Post 1 regular season play nears completion as tournament time looms just around the corner By: Parker Knox
Sports Writer The last chance for Vermillion baseball fans to see their exciting Post 1 American Legion team in action at Prentis Park comes Sunday as the fast-disappearing regular season nears its completion and tournament time looms just around the corner. Post 1 will host Elk Point at 1 p.m. Sunday in the last home game. The regular season then ends Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. game at Lennox. The regional tournament hosted by Harrisburg will take place two weekends from now. Last Tuesday Post 1 rebounded from three straight losses â�?�? two to Stillwater, MN, and one to Chamberlain â�?�? with a resounding 10-0 demolition of Dakota Valley in a game scheduled for nine innings that ended via the 10-run rule in the seventh. J.R. Moore was the pitching star for Post 1, breezing through seven innings. Dakota Valley managed only two hits off Moore, who struck out 10 while walking three. He was supported by an error-free defense. Reid Meierkortâ�?�?s two-run homer in the first inning proved to be enough cushion for Moore, but his team gave him all sorts of breathing room with a five-run, three-hit second inning. The first five batters all reached base on two walks and singles by Tyler Johnson, Jerrod Freidel and Cory Taggart, and those three men along with Meierkort had RBIs in the inning. Johnson doubled, Freidel laid down a sacrifice bunt and Taggart singled Johnson home for another Vermillion score in the fifth. Kyle Olsen led off the seventh with a solo homer, making the score 9-0. Two outs later, McBride singled, moved to second on Johnsonâ�?�?s third hit of the game, advanced to third on a walk and scored the game-ending run on Taggartâ�?�?s third hit and third RBI. It was Johnsonâ�?�?s turn for another excellent pitching performance the following night when he and Post 1 defeated Sioux Falls East, 5-3, in the first game of a twinbill in Sioux Falls. Johnson fanned three, walked only two and allowed six hits. East got to Johnson only once with a three-run fifth inning that cut the Vermillion lead to 4-3, but the big-city boys could not score again. Post 1 struck first with a three-run third that featured doubles by Taggart, Meierkort and Andrew Eidem and a single by Olsen. Vermillion added a run in the fifth and an unearned score driven in by Kyle Nemec in the seventh. In the nightcap Post 1 couldnâ�?�?t capitalize in three situations with men in scoring position within the first four innings. Meanwhile, East put together four hits off starter Brandon Womack in the third to score three times and tallied three more in the fifth on a walk and three singles, one of them off reliever Grant Lueders. Vermillionâ�?�?s only run came in its final at-bat in the top of the seventh when Post 1 managed three of its five hits. Nemec singled for his second hit of the game, moved to second on Johnsonâ�?�?s hit and scored on Luedersâ�?�? base knock to spoil Eastâ�?�?s shutout attempt. Vermillionâ�?�?s record stood at 14-10 heading into the holiday weekend. Post 1, after playing at Yankton Monday and at Dakota Valley Tuesday, has a doubleheader date at Chamberlain Friday night before coming home for the Prentis Park season finale Sunday.