Jack Kratz

Jack Kratz looks to steal third as he slides into the base in Vermillion's 13-6 win at home last Saturday.

Vermillion Post 1 Legion baseball won their home opener this past Saturday against Tea Post 266. Vermillion recorded a solid 13-6 win.

Post 1’s Gray Peterson is excited to play at home and have a final season of Legion ball.

“There was about four or five days where about everyone was completely uncertain about whether or not we would even have a season,” said Peterson. “When we finally got the verdict that we could play, I was incredibly relieved that I would be able to play baseball with all my friends one last time.”

Post 1 began the game with a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Tea narrowed their deficit to two after the second, but Vermillion remained ahead 4-2.

In the third, Post 1 took off and scored six in the bottom of the inning.

Tea scored two in the fifth, and Vermillion followed with three runs in the sixth to keep a steady 13-4 lead.

The competition scored two in the seventh, but Post 1 captured the three outs to end the game 13-6.

“We have not played against a Tea Legion team since 2017, so we were not completely sure about how they were going to be,” said Peterson. “We came in expecting to play a state caliber level team. Despite the score, they were a pretty solid team.”

Vermillion had 11 hits and one error. Post 266 had eight hits and seven errors.

On offense, Drew Thelen recorded two RBIs. Jack Kratz and Connor Saunders each had two hits for Vermillion.

Dylan Thelen started on the mound for the first two innings. He tallied three strikeouts. Peterson threw four innings for Post 1 and had 10 first-pitch strikes.

“I mostly just look forward to all the quality time I get to spend with all the guys on the baseball team,” said Peterson about the season. “I think a lot of people don’t realize the bond that is created throughout all the hot practices and long car rides.”

Post 1 is scheduled to play at Tea this Saturday at 2 p.m.

“Our goal as a team, with so many experienced returners, is a state tournament birth and to compete for a state championship,” said Peterson.

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