A seven-run fifth inning broke open a 3-1 game and lifted Vermillion's VFW 15-16 Teeners to an 11-1 six-inning victory over Parkston last week.
The win, which improved the team's record to 5-2, was their first in nine days after two other scheduled games were rained out. The ballclub will be at home tonight (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. against Sioux Falls Central.
Triples by Nile Morecraft and Joe Mazour, doubles by Colin Olson and Tanner Settles and a single by Collin Bertram were all part of the seven-run inning against Parkston. Those five hits were part of a nine-hit Vermillion attack. Mazour and Olson each had two hits, and they and Settles all had two RBIs apiece.
Bertram scattered seven hits and struck out eight as starting pitcher, going five innings and allowing only the lone Parkston run. Chayse Meierkort pitched the final inning, striking out the side although he also walked a man and hit another.
In a "B" game the same night, Parkston, using the same lineup as in the varsity game, defeated the Vermillion "B" squad, 8-3, in a five-inning game. Pete Haught started on the mound, allowing seven runs and four hits. Singles by Haught and Jayce Huska and doubles by Seth Heine and Ethan James were the only Vermillion hits.
Team leaders at the midway point of the season show Bertram as the ace of the Teeners' pitching corps. Having thrown 17 1/3 innings through last weekend, he has struck out 30 percent of the batters he has faced and is allowing only three-tenths of a run per inning pitched. Settles has pitched seven innings, allowing .3 runs per inning pitched; Mazour six innings, 1.1; Morecraft 5 1/3 innings, 2.4, and Meierkort three innings, .3.
At the plate among the regulars, Morecraft has a .467 batting average in 20 plate appearances, Olson .462 in 16 official at-bats, Haught .438 in 23 appearances at the plate, and Mazour .409 in 23. D'Andre Fore, who has seen limited Teener action, has a .500 batting average in eight at-bats. The team's batting average is .347.
South Sioux Tourney
Earlier in June, the 15-16 Teeners went 2-1 in pool play at South Sioux City's tournament but had to settle for playing in the fifth-place game, which they won.
Vermillion and two other teams tied for best record in their pool at 2-1, but the tie-breaker was fewest runs allowed, and one bad game cost Vermillion in that category.
In their tourney opener the Teeners capitalized on three walks in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 2-2 game when Pete Haught's single, only Vermillion's second hit of the game, brought home the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Sioux City East JVs.
Earlier in the third inning Collin Bertram's infield grounder had scored a Vermillion run. The other run came in the fourth when Seth Miller reached on a walk and advanced around the bases on passed balls. Besides Haught's game-winner, Bertram had the other basehit for the winners, who drew 10 bases on balls off East pitching.
Bertram through a complete game seven-inning win, giving up six hits and two runs while fanning nine.
Tanner Settles came within one batter of a perfect four-inning game in Vermillion's 15-0 win over Wisner-Pilger. A dribbler down the third-base line that refused to roll foul was the only hit off Settles, who then retired the next batter to end the game. He faced only 13 batters, striking out two. Seven of the outs came on infield ground balls.
Vermillion had 12 hits in all, including two apiece by Nile Morecraft, Tanner Anderson, Haught and Joe Mazour. Haught had three other runs batted in beside the game-winning tally. Jayce Huska had three RBIs on a bases-loaded double.
Vermillion's loss in pool play came at the hands of Hartington in a 13-1 four-inning loss. Morecraft started on the mound and had a nightmarish first inning. Of the first 12 batters he faced, only two were retired while he allowed five hits and three walks and hit two men. Mazour in relief gave up three runs in 2 1/3 nnings on the mound.
In the fifth-place game Vermillion defeated Crofton, 9-6, although it was interesting toward the end as the Nebraska team stranded two runners in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth. Mazour got the win as the starter, giving up four runs and six hits while striking out three in four innings. Settles in relilef threw three innings to pick up a save, allowing two runs and two hits while fanning three.
Heine, Mazour and Bertram had two RBIs apiece. Bertram and Mazour had three hits each while Haught, Morecraft and Olson had two hits apiece.