Beresford teams have caused Vermillion plenty of grief over the past two summers in both high school and Legion baseball. But for this new season, at least for now, Vermillion is one up on its rivals to the northeast.
The Tanager offense pounced on the Watchdogs early Saturday night, and the pitching totally shut down the Beresford offense as Vermillion scored a satisfying 8-0 win in Beresford.
VHS starting hurler Collin Bertram had a 3-0 lead with which to work before he ever climbed the mound, and that was more comfort than he usually needs. In his five innings of work Bertram allowed a lone hit – a fourth-inning single to shallow center by Matt Hoines – and walked one while posting strikeouts for 10 of the 15 outs he and his mates recorded.
Reliever Nate Garrett was likewise untouchable, retiring all six men he faced in finishing off the game.
Meanwhile, Beresford starter Ethan Sorenson was tagged for nine hits. He struck out three and walked two. He wasn't helped by the defense behind him as the Watchdogs committed five infield errors.
Two of those errors came in the top of the first, and the Tanagers quickly capitalized. A single by Bertram and an infield grounder by Chayse Meierkort produced a 1-0 lead. Tanner Anderson tripled for a second run and scored himself on a wild throw by the Beresford second-baseman.
Stormy Mirtz, who had tripled in the first inning, followed with an RBI single to score Meierkort in the third. Two more throwing errors on successive batters gave VHS a 5-0 lead.
Five runs were plenty for Bertram as he cruised into the fifth, but for good measure the Tanagers got three insurance tallies in the top of that inning. A Caleb Miller double started this uprising. Two hit batters and a passed ball set the table for D'Andre Fore's two-run single. Another passed ball let in the final Tanager tally.
Fore, Mirtz and Miller each had two hits among Vermillion's 10.
The previous night, in a game delayed by a heavy downpour at Sergeant Bluff, IA, the Tanagers lost to Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Vermillion's record was 3-2 heading into a Tuesday date at Yankton.
Next week VHS will use the Easter Monday school holiday to play a pair of league varsity games at Mount Vernon at 4 and 6 p.m.