Red Sox bats hot during recent games By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Vermillion Red Sox bats heated up just as the weather did last week as the team scored 10, 11 and 17 runs in three successive games. The Red Sox whipped the Sioux City Pilots, 17-2, in North Sioux City on Sunday, stretching their winning streak to four and improving their record to 5-2. Earlier in the week the Sox dealt an 11-1 lashing to the Sioux City Saints and outscored the Akron Rebels by a 10-4 count. Next action for the Red Sox at Prentis Park will be at 2 p.m. Sunday against the Elk Point Stags and Wednesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. with Akron as the opponent. An updated Red Sox schedule and information on postponed games can be checked regularly at www.ballcharts.com/vermillionredsox. Sundayâ�?�?s 15-run winning margin over the Pilots is a bit deceiving.�? The teams chose to ignore the 10-run rule and play additional innings so that players could get in some extra innings that they missed in recent postponements. Colby Lessmann launched a grand slam home run.�? Robin Chute laced a triple and two doubles among his four hits while Jon Merrigan, Josh Malenosky and Dan Hansen also hit safely four times each.�? Daschle Larson claimed three hits.�? Jason Miller, who threw for seven innings, picked up an easy pitching win, followed to the mound by Jon Speed for two innings of relief. A two-run dinger by Cole Knippling gave the Red Sox breathing room over the Saints in the fifth inning in Vermillion Friday. The team tacked on seven more runs in the final three innings to end the contest via the 10-run rule in the eighth. Besides his homer, Knippling had two other hits. Malenosky, Brett Fischer and Lessmann also hit safely twice. Hansen drove in two runs. Tyler Tasker allowed only two Saints hits in five innings for the win, striking out five and walking five. Miller and Brad Donovan finished up the mound work for the Red Sox.�? An unearned run in the eighth was the only score for the Saints, who managed only four hits off Vermillion pitching. Last Tuesday, in defeating Akron for the second time in three days, the Red Sox offense featured a home run and a double by�? Curt Truhe and a double by Chute.�? Speed, who pitched five innings, was credited with the win. Donovan hurled four innings for the Red Sox.