Vermillion will host <br />L&C wooden bat classic

Vermillion will host
L&C wooden bat classic By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Ten American Legion baseball games will be squeezed into two days of play as Prentis Park in Vermillion plays host to a share of the eighth annual Lewis and Clark Wooden Bat Classic Friday and Saturday. First- and second-day games in the 14-team tournament will also be played in Yankton and Hartington Friday and Saturday.  The champion from each site and one wild card team will continue play in semifinals and a championship game in Hartington on Sunday. In Vermillion the host Post 1 ballclub will play Sioux Falls West at 11 a.m. Friday.  Then Post 1 returns to the field at about 8 p.m. for a game against Spearfish.  In between those two contests, the Friday schedule at Prentis Park calls for West against Norfolk at 1:15, Norfolk against Scotland at 3:30, and Scotland against Spearfish at 5:45. On Saturday Vermillion will again play twice—against Scotland at 12:45 and against Norfolk at 7:30.  Saturday's play starts with West against Scotland at 10:30, West against Spearfish at 3:00 and the Spearfish-Norfolk game at 5:15 p.m. Sunday's schedule at Hartington calls for the Yankton site champion against the wild card team at 11 a.m., followed by the champions from the Vermillion and Hartington sites clashing at 1:15.  The championship tilt is set for about 3:30.  In the event the wild card team comes from the Yankton bracket, then it will be the wild card team that plays the Vermillion winner at 1:15 with the Yankton and the Hartington bracket champions opening the semifinals at 11 a.m. Playing at Riverside Park in Yankton will be the host team along with Pierre, Sioux Falls East, Omaha Bryan and Blair, Neb.  Competing at Hartington will be that host ballclub, Mitchell, Brandon Valley, and O'Neill, Neb. Last year Coach Jason Gault's Post 1 team split four games in the first two days of the Lewis and Clark Classic.  Vermillion lost to Sioux Falls West, 8-2, and to Parkston, 5-2 in eight innings while winning a pair of 6-5 games over Watertown and Gretna, Neb. A time-limit rule applies to this tournament.  No new inning will start after the game has been going for two hours.  Tie games, however, will be played out regardless of a time limit. A 15-run rule applies after three innings, a 12-run rule after four innings and an eight-run rule after five innings.

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