The Vermillion High School baseball team played against Hanson at Prentis Park this past Saturday. The Tanagers won 12-7.
Vermillion was the first to score as they tallied two runs in the second inning and three more in the third. Hanson got on the board in the fourth with one run.
The fifth inning was high scoring for both teams. Hanson scored four, and the Tanagers added six to their total. At the end of the fifth, Vermillion was up 11-5.
Hanson scored two more in the sixth to Vermillion’s one. However, the opponents were not able to make up their deficit in the seventh as the Tanagers held them to zero runs in the final.
The Tanagers won 12-7 to improve to 2-1 this season. They scored 12 runs off seven hits. Hanson had seven runs with nine hits.
Vermillion also had five errors to Hanson’s one, which head coach Tom Heisinger says is way too many.
“We were fortunate we scored enough runs to overcome the errors,” said coach Heisinger. “We know we have to be better defensively.”
At bat, junior Drew Thelen had two RBIs, and sophomore Connor Saunders was walked twice.
On the mound, senior Justin Hall pitched five innings. He had 15 first pitch-strikes and four strikeouts.
“I really like what we got out of Justin Hall,” said coach Heisinger. “He threw strikes with his off-speed pitches and worked hard.”
Vermillion had a quick turnaround with two back-to-back games this past Monday and Tuesday.
“We try not to make too big of a deal of playing back to back days,” said coach Heisinger. “It is a test for our kids both mentally and physically, however.”
The Tanagers will play away this Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Parkston. They will play at home on Monday against Bon Homme at 5 p.m.