Wynot downs Red Sox in state B semifinals

Wynot downs Red Sox in state B semifinals by Steven Thum For the second straight year, the Vermillion Red Sox were eliminated from the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament in the semifinal round by the eventual state champions.

This time around, it was Wynot, NE, beating the Red Sox 7-2 Saturday afternoon at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

Wynot managed to get on the board right away against Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Merrigan by scoring one run in the first inning. The Expos tacked on three more runs in the third inning, and added another in the sixth and seventh innings.

That was all that Wynot�s starting hurler, Jay Heimes, would need. Heimes would limit the Red Sox to just six hits in pitching a complete game to get the victory.

By the time that Vermillion got on the board, with a run in the bottom of the seventh, they were already down by six runs. The Expos would score one run in the eighth off of Red Sox reliever Matt McDermott to complete their scoring for the game.

Vermillion posted one run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late, and the 1999 season for the Red Sox came to a close. The Red Sox finished with a 26-13 record.

Mitch Stewart rapped out four hits to lead the Vermillion offense.

Red Sox manager Kirk Sorensen acknowledged the solid pitching of the Expos. He also knew that poor defensive play at some points hurt their chances. �They had some outstanding pitching out there. Our defense did cost us some runs. One error cost us four runs when all was said and done. It wasn�t enough to completely put us out of the game, but it helped.�

On Sunday, the Expos beat Canova 16-7 to win the B title. Wynot�s championship victory is the first win for a team outside of South Dakota since 1976, when Hartington, NE, took the only other title claimed by a team from outside the state. Jay Heimes was named MVP

of the B tournament.

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