Vermillion Red Sox, Grey Sox split on Saturday

Vermillion Red Sox, Grey Sox split on Saturday by Steven Thum Vermillion's two amateur baseball teams split in doubleheader action on Saturday at Prentis Park in the first round of the District 7B Tournament.

The Red Sox cruised to a 15-0 win over the S.D. Over 50 Rushmores, while the Grey Sox lost 7-3 at the hands of Akron.

The Red Sox and the Rushmores played the first game. The Red Sox got an unearned run in the first as Robin Chute reached on an error, and came home on a single with two outs by Steve Fejfar.

After a scoreless second inning, the top-seeded Red Sox pulled away in the bottom of the third by sending eight men to the plate against Rushmores starter Lee Goldammer. Jay Merrigan singled to start the rally, and scored on a triple by Chute.

Brian Boyer followed with a double to plate Chute. Jason Huska brought home Boyer with an RBI single. After Fejfar flied out for the first out, Cress Murdock hit a high infield fly that Rushmores secondbaseman Croon dropped. He quickly picked up the ball and threw to second to force out Huska, who stayed close to first on the pop-up.

But Colby Lessman kept the rally going by smacking a two-run homer to make it 6-0. The Red Sox would tack on six more runs in the fourth inning. When the smoke cleared, the Red Sox enjoyed a 12-0 advantage.

Two more runs scored in the fifth as two errors by the Rushmores didn't help reliever Chuck Feiner's task.

The game would come to an end in the bottom of the sixth as Merrigan would double to lead off, then come home one out later on a throwing error to first base by Rushmores thirdbaseman Tracy St. Pierre.

Billy Welcher got the win by hurling six shutout innings for the Red Sox, striking out four and walking just one. Welcher allowed just four hits. Goldammer gave up 12 runs on 12 hits and was saddled with the loss.

Lessman was a double short of the cycle to lead the Red Sox offense, driving in three and scoring twice. Chute singled, tripled twice, and scored four runs. Merrigan and Huska both singled, doubled, and scored twice.

In the second game the Grey Sox, the number five seed in the tournament, took on the Akron Rebels, the fourth seeded team.

Both starting pitchers, Ryan Baedke for the Grey Sox, and Mike Anderson for the Rebels, were sharp early on, and pitched out of jams to keep the game scoreless after four innings.

The Grey Sox got on the board in the fifth when Eric Rickord hit a fly ball to left center. The Akron leftfielder had to run a long way to make the play, but the ball popped out of his glove, allowing Nick Sharp to score from first to make it 1-0.

Tom Huls led off the bottom of the third with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Cory Hoch doubled over Brett Bartling's head to give Akron the lead. Scott Jacobs made it 3-1 as he singled home Hoch. After Baedke walked Dan Rolfes, he fanned Chad Brown to end the rally.

The Grey Sox would rally with two outs again in the sixth, and again, Akron errors would be the key. With two outs, Jacobs mishandled a grounder off the bat of Baedke, and Dave Holoch followed with a homer to tie to game at 3-3.

Akron would strike back in the bottom of the sixth. AfterHuls scored the go-ahead run, Matt Kenny singled to load the bases, and Hoch delivered a two-RBI single that made it 6-3. The Rebels got another run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Grey Sox got a couple of runners on in the eighth, but Anderson rose to the occasion to get out of trouble. The righthander pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the win.

Anderson allowed three runs, only one of them earned, on five hits. He fanned seven and walked just one.

Baedke took the loss for the Grey Sox. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. Holoch pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run on two hits.

Derek Johnson collected three singles for the Rebel offense, drove in two runs, and scored twice. Hoch singled and doubled, and had three RBIs. Huls scored three runs.

Holoch led the Grey Sox offense with a homer and a single.

The Grey Sox left nine men on base, while Akron stranded 12 baserunners.

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