Ironmen beat Mesabi in sunny Florida

Vermilion's Kaleb Beane returned to familiar territory and made quite a first impression.

The native of Tallahassee, Fla., returned to the Sunshine State for the Ironmen's season-opening baseball trip and had two strong pithcing performances.

The first was March 8, when he gave up two hits over five innings and pitched the Ironmen to a 9-1 victory over Northern Division rival Mesabi.

Fellow freshman Chase Bottin had four runs batted in, three on his first career home run, and Dawson Linkert added more freshman punch to the lineup and contributed two hits as VCC gained its only win on a weeklong seven-game junket.

Beane was effective on the mound Tuesday, giving up two earned runs in five innings as VCC fell 7-2 to Lewis and Clark, a Division II scholarship juior college from Illinois.

The Division III Ironmen also lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to fellow MInnesota school MN State-Fergus Falls Tuesday, as the Spartans pushed across two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

That foiled an otherwise excellent start on the mound by Vermilion sophomore Kyle Hintz. He gave up five hits and struck out four while going the distance.

For the week, HIntz worked 10 innings and allowed only three runs, while Beane also finished with 10 innings of work, yielding 10 hits, three earned runs and notching 10 strike outs.