Red Sox victors in intra-city clash By: Parker Knox
Sports Writer The first intra-city clash of the summer between Vermillionâ�?�?s two amateur teams last Wednesday was still a ballgame in the middle of the sixth inning, but an inning later it became a rout.�? The Red Sox put together six straight hits, two walks and one final hit to end the game via the 10-run rule with a 13-3 defeat of the Grey Sox. Singles by Robin Chute and Colby Lessmann and an outfield error produced the first Red Sox run in the opening inning. A double by Jon Merrigan and a single by Daschle Larson brought home two more in the second.�? Jim McNaughton walked in the third and moved around on another error in the Grey Sox outfield.�? A fifth-inning run resulted from Cole Knipplingâ�?�?s single and subsequent hits by Merrigan and Larson. That 5-0 lead lasted for only a few minutes. Tyler Tasker had almost completely shut down the Grey Sox through five stanzas, but with two out in the sixth, the Grey Sox worked him for a walk and a single.�? Then Aaron Baedke drove a ball over the center-field fence to bring his team back into the game at 5-3. The Red Sox got one of those runs back right away when Josh Malenosky singled, was advanced by Chute and Lessmann and scored on a grounder off Knipplingâ�?�?s bat. Tasker was back on task in the top of the seventh, striking out the first batter, picking the next off first and retiring the side in order. Then the Red Sox put together their game-ending explosion. They started the inning with singles by Kurt Truhe, Merrigan and Larson, a double by Brett Fischer, and then after a pitching change, a single by Malenosky, a double by Chute and a walk to Lessmann.�? After an outfield fly the hits just kept on coming.�? Knippling singled, Truhe walked and Merrigan singled to make the score a 10-run margin. Tasker struck out eight and allowed only three Grey Sox hits in his seven innings of work â�?�? Baedkeâ�?�?s homer and two singles by Chad Lavin.�? Three men who walked and one who reached on an infield error were the only other Grey Sox baserunners. Kevin Bliel pitched into the seventh for the Grey Sox, allowing 19 of the 22 Red Sox hits.�? Baedke in relief was on the mound when the contest ended. Among those 22 Red Sox hits, four each came off the bats of Chute and Merrigan.�? Malenosky and Larson had three hits each while Fischer, Lessmann, Knippling and Truhe had two hits apiece.�? Larson and Knippling drove in three runs each. The excitement, not to mention the barrage of basehits, continued 24 hours later when the Red Sox accumulated 18 more base knocks en route to a rather stunning 16-8 win over the Renner Roadrunners, who were rated No. 2 in Class â�?�?Aâ�? in last weekâ�?�?s poll. The Roadrunners had their eight runs in the first three innings and never scored again. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, trailing 8-4 after three innings, gradually crept back with single runs in the fourth and sixth and, at the last possible moment, a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 8-8. The Vermillion club then exploded for eight runs in the top of the 10th to demoralize the Roadrunners. Fischer had four hits, Chute three hits, including two doubles and a home run, and Larson three hits.�? Starter Jon Speed was relieved in the third by Jason Miller.�? Brad Donovan took over in the fifth and shut out Renner the rest of the way. Ian Strum had two homers, one of them a grand slam, for the Roadrunners and drove in five runs, all in the first two innings. The Red Sox stretched their winning streak to seven and their overall record to 8-2 on Sunday in a 14-6 seven-inning win over Elk Point at Prentis Park. It was the sixth straight game in which the Vermillion team scored in double figures. A five-run inning gave the Sox a lead they would never relinquish although a three-run fifth brought the Stags to within striking distance at 8-5. A triple by Knippling and a double by McNaughton gave the Sox two more runs in the fifth. A bases-loaded triple by Chute, his fourth hit of the game, blew it open for the Red Sox in the sixth with their final four scores. Jason Miller pitched five innings for Vermillion, allowing five hits. Daschle Larson hurled the final two frames, allowing a single hit.�? Each man struck out four. Red Sox notes: The state amateur baseball association has announced its regional alignments for postseason play. The Red Sox will be in Region 2 with Yankton, Brandon Valley and the Mitchell Mad Dogs. Two of those clubs will qualify for the state â�?�?Aâ�? tournament â�?¦ Red Sox manager Kirk Sorenson, short on players against Elk Point Sunday, had to insert himself into the lineup as an outfielder â�?¦ Sorenson said last week the Red Sox will be part of a 48-hour baseball marathon being hosted by the Sioux Falls Canaries in late July â�?¦ The Red Sox will play a twinbill at Garretson at 2 p.m. Sunday. Next home action is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against South Sioux City, NE.