Red Sox baseball team qualify for State ‘A’ Tourney

Red Sox baseball team qualify for State 'A' Tourney
The 2006 State "A" Amatuer Baseball champions will be back to defend their title as the Vermillion Red Sox came through the district tournament's loser bracket to get back to the state tournament.

In the first round of the district tournament, the Red Sox played host to Yankton Terry's on Tuesday night at Prentis Park. The Red Sox got out to an early 4-1 lead, but the Yankton bats got red hot for the rest of the night as they went on to win 19-11.

Every member of the Yankton lineup got at least one hit and scored one run. Yankton's Rand Thygeson homered, singled three times, drove in three and scored three times to lead the way for the upset-minded Terry's team. Eric Dawson and Kyle Nickolite each collected three hits that night for Terry's.

The Red Sox were led by Brian Boyer's two doubles and a single. Robin Chute, Josh Malenosky, Jon Merrigan, and Jim McNaughton each collected two hits for Vermillion.

Yankton Terry's – 19-17-4.

Vermillion Red Sox – 11-15-6.

In the other first round game, the Renner Monarchs downed the Mitchell Mad Dogs. That set up an elimination game on Saturday at Prentis Park between Mitchell and Vermillion, with Renner taking on Yankton Terry's for the district title.

But the Mad Dogs were forced to forfeit their game against Vermillion, which put the Red Sox into the second place game against the loser of Yankton Terry's and Renner. It turned out to be a big advantage for Vermillion, who would only have to play one game on a very hot day at Prentis Park against a team who had already played a game.

The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 early lead against Yankton, scoring one run in each of the first two frames. Terry's would tie it up in the fourth inning as they plated two runs. Renner notched a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Yankton tied it up again in the fifth at 3-3.

Yankton's starting pitcher, Adam Peterson, lasted only four innings in the oppressive heat and humidity. Kyle Nickolite took over mound duties in the fifth, but he would wilt in the sixth as Renner pushed six runs across thanks to two hit batsmen, an error, a two-run single by Aaron Gaspar, and a double by Michael Clapp.

That broke the game open, and Renner starter Matt Koziara and reliever Derek Ohme would make it stand up the rest of the way, with Ohme pitching the last two innings to preserve a 10-3 win, the district championship, and a spot in the state tourney.

Yankton Terry's – 3-7-2.

Renner Monarchs – 10-10-2.

After a 90-minute break the Red Sox took on Yankton Terry's for the other ticket to the state tourney. But this would be no repeat of the Tuesday night game.

The Red Sox jumped on Yankton's Jake Broscha, a Legion pick-up player, for five runs in the first inning and the rout was on.

Vermillion starter Josh Merrigan handcuffed Yankton for the first three frames, but did give up a run in the fourth to make it 5-1. But that is as close as Yankton got.

The Red Sox offense got into high gear for the rest of the game against Terry's relievers Kyle Smith and Allen Englebretson. Vermillion scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 13-1 heading into the sixth.

Yankton did rally to score two runs in the sixth, but Vermillion put up five runs in the bottom part of the frame to win 18-3 via the mercy rule.

Colby Lessman rapped out four hits and drove in a run with each hit to lead the Vermillion offense. Josh Malenosky and Jim McNaughton both slapped out three hits and drove in three runs, scoring three times each as well.

Josh Merrigan went the distance for the win on the mound, fanning seven and walking just two in his six innings of work. He gave up three runs on three hits.

Yankton Terry's – 3-3-4.

Vermillion Red Sox – 18-16-2.

The Red Sox will play the Rapid City Angels in the first round of the State "A" Tournament on Friday night at 8 p.m. in Yankton.

The State "A" Tournament is double-elimination. If the Red Sox lose on Friday night, they play at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. If they win, they play at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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