Homer-happy Red Sox rally past Renner by Steven Thum The Vermillion Red Sox once again overcame a large deficit, nine runs in this case, to beat the Renner Monarchs 16-15 in a wild game Tuesday night at Prentis Park.
Momentum switched sides a number of times on that night. First, Renner had the advantage as they scored in the first off of Red Sox starting pitcher Matt McDermott. Brian Mitchell led off the game with a double, and came home on a one-out single by Kalen DeBoer.
The Red Sox seized the momentum in the bottom of the first as Ross McDaniels hit a one-out solo homer. Jason Huska followed with a single, and Steve Fejfar reached base when Monarchs starting pitcher Jay Kirsch plunked him with a pitch. Two wild pitches from Kirsch allowed Huska to come home and give Vermillion a 2-1 lead.
It would not last long, and neither would McDermott. Mike Clapp led off the second by lining a shot off of the left leg of McDermott. McDermott limped after the loose ball, and threw wildly to first, allowing Clapp to go to second. McDermott could not continue, and had to leave the game. Adam Lyon come in on relief.
The Monarchs took the momentum by loading the bases against Lyon, who walked Mitchell to force in a run. With the bases still loaded, Luke Lengenfeld blasted a grand slam to dead centerfield to make the score 6-2.
Renner posted two more runs in the third inning as Rob Schoenhard and Mitchell rapped out RBI singles to make the score 8-2.
Vermillion managed to cut into the Renner lead when Jon Merrigan blasted a solo homer in the fourth inning. Vermillion would put a couple of more runners on base, but Kirsch managed to strike out McDaniels to end the threat.
The Monarchs would post four more runs in the fifth, and that would finish the night for Lyon. Rudy Ramos came in on relief and end the Renner rally, but the Monarchs were up 12-3.
Vermillion put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth.
Red Sox errors would lead to two Monarch runs scoring in the sixth.
Vermillion exploded in the bottom of the sixth. Kent Jansen redeemed himself by leading off with a solo home run. Jim McNaughton singled, then Kirsch hit McDaniels with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Jason Huska hit in a fielders choice which erased McNaughton. Steve Fejfar singled to bring home McDaniels. Then Mitch Stewart blasted a three-run dinger to make the score 14-10. After Kirsch retired the side in the sixth, his night on the hill was done. Renner's Garret Gross gave up a couple runs on a two-RBI single by Huska.
Ramos got into a jam in the eighth when he walked Lengenfeld with two out. Ramos plunked DeBoer with a pitch to put runners on first and third. Justin Brink came on as the courtesy runner for DeBoer. Todd Miller laced a double down the left field line. Lengenfeld scored easily from second. Brink tried to make it home all the way from first, but a perfect relay from leftfielder Stewart to Huska to catcher Colby Lessman nailed Brink at the plate to retire the side. Renner still had a 15-12 lead, but momentum had swung back to the Red Sox.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Justin Seuer came on as a pinch hitter and drew a walk. Jeff Snell reached on an error charged to Monarch's third baseman Clapp. Pinch-hitter Dustin Moore delivered a two-RBI single to make it 15-14. Moore stole second, then came home on two wild pitches from Gross. The game was tied at 15 going into the ninth.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Mitch Stewart blasted his second home run of the night to end the game with Vermillion on top 16-15.
Mitch Stewart went 3-for-6 on the night with two homers, including the game winner. Jon Merrigan went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs driven in. Kent Hansen and Ross McDaniels also hit solo homers. Jason Huska went 3-for-6 on the night, scoring twice and driving in one run.
Luke Lengenfeld blasted a grand slam, and scored two more times to lead the Monarch offense. Rob Schoenfeld, Jared Johnson, Todd Miller, Cory Wood and Brian Mitchell each had two hits for Renner.
Rudy Ramos got the win in relief. He pitched 4 1/3 innings of five-hit ball, giving up three runs, fanning six and walking two.
Garrett Gross took the loss in his relief role for the Monarchs. He worked 2 1/3 innings, surrounding six runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out three. Gross also unleashed three wild pitches, which proved costly.
With the win, the Red Sox improve to 6-1. Their next home game was scheduled, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. versus Sioux City.
Renner Monarchs 152 042 101 15 15 1
Red Sox 200 125 231 16 17 4
Jay Kirsch, Garrett Gross (7), and Kalen DeBoer, Matt McDermott, Adam Lyon(2), Rudy Ramos (5), and Colby Lessman.
Umpires � Paul Ortman and Dave Winckler.