Ten American Legion baseball games will be played at Prentis Park Friday and Saturday as Vermillion is one of three hosts to first- and second-day play in the Lewis & Clark Classic tournament.
Five teams will be in action in Vermillion, and 10 others will play elsewhere —– five at Yankton and five at Hartington – for the first two days of the event. On Sunday the Yankton pool champion and a wild card team will play at 11 a.m. at Yankton's Riverside Field, and the Vermillion and Hartington site champs will clash at 1:15 p.m. The championship game is set for 3:30 p.m.
If the wild card team comes from the Yankton pool, then the semifinal pairings will be changed so that two teams who have already played each other will not have to do so again.
In Vermillion the host Post 1 ballclub beghins action at 11 a.m. Friday against O'Neill, Neb. The rest of Friday's play here has O'Neill vs. Blair, NE, at 1:15, Blair vs. Groton at 3:30, Groton vs. Sturgis at 5:45 and Vermillion vs. Sturgis at about 8 p.m.
On Saturday a game between Groton and O'Neill starts the day at 11 a.m. Then Vermillion takes on Groton at 1:15 p.m., followed by O'Neill vs. Sturgis at 3:30 p.m., Blair vs. Sturgis at 5:45 p.m. and Vermillion vs. Blair at 8 p.m.
Next week Post 1 is scheduled at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Bon Homme.
To bring a fitting climax to Vermillion's Baseball Opening Day at Prentis Park on Sunday, Coach Jason Gault's Post 1 men laid a serious hurt on Elk Point-Jefferson, ending the game via the 10-run rule after five innings by a 15-2 score. Post 1's record improved to 2-1.
Kyle Nemec pitched a complete-game five-inning one-hitter, and at the plate he was just as intimidating, getting three hits, including two doubles. One of his two-base knocks was a laser shot to deep right-center field.
Cory Taggart scored four times for Vermillion and had two hits as did Jason Rasmussen and Tyler Husby.
The game was a great turn-around for the Post 1 team, which sustained a forgettable loss in a game at Sioux Falls West last week. Vermillion led 3-0 after two innings, fell behind 4-3 after six, but rallied with four runs in the top of the seventh to regain the advantage, 7-4.
But unbelievably West used a combination of hits, walks, hit batters and bad Vermillion luck to score 13 runs in the bottom of the seventh and end the game abruptly by the 10-run rule, 17-7.
Nemec started the game on the mound with Grant Lueders relieving in the sixth and J.R. Moore in the seventh. West had 18 hits to Vermillion's eight.