15-16 Teeners fall to Tyndall Monday By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Though trailing after three innings 6-1, Vermillion's 15-16 Teeners seemed well on their way to a come-from-behind victory at Prentis Park Monday night. They had cut their deficit to 6-4, and middle reliever Nate Garrett had retired seven Tyndall batters in a row. The stage seemed set for the home team's rally. Then came the top of the sixth, and any hope of victory disappeared when Tyndall scored seven times en route to a 16-4 win. Vermillion's two Teeners teams are winding down their schedules. The 13-14 Teeners will be home tonight (Friday) against Tea Area at 6 p.m. and begin regional play July 18. The 15-16 Teeners have a home date with Dakota Valley at 6 p.m. next Thursday, setting the stage for their regional tournament. In the Tyndall game Vermillion took a brief 1-0 lead in the first when Tyler Husby reached safely on an infield error and scored on Will Mart's RBI single. But Tyndall rallied with two runs in the second and four in the third off starter Mart before he was relieved by Garrett. In the bottom of the fourth Jered Ceretti and Stormy Mirtz led off with walks, and both eventually scored. Ceretti crossed on Caleb Miller's sacrifice fly, and Mirtz scored on the tail end of a delayed double steal. Vermillion came to within 6-4 when Husby led off the fifth with a walk and scored on Ceretti's double. But Garrett ran into trouble in the top of the sixth on a walk, a dropped pop-up in the infield and a pair of singles. Mart was brought in as a reliever, and a triple, a single and three walks later, Tyndall had scored seven times on four hits and three Vermillion errors. The visitors added three more runs in the seventh. Doug Vanecek had four RBIs for Tyndall, which finished with 14 hits, three by Vanecek and three by pitcher Nathan Kloucek, who struck out three, walked five and scattered seven Vermillion hits. D'Andre Fore had a two-hit game for Vermillion, and Zach McDonald reached base three times.