15-16 Teeners go 3-1 in
CorTrust Wood Bat Classic By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillion's 15-16 Teeners came up with a strong showing in the Cortrust Wood Bat Classic at Yankton last weekend, going 3-1 to finish as the runner-up to the champion Yankton Black Sox. Coach Glen McDonald's ballclub is scheduled for a home game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Scotland and another against Irene at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday to finish the regular season prior to tournament play. Vermillion opened play in the Yankton tournament with a five-run first inning en route to a 12-3 decision over Freeman. The Freeman team cut its deficit to 5-3 with three runs in the second inning but didn't score again off starter and winner Nate Garrett whose teammates on offense supported him with seven additional runs. Tyler Husby, Zach McDonald and D'Andre Fore had two hits each, and Garrett, Will Mart, Scott Iverson and Andy McCann each contributed a hit. In its second game things looked bleak early for Vermillion, trailing 7-0 to the Yankton Grey Sox after four innings. However, Vermillion exploded to life with two scores in the fifth inning, four in the sixth and four in the seventh. Husby was the offensive star for the winners, scoring three times after reaching base on a single, a double and a triple. On Saturday against Creighton, NE, in a game between foes who had both gone 2-0 the previous day, Vermillion scored two in the first inning and four more in the second to go ahead by 6-1. A five-run Creighton third tied the game, but Vermillion immediately scored a go-ahead run and held on to that 7-6 advantage the rest of the way to win by that score. Fore scored twice for Vermillion, which then faced the Black Sox with both teams standing unbeaten at 3-0. This game got away early, however, as the Yankton team mounted rallies of three runs in the first, two in the third and five in the fourth for a 10-1 win and the tournament title. Vermillion got its run in the first but managed only one hit off Yankton's Mitch Huston the rest of the way. Husby pitched for Vermillion.