Vermillion's young 13-14 Teeners baseball players are probably disappointed their season came to an end in the regional tournament last weekend, but considering how hot it was in Wagner, even they may be happy they didn't have to play any longer than they did.
With the heat index soaring into triple digits, Vermillion and other teams began play Saturday to determine a state tournament entrant. Vermillion took the right step in its first game, coming from behind to win a 14-11 shoot-out over Winner. Brett Hanson was winning pitcher and helped his own cause with four hits. Jacob Odens and Jacob Krier had two hits apiece.
Tyndall took it to Vermillion in a 15-0 second-round game, which set up the Teeners in an elimination game Sunday against host Wagner. Vermillion fell into a deep hole, 12-3, in the early going but fought back to such an extent that they had the tying run on deck in the final inning before losing 17-12.
Odens pitched five strong innings to hold off Wagner's offensive attack. At the plate Krier had three hits while Odens, Jack Brown and Joe Miller had two hits apiece. Ryan Schuster and Kyle Larson each scored a pair of runs.
Brandon Mockler was a real trooper, catching almost all of the innings in the three Vermillion games despite the brutal heat.
The young Teeners, coached this summer by Tyler Williamson and Steve Miller, finished the summer with a 14-11 record.