Vermillion adds two more victories to season By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillion scored in double figures for the fifth and sixth times last week and added two more victories, stretching its winning streak to five and its season's record to 7-1. The Tanagers, who played a non-league contest at Dakota Valley Tuesday, return to the road at Bon Homme Sunday and at Beresford next Wednesday. Vermillion built a 7-0 lead over the Watchdogs at Prentis Park last Wednesday, but a five-run Beresford fifth made it a ballgame. The Tanagers responded with two in their half of the fifth inning and four more in the sixth for a 13-5 lead. Beresford answered with two in the sixth but got no closer than the 13-7 final score. Starter Nick Anglin allowed no earned runs during his four-inning stint and walked only one. Cory Taggart threw three innings in relief, giving up the seven runs, only three of which were earned while fanning a pair and walking the same number. Kyle Nemec had a 2-for-2 day at the plate while Taggart, JR Moore, Brian Hansen and Grant Lueders each had two hits apiece and combined for nine runs batted in. On Sunday against the Stickney/ Mount Vernon/Hanson/Ethan collaboration, Moore came within one out of a complete seven-inning game, striking out five and walking none. Lueders made the most of his opportunity to pick up a save, throwing one pitch to end the game. The Tanagers scored four in the top of the first, starting with a leadoff home run over the right-field fence by Sam McBride. SMVHE got one run back as its leadoff man likewise homered. Each team scored twice in the next two innings, and both clubs scored three times in the fourth. Vermillion's run in the fifth made it a 10-6 game. Tyson Gau's second homer of the game in the bottom of the seventh brought the home team to within 10-7, but that's where they stayed, thanks to Lueders. Andrew Eidem had a three-hit day as a hitter. Brian Hansen was 2-for-4, including a double and three RBIs. Nemec drove in a pair on a 1-for-3 day, and Lueders had a double and a run batted in.