Vermillion Post 1 begins tourney action Friday By Parker Knox
Sports Writer The season-long goal of the Post 1 American Legion baseball team has been to repeat as regional champions and return to the state tournament. Now comes the time to get the job done. Vermillion opens regional tournament play in Harrisburg at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) against the host team, following a 5:30 p.m. opener between Canton and Lennox.�? If Post 1 wins, the next opponent at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will be tourney favorite Elk Point, which has a first-round bye.�? Dakota Valley has the other bye in the six-team field. A Vermillion loss in the opener against Harrisburg would send Post 1 into a losersâ�?�? bracket elimination game at noon Sunday against the Canton-Lennox loser. The double-elimination tournament continues through Tuesday with the champion advancing to the state â�?�?Bâ�? tournament, which starts July 30 in Milbank. Last year Post 1 captured the regional title, then lost its first two games at the state tournament in Elk Point. One of Vermillionâ�?�?s toughest losses of the season to shake off occurred last week at Dakota Valley when Post 1 lost a 14-9 lead in the ninth inning. The Panthers scored six times to emerge with a 15-14 win. Apparently that shook up Post 1 because the Vermillion boys responded with a vengeance. They pounded out a total of 38 hits in a doubleheader at Chamberlain Friday, demoralizing the home team with a 14-4 win that ended in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule, then outscoring them in the nightcap by 19-11. Last month Vermillion had lost to Chamberlain by one run in the third-place game of the 1st Dakota tournament in Yankton. In the final home game of the season Sunday, Post 1 continued to do well offensively, banging out 12 hits, but the defense and the pitching didnâ�?�?t match the offenseâ�?�?s heroics in a 16-8 loss to Elk Point. So far as its first regional opponent is�? concerned, Post 1 has gone 3-1 against Harrisburg during the regular season.�?