Red Sox keep winning with skeleton crew By Parker Knox
Sportswriter One fact of life in amateur baseball is that the players have lives outside baseball.�? So the Vermillion Red Sox had to put a skeleton crew on the field â�?�? in some cases, in unfamiliar positions â�?�? at Garretson Sunday. Nevertheless the Sox improved their record to 10-3 with a split of a doubleheader, winning 5-0 before losing 5-2. Jared Heidesch�? brought his game to the park as he took the mound for Vermillion in the opener. He allowed only three hits in going the distance to earn a shutout win.�? Brett Fischer and Robin Chute had two hits apiece for the offense. Once he got past the first two innings, Red Sox hurler Jason Miller shut down the Garretson ballclub, but the offense had trouble scoring against Garretson in this game.�? Thus, the four runs�? with which Garretson roughed up Miller in the first inning â�?�? and another in the second â�?�? were too much to overcome. Red Sox 6, Akron 5 Though outhit in the heavy humid air of Prentis Park by�? 13-6 and down early in runs by 3-0, the Red Sox scrapped their way to a 6-4 lead in the eighth inning, then had to hang on for dear life to escape with a 6-5 win over the Akron Rebels last Wednesday. Jon Merriganâ�?�?s sacrifice fly brought the Sox to within 3-1 in the second, after which Jim McNaughtonâ�?�?s single in the third made it 3-2 for Akron.�? Curt Truheâ�?�?s leadoff single in the fourth, followed by Merriganâ�?�?s sacrifice and a grounder off Daschle Larsonâ�?�?s bat tied the game in the fourth. Akron led 4-3 from the fifth until the sweet spot on Cole Knipplingâ�?�?s bat made contact with the ball leading off the bottom of the eighth.�? The homer tied the game, but the Sox werenâ�?�?t finished. A walk to Truhe, Larsonâ�?�?s double and Brett Fischerâ�?�?s single gave the Sox a 6-4 lead. Reliever Brad Donovan helped himself to start the ninth, spearing a sharp hit off Brett Stolpeâ�?�?s bat to the right of the mound, then firing to first for the out. A strikeout left the Rebels down to their last out, but they had life. Three consecutive batters, each of them down to the gameâ�?�?s last strike, reached base, the first on an infield error and the next two on singles. Suddenly the score was 6-5, and Akron had the tying run at second and the lead run at first.�? The Rebelsâ�?�? Tom Huls drove the ball deep to left field, and it appeared the ball would go to the fence, giving Akron the lead.�? However, left-fielder Josh Malenosky churned into high gear and chased down the drive, catching it with his back to the infield to end the game and preserve the Red Sox victory. Jared Heidesch threw the first three innings for Vermillion.�? Donovan got the win in relief.�? Hard-luck Akron starter Randall Waterbury pitched until deep in the Red Sox eighth-inning rally and allowed only five hits and four earned runs but was saddled with the loss. In addition to the hits already mentioned, the other Red Sox hit was Robin Chuteâ�?�?s 11th double of the season. Renner 3, Red Sox 1 A seven-game Red Sox winning streak ended last Tuesday in Renner when the Monarchs won a 3-1 contest despite managing only four hits off complete-game pitcher Tyler Tasker. Josh Malenosky had�? three of the eight Red Sox hits. Renner broke a 1-1 tie with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Next week the Red Sox go to South Sioux City Tuesday night and return home Wednesday to play the Vermillion Grey Sox at 7:30 p.m.