Red Sox beat crosstown rival Grey Sox by Steven Thum In the battle between the two Vermillion amateur baseball teams, the Grey Sox turned out to be their own worst enemy as the Red Sox posted a 20-4 win Monday night at Prentis Park.
It was a rough start for the Grey Sox and starting pitcher Rob Miller. Dustin Moore singled to lead off and got to second when center fielder Chris Gosch misplayed the line drive. An attempted pickoff play at second went awry as shortstop Nick Mayer couldn�t handle Miller�s throw, and Moore advanced to third.
Jim McNaughton hit a fly to deep right that bounced off the glove of Josh Heisel, and McNaughton ended up on second. Jason Huska singled home McNaughton, and Chris Belding singled to set things for Steve Fejfar, who blasted a three-run homer to make it 5-0.
The Red Sox were not done scoring yet. Three more runs would score, with Jason Gault picking up a key RBI-single in the rally after Fejfar�s homer. When all was said and done, the Red Sox scored eight runs in the first inning, sending 14 men to the plate.
The Red Sox did some more damage in the second inning. Jon Merrigan led off with a single, then Jay Berkenpas hit a smash down the first base line that Rob Heisel couldn�t handle. That moved Jon Merrigan to third, and he would score on a sacrifice fly by his younger brother, Jay Merrigan.
Gault drew a walk, as did McNaughton after a fly out by Moore. Huska slapped a single that brought home Berkenpas and Gault. Chris Belding would follow with another single to plate McNaughton and make the score 12-0.
Berkenpas hit a solo dinger in the third to make it 13-0.
The Grey Sox did rally in the fourth off of Red Sox starter Colby Lessman. Heisel led off with a single, and advanced to third on an error by Belding at third base. Brett Bartling brought home Heisel on a sacrifice fly to get the Grey Sox on the board. Tyler Vacek reached base on a fielder�s choice, and came home on a double by Aaron Baedke. Shane Powell�s single brought home Baedke to
make it 13-3.
One more run was tacked on by the Grey Sox in the fifth inning against Red Sox reliever Belding. Gosch led off the inning by being plunked by a Belding pitch. Heisel�s single moved Gosch to second. A fly ball to center by Ryan Baedke moved Gosch to third.
Bartling hit a grounder that forced Heisel at second, but Bartling was ruled safe at first on the attempted double play, and Gosch scored on the play. Belding would get out of the inning without allowing any more runs, and the Red Sox lead was now 13-4.
The Red Sox got three runs in the bottom of the fifth as Jay Merrigan delivered an RBI single and Gault smacked a two-RBI single.
Belding recovered from his shaky start to retire the Grey Sox in order in the top of the sixth. Then the Red Sox bats went back to work in the bottom of the sixth against a new pitcher, Baedke.
Huska hammered a one-out double, then Belding reached on an error by shortstop Rusty Jensen. Fejfar hit a single that plated Huska. Jon Merrigan flied out for the second out, but Colby Lessman, now at third base, hit a single to keep the rally going. Jay Merrigan ended the game with a double that cleared the bases, and the mercy rule made the Red Sox winners by a score of 20-4.
Every Red Sox position player scored at least one run. Fejfar singled in addition to his homer, and had four RBIs. Berkenpas scored three runs on the night, including a homer. Jay Merrigan picked up five RBIs on the night. Gault singled twice and drove in three. Huska singled twice, doubled, drove in three, and scored twice.
Heisel singled twice for the Grey Sox. Bartling didn�t get a hit, but drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a ground out.
Lessman pitched four innings in a starting role for the Red Sox, allowing three runs on five hits. Belding got the win with his two innings of relief work, allowing one run on two hits.
Rob Miller threw a lot of pitches in his five innings of work. He surrendered 16 runs, 13 of them earned, on 12 hits. Miller walked five and fanned three. Ryan Baedke pitched just 2/3 of an inning, giving up four runs, three of them earned, on four hits. The Grey Sox committed eight errors on the night.
With the win, the Red Sox improve to 15-0. They will play at Canova at 2 p.m. on Sunday, then play host to the defending state �B� champions, Dell Rapids PBR, on Monday night at 8 p.m. at Prentis Park. Dell Rapids PBR eliminated the Red Sox from the state tournament last season, and are highly ranked again this season.
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Rob Miller, Ryan Baedke (6), and Tyler Vacek Colby Lessman, Chris Belding (5), and Steve Fejfar.