Yankton Post 12 bats were as warm as the midsummer weather at Prentis Park Tuesday as the visitors swept a doubleheader from Vermillion Post 1, 9-2 and 13-9.
Yankton clubbed 27 hits in the two games, including five home runs.
Derrik Nelson had two home runs and pitcher Steven Stanage one in the opener as Yankton outhit Post 1 by a 12-6 count.
Vermillion cut a 4-0 deficit down to three with a fourth-inning run when Cory Taggart doubled and scored on pitcher Kyle Nemec's single. The home team rallied to within 5-2 with a sixth-inning run on Taggart's walk and singles by Nemec and J.R. Moore, but Yankton put the game away with a four-run seventh.
Nemec went the distance on the mound, allowing 12 hits while striking out seven and walking none. Stanage struck out nine and walked two while holding Post 1 to six hits in the seven-inning game.
Vermillion rolled to a 5-0 lead after two innings of the nightcap. D'Andre Fore's leadoff single and stolen base were followed by hits by Jason Rasmussen and Taggart for the first run.
A four-run Vermillion second was ignited by Zach McDonald's double. He and Fore soon scored on Taggart's two-run double, and Taggart himself scored on a catcher's error.
The 5-0 lead disappeared quickly when Yankton sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven times in the third on six hits, including a two-run homer by Devin Gullikson.
But Post 1 rallied to retake the lead with three of their own in the same inning to go up by 8-7. A single by Moore and a two-run double by Rasmussen, helped along by four walks, highlighted the big inning.
But Yankton went back in front 9-8 on a two-run homer by Erik Spencer in the fourth. Vermillion tied the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the same inning when Moore singled, went to second on Grant Lueders' hit and scored on Fore's base knock.
The decision was made due to time constraints that the fifth inning would be the last, and Yankton scored four times, a three-run homer by Spencer the big blow.
Brian Hansen, Tyler Husby and Rasmussen shared pitching duties for Vermillion while Yankton used four men who scattered 12 Vermillion hits.
The afternoon twinbill at home, which saw Vermillion's record dip to 6-8 for the year so far, followed a frustrating weekend which Post 1 spent in suburban Omaha. Two of their three games in a tournament at Waterloo-Valley were rained out, and Vermillion lost to the host team, 6-1, in the only game they managed to play. The team did get to see the UCLA-Florida game at the College World Series Saturday night, so the trip was worth it after all.
Last Wednesday at Mitchell the Post 1 team sprayed 25 hits all over Cadwell Park and scored 12 runs in a doubleheader against the team that will be hosting the state championship tournament in August, but nevertheless the end result was a pair of one-run defeats.
A four-run fifth powered Mitchell toward a 6-5 win in the opener despite Vermillion's 12 basehits.
Vermillion led 4-1 after 2 1/2 innings of the nightcap, but Mitchell scored five to take a 6-4 lead. Post 1 later was ahead again by 7-6 before Mitchell tied it in the bottom of the sixth.
Each team threatened in the seventh, Vermillion putting runners at the corners with one out and Mitchell loading the bases, but neither could score, sending the game to extra innings.
In the fateful bottom of the eighth, the Mitchell leadoff man walked and stole second. Vermillion's pitcher fielded a sharp groundball and tried to get the batter at first base but overthrew the first baseman, allowing the winning run to score from second in an 8-7 Mitchell victory.
Vermillion had 13 hits in that game.
Earlier last week Post 1 swept a fellow regional opponent, Elk Point-Jefferson, ending both games of a doubleheader at Elk Point via the 10-run rule.
This weekend Post 1 returns to Winner's tournament for the third straight year, this time making the trip as defending champions.
Next week Vermillion finally has another home game when Canton comes calling for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday. Post 1 goes to Tabor to play Bon Homme on Wednesday at 7, then hosts Dakota Valley at 6 p.m. Friday, July 2.