With two outs and runners on second and third, trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh, Jake Jensen smacked a line drive to right field off of Austin Henry scoring the game-winning run to give Vermillion a 3-2 win over Dell Rapids on Friday, May 7th in Vermillion.
Vermillion did score the first run of the game after Jensen reached on a fielding error allowing Conner Saunders to score in the bottom of the third inning. Dell Rapids took the lead in the top of the fifth inning after Kaeden Eastman hit an RBI single and then later scored on an RBI single by Dylan Mathis. The score remained 2-1 in favor of Dell Rapids heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Vermillion got a lead-off single to start the seventh inning. Saunders was out on a sacrifice bunt to move the tying run to second. A dropped third strike allowed the next batter to reach, and both runners advanced putting the runners on second and third. A. Henry got a strikeout of the next batter on a dropped third strike, but both runners held their base putting Vermillion at two outs. That’s when Jensen came to the plate and then hit the game-winning single.
Treyse Eastman, A. Henry, and Aiden Boechler all had two hits in the game. K. Eastman had a hit and RBI. Mathis also had a hit and RBI. Will Jaton picked up a single in the game.
T. Eastman pitched the first two innings and did not allow a hit while walking two and striking out two. Jack Henry pitched four innings giving up two runs, both unearned, on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. A. Henry took the loss pitching 2/3 of an inning giving up an unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts.