David Lias

David Lias

Yes, the weather has been exceeding record high temperatures this week in southeast South Dakota, but what would you expect?

Not only is August just a day or so away, but we’ve also come down with a strong case of baseball fever here in the Vermillion region.

Last Friday night, July 23, in a game played in Lennox, the Vermillion Post 1 baseball team rallied past Tea to win the region tournament and earn a spot in the Class B South Dakota Legion Tournament. The first pitch of that event, being held in Groton, was thrown at 10 a.m. today (July 30).

Vermillion will face Redfield at 5 p.m. today in the tournament.

Last weekend was memorable here in Vermillion as our very own Prentis Park hosted the South Dakota VFW 2021 14u Class A baseball tournament.

Making the championship game, scheduled last Sunday afternoon, even more special was the fact that the Vermillion 14u team made it to that top bracket and faced Dakota Valley for the tournament’s top prize.

Once again, the team from Vermillion chalked up a big win. You can read about both the Vermillion 14u’s state championship win and Post 1’s region victory in today’s edition.

Having been deluged by all of this great baseball action recently, it seems only appropriate to pause and reflect on the Great American Pastime. Baseball indeed is, for many, the greatest sporting endeavor that men and women may pursue.

There is also something about this game, this activity most of us were introduced to when we were still quite young, that inspires awe and wonder and a treasure of human expression.

•I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. – Walt Whitman

•Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. – Bob Feller

•Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer. – Ted Williams

•Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it. – Al Lopez

•A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. – Earl Wilson

•I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it. – Carl Yastrzemski

•One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something. – Nolan Ryan

•People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby

•“Trey Hansen (the Vermillion 14u starting pitcher) did a great job for us as a 13 year old, the younger kid … he’s always been a great player, always stepped up for us in big moments.” -- Coach Riley Johnson.

•“I’ve been struggling at the plate. But I just had that mindset that I had to go get it.” -- Connor Saunders of the Vermillion Post 1 baseball team.

The Vermillion 14u baseball season just ended in grand fashion and we would be remiss to not mention that other youth teams have also wrapped up their season on the diamond recently.

As you read this, the Vermillion Post 1 baseball team may already be on the field in Groton, playing its final games of the summer of 2021. Naturally, we’re wishing that Post 1, just like the Vermillion 14u team, will bring home a championship trophy.

I won’t be able to attend Post 1’s games in Groton, but I’ll be following them every step of the way. I hope you do, too, be it by radio or Twitter or texting back and forth with players’ moms and dads.

Don’t miss this waning season of Vermillion baseball. You’ll be missing out on, well, life.

•Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life. – Ernie Harwell

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