weekend.�? Vermillionâ�?�?s opposition will come from a field that includes Miller, Northville, Winner and the Rapid City Post 320 JVs. Vermillion returns to Prentis Park for a Tuesday date with Canton at 6:30 p.m.�? Updated schedules and other Post 1 information can be accessed at www.ballcharts.com/post1. In the first of a pair of six-inning games last Wednesday, the first Harrisburg batter Lueders faced stroked a single.�? After that he threw a no-hitter.�? The only Harrisburg baserunners were six men who drew walks and one who reached on an outfield error. Kyle Olsen did what is expected of a clean-up hitter.�? His double scored Post 1â�?�?s initial run in the first, but his three-run drive into the trees behind left field in the third gave Lueders more than enough runs with which to work. Olsen was also on base in the fourth when doubles by the two men behind him in the order, Cory Taggart and Jerrod Freidel, connected for doubles.�? Taggart and Freidel each got another RBI in the fifth but by easier means â�?�? Taggart was hit with a pitch and Freidel drew a walk, both with the bases loaded. Harrisburg had two men on base in the top of the sixth on an error and a walk, but a fine pickup by Freidel on a ground ball ended the game and preserved Luedersâ�?�? 9-0 shutout. Harrisburg managed only three hits off Post 1 pitching in the nightcap, but this was a 3-2 nail-biter which ended when reliever Tyler Johnson coaxed a groundball to third-baseman J.R. Moore with Harrisburgâ�?�?s tying and leading runs in scoring position in the top of the sixth. Post 1 scored twice in the first on Reid Meierkortâ�?�?s single, Olsenâ�?�?s double and Kyle Nemecâ�?�?s single.�? Although Harrisburg tied the game on a pair of unearned runs in the second, Vermillion reassumed the lead when Taggart walked, was sacrificed to second by Moore and scored on Johnsonâ�?�?s single. Starter Brandon Womack kept Harrisburg scoreless through 4 2/3 innings, Lueders pitched to one man in the fifth and struck out, and Johnson got the save in the sixth. The same clubs played another doubleheader in Harrisburg Friday.�? Post 1 benefited from a complete-game five-inning shutout by Moore and had plenty of offense to win 10-0. Olsen had a three-run homer, and Meierkort was 2-for-4 and had an RBI. In the second game Harrisburg won 8-4 in six innings. Lueders had two hits and an RBI and Johnson a hit and a RBI while Nemec took the pitching loss. In Elk Point Saturday, Post 1 lost a 2-1 lead when EP-J sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times in the sixth for a 6-2 win.�? Johnson had allowed only three hits and one unearned run up to that point. Post 1â�?�?s runs came on a Sam McBride double in the third and Nemecâ�?�?s single in the sixth. Jason Rasmussen, Meierkort, Olsen and Taggart also had a hit apiece. Winning pitcher Michael Strasburg struck out five en route to his complete-game victory. The never-a-dull-moment Post 1 club and Platte-Geddes spent Sunday afternoon giving each other chances to win the game until Vermillion escaped with a 12-11 nine-inning triumph.�? Meierkort doubled in two first-inning runs, then scored himself on the tail end of a double steal.�? That 3-0 lead evaporated into a 3-3 tie by the middle of the fourth, then the two teams began to play tag.�? Post 1 went ahead 4-3, 8-4 and 9-8, but each time Platte-Geddes tied the game in its next at-bat. Vermillionâ�?�?s three-run winning rally in the seventh began when Johnson walked.�? A two-out error at shortstop on Meierkortâ�?�?s ground smash opened the door.�? Successive singles by Olsen, Nemec and Taggart made it 12-9. True to this gameâ�?�?s pattern, the game wasnâ�?�?t over.�? A single, a walk and two hit batters gave Platte-Geddes a chance and scored two runs, but with the bases loaded and Post 1â�?�?s lead down to a single run, the visitorsâ�?�? Joe Miller drove a fly ball to right field.�? It began to tail away from right-fielder Johnson, but he reached the ball, slid to his knees and caught it to end the game. If he hadnâ�?�?t, the ball likely would have gone to the fence and cleared the bases. Platte-Geddes never did figure out how to retire Nemec.�? He had four hits and a walk, scored once and drove in two runs. Olsen had three hits and scored three times.�? Freidel and Taggart had two hits apiece, and Meierkort and Andrew Eidem each drove in a pair. Middle reliever Moore was the pitcher of record when Post 1 took its final lead, thus getting the victory. Taggart was brought on to face the gameâ�?�?s final three batters and recorded the save.