In a wild beginning to the Teener baseball season, Vermillion's 13-14 Teeners and Canton's 13 Teeners split a doubleheader in Canton Tuesday night.
The first game went to Canton, 9-4, in six innings, but the nightcap belonged to Vermillion, 11-0, in a contest stopped after two innings by mutual agreement.
Vermillion found itself in a 7-0 hole after two innings of the first inning and tried to peck away but ran out of innings. Canton won the game despite having only two basehits. They were, however, the benefactors of nine walks and one hit batter, and seven of those 10 free baserunners eventually scored.
Vermillion got to within 7-2 in the third without a hit. Two walks and a hit batter set the stage for infield grounders by Jack Brown and Jacob Krier that plated a pair of runs.
Vermillion had only four hits but strung three of them in succession to start the fifth inning, and that resulted in two more runs. John Benson's leadoff single was followed by Jacob Odens' RBI double. Later in that frame Krier reached base on a fielder's choice and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Starter Ryan Schuster struck out seven, walked eight and allowed one hit in four innings. Reliever Odens fanned three, walked one and gave up a hit in his two innings of work.
Vermillion batted 16 men in the top of the first inning of the second game to score 10 times. Three Canton pitchers took turns walking seven Vermillion batters and hitting three others with pitches. Add to that a balk, three wild pitches and three RBI hits—singles by Brown and Krier scoring a run each and a single by Blake Gilkyson scoring two.
Krier drove in another run in the second on his second single of the game.
Brett Hansen pitched the two innings for Vermillion, striking out three, walking one and allowing two hits.
The 13-14 Teeners, coached this year by Tyler Williamson and Steve Miller, return to action at Lennox in a 6:30 doubleheader next Wednesday.