Vermillion Teener Reds extend winning streak

After losing their first two games of the season, Vermillion's Teener Reds have compiled a six-game winning streak.

The most recent victories occurred Monday at Prentis Park when the Reds swept Elk Point-Jefferson, 13-3 and 11-4.

The Reds will be at home for a noon doubleheader Saturday against Canton.  They go to Tyndall Tuesday for a 5 p.m. twinbill, then play at home next Thursday against Akron in a 6 p.m. single game.

In Monday's opener against EP-J, the Reds spotted the visitors a first-inning run but piled up runs in the late innings to end the game via the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth.  Carter Kratz pitched four innings, allowing only that lone run, four hits and two walks while striking out nine.

A two-run double by Billy Mount put the Reds ahead to stay in the third.  An eight-run fourth included an RBI single by Brandon Mockler, a bases-loaded walk drawn by Hunter Christopherson, and three EP-J errors.  Wyatt Markee drove in a run in the fifth, and an infield error let in the final two runs that ended the game.

Joe Miller and Mount had two hits each among the Reds' eight.

The Reds were handed nine walks and three errors in the second game.  Markee had two hits, including a two-run single in a five-run fifth, and Christopherson also had an RBI single in that stanza.

Miller pitched for the Reds, striking out three, walking none and giving up six hits in three innings of work.

Last Thursday the Reds swept Dakota Valley Purple in a Prentis Park twinbill, winning 6-1 and 11-2.

Dakota Valley's first batter of the first game was safe on an error and scored, but they wouldn't score again as Billy Mount pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing only two hits, that lone unearned run and two walks while striking out 14, thus accounting for two-thirds of DV's outs all by himself.

The 1-0 deficit held until the Reds went ahead with a two-run fourth.  Carter Kratz tripled and scored on a wild pitch, and later Wyatt Markee had an RBI single.  Brett Hansen's infield grounder drove in a run in the fifth, and Riley Peters singled and eventually moved around on a stolen base and a pair of wild pitches.

Another RBI hit by Markee and two infield errors gave the Reds two extra runs in the sixth.

To get the Reds rolling in the nightcap, Kratz doubled and Mount singled for a first-inning run.  A four-run second included RBIs by Hunter Christopherson, Joe Miller and Cole Anderson.

The Reds exploded for six runs on four hits, three walks and countless wild pitches and passed balls in the third.  Brandon Mockler knocked in two runs and Peters one during that inning.

Brett Hansen went the distance in the four-inning contest, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out two.

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