Vermillion baseball opens season with win Sunday By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Because they squeezed a relatively nice day in between bursts of typical South Dakota spring weather, Vermillion and Yankton high school club baseball teams were able to open the season on a Sunday in March as scheduled, and it was the Tanagers who most took advantage of the opportunity. Coach Jason Gault's Tanagers parlayed a six-run fourth inning into a 9-3 win at Yankton's Riverside Park. Tyler Johnson, who started his season as a hitter with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate, started the contest on the mound for VHS and pitched through the third. Middle reliever J.R. Moore was the pitcher of record when the Tanagers had their big inning and took the lead, and it was he who garnered the pitching victory. Moore threw the fourth and into the fifth. When he walked the bases loaded with two out, Kyle Nemec played the role of fireman, coming in to quell the uprising. He then pitched the sixth and seventh to secure a save. Moore also had two hits as did Jason Rasmussen. For the Bucks Zach Johnson and Riley Cameron had two base knocks apiece. Chris Marlow was Yankton's losing pitcher. The Tanagers are scheduled to open their Prentis Park season at 1 p.m. Sunday against Beresford. Next Friday, April 3, Vermillion hosts Dakota Valley with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.