By Parker Knox
Vermillion High’s baseball team, with a resounding season-opening win under their belts, open their home schedule tonight (Friday) in league play against Dakota Valley.
The varsity will take the field at Prentis Park at 5 p.m. with a JV game to follow at 7. On Sunday the varsity will host Elk Point-Jefferson for doubleheader games at 1 and 3 with the JVs closing the day with a 5 p.m. contest.
Eleven different players scored runs, eight got basehits and 13 got to play in the game as the Tanagers won at Harrisburg in the opener on March 27 by a 13-3 score.
In six of the game’s seven innings Vermillion’s leadoff batter reached base, and five of those six times that translated into run-scoring innings. The Tanagers broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to take command. VHS blew things open with a five-run seventh.
Meanwhile, after two unearned runs in the first inning, Harrisburg managed nothing at all until a meaningless run in the bottom of the seventh. Starter Colin Olson allowed four hits, walked two and fanned a pair in his 3 1/3 innings of work. Joe Mazour threw the remaining 3 2/3 innings in relief, striking out three, walking one and permitting three hits.
For the Tigers starter Dalton Allen, the first of four pitchers, took the loss. He allowed five hits and four earned runs in his three innings.
Leadoff man Tanner Anderson opened the season with a single, scoring on Tanner Settles’ double. An infield grounder off Jayce Huska’s bat scored Settles. Harrisburg answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the first.
Vermillion took the lead for good in the third. RBI singles by Anderson and Huska accounted for two runs after Jack Brown led off the stanzas with a single and stolen base.
In the fourth after Pete Haught singled and Mazour walked, both men stole a base, and both scored on a dropped fly ball.
Three of Harrisburg’s eight errors let in two more Tanager runs in the fifth. The productive seventh inning began with Justin Bendesky’s walk and Ethan James’ single. Seth Miller reached on an error. The next four VHS batters – Ty Iverson, Brown, Anderson and Settles – all came up with RBI singles. Huska drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Among the Tanagers’ 13 hits, Anderson had three while Settles, Huska and Brown hit safely twice each. Huska had three RBIs; Anderson and Settles each drove in a pair. On defense Anderson had five assists at his third-base position, Olson had two assists while pitching, and Haught had two assists at second base. The Tanagers stole seven bases.