One of Vermillion's VFW Teener baseball teams enters postseason play this weekend while the other continues its regular-season schedule for two more weeks.
The 13-14 Teeners will compete in Region 3A in Wagner, one of six ballclubs from a wide swath of South Dakota geography assigned to this region. Vermillion drew Winner in a noon game Saturday to begin tournament play. A win in that game would mean playing Tyndall in a winners' bracket game later in the afternoon while an opening-game loss would put Vermillion into a losers' bracket contest late Sunday afternoon.
Other teams in the region are Wagner, Parkston and Redfield in the opposite bracket. The tournament champion to be decided Tuesday night advances to the state tournament in Milbank July 29-31.
Meanwhile, the Post 3061 15-16 Teeners continue with regular-season play at home against Lennox on Monday night and against Canton next Thursday. That ballclub will still have four more regular-season contests on their schedule before their regional begins in Elk Point on July 30.
The 15-16 Teeners won three games and sustained one tough loss while competing in Yankton's wood bat classic last Friday and Saturday. Vermillion defeated Yankton's 15 Grey Sox, 3-1, in the opening game, following that up with a 12-3 domination of Dakota Valley. On Saturday a 1-0 loss to South Sioux City was the only thing that kept the Teeners out of the championship game. Instead they settled for third-place honors, beating the Grey Sox again, 5-2.
In the opening win over Yankton, Jayce Huska kept the Grey Sox scoreless through six innings of no-hit baseball, striking out six and walking none along the way. Yankton had only two baserunners against him over those six innings, one on an infield error and another on a hit batter.
Meanwhile, Vermillion scored a run in the second when Nile Morecraft reached on a shortstop's error, moved to third on Huska's hit and scored on Pete Haught's RBI single.
Vermillion gave Huska a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh, and they would prove beneficial. Leadoff hits by Haught and Joe Mazour and a sacrifice by Colin Olson set the table for Ty Iverson's RBI single and Collin Bertram's sacrifice fly.
Yankton staged a rally in the bottom of the seventh as they loaded the bases with nobody out on the first hit off Huska and two hit batters. Mazour came in in relief and retired three men in a row to end the game. One of those outs was an outfield fly which sent in Yankton's only run of the game. But a pop-up to shortstop Tanner Settles closed the door with the potential tying runs on base.
Haught and Mazour had two hits each while Settles, Huska and Iverson had one base knock apiece.
The win over South Sioux was less dramatic as Vermillion scored five runs on four hits and three errors in the first and added two more scores in the second. South Sioux got to within 7-3 after four innings, but Vermillion added two in the fifth and three in the sixth to renew its comfort zone.
Olson and Bertram had two hits each among the team's 10. On the mount Mazour threw the first two innings, allowing no hits. Settles pitched one inning, giving up two hits. Tanner Anderson finished the game, allowing a lone hit in his three-inning tenure.
Bertram was the pitching hero against South Sioux City with a beautiful one-run performance, but his team got only two hits themselves off South Sioux pitching.