Lewis & Clark Wooden Bat Classic begins Friday at Prentis Park

The first week of the American Legion baseball season will end with the 11th annual Lewis & Clark Wooden Bat Classic from Friday morning through Sunday at Prentis Park.

Five games will be played starting at 10:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.  Then this is also Vermillion's year to host the tournament's semifinals and championship games, starting at 11 a.m.  Champions of the Vermillion, Yankton and Crofton sites and one wild-card team will be here Sunday to play for the title.

Vermillion Post 1's games on Friday will be against Sioux Falls West at 10:30 a.m. and Blair, Neb., at 7:30 p.m.  Post 1's Saturday contests are against Aberdeen at 10:30 a.m. and Brandon Valley at 7:30 p.m.

Post 1 will also be home next Tuesday against Dakota Valley for two regular-season games at 6:30 p.m.

Because four pitchers were used in high school state tourney play Monday, Post 1 needed others pitchers to step up and throw complete games Tuesday night as the American Legion season opened, and that is what Joe Mazour and Caleb Miller did.

Mazour struck out four, walked none and allowed five hits in going the full seven innings as Post 1 won the opener, 7-2, over Elk Point-Jefferson.

Vermillion had only three hits through five innings but built a 5-0 lead with help from the wildness of EP-J pitchers.  Post 1's first two runs scored on wild pitches, and Tanner Anderson, Stormy Mirtz and Chayse Meierkort had RBIs.  Hits by Jayce Huska and D'Andre Fore plated two insurance runs in the sixth.

EP-J got three of its five hits off Mazour in the last two innings when a pair of infield errors helped in scoring their only two tallies.  Meierkort had two of Post 1's six hits.

Caleb Miller pitched a five-inning one-hitter in Vermillion's 13-0 win in the nightcap and accounted for nine of the 15 EP-J outs with strikeouts.  He walked two.

Three EP-J pitchers threw more wild pitches than strikes.  By the end of the third inning Vermillion had only three hits but eight runs.  Meierkort and Damarius Cheeseman each had an RBI.

In a five-run fourth Nile Morecraft doubled home a pair of runs, and Peter Haught and Fore each had an RBI.  Meierkort had three of his team's seven hits.

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