By Caleb Miller
Vermillion Post 1 and Dell Rapids put their offenses on display in a matchup Tuesday, June 4, at Prentis Park as the teams combined for 23 runs on 27 hits in the nine inning affair. Dell Rapids prevailed 14-9, dropping Vermillion’s season record to 3-3.
Post 1 used four pitchers in an attempt to counter the potent Dell Rapids attack, but the Vermillion hurlers were done in by two-out hits as the visitors scored 13 of their 14 runs with two outs in the inning.
Dell Rapids jumped to an early lead on four consecutive hits in the second inning off Post 1 starter Chayse Meierkort. Dell Rapids plated four runs before Nile Morecraft relieved Meierkort. Each team pushed across a run in the third, and Dell Rapids scored another on a two-out single in the top of the fifth to push the lead to 6-1.
But Vermillion came roaring back with a six-run fifth inning. The first three batters reached to load the bases as walks to Collin Bertram and Jayce Huska sandwiched a single by Tanner Settles. Meierkort then lined to center for the first out, allowing Bertram to tag and score. After a strikeout by Tanner Anderson, Vermillion sparked its own two-out rally using RBI singles by Colin Olson and Joe Mazour and three Dell Rapids errors to take their first lead of the game.
The Post 1 lead was short-lived as Dells evened the score with a run in the sixth off Mazour, Vermillion’s third pitcher of the night. The powerful Dell Rapids bats followed it up with three more runs in the seventh to retake the lead 10-7.
Vermillion attempted to rally again in the home half of the eighth when Meierkort grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Bertram. After Meierkort reached second on a stolen base, Anderson delivered an RBI single to cut the lead to one. But the run was too little, too late for the home squad, and Dell Rapids closed the door in the ninth with four runs off Olson, Vermillion’s fourth pitcher of the night.
A strong night from top of the Post 1 lineup powered their attack with the top three batters (Bertram, Settles, Huska) combining for 4 hits and 5 runs.
The game was a return to regular season play for Post 1 who hosted the Lewis and Clark Wood Bat Classic over the weekend. After dropping the first game 8-2 to Sioux Falls West, the Vermillion squad came out on the winning side of two 3-2 contests against Brookings and Sturgis before falling to South Sioux City 4-0, ending the weekend just short of a semifinal berth with a tournament record of 2-2.