Freeman takes 2 from Vermillion teams

Freeman takes 2 from Vermillion teams by Steven Thum Memorial Day this year was one the Vermillion baseball teams would like to forget, as the visiting Freeman Black Sox swept a doubleheader.�The Black Sox beat the Red Sox 8-3, then downed the Grey Sox 8-2 in seven-inning contests.

The first game of the afternoon was a rematch of last year's state "B" title game (won by the Red Sox 11-0). The Red Sox got on the board first in the bottom of the second as Cress Murdock led off with a double, went to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jon Merrigan.

But the lead didn't last long.� Red Sox starter Dan Christensen, who had struggled with his control in the first two innings, could not find the strike zone in the third. Christensen walked a couple of batters to start the frame, then plunked two batters to drive in a run.�

Two more runs scored when Kyle Weier hit a ground ball that should have been a doubleplay, but the throw to second base was dropped.�Freeman now had a 3-1 lead as Christensen regained his control to get out of the inning without further damage.

The Red Sox got another run in the bottom of the third as Jay Merrigan led off with a single. Robin Chute walked, then Jim McNaughton laid down a bunt to put both runners in scoring position. A ground out by Dusty Moore plated Merrigan, but Chute was stranded on third with the score 3-2.

A walk to Mike Anderson by Christensen started another Freeman rally in the fourth as Anderson would eventually score on a single by Al Haar to make it 4-2.

The Red Sox would put another run on the board in the fifth.�With one out, Chute drew a walk from Black Sox starter Brett Waltner. McNaughton reached base on an error. With two outs, Steve Fejfar blasted a double to centerfield.�Chute scored on the hit, but McNaughton was cut down at home plate to end the threat with the score at 4-3 in favor of Freeman.

Rob Miller, who had come on to relieve Christensen in the fifth, got into trouble in the sixth.�Haar doubled, then Garrett Pfeiffer singled to put runners at the corners. Weier hit a grounder to short which should have been a doubleplay, but the throw to second was mishandled, and Haar scored. Then Mike Prehiem blasted a three-run homer to make it 8-3.� That would end up being the final score as both Waltner and Miller finished the game without allowing any more runs.

Waltner went the distance for the Black Sox allowing three runs on five hits. He fanned four and walked just two.

Christensen was tagged for the loss for the Red Sox.� Though the righty allowed just one hit in four innings of work, he walked seven and hit three batters. Rob Miller gave up three hits and walked four.� Both Red Sox pitchers gave up four runs.

Steve Fefjar doubled in one run for the Red�Sox, while Cress Murdock's double led to a run.

Freeman stranded 11 baserunners. The Red Sox made four errors.

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