13-14 Teeners prepare for region tournament

13-14 Teeners prepare for region tournament By Parker Knox
Sportswriter With the regular season down to its final two weeks, Vermillion's 13-14 Teeners baseball team faces a busy schedule in preparation for regional tournament play in mid-July. Coach Bill Settles' club will be home tonight (Friday) against Canton for a 6 p.m. doubleheader and home again Saturday to pay the Yankton 13s twice at 1 p.m.  The team plays at the Yankton 14s Monday and against Parkston in Dimock Tuesday before hosting Freeman next Thursday at 6. In the recent Mitchell tournament, the Vermillion team defeated the Spearfish 13s, 11-9, and lost to the Yankton 14s, 5-3, and to the Brandon Valley 14s, 6-0. Last Thursday at home the Vermillion 13-14s quickly dispatched the Lennox 13s, 12-0, as the mercy rule ended the game after 4 1/2 innings. Singles by Tanner Anderson and Layne Brown got Vermillion rolling in its half of the first inning.  Mitch Brown's double scored one run, and Lennox errors let two other baserunners cross the plate. Anderson, Chayce Meierkort and Jake Hogen had singles in a three-run third that was compounded by two walks and another Lennox error. Vermillion put the game out of reach with six runs after two were out in an 11-batter fourth inning.  Three more Lennox errors — all at first base — joined with three walks, doubles by Meierkort and Jayce Huska and a single by Anderson to increase the lead to 12-0. Meanwhile, Meierkort pitched the first four innings, striking out one in each of those frames and allowing only one hit, a harmless leadoff double in the fourth.  Two other Lennox batters walked.  Six infield ground balls were handled flawlessly by the Vermillion defense. Hogen threw the fifth inning, walking two but striking out one and allowing no other baserunners in closing out the victory. Huska had two RBIs and Mitch Brown one for Vermillion as Anderson led the nine-hit attack with three base knocks.

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