Post 1â�?�?s Johnson handcuffs Lennox By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Despite having to sit through long at-bats by his own ballclub, Post 1 righthander Tyler Johnson kept Lennox in handcuffs Saturday as Vermillion rolled to a 17-1 five-inning victory to do its part for the home fans in the Baseball Opening Day celebration at Prentis Park. The first Lennox batter, Blake Kirschenman, singled solidly to right field but soon after was erased in a double play when shortstop Jason Rasmussen scooped up a ground ball, stepped on second base to force Kirschenman and fired to first for a double play. From then on Johnson was on cruise control. Given an 11-0 lead by his teammates, Johnson faltered only in the fourth when a walk, a single and two more walks produced the only Lennox run of the contest. He coaxed an infield ground ball to second-baseman Sam McBride to leave the sacks full. Lennox managed two more singles in the fifth but did not score as the game ended via the 10-run rule. Johnson finished with five struckouts while allowing those three fourth-inning walks and a total of four singles. In its own first inning Vermillion went on a rampage, circling the bases with glee, one man at a time. Fifteen men came to the plate, nine scored. Lennox contributed to the merriment with three infield errors, five walks and a hit batter. McBride drove in two runs with a fielder's choice when his ball was misplayed. Cory Taggart had a two-run hit in the inning. Vermillion went down in order in the second but resumed scoring in the third with a pair of runs. McBride's leadoff triple was followed by Rasmussen's double, Kyle Nemec's single and a wild pitch, and Post 1 was up 11-0. As if Johnson hadn't been given enough of a comfort zone, his teammates got him six more runs in an 11-batter fourth. Five of the first six batters in the inning walked, and hits by Rasmussen, Andrew Eidem and Nick Anglin contributed to the cause. Taggart finished the day with three RBIs, and Eidem and Rasmussen had two apiece. McBride, Rasmussen and Taggart, the top three men in the batting order, had two hits apiece and scored eight of the team's 17 runs. The win improved Post 1's record to 2-3 heading into doubleheaders this week with Elk Point and Freeman. Following this weekend's Lewis and Clark tournament, Post 1 will be home Tuesday for a 6 p.m. twinbill against Sioux Falls West and another twinbill next Friday at home against Harrisburg. Post 1 5-5, S.F. West 10-3 Vermillion secured its first win of the season at Sioux Falls last Wednesday, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to score four times in the fifth inning and once in the seventh to beat Post 15 West, 5-3. West had scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take its early lead. In the doubleheader's first game Post 1 jumped ahead 2-0 in the second, and West answered with five runs in the third to take a permanent lead. They added on with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth en route to a 10-5 victory.