By Caleb Miller
Vermillion’s 13-14 Reds steamrolled its way through the early season, but ran into stiff competition and split its four contests at last weekend’s Bob Deery Classic held in Yankton.
The Reds opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a 10-2 win against a strong Mitchell team but fell in the second game of the doubleheader to Blair, NE 6-3.
The Teeners bounced back the following night to capture a win over Sioux Falls Central 17-12 and closed the tournament with a loss Sunday morning to Yankton 4-0.
Vermillion Reds 10; Mitchell 2
Billy Mount was the engine powering the Reds to a win in game one of its double-header Friday.
On the mound, Mount pitched all six innings before the game was ended early due to the 8-run mercy rule. In his effort he struck out three batters and allowed only four hits.
The strong Teener defense committed no errors behind Mount.
Mount was no slouch at the plate as he added an RBI single in the first inning to help the Reds grab an early lead. Mount’s knock was the fourth of four straight hits to open the bottom of the first inning for the Reds.
Kyle Johnson, Cole Anderson and Carter Kratz contributed the other three hits and each scored a run in the three-run first.
The Reds didn’t let up after their big first inning as they added four more runs in the second to break open the game.
Vermillion Reds 3; Blair, NE 6
Following Mount’s win, Carter Kratz turned in a similar effort on the mound in game two of the doubleheader, but, unlike Mount, Kratz was plagued by errors in the defense behind him and little offensive support in his losing outing.
Blair’s offense managed six runs against Kratz, but all of them were unearned as the Reds made two throwing errors on pickoffs and another when a ball skipped past an outfielder.
The Reds offense jumped to an optimistic start with a run in the first and another in the second, but stalled down the stretch against Blair starter Owens, who pitched all seven innings in his winning effort.
Vermillion Reds 17; Sioux Falls Central 12
Offense was in large supply in the Saturday night contest that featured 29 combined runs before the game was called after five innings because of the tournament’s time limit.
Red’s starter Kyle Seibel got off to a rough start, surrendering four runs on five walks in the first inning.
But Kratz had Seibel’s back as he tied the game 4-4 in the third inning with a three-run, inside-the-park homerun. The homer is the third of the season for Kratz and jumpstarted the Vermillion offense.
The Reds swung the game in their favor with a monster, 10-run fourth inning. Parker Goblirsch relieved Seibel and had his own troubles with walks, but settled the Sioux Falls bats before they could close the gap.
Vermillion Reds 0; Yankton 4
For the second time in the tournament, the Reds received a strong outing from their starting pitcher but were unable capitalize on the offensive end.
Hunter Christopherson managed the Yankton lineup for six innings, allowing only four hits, but Yankton scored runs with good bunting and two Vermillion errors.
After 17 runs the night before, the Vermillion offense was silent Sunday morning. Hunter Cameron started for Yankton and worked his way out of multiple jams, allowing eight hits but no runs through seven innings.
The Reds looked to be on a comeback, but Kratz, Chirstopherson, and Cameron Olson each had hard line drives find the mitts of Yankton fielders, squashing any attempt to rally.