The holiday weekend was busy for Post 1 as they earned three wins over area opponents. A 10-0 run rule victory against Beresford last Wednesday, June 30th started the weekend off on the right foot for Vermillion. Then on Friday, July 2nd, Vermillion travelled to Lennox and earned a big 13-3 victory and their second win in a row via the run rule. Then on Monday, a trip to Tabor and a tight came saw Post 1 emerge victorious in a 4-3 battle.
Vermillion Post 1 – 10 Beresford – 0
Vermillion took advantage of three Beresford errors and managed 12 hits over six innings as they downed Beresford 10-0 last Wednesday at Prentis Park.
Drew Thelen went the entire game on the mound, allowing only five Beresford hits and striking out 10 batters.
Said Coach Tom Heisinger of Drew’s night “Drew Thelen was in control on the mound. When he pounds the strike zone, he is tough to beat.”
Thelen was pretty efficient the entire game, throwing only 87 total pitches during the six inning affair, 63 of those pitches for strikes.
Dylan Thelen led Vermillion with three hits on the evening. Thelen scored a game high five RBI thanks to a three for four performance at the plate which included a single, a triple and a homerun….just a double away from the elusive cycle.
TJ Tracy, Drew Thelen and Willis Robertson each added two singles a piece with Tracy driving in three Vermillion runs on his two hits.
“We were aggressive both at the plate and on the bases. I was glad to see that,” said Coach Heisinger after the game. “We have talked with the guys about being more aggressive with our base running.”
Connor Saunders, Charlie Ward, and Jack Kratz chipped in a hit each.
The game was called after the top half of the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.
Vermillion Post 1 – 13 Lennox – 3
Vermillion banged out a total of 12 hits en route to a 13-3 victory at Lennox on Friday. The game was halted after the fifth inning due to the ten run rule for the second game in a row.
Post 1 started the evening off right, batting around in the first inning and scoring 11 times, essentially putting the game far out of reach very early. They went on to score one more run in the top of the second and another run in the fifth.
“We didn't waste any time with our at bats. Scoring early and often takes so much pressure off our pitchers,” Said a happy Coach Heisinger after the game.
TJ Tracy, Drew Thelen, Willis Robertson, Connor Saunders and Jack Kratz each contributed two hits to the Vermillion offense. Drew Thelen would grab a single, double and three RBI. Saunders two singles netted him two RBI.
Jake Jensen and Dylan Thelen would also add a hit apiece for Vermillion, with Dylan Thelen collecting two RBI.
Dylan Thelen would also earn the start and the victory for Post 1, going three innings of the five inning shortened contest. Thelen struck out five Lennox batters and only allowed two hits.
Clayton Sorenson and Ben Burbach came in relief of Thelen for one inning each. Burbach fanned two Lennox batters, while only allowing one hit.
Coach Heisinger praised his two relievers after the game, “Clayton Sorensen and Ben Burbach did a great job of pitching with a lead out of the bull pen.”
Vermillion Post 1 – 4 Tabor – 3
Post 1 held off a Tabor comeback in the bottom of the seventh by just the one run they needed to escape with a tough victory 4-3 on Monday evening after the July 4th holiday.
Pitching was the name of the game on Monday, with Vermillion looking to Jacob Chausse and Willis Robertson to hold off the Tabor attack. Chaussee went the first five innings, scattering six hits and striking out two Tabor batters. Of the two runs scored by Tabor in those five innings, only one was earned.
Willis Roberston continued his relief dominance, coming in for the sixth and seventh innings and getting the job done. While not earning a strikeout, Robertson was able to hold Tabor to no hits in the crucial last two innings. The only Tabor run came via some walks surrendered by Roberston, but as we have seen all summer, he collected himself to get out of the jam and get back to Vermillion with a Post 1 win.
“This game was a dogfight and it was good for us,” Said Coach Heisinger. “Jacob Chaussee and Willis Robertson did a good job of keeping their hitters off balance. Our defense stole a few hits and prevented runs. Fun stuff to watch.”
Roberston and Charlie Ward were both two for three at the plate with two singles, boosting the Vermillion offense. Ward was credited with an RBI.
TJ Tracy, Ben Burbach and Connor Saunders each added a hit. Tracy earned an RBI while Saunders chipped in two.
Vermillion’s schedule does not get any easier as they move closer towards post season play.
On Wednesday, July 7th, Vermillion will host Alexandria in a night game at Prentis Park. Then on Saturday, July 10th, Post 1 travels to Parkston for a 2pm matchup. On July 13th and 14th, they visit Yankton’s Post 12 and Sioux Falls Black respectively.
The final tune ups before region play has Vermillion hosting Tabor on July 15ht, travelling to Elk Point on July 17th, and home to take on Lennox on Sunday, July 18th.
The SD Legion Region tournament gets started on July 21 in Lennox as game one features Vermillion taking on Elk Point at 2pm. The winner gets Tea that evening at 7pm.