Red Sox begins tourney action next week By Parker Knox
Sports Writer The Vermillion Red Sox last season lost their first two games in the state â�?�?Aâ�? tournament and were sent home early. Determined to get back and go farther this time, the Sox will open that pursuit in a four-team district tourney next week. The Red Sox are assigned to a district that also includes Yankton, Mitchell and Brandon.�? The four clubs will meet in about as central a location as could be found â�?�? the ballpark at Freeman â�?�? with two teams advancing to state â�?�?Aâ�? play the following week.�? Exact pairings were not finalized by the Plain Talkâ�?�?s deadline, but the Red Sox will play their first game at Freeman either Tuesday or Wednesday. This year the first weekend of state â�?�?Aâ�? tournament play will be staged in Rapid City with the big tournament windup the following week in Mitchell. The Red Sox continued to score runs in double-digit proportions, climaxing a four-victory week with a 12-7 home triumph over Garretson Sunday and improving their record to 17-4. Spotting Garretson a pair of first-inning runs, the Red Sox came right back�? to take command�? as their first five batters of the game all reached base and scored.�? It was 9-3 after three innings. Garretson creeped back into the game and was within 9-7 in the middle of the sixth.�? However, Daschle Larsen, who had a three-hit day, tripled and was immediate- ly cashed in by a Josh Malenosky single to make it 10-7.�? Vermillion added two more runs in the seventh.�? Jon Merrigan, who also hit safely three times, ignited this final rally with a single.�? A wild pitch and another Larsen hit made it 12-7 after seven, and the game ended at that point by mutual agreement.�? Neither team had any substitute players available. Jared Heidesch, who like Malenosky drove in two runs as a hitter, pitched the full seven innings for the Red Sox, striking out nine and scattering 10 Garretson hits.�? He walked only three. Derek Chester, one of three Garretson pitchers, drove in three of his team's runs. Starting at 11 p.m. Friday, the Red Sox were part of the 48-hour baseball marathon in Sioux Falls and made the most of their middle-of-the-night appearance, defeating the Sioux Falls Saints, 11-2.�? The game ended at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Tyler Tasker pitched five innings for the Sox, and Jason Miller threw the final four in relief.�? Cole Knippling slugged his fourth home run of the season, Malenosky stroked a pair of doubles, and Curt Truhe had a double and two singles. Earlier in the week the Red Sox defeated the Akron Rebels for the fourth time in four games, 16-4.�? The Sox got a seven-inning complete-game effort from Brad donovan.�? Robin Chute hit his 15th double of the season. The Sox also won last week at Valley Springs, 7-4, as Heidesch went seven innings for the pitching win.�? Miller, who pitched the final two innings, got a save.�? Knippling also homered in this game.