Vermeulen enjoying standout yearALEXANDRIA — Trever Vermeulen has been nearly unhittable lately. The pitcher for the Alexandria Angels amateur baseball team has allowed just one base runner in each of his last two starts while striking out 16 batters in both outings.
By: Kevin Pottebaum, The Daily Republic
ALEXANDRIA — Trever Vermeulen has been nearly unhittable lately.
The pitcher for the Alexandria Angels amateur baseball team has allowed just one base runner in each of his last two starts while striking out 16 batters in both outings.
Vermeulen, a Mitchell native, no-hit Mount Vernon on June 17 in Mount Vernon — allowing one walk in the seventh inning — and threw a one-hitter against the Mitchell Mad Dogs Sunday. Mitchell also spoiled the perfect game opportunity in the seventh.
Vermeulen said finishing with a no-hitter in the game against Mount Vernon made that near perfect game easier to take.
“When the hit went down (against Mitchell) it stung a little more,” Vermeulen said. “I was a little upset so I tried to throw a little harder to the next couple of batters, but I got over it pretty quick.”
The former closer for South Dakota State University said he throws a fastball, slider and changeup and has felt confident in all his pitches during the season.
“I’ve been mixing it up pretty well,” he said. “I feel like I can put the ball where I want it.”
Vermeulen said he hadn’t started a game since Legion baseball but was willing to be a starting pitcher for the Angels.
“With the limited amount of pitching we had, I thought we’d be better off with me as a starter,” Vermeulen said. “I probably prefer closing, but being a starter’s great too because you have control of the game the whole time, not just the ending.”
Vermeulen wasn’t sure how long into games he would be able to throw with this being his first spring not playing baseball, but he has pitched four complete games this season.
Alexandria (12-3) is near the top of the Sunshine League standings with the help of Vermeulen, who is 4-1 on the season. His only loss on the year came in the league opener against the Parkston Mudcats.
Despite battling for a league title, the Angels won’t be sending Vermeulen to the mound tonight against the Parkston Rock Bass, a Sunshine League opponent. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. in Parkston.
Instead, Vermeulen will look to complete his third straight complete-game shutout against Class B’s top-ranked amateur team the Dell Rapids Mudcats.
The non-league game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
“I wanted to pitch against those guys,” Vermeulen said. “I’m feeling as confident as ever, and it will be nice to face some good hitters that I haven’t seen.”
Alexandria player/manager Chris Marek said he has no worries about not using Vermeulen for the team’s league game.
“I’m comfortable with the rest of our pitching staff,” Marek said. “I can run any one of our five and have confidence that we can win any league game.”
Marek also catches for the team and said Vermeulen’s velocity and control have been keys to his success.
“He has quality control of all his pitches and with the velocity that he has, he’s going to strikeout a lot of guys,” Marek said.
Marek added that Vermeulen’s slider has been his out pitch.
After contemplating playing baseball this summer, Vermeulen said he plans to continue playing for the Angels for years to come.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to play amateur ball,” Vermeulen said, “but I found a job and a team to play with here and it’s a great team with a great atmosphere.
“I couldn’t play for a better team.”