Red Sox outslug Sioux City Saints 17-12 at Prentis Park

Red Sox outslug Sioux City Saints 17-12 at Prentis Park by Steven Thum The Vermillion Red Sox pounded out 16 hits, including five home runs, in outscoring the Sioux City Saints 17-12 on Wednesday night at Prentis Park.

Vermillion jumped out to a two-run lead right away as Robin Chute led off the game with a single, went to second on an error, then scored on a single by Dustin Moore. Steve Fejfar's double would plate Moore.

The Saints got a run back in the second as Kolin Dryenck led off with a walk against Red Sox starter Justin Berg. Dan Krohn smacked a double to bring him Dryenck to cut the lead in half.

The Red Sox would plate two in the bottom of the third as Colby Lessman hit a two-out two-RBI double that scored Jason Huska and Cress Murdock.

The Saints countered in the top of the fourth against Red Sox reliever Jon Merrigan. Krohn would double in another run, and Rodney Hulse would follow with a double of his own to plate the hot-hitting Krohn to make it 4-3.

The Red Sox did not score in the bottom of the fourth against Saints starter Adam Cadwell. Neither team scored in the fifth.

But the sixth frame saw plenty of fireworks. The Saints finally got to Merrigan, who struck out the lead off man, but then walked the next two batters. A fielder's choice made for the second out, but Les Pamaran doubled home two runs to give the Saints the lead for the first time. Mike Clement followed with a single to make it a two run lead for the Saints.

It did not last long as the Red Sox bats erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Colby Lessman doubled, Jon Merrigan drew a walk, and Jay Merrigan reached safely on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Robin Chute delivered a single to plate one run, and a throwing error on Saints leftfielder Dryenck allowed another run to score. With one out, Dustin Moore slammed a three-run homer to put the Red Sox on top for good. The Red Sox would send 13 men to the plate in that inning.

Four more runs scored for the Red Sox in the seventh, three runs would score on back-to-back homers by Murdock and Lessman.

The Saints would score six runs in the top of the eighth against reliever Jim Stegge. Two Red Sox errors helped fuel the big inning.

But the Red Sox came back with back-to-back solo homers by Brian Boyer and Moore, his second of the night to make the lead 17-12.

Murdock pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the deal for the Red Sox.

Dustin Moore had a huge night at the plate, hitting two homers, a single, and driving in five runs. Colby Lessman homered, doubled twice, and had three RBIs. Cress Murdock launched a homer, as did Brian Boyer.

Rodney Hulse and Les Pamaran each collected three hits and scored twice for the Saints.

Four Red Sox pitchers, Justin Berg, Jon Merrigan, Jim Stegge, and Cress Murdock combined in the victory, with Merrigan getting the win. Adam Cadwell went the distance for the Saints.

The Saints left nine on base, while the Red Sox stranded five baserunners. The Red Sox did turn three doubleplays.

The Red Sox will open District 7B tournament action as the number one seed, and will host Beresford on Saturday at 2 p.m. They will play a second round game on Sunday in Vermillion. Larchwood will host the remaining games after this first weekend of the tournament.

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