By examining the final score of 15-5 in six innings, cut short by the mercy rule, one wouldn't think that the game was in doubt for five innings when the Teeners hosted Canton last Thursday. But Canton led 5-1 after 2 1/2 innings, and of their five runs, every one which scored was either put on base or scored – or both! – as a result of a Vermillion error.
Fortunately Vermillion bats woke up in time. A three-run bottom of the third featured a two-run triple by Colin Olson and an RBI single by Ty Iverson as the Teeners crawled back to within 5-4. They went ahead 6-5 in the fifth after two were out on Seth Heine's single, a walk to Olson and Iverson's two-run double.
At the same time Vermillion pitching was living dangerously. In the fourth pitched by reliever Jacob Odens and the fifth and sixth pitched by Olson, Canton had nine baserunners, and somehow not one of them scored. The sixth ended with a double play instituted by left-fielder Jay Munger, who raced in to catch a fly and doubled a runner off second base.
Three batters into Vermillion's sixth, Canton starter Brian Jennings was relieved. Two relief pitchers faced 10 batters and got only one of them out as the team scored nine runs on seven hits to end the game early. After a wild pitch and a balk forced two runs across the plate, Peter Haught singled in a run, Olson tripled home a pair, then Jack Brown, Ethan James and Ben Houser each singled home a run. An error at first base let in the 15th run that ended the game.
Olson had three hits and four RBIs while Iverson drove in three runs with his two hitrs. Brown and Houser also hit safely twice.
The Teeners are scheduled at South Sioux City next Monday, at home Tuesday against Parker and on the road to Elk Point next Thursday.