Post 1 cruises to 13-3 win over Yankton By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Twenty Vermillion batters strode to the plate in the first two innings as Post 1 built an early 9-0 lead, then cruised to a seven-inning 13-3 win over Yankton in a Tuesday night game shortened due to the 10-run rule. Post 1 not only took advantage of eight walks in those first two innings but also pounded Yankton pitching for six hits in those two stanzas and 14 hits in all in posting its ninth win against five defeats so far this season. Sam McBride had a career night of four hits, was on base all five times he batted and drove in five runs. Kyle Nemec, Andrew Eidem, JR Moore and Brian Hansen had two hits each while Jason Rasmussen and Grant Lueders each contributed a hit. Nemec pitched the first five innings for Vermillion, allowing a single run in the fourth and two in the fifth. He struck out two and walked none. Nick Anglin relieved for the sixth and the seventh, gave up one hit, fanned one and also walked none. McBride ignited a 12-batter, six-run first inning with a ringing double. Rasmussen laid down a picture-perfect sacrifice bunt to advance McBride to third from where he scored on a wild pitch. Cory Taggart's walk was cashed in on a booming home run blast by Nemec into the trees behind right field, and the rout was on. Eidem scored on the tail end of a double steal, and two more runs crossed on bases-loaded walks. Another bases-loaded walk and a two-run single by McBride gave Post 1 a three-run second inning. Vermillion added a pair of runs in the fourth on yet another McBride hit. A single run in the sixth scored on an uncontested steal of home by Lueders made it 12-3. Post 1 ended the game in the bottom of the seventh on Moore's double and Hansen's single. Yankton compacted four of its nine hits into one inning, the fifth, when the visitors touched Nemec for a pair of runs. Trevor Kindle was the only Yankton batter with more than one hit. Post 1 5-0 S.F. West 5-10 Tony Viger's solo homer gave Sioux Falls West a 1-0 lead over Post 1 which held up until the bottom of the fourth in last Tuesday's first game. A one-out throwing error by the West third-baseman opened the door. Eidem's single, Moore's double and Hansen's single produced three runs, and Vermillion never trailed again. It was a 3-2 lead for Post 1 in the bottom of the sixth when Taggart led off with a walk and Nemec homered for a 5-2 lead. Taggart pitched a complete seven-inning game for Vermillion and finished with a flourish, striking out the side in the top of the seventh. He struck out eight, walked only one and allowed six hits in scoring the pitching victory. Post 1 had only five hits off a pair of West pitchers, two by Eidem and one each by Nemec, Moore and Hansen. It was Vermillion's third win over West this season. The frustrated Sioux Falls team was ready for the second game, and their first five batters all scored on five hits, including a two-run homer by Ryan Hander, off starter Nick Anglin. West added one run in the third and three in the fourth off Anglin and one in the fifth off reliever Hansen. Vermillion managed only two hits in the five-inning game, a single each by Hansen and Mike Szymonski. West pitcher Jace Bunkers walked three and struck out one but was never threatened after his teammates gave him their big lead. Post 1, in a recent schedule change, will play in the Lennox Border Classic tournament this weekend. A full schedule of games was not available at this writing, but Post 1 will play at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and at an undisclosed time Sunday. Next Tuesday Post 1 plays a twinbill at Elk Point before heading to a tournament at Winner over the following weekend. Vermillion's next home games will be against Alexandria on Tuesday, June 30.