Vermillion Red Sox blank Elk Point 15-0

Vermillion Red Sox blank Elk Point 15-0 On a hot summer afternoon at Prentis Park, the Vermillion Red Sox got a great pitching performance from Devon Schwiesow in shutting out Elk Point 15-0 in six innings.

Vermillion jumped on the board in the first inning with a two-out rally. Colby Lessman drew a walk from Elk Point starter Kyle Steckler. Chris Belding smacked a double to bring home the first run of the game. Steve Fejfar followed with a bloop single that scored Belding, and Vermillion had a 2-0 lead.

The next two innings were scoreless, as Steckler pitched out of a couple of jams. Meanwhile, Schwiesow was cruising on the hill for the Red Sox, allowing just one base runner to reach in the first three innings, and that was on a walk.

Elk Point threatened in the fourth as Steckler drew a walk to lead off. After Schwiesow retired B.J. Lane on a fly out, Ross Knutson singled to put runners on the corners. Knutson stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out. But Schwiesow fanned the next two batters to retire the side.

Vermillion broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth. Scott Sebo was plunked by a Steckler pitch to lead off. One out later, Schwiesow himself was hit by a Steckler pitch to put two runners on base. A walk to Jay Merrigan loaded the bases.

Jay Berkenpas was retired on a foul out for the second out. Steckler was nearly out of a jam. Lessman hit a fly ball to left field. Dusty Dougherty lost the ball in the sun, but managed to get to the sinking line drive. However, Dougherty misplayed the ball, and the three-base error cleared the bases.

Belding followed with a single to bring home Lessman. Fejfar blasted a home run to cap the big inning. The Red Sox now

led 8-0.

More offense followed fifth as a one-out double by Jim Stegge opened the flood gates. Schwiesow singled to put runners on the corners. Merrigan hit a fly ball, and that brought home Stegge who tagged up at third and scored on the second out of the inning. A walk to Berkenpas set the stage for Lessman, who clobbered a home run over the left center field wall and made it a 12-0 ball game.

Steckler was done on the hill as the sixth inning started, replaced by David Hanson. The right-handed reliever fared no better, giving up walks to the first two batters he faced. A single by Sebo, which was mishandled in right field by Chris Streets brought home another run. Stegge's sacrifice fly plated another run.

A walk to Schwiesow put more runners on base, but it was Sebo who was the key base runner, standing on third. If he scored, the game would be over via the mercy rule.

Merrigan delivered a single that brought home Sebo, and the game was over at 15-0 in the sixth inning.

Schwiesow pitched a one-hitter in going six innings for the Red Sox. He walked two and fanned nine.

Lessman and Fejfar both hit home runs for the Red Sox. Belding had a double, single, two RBI, and scored twice. Sebo and Schwiesow both scored twice.

Vermillion left four men on base, as compared to three for Elk Point.

The Red Sox host Canova on Sunday afternoon as part of a doubleheader (the Grey Sox will also play Canova), and finish the regular season with a home game against Akron on Wednesday night.

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