If it isn't the repeated rains that plagued baseball players in May and June, it's something else. On Monday night it was the oppressive heat and humidity.
Vermillion's VFW 15-16 Teeners and Lennox were to play two games, but after Vermillion won the opener 15-5 in five innings, coaches mutually agreed to cancel the nightcap because of the brutal conditions.
Vermillion made quick work of Lennox with a four-run first inning that featured a rally-igniting double by Tanner Settles, later back-to-back singles by Nile Morecraft and Jayce Huska and the first two of an eventual total of seven Lennox errors. Huska and Colin Olson had RBIs in that first uprising.
One Lennox run in the second was answered by six more Vermillion tallies in the bottom half of the inning. Two more gigantic infield errors helped to open the floodgates, but so did doubles by Tanner Anderson and Olson and singles by Joe Mazour, Pete Haught and Seth Heine. Haught, Heine and Olson had RBIs in that inning.
Somehow neither team scored in the third inning, and both scored big-time in the fourth. Either Lennox batters or the heat got to starter Joe Mazour in the top half of the inning as Lennox strung together five consecutive singles and eventually scored four.
But the home team was quick to answer. A balk and an infield error started it all, but a single by Heine, two more errors and an Anderson basehit kept the five-run inning going.
When Lennox went down in order in the top of the fifth, with two of the outs coming on strikeouts by reliever Morecraft, the game ended via the 10-run rule.
Anderson, Heine and Settles had two hits each among Vermillion's total of 11 while Anderson, Olson and Heine each drove home two runs and Huska and Haught one each.
Morecraft, after relieving Mazour with none out in the fourth, retired all six men he faced, three of them on strikeouts.
The 15-16 Teeners' last home game will be tonight (Friday) against Harrisburg at 6:30 p.m., then they will play at Garretson at 10 a.m. Saturday. On Monday the Teeners play the Yankton 16s in Yankton at 6 p.m. before ending the regular season at Tabor at 6 p.m. next Wednesday. The regional tournament is set to open at Elk Point July 30 and run through the following week, determining a champion to play in the state tournament in Flandreau Aug. 13-15.