Red Sox opening <br />�a positive day�

Red Sox opening
��?a positive day��? By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Even though the final result was a 10-5 loss, Vermillion Red Sox manager Kirk Sorensen called his team's season-opening game at Larchwood, Iowa, "a positive day." Played in the wind at Larchwood Sunday afternoon, the contest was anybody's ballgame until the late innings when the Iowa club pulled away. Jim McNaughton slugged two doubles and Cole Knippling blasted a home run into the teeth of the wind to lead the Sox offensively. Three newcomers to the team did Vermillion's pitching.  The starter, Thomas Alissio, threw four innings.  Garrett Linhardt took over in the fifth, and Corby McLaughlin, who came in in relief in the seventh, finished the game and was saddled with the loss. "They all pitched pretty well," Sorensen said, "even though two of them hadn't pitched for a year.  This game was sort of like our spring training." Sorensen said two other newcomers, Justin Beebe and Ben Oberle, played Sunday and will be good additions to the Sox roster, which is filled with many veterans who have played for Sorensen for several years. The Red Sox, who played a non-league game at Akron Wednesday, are adding to their schedule as the new season begins, and fans can check it out at The next scheduled game as of this writing is against the Vermillion Grey Sox at 2 p.m. May 31.

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