Vermillion 15-16 Teeners defeat EPJ 7-6

Mother Nature tried her best to wipe out the full day of Vermillion's Baseball Opening Day celebration at Prentis Park Sunday, but she only halfway succeeded.

Rains and wet grounds forced cancellation of the first two games of the day, sending the 13-14 Teeners and the Babe Ruth team to the sidelines along with their respective opponents.  But the grounds crew succeeded in getting the field into game-shape for the two late games, and in both cases it was worth the effort for the home teams.

The 15-16 Teeners broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning on a walkoff game-winning single by Caleb Miller to defeat Elk Point-Jefferson, 7-6.

Miller's hit scored Mitch Brown, who had a two-hit game as a batter but also pitched five strong innings.  He was relieved by Collin Bertram, who picked up the win in relief and also had a hit and scored a run on offense.

Tanner Settles and Cody Sommervold had hits for Vermillion as did Nate Garrett, who threw out a runner at home plate from his right-field position to complete a double play that killed off an EPJ scoring opportunity.

EPJ catcher Nick Murphy was the big gun for the visitors as his three-run double sent half of his team's runs across the plate in one swing of the bat.

Coach Bill Settles' 15-16 Teeners will be in Mitchell for a tournament this weekend, playing Lennox and Chamberlain on Saturday at noon and 2 p.m., respectively, and taking on the host team at 10 a.m. Sunday before playing a final game later that day.

Next Wednesday the team plays the Yankton 15s at Yankton at 6 p.m.

Jason Huska's 13-14 Teeners will try again to play a home game Monday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in a twinbill against Canton.  Next Wednesday they are scheduled to go to the Lennox 14s for a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader.

Meanwhile, Coach Bob Morecraft's Babe Ruth League team will be in action at the Yankton Sertoma tournament this weekend, concluding Sunday, then resumes league play at home Monday against Yankton Alcoa.

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