Teeners split doubleheader with Yankton By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Short and sweet were not adjectives that could describe the Vermillion 13-14 Teeners' weekend at Prentis Park. On Saturday the team coached by Bill Settles and Jason Huska whipped the Yankton Reds, 12-2, in a doubleheader opener. Then the nightcap, scheduled for five innings, kept going through eight innings when the Yankton team escaped with an 8-7 victory. In a marathon eight-inning game that saw 25 runs, 26 hits, 18 walks and 19 runners left on base, Canton dealt Vermillion an eight-inning 13-12 loss at Prentis Park Friday. After several ties and changes of lead, the game saw Vermillion take a 9-6 advantage with a four-run fifth, its second four-run inning of the contest. Four Canton runs in the sixth gave the visitors a 10-9 lead, which Vermillion erased with a three-run sixth for a 12-10 lead. But Canton scored the two runs it needed to tie the contest in its final scheduled at-bat in the seventh and pushed across the winning run in the top of the first extra inning. Needing one run to tie and two to win, Vermillion put the leadoff man in the bottom of the eighth on base with a walk, but Canton reliever Brian Jennings retired the next three batters to end the game with the home team still a run shy. Tanner Anderson drove in three Vermillion runs, scored three times and was one of four men who equally divided the team's eight hits. Jake Hogen, Chayce Meierkort and Colin Olson also had two hits apiece, and Olson also scored three times. Hogen drove in two tallies and Meierkort one. The pitching duties were shared among starter Tanner Settles and relievers Colin Bertram and Anderson. Canton scored at least once in all eight innings and had at least two hits in every inning except one. Both teams stranded baserunners in every inning except one. The nightcap of the doubleheader was designated as a three-inning affair before it started, and actually it was all over long before that. Canton's first eight batters in the first inning all scored on a combination of four hits, four walks and four wild pitches. They added three more runs in the third. Vermillion's only run scored in the first when leadoff man Seth Miller singled, went all the way to third when the pitcher threw wildly past first base on a pickoff attempt and scored on a wild pitch. The only other Vermillion hits were singles by Bertram and Seth Heine. Next week is the last week of the regular season. The 13-14 Teeners will be at Elk Point-Jefferson for two games at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by home doubleheaders against Beresford Thursday and Tea Area Friday.