Red Sox mount 18-hit attack

Red Sox mount 18-hit attack
Being in the right place at the right time is good. Being at Mitchell in the South Dakota Class "A" Amateur Baseball Tournament championship game is better.

The Vermillion Red Sox won the State "A" crown after playing in three different cities, on four different fields in one week's time. It took a while to find the right place and time.

With the rain delay on Friday, the Sox played on the Drake complex across from Cadwell Park in Mitchell losing to defending champs, Renner Monarchs, by the score of 4-3. A ninth inning home run by Renner proved to be the difference in this close see-saw game. A standing room only crowd watched as a nearly empty Cadwell Park hosted the Wynot-Larchwood game. Josh Merrigan took the loss in a well-pitched game.


The loss put Vermillion against Brookings in the last chance game on Saturday. This game was at Cadwell Park as the tourney was back on schedule. The game was another nail biter with the Red Sox scoring the winning run on a Brian Boyer hit in the bottom of the 10th inning. The final score was 4-3. Trent Eckstaine was the winning pitcher for Vermillion.

Sunday was bright and clear for the championship game and a return match with the Renner Monarchs.

A superb team effort by the Red Sox and a great catch led Vermillion to their first State "A" championship. The final score was 9-8 making it the third straight one-run ball game in a row for the Sox.

Of course, there was a diving, game-ending catch by Jim McNaughton that should be on ESPN. The catch was as good as they get.

With an 18-hit attack everyone in the line-up had at least one hit. Brian Boyer had four hits, Chris Losett three hits, Robin Chute, Colby Lessman, and Bubba Malenosky had two hits a piece. Jon Merrigan and Dan Hansen provided leadership and experience to help seal the win. The Vermillion Red Sox manager is Kirk (Sorney) Sorensen.

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