Vermillion 15-16 Teeners sweep doubleheader By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Canton came to town with a 9-0 record but went home 9-2 after the Vermillion 15-16 Teeners swept a Thursday night doubleheader, 8-6 and 3-2. "We've been doing a better job of putting the ball into play," said Coach Glenn McDonald, "and making the other team make the plays." In Canton's case, several times they could not make those plays, and Vermillion cashed in on the opportunities. McDonald also had his kids running at every chance, and countless times during the evening the stolen bases put men in scoring position from where they scored. In the first game a 2-0 lead became a 3-2 deficit in the top of the third when Canton managed three runs without the aid of a basehit. But McDonald's crew answered with three of their own. Zach McDonald homered to left field for the first one. Three Canton errors and a hit by Stormy Mirtz gave Vermillion a 5-3 lead. The game stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth. Three runs on three hits, including a double by McDonald and singles by Mirtz and Jered Ceretti, and a costly wild pitch and a catcher's throwing error gave Vermillion what it thought were merely insurance runs and an 8-3 lead. But Canton scored three times in the top of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate when Ceretti, who pitched the last four innings in relief, struck out Luke Myrebo to end the game. Zach McDonald started the game and alalowed only three hits while walking four and striking out one. Ceretti fanned two, walked three and permitted three seventh-inning hits. The nightcap was scheduled for four innings, in part because of the heat and humidity, but it had plenty of exciting moments even for a short game. A first-inning Canton run and a second-inning Vermillion tally tied the game at 1-1. Andy McCann hit a solid single to right, and the ball rolled through the right-fielder all the way to the wall, sending McCann all the way to third base. The Canton pitcher immediately wild-pitched him home to tie the game. Canton took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a triple by Justin haglund and a Matt Woods single. The visitors then put runners at first and third with only one out but did not score again off Nate Garrett, who got a fly ball and a strikeout to end the threat. Vermillion then immediately went to work and won the game with a lot of help from Canton. Leadoff man Will Mart reached on an infielder's throwing error, stole second and was wild-pitched to third. McCann was hit with a pitch, putting the tying and winning runs at the corners with nobody out. Garrett then stroked a line drive toward the right-fielder. He misplayed it off his glove, and Mart and McCann both scored to end the game in dramatic fashion for the home club. Garrett gave up five hits, struck out two and walked none in his four innings of work. Vermillion won despite having only two hits—McCann's crucial second-inning single and another by Cody Sommervold later in the same stanza. On Monday night a team of Alcester players who haven't had the opportunity to play summer baseball for two years came to Vermillion, and their long stretch away from the game showed. The Vermillion 15-16 Teeners won both ends of the twinbill, 18-1 and 16-4. Both games went only four innings, and the nightcap was stopped at Alcester's coaches' request because they simply had for four hours thrown all the pitches they could throw. Vermillion posted an eight-run, four-hit first inning in each of the games and scored in every inning they batted all night long. In the opener the first inning was highlighted by an RBI single by Zach McDonald and a two-run double by Jerod Ceretti. McDonald drove in another run with a hit in a seven-run second. D'Andre Fore stroked a two-run double in a three-run third. Fore led off the second game with an inside-the-park home run. Later in the same inning he drove in two runs with a single. A double in the fourth gave him four RBIs. Will Mart had another big hit, a two-run double in a five-run fourth. In among the opportune basehits by Vermillion were countless wild pitches, walks, uncontested stolen bases and errors on Alcester's part. Ceretti pitched three innings of the first game, striking out three and allowing three hits. Wes McBride relieved for the fourth and gained a strikeout. Cody Sommervold took the mound in the nightcap, striking out six. Stormy Mirtz threw the fourth inning. The 15-16 Teeners' next home games will be a 6:30 doubleheader Monday against Tyndall.