Red Sox hammer Alcester

Red Sox hammer Alcester by Steven Thum On a chilly and wet Tuesday night at Prentis Park, the Vermillion Red Sox cruised past the Alcester Zips 14-0 in a game shortened to seven innings by the mercy rule.

Vermillion got on the board early and often. In the first frame, Ross McDaniels led off with a single, but was caught stealing on the first pitch to the next batter, Jeff Snell. Snell did not let that setback bother him as he drew a walk to set the table for Steve Fejfar, who brought him home with a double one out later. Mitch Stewart drew a walk and Jon Merrigan was nicked by a pitch from Zips starter Lonnie Johnson to load the bases. Justin Seuer came up and doubled off the left field fence to bring home a pair and give the Red Sox the early 3-0 lead.

In the second frame, the Red Sox scored four runs. McDaniels started with a single, then Snell singled as well. Jason Huska blasted a three-run homer to make it 6-0. The rally kept going as Fejfar walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, then advanced to third on a single by Stewart. Merrigen's sacrifice fly brought home Fejfar to make the score 7-0.

Two more runs were posted by the Red Sox in the third innings in a two-out rally. McDaniels started the offense again with his third single of the game. Snell reached on an error. Huska delivered his fourth RBI of the game with a single that plated McDaniels. Fejfar doubled to bring home Snell to make it 9-0.

Meanwhile, Billy Welcher was in control on the mound for the Red Sox. The right hander held the Zips in check for five innings, scattering just two hits and holding Alcester scoreless.

Three more runs were put on the board by the Red Sox in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to make it 14-0.

Matt McDermott came on in relief in the sixth inning for the Red Sox, making his first appearance since June 8 when he suffered an injury to his left leg after being hit by a line drive against Renner. McDermott held Alcester scoreless for the last two innings.

McDaniels laced four singles to lead the Red Sox attack, scoring three runs and driving in one. Snell reached base three times and scored each time. Huska homered, singled and drove in four runs. It was deuces wild at the plate for Fejfar, he doubled twice, scored twice, and had two RBIs. Jim Stegge singled twice and drove in three runs.

Welcher threw five innings in his starting role, picking up the win by allowing just two hits, two walks, and fanning eight. McDermott threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out four.

The win improves the Red Sox mark 14-3.

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Lonnie Johnson, Luke Johnson (6), and Jesse Voss.

Billy Welcher, Matt McDermott (6), and Colby Lessmen.

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