Vermillion Post 1 rallies to triumph over Elk Point By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Trailing 4-1 after one inning and down 5-2 after two innings, Vermillion Post 1 rallied to score one of its most satisfying victories of the season Tuesday night in Elk Point. Post 1 scored in seven of the nine innings, and their bats were as hot as the weather as the team pounded out 12 hits, three of them home runs, in a 9-5 win over Elk Point-Jefferson. The triumph was Post 1's sixth in an eight-day span, and the current six-game winning streak improved Vermillion's record to a salty 15-4. Now Coach Jason Gault's warriors pack their hot bats and take them west of the river for three games this weekend at a tournament in Winner. Vermillion will play Mobridge and Winner-Colome in back-to-back games starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday Post 1 takes on South Central (Burke-Gregory) in the second game of a doubleheader that starts at noon. Post 1 will be at home in Prentis Park for the first time in two weeks on Tuesday against Alexandria at 6 p.m. After last Tuesday's 13-3 win over Yankton at home, Post 1 went to Harrisburg the next night and swept the home team, 6-2 and 9-2. On Saturday at the Border Classic in Lennox, Post 1 took out a pair of out-of-state foes, trimming Pipestone, Minn., 4-1, and edging Wakefield, Neb., 7-6. A Sunday game at that tournament was rained out. At Elk Point on Tuesday, the top third of the Post 1 batting order—Sam McBride, Jason Rasmussen and Cory Taggart—scored seven of the team's nine runs, stroked eight of the club's 12 hits, and recorded all eight of the team's runs batted in. Leadoff man McBride opened the game with a single. Rasmussen's sacrifice bunt was so perfect it advanced McBride not one base but two to third base from where he was able to score on Taggart's sacrifice fly. EPJ, however, roughed up JR Moore on two walks followed by two home runs in the bottom of the first and led Vermillion 4-1 five batters into the game. Vermillion immediately got one of those runs back in the second when Moore came up with a leadoff single, stole second, moved to third on Tyler Johnson's infield groundout and scored on McBride's second single. EPJ's Mavarick Iverson led off his team's second with the team's third home run of the game for a 5-2 lead, but they would never score again. Moore shut them down in the third, fourth and fifth innings, and reliever Johnson threw the final five scoreless innings. Taggart led off Vermillion's third inning with a solo homer to cut the deficit to 5-3. In the fifth McBride took one for the team, starting the decisive inning by getting hit with a pitch. Rasmussen followed with a double, and Taggart brought them both as well as himself in to score with his second homer of the game, a three-run blast that put Vermillion ahead to stay, 6-5. Single runs in the next three innings padded the lead for reliever Johnson. McBride homered in the sixth. Kyle Nemec doubled and scored on an error in the seventh. Rasmussen's two-out single in the eighth, his stolen base, and Taggart's double produced the team's 12th run, and it was Taggart's sixth RBI of the night. McBride had the other two. Of the team's 12 hits McBride and Taggart had three each, Rasmussen and Moore two each, and Nemec and Andrew Eidem one apiece. Eric Docken had three RBIs for EPJ on his first-inning homer. Zach Orr was the only EPJ hitter to hit safely more than once. The game ended with three outs that provided an exclamation point to the come-from-behind win. Johnson opened the inning with a strikeout for the second inning in a row. For the second out Rasmussen smartly played a bouncing ground ball and got his man at first. To end the game Orr sent a deep, high fly into the farthest recesses of foul territory down the left-field line, and Moore, playing left field for the final five innings, tracked down and made a catch worthy of the evening's highlights reel to send Vermillion fans home happy.