Red Sox, Mitchell clash Friday in State â�?�?Aâ�?�? action By Parker Knox
Sports Writer A do-or-die 2-0 victory over Brookings Cubbyâ�?�?s in Rapid City Sunday has propelled the Vermillion Red Sox into their�? third straight state Class â�?�?Aâ�? amateur baseball tournament. Manager Kirk Sorensonâ�?�?s Sox will take a 20-5 record to Mitchell for a Friday noon clash with the Pierre Rattlers. It is sudden-death baseball from now on for the six â�?�?Aâ�? teams which have advanced to Mitchell, but if the Red Sox beat Pierre, they will play at 11 a.m. Saturday when the opponent will be the Renner Roadrunners or the Rapid City Aâ�?�?s.�? �? �? The Red Sox would have to win that contest, plus another at 5:30 p.m. in order to reach the state â�?�?Aâ�? championship game at noon Sunday. The clash with Brookings on Sunday had become an elimination game when both teams lost their opening games Friday. In the case of the Red Sox, they were shut down in a 11-0 game by the Roadrunners, who won via the 10-run rule after seven innings.�? The Renner club is the same team which ended the Red Sox season in last yearâ�?�?s state tourney and which now has accounted for two of the five Red Sox losses this summer. Jared Heidesch pitched the first five innings for Vermillion, followed by Brad Donovan in the fifth and Kyle Smith in the seventh. Brookings was the top seed in the Northeast District, so the Red Sox knew it would be a tough challenge to stay alive in the state tournament, and it proved to be.�? Given a two-run lead with which to work, starter Tyler Tasker made it hold up even though the Red Sox squandered several other scoring opportunities throughout the contest. The Red Sox outhit Cubbyâ�?�?s 13-4. Robin Chute and Cole Knippling drove in the Vermillion runs. Knippling had four hits on the day, including a double, while Rand Thygelson stroked three basehits.�? The pick-up player from Yankton also finished the game in relief of Tasker, who went 6 1/3 innings.