Vermillion Teeners extend winning streak

Vermillion's varsity Teeners swept South Sioux City Monday night to extend their winning streak to six.

Vermillion Teener Justin Bendesky (10) is safe at home after the Dakota Valley catcher couldn’t control the throw to the plate. Vermillion defeated the Panthers 6-2 Saturday in the championship game of the Teener Tournament held at Prentis Park. (Photo by David Lias)

The string of wins includes a championship in their own four-team tournament played here Saturday.

The Teeners' full schedule continues at Hartington at 5 p.m. Sunday, at home against Dakota Valley Monday, at Parker Wednesday and at home against Canton next Thursday.

With the temperature in the 90s and not a hint of a breeze in the air at Prentis Park Monday night, Vermillion scored 28 runs in seven innings of batting in a doubleheader sweep over South Sioux City, pounded out 18 hits and were handed 13 walks, six hit batters and more wild pitches than can be counted.  But they also gave up 18 runs and still won twice, 14-11 in five innings and 14-7 in four innings.

In the first game Vermillion broke a 3-3 first-inning tie with a four-run second in which Colin Olson, Jack Brown and Justin Bendesky had RBI hits.  In a five-run third Peter Haught's two-run double, Olson's RBI single and a two-run hit by Ty Iverson produced scores.  But South Sioux City kept chipping away, and a two-run double by Haught in the fourth which made the score 14-9 later proved important as the visitors closed to within 14-11 and had the tying run in the on-deck circle as the game ended.

Winning pitcher Regan Bye threw 3-plus innings, and Jake Odens and Olson each pitched one frame.

Haught finished with three hits and four RBIs.  Olson and Ben Houser each had two hits, and Olson and Iverson each had a pair of RBIs.

The second game was 6-6 after two innings, but a nightmarish third saw Vermillion send 14 batters to the plate.  Five of them walked, three were hit with pitches, and two – Iverson and Bendesky – smoked two-run hits.  They and Jay Munger had two hits each in the game, accounting for all six Vermillion base knocks.  Bendesky had four RBIs and Munger and Iverson three each.

Ethan James pitched one inning plus five batters in the second, and Bendesky threw three innings.  Each of them allowed only one hit.

Saturday's tourney play began with a 10-5 win over Beresford behind Jacob Odens' complete-game effort.  He struck out six.

Brown hit safely twice and scored twice.  Travis Weber stroked a bases-clearing double.  Olson had an RBI triple, Seth Heine a two-run single and Bendesky and Houser RBI doubles.

In the championship game Vermillion downed Dakota Valley 6-2 behind Olson's complete-game six-hitter.  He struck out four and allowed only one earned run.

Haught led the offense with three hits and a run batted in.  Brown had two hits, including an RBI double.  Heine also doubled home a run, and Olson had an RBI single.

Last Wednesday the Teeners split a twinbill at Wakefield, NE.  Odens took the loss in the 5-3 Wakefield win in the opener.  Olson had two hits, and Bendeskys cored twice.

Vermillion scored four late runs to send the game to extra innings, then Haught's baserunning and a two-run triple by Heine gave the Teeners the lead in a 7-4 win.  Olson struck out six in going the distance.  Haught had three hits and scored twice, Brown had two hits, and Olson and Odens each had two RBI singles.

On Thursday Vermillion won 9-5 over Elk Point-Jefferson.  Ryan Schuster got the pitching win and Bendesky a save.

Heine and Brown each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a pair.  Iverson drove in three with his two hits.  Bendesky had two hits, including a double, and Odens also doubled.

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