Tanagers named to All-State team By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Although their season ended a week earlier than they had hoped, several Vermillion High School baseball players earned individual recognition for what they contributed to the Tanagers' excellent 14-2 season. Pitcher JR Moore and first-baseman Kyle Nemec have been named to the South Dakota high school baseball All-State first team, and outfielder Cory Taggart was selected for the All-State second team. For the previous four seasons outfielder Reid Meierkort had been the only All-Stater picked from a Vermillion team. Moore had a 6-0 record and an earned-run average of 3.20 as he pitched 25 1/3 innings for the Tanagers, allowing 22 hits, striking out 17 and walking 12. Nemec had a whopping .538 batting average, hitting safely 21 times in 39 official at-bats. He had three doubles among his 21 hits and drove in 17 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .633 in the 13 games he played. Taggart batted at a .417 clip, hitting safely 15 times in 36 at-bats. He had three doubles and two triples and drove in 16 runs. His on-base percentage was .563, and he stole 14 bases. The Region 1B All-Region Team selected by vote of the eight coaches in the region includes four Tanagers on the first team and two more on the honorable mention list. First-baseman Nemec, shortstop Jason Rasmussen, outfielder Taggart and pitcher Moore were named to the all-region team, and catcher Andrew Eidem and third-baseman Brian Hansen earned honorable mention recognition. Rasmussen had 16 hits in 36 at-bats for a .444 batting average. He had three doubles among his hits and drove in 10 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .574, and while on base he stole 10 bases. Rasmussen and Hansen, who were juniors, have another year of high school ball remaining, but Nemec, Moore, Taggart and Eidem were graduating seniors.
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