Red Sox sweep Freeman in doubleheader The Vermillion Red Sox won their opening home games of the 1999 season by taking two from the Freeman Black Sox in a Memorial Day doubleheader at Prentis Park.
The day was very cool and cloudy with cold wind blowing in from centerfield. The two games to be played were both scheduled to be seven-inning contests. The day didn't start out well for the Red Sox in the first game, as Freeman posted a run right off the bat against game one starter Billy Welcher.
John Sanderson recovered from a 1-2 count to draw a walk. Singles by Mike Neufield and Duane Walters moved Sanderson around, with Walters picking up the RBI. It was a good start for Freeman, but it would be the only run they would score all day.
Vermillion exploded for six runs in the third off of Mike Prehiem to take the lead for good. Kent Jansen reached base on an error with one out. Singles by Dustin Moore and Ross McDaniels loaded the bases for Jason Huska, who drew a walk to bring in a run. Steve Fejfar plated a run with a ground out to second. Prehiem walked Colby Lessman, then Jim Stegge to bring in another run. Jon Merrigan reached on an error to bring home a run. Ryan Badske kept the rally going with a single to bring home the fifth run of the frame and keep the bases loaded. Prehiem issued a base on balls to Jansen to bring home yet another run. Prehiem induced Moore into a ground out to stop the onslaught, the the damage had been done, and the Red Sox led 6-1.
It would be all Welcher would need. The veteran right-hander pitched out of jams repeatedly throughout the game. He would bend, but not break, and Freeman would end up leaving nine men on base.
Welcher went the distance on the mound for the Red Sox, hitting a double, drawing a walk, and collecting one RBI. Steve Fejfar singled and drove home two runs. Colby Lessman singled, walked twice, and scored one run. Badke singled and picked up an RBI.
Prehiem took the loss for the Black Sox, pitching 4 innings in a starting role. He walked 6 and struck out 2. Chad Hofer came on 2 innings of no-hit relief to finish up the contest.
Mike Neufield, Duane Walters, and Chad Hofer each hit 2 singles for Freeman. Freeman Black Sox 100 000 0 1 8 2, Red Sox 006 100 x 7 6 2, Mike Prehiem, Chad Hofer (5), and Mike Neufield, Billy Welcher and Colby Lessman.
The second contest saw the Red Sox explode right out of the gate by scoring four runs in the opening frame off of Freeman starter Eric Hortness. Dustin Moore and Jeff Snell led off with singles. Huska hit a fly ball deep to right field that was mishandled by Eric Meyer, allowing Moore to score, Snell to reach third and Huska ended up on second. Fejfar singled to bring home Snell. A wild pitch to the next batter, Mitch Stewart, brought home Huska and moved Fejfar to third. Justin Sawyer blasted a deep fly ball to center, but it was caught at the fence for a sacrifice fly, which plated Fejfar.
Hortness got into more trouble in the first, and ended up loading the bases, but the Freeman righty got Moore to pop up to second to end the threat. The Red Sox had a 4-0 early advantage.
Dave Holoch started on the mound for Vermillion, and got into trouble in the first two innings, but got some defensive play in the field behind him to keep Freeman scoreless. Holoch struggled with his control at times, but he recovered to make the big pitch at the right moment to keep Freeman off of the scoreboard.
The Red Sox scored again in the second frame as Fejfar drew a two-out walk to set the stage for Mitch Stewart, who blasted an opposite field two-run homer to make it 6-0.
Vermillion struck again in the third as Badke led off with a walk. Nate Wells doubled to bring home Badke. One out later, Moore singled to bring home Wells and the Red Sox had extended their leads to 8-0.
Adam Lyons came on in the fifth to relieve Holoch and kept the Freeman bats silent for the rest of the game. Lyons allowed one baserunner in each frame, but only one got past first, and none would score.
Hortness would get in trouble again later in the game, but he did manage to keep Vermillion from scoring for the rest of the game. It would not matter, for the Vermillion pitching would keep the Freeman from scoring.
Holoch pitched 4 innings to go the win, allowing just 3 hits. He struck out 2 and walked just 1. Adam Lyons pitched 3 innings of two-hit ball, fanning 4 and walking just 1.
Eric Hortness went all the way for Freeman, allowing 8 runs in his 6 innings. He issued 3 free passes and struck out 1.
Dustin Moore sparked the offense with 2 singles, a double, a run scored and an RBI. Fejfar singled, walked, and scored a pair of runs. Stewart blasted a two-run homer. Justin Sawyer doubled, singled, and drove in a pair.
Vermillion stranded nine baserunners, while Freeman left four on base.
With the win, Vermillion improves to 2-1. Their next home contest is against Brandon Valley on Friday, followed by a Sunday contest against Alcester, and a Tuesday matchup versus Renner. All games are slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
Freeman Black Sox 000 000 0 0 5 2, Red Sox 422 000 x 8 8 1, Eric Hortness and Mike Neufiled, Dave Holoch, Adam Lyon (5), and Justin Sawyer, Umpires � Gary Culver and Jim Drotzman.