Sixth-inning rally not enough as
to stop Stillwater batters Sunday By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Sometimes in baseball the last out is the hardest one to get. It was that way for Post 1 Sunday morning, June 29, as the Vermillion American Legion club tried to finish a rugged week on a positive note against Stillwater, MN. Post 1 had just pulled off an exhilarating three-run bottom-of-the-sixth to rally from a 4-2 deficit to take a 5-4 lead into the final inning.�? Starter Kyle Olsen erased the first Stillwater batter on a pop fly to third-baseman Brandon Womack, and after a walk, he registered the second out on a force play at second base.�? However, a double kept the Minnesotans alive with runners at third and second bases. On each of the next two batters he faced, Olsen came to within one strike of a Vermillion victory. However, the first of those two men was hit by a pitch, and the second hit a ground ball to shortstop where it was mishandled for a costly error that allowed Stillwater's tying run to score.�? Olsen retired the side on a grounder to Womack, so Post 1 still had a chance to win in the bottom of the seventh. Vermillion did get the potential winning run to second base with one out, but a pair of outfield flies sent the game to an extra inning.�? There disaster struck as the first seven Stillwater batters reached base and scored.�? It began ominously with a�? wind-blown pop fly that fell for a hit, then followed in order a home run, a walk, a single, a double and two more singles. �? Another single later made it a seven-run, seven-hit inning. What moments earlier had seemed like a 5-4 Vermillion win turned to a 12-5 loss. A pair of walks started Post 1's sixth-inning rally.�? Tyler Johnson's second hit of the game drove in one run, and a wild pitch let in the second to tie the contest at 4-4. Andrew Eidem's drive deep into the right-field corner, also his second hit of the game,�? gave Post 1 the lead at 5-4 going into the seventh, the last scheduled inning. Vermillion�? managed only six hits in all â�?�? one by Jerrod Friedel and a double by Womack in the fifth that almost gave Post 1 another run except that the baserunner was nabbed at the plate by a relay from the outfield. Coach Jason Gault�? kept some of his starters out of the lineup to give others the chance to play full games. The next-to-last week of the regular season will find Post 1 on the road next week â�?�? a single game at Yankton Monday, a doubleheader against Dakota Valley at the Sioux City Explorers' park Tuesday and a doubleheader at Chamberlain Friday.�? The last home game before tournament play will be against Elk Point at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13.