Vermillion Red Sox hammer Beresford 14-0

Vermillion Red Sox hammer Beresford 14-0 by Steven Thum The Vermillion Red Sox ran their record to 14-0 by blasting Beresford Sunday afternoon, June 30, at Prentis Park.

The Red Sox bats were as hot as the weather that day, while starting pitcher Billy Welcher was one cool customer on the mound.

After Welcher retired the side in order in the top of the first, the Red Sox bats lit up Beresford starter Jared Hybertson. Jason Huska doubled with one out to start the rally. Chris Belding drew a walk to set the table for Steve Fejfar, who singled to rightfield to plate Huska.

Colby Lessman was plunked by a Hybertson pitch to load the bases. Jon Merrigan�s double to right field cleared the bases to make it 4-0.

But the Red Sox were not done yet. Jay Berkenpas doubled home Jon Merrigan, then a hard grounder by Jay Merrigan got by Dan Hansen at first, and Berkenpas scored on the error to make it 6-0. In all, 10 men would come to the plate for Vermillion in the first frame.

Welcher got into a jam in the second as Beresford got runners on second and third with just one out, but Welcher fanned the next two batters to retire the side and end the threat.

Karl Miller came on in relief of Hybertson in the bottom of the second, and kept Vermillion scoreless in the second. But the floodgates opened in the bottom of the third. Jim Stegge led off with a double, and next up was Berkenpas, who blasted a 2-run homer to make it 8-0.

Back-to-back walks by Jay Merrigan and Jim McNaughton followed. With one out, Chris Belding hit a deep fly to right that was mishandled by Mike Schmidt, and Jay Merrigan scored on the play. Fejfar promptly doubled home McNaughton and Belding to make it 11-0. Miller retired the next two batters to stop the Red Sox rally.

The Red Sox got one run in the fourth as Stegge led off again with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Miller, and came home on a single by Berkenpas. Two more runs scored in the fifth on a 2-run dinger by Fejfar. That made the score 14-0.

Beresford got a run in the top of the sixth as Hansen led off with a single. One out later, Tom Babb drew a walk. Chuck Millage hit a grounder to Colby Lessman at second base, but Lessman mishandled the ball, and made a poor throw to first which got away from Jon Merrigan.

Hansen scored on the error. With runners on the corners and one out, Welcher again rose to the occasion to retire the next two batters to end Beresford�s rally.

The Red Sox finished off the game via the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth. Jay Merrigan walked, McNaughton flied out to center, then Huska smacked a double to put two runners in scoring position. Belding got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Fejfar grounded into a fielder�s choice which forced Merrigan out at home, but kept the bases loaded.

Lessman drew a walk, which brought in Huska. Jon Merrigan singled to bring home Belding with the run that ended the game with the score 16-1.

Fejfar led the way for the Red Sox offense by going 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a homer, five RBIs, and two runs scored. Berkenpas homered, doubled, singled, drove in four, and scored twice. Belding didn�t get a hit, but drew two walks, was hit by a pitch, reached on an error, and scored four runs.

Jon Merrigan drove in four with his two hits, a single and a double. Huska doubled twice and scored twice.

Welcher went the distance on the mound for Vermillion, allowing just three hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked just two.

Beresford 000 001 1 3 2

Red Sox 605 122 16 14 1

Jared Hybertson, Karl Miller (2) and Chuck Millage, Tom Babb (5)

Billy Welcher and Steve Fejfar.

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