While other youth baseball teams are set to begin tournament play, Vermillion's VFW 15-16 Teeners still have a week of regular-season play to go, then a week off before Region 1A begins July 30 in Canton.
Vermillion's first game in tourney play will be against Irene at 8 p.m. July 30. The eight-team double-elimination affair will run through Aug. 3 and possibly Aug. 4 to determine a state tourney entrant.
Meanwhile, Vermillion's 13-14 Teener Reds will open their Region 1A tourney against Lennox at 10 a.m. Saturday at Elk Point. Their seven-team regional runs through next Thursday.
If the older Teeners are going to advance very far in tournament play, they will have to display a bit more offense than they showed Monday in South Sioux City. A first-inning single by Colin Olson that scored Jay Munger, who had walked, was the grand total of Vermillion's offense. They would have neither a run nor a hit the rest of the evening in losing a pair to South Sioux, 5-1 in five innings and 10-0 in four innings.
Olson pitched the first game, allowing only four hits in four innings while walking three, hitting two and striking out two. Infield errors were involved in three of South Sioux's runs.
In the second game pitcher Shawn Harral faced only 13 Vermillion batters. Ten of them struck out, one was out on an outfield fly, another grounded out, and one walked.
The team did not commit any errors, but starter Ryan Schuster gave up 10 hits, walked two, struck out two and hit four batters. South Sioux scored two in the first, three in the seocnd, one in the third and fourth in the fourth. Schuster was relieved three batters into the bottom of the fourth. Reliever Seth Heine committed two balks, each allowing in a run that lifted South Sioux to the 10-0 margin that ended the game.
On Saturday Vermillion improved to 21-11 with a 15-1 demolition of Lennox in five innings. Jacob Odens allowed only two hits in three innings of pitching, and Ethan James threw two hitless innings in relief.
A nine-run second inning that included only two hits but three Lennox errors, a hit batter and six walks blew the game open. Vermillion had only seven hits (two by Jay Munger) but took advantage of every Lennox mistake. Munger drove in three runs and Seth Heine and Colin Olson two each.
In earlier games:
* Vermillion split a twinbill at Irene, winning 6-1 behind James' four-hit, four-strikeout complete game and losing 20-8. Heine had a double, triple and three RBIs and Peter Haught two hits and two runs in the win. Heine had three more hits and three RBIs in the loss.
* The Teeners shut out Scotland, 9-0, as Odens won a complete-game effort, fanning seven. Ty Iverson had two hits and four RBIs, Heine two hits, Jack Brown an RBI double and Kyle Larson and RBI single.
* Colin Olson struck out five in a complete-game 7-4 win over Harrisburg. Haught's two-run triple broke a tie in the fourth inning. Olson and Munger had two hits each.
* Vermillion won at Parker, 18-5, scoring 10 runs in a furious first inning. Heine slugged a two-run homer and had two doubles, scoring three times. James had two doubles and three RBIs, Munger two hits, two RBIs and four runs and Odens an RBI double.