Vermillion's VFW 15-16 Teeners opened postseason play in dominating fashion at North Sioux City Tuesday night, disposing of Dakota Valley 19-0 in a three-inning game that left Vermillion two wins away from a regional title and a state tournament berth.
The victory over Dakota Valley, which ended vis the 15-run rule after 2 ? innings, moved Vermillion into a Wednesday winners' bracket game against Beresford. The tournament is scheduled to end Friday with a championship game at 6 p.m. and another, if necessary, at 8 p.m.
The state tournament will be hosted by Wagner on Aug. 13-15.
The fuse for Vermillion's big win Tuesday was lit by leadoff men Collin Bertram and Tanner Anderson, who singled to start the bottom of the first inning. Before the stanza ended, Mitch Brown had a two-run single and Caleb Miller a one-run base hit. Another scored on a walk.
The bottom of the second saw 20 Vermillion batters step to the plate. Granted the winners were helped along by 11 bases on balls by three Dakota Valley pitchers, none of whom could come within an area code of locating the strike zone. But back-to-back doubles by Anderson and Brown, the latter driving in two more runs, started a mammoth 15-run explosion.
Later in the inning Miller had a two-run single while Tanner Settles, Chayse Meierkort and Joe Mazour all had one-run singles.
Meanwhile, Vermillion starter Nate Garret didn't let Dakota Valley get a ball out of the infield. He struck out two to conclude the top of the first emphatically. All six of the outs in the second and third innings were made by first-baseman Miller, either on plays he made himself or throws he took from fellow infielders.
The only baserunners Garret allowed were on a two-out in the second and a seeing-eye blooper dropped on the edge of the outfield grass behind third base among three Vermillion defenders with two out in the third. A moment later Garrett got the last Dakota Valley man to ground out, ending the game prematurely but mercifully.