The Tanager baseball team defeated Elk Point-Jefferson last Friday at home. With great offensive and defensive performances, Vermillion scored 11 runs and only allowed two.

“In some previous games, I thought our hitters weren't as aggressive as they should be,” said head coach Tom Heisinger. “We were watching too many strikes. We put some good swings on the ball lately and have been more aggressive.”

The Tanagers scored the first run of the game in the third inning and never lost the lead. They scored six more in the fourth to go up 7-0.

Elk Point-Jefferson scored their only two runs of the game in the fifth inning. Vermillion followed with another three of their own, and one more in the sixth to win 11-2.

The Tanagers had 17 hits and one error. The opponents tallied six hits and four errors on the night.

At the plate, junior Dylan Thelen had three hits and two RBIs. Junior Same Ward also tallied three hits and two RBIs. Freshman Jack Kratz had two RBIs of his own, and senior Jacob Peterson had two hits.

On the mound, Ward pitched the game-high five innings and recorded four strikeouts. Dylan Thelen had three strikeouts of his own on the night.

The Tanagers moved forward to a busy week of five games.

“We talked about making a run with our upcoming schedule,” said coach Heisinger. “We want to be playing our best at the end of the season, and we are getting there, but not finished yet. We need to capitalize on our opportunities at the plate, and as always, our pitching needs to keep us in games.”

Vermillion will play the last three games of their busy week this weekend.

They will play this Friday at Parkston at 5:30 p.m. They will also play in a home doubleheader on Sunday against Canton at 2 p.m. and Wagner/Avon/Lake Andes at 4 p.m.

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