13-14 Teeners play with mixed results By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillion's 13-14 Teeners endured a strange doubleheader last Thursday night, playing well in a seven-inning 5-4 victory over Tyndall, then falling 10-0 in a three-inning nightcap in which they couldn't get the ball out of the infield. Less than 24 hours later, they were back in double digits, whipping Lennox 15-2. The 13-14 Teeners, coached by Bill Settles and Jason Huska, will play in a two-day tournament in Mitchell this weekend and at Canton in a doubleheader Tuesday night. Their next home date is next Thursday, June 18, against Lennox. Teeners 5-0, Tyndall 4-10 In the opener against Tyndall, Vermillion gained a 4-0 lead after three innings. Two second-inning runs scored on a costly infield error. In the third, pitcher Mitch Brown singled in one run, and another scored on an error. Brown had breezed through the Tyndall lineup, retiring 10 men in a row to start the game, until the visitors came up with three runs in the fourth. A double scored one run, but a wild pitch and an error allowed two more to cross the plate. What proved to be the winning run scored for Vermillion in the fifth when Layne Brown singled, stole second and scored on Trevor Grey's infield ground-out. Tyndall made it interesting in the top of the seventh, sneaking to within 5-4 on a leadoff double, a wild pitch and an infield grounder. But with the tying run at third base and two out, second-baseman Jayce Huska saved the day with a sensational play on a sharp ground ball, throwing the batter out at first and preserving the victory. Layne Brown, Jake Hogen and Huska had two hits each while Chayce Meierkort and Mitch Brown each had one for Vermillion. In the second game Tyndall pitcher Ross Kortan faced the minimum of nine batters in what turned out to be a three-inning game due to the 10-run rule. He struck out seven of the nine, and the other two popped out to the pitcher. Meanwhile Tyndall scored twice in the first inning and once in the second. Then came the fateful third inning. Starter and loser Meierkort and his mates endured a nightmarish inning, the major features of which were three infield errors and a bases-loaded triple that was lost in the lights by the outfielder. Teeners 15, Lennox 2 Vermillion blew away a 1-0 deficit with a five-run third inning, followed by a six-run fourth, in winning at Lennox in seven innings. Meierkort went 2-for-3 with a triple and a single. Seven other players had one hit apiece. Vermillion also took advantage of 13 walks. Layne Brown struck out six, walked six and allowed one hit and the two Lennox runs in three innings on the mound. Collin Bertram threw the next three innings, fanning three, walking one and permitting two hits. Tanner Settles pitched the final inning without allowing any baserunners.