Red Sox beat Beresford

Red Sox beat Beresford by Steven Thum The Vermillion Red Sox opened the District 7B tournament Friday night, Aug. 2 on their home field of Prentis Park by beating Beresford 14-2 in a game shortened to seven innings by the mercy rule.

Beresford got on the scoreboard first as Dan Hansen doubled with one out in the first inning off of Red Sox starter Colby Lessmann, then came home on a single by Joe Bak to make it 1-0.

The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the second as Steve Fejfar led off with a solo homer off of Beresford starter Tom Baab. Jon Merrigan followed with a walk, but was erased when Jim Stegge grounded into a double play. It looked like Baab would get out of the inning, but back-to-back doubles by Jay Berkenpas and Lessmann pushed the Red Sox ahead 2-1.

Vermillion extended the lead in the third inning as Jason Huska and Chris Belding both singled with one out, and then Fejfar doubled to bring both runners home to give the Red Sox a 4-1 advantage.

Dustin Moore blasted a solo homer in the fourth off of Baab to make it 5-1.

Beresford creeped closer in the top of the fifth as Ryan Fickbolm led off by bunting for a single. Karl Miller laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Fickbolm to second. Hansen singled to put runners on the corners. Baab helped his own cause by delivering a single to plate Fickbolm and cut the Red Sox lead to 5-2.

But Lessmann retired Joe Bak and Jason Hardie to end the threat.

Vermillion cushioned their lead as Jon Merrigan belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-2.

Scott Sebo came on to pitch for the Red Sox in the top of the sixth, and shut down the Beresford offense. Though he allowed one single in each of the next two innings, he would strike out two batters in each frame, and strand both baserunners.

The Red Sox got a run in the bottom of the sixth as Moore scored on a single by Huska. Belding singled to put two runners on, but Baab got out of the inning without allowing any more runs to score, but just barely. Fejfar and Merrigan, both of whom had homered earlier in the game, hit deep fly balls to centerfield that only made it to the warning track, and were caught by Fickbolm. Still, the Red Sox led 9-2.

Karl Miller came on in relief for Beresford in the bottom of the seventh, but did not retire a single batter. Sebo led off with a single, and Jay Berkenpas followed with a home run to make it 11-2. The Red Sox needed just one more run to end the game via the mercy rule.

Miller walked Lessmann, now playing left field, then plunked Moore with a pitch. Jim McNaughton ended the game by launching a Miller pitch over the wall in left center to end the game with the score 14-2.

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