Red Sox defeat Rebels 8-6 Sunday By Parker Knox
Sportswriter The Vermillion Red Sox parlayed three home runs, four doubles and a complete-game pitching performance by Jared Heidesch into an 8-6 win over the Akron Rebels Sunday in Akron, IA. The Sox won their 12th game of the year against seven losses. A pair of home games this week ended the regular season, and the team will await district tournament play beginning next Wednesday. Sunday's game wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates. Heidesch breezed to the victory and led 8-2, having given up only four hits while striking out seven until he tired a bit in the bottom of the ninth inning. A hit batter, a pair of wild pitches, a pair of walks and a three-run home run by Jeff Verzal brought the Rebels to within two, but a two-out line drive was snared by third-baseman Dan Hansen to end the game. Heidesch's cause was helped along by three Red Sox double plays. Two of them happened with Akron runners on third base. Shortstop Robin Chute started two of the twin killings himself and was the middle man in another started by pitcher Heidesch. Ian Ybarra's infield ground-out scored Casey Neumann, who had led off the second with a double, for the first Sox run. Justin Beebe's solo homer starting the fourth tied the game at 2-2. Brad Donovan's leadoff homer in the fifth gave Vermillion a lead it would never relinquish and started a four-run inning. A wild pitch and hits by Cody Davis and Neumann scored runs later in the inning. Another Chute double drove home another run in the sixth for a 7-2 lead. Colby Lessmann's homer in the ninth completed the Red Sox scoring. Chute finished the afternoon with four hits along with his two RBIs and one run scored. Donovan, Lessmann and Neumann had two hits each. Seven different men drove in runs for the Red Sox. Four men shared pitching work for Akron, striking out six and walking five while allowing 12 hits. Last week the Red Sox were on both ends of lopsided games. They lost to Larchwood at Prentis Park 12-0 on Tuesday. Casey Neumann pitched six innings and Thomas Alessio two for the Red Sox, and Chute laced a triple to highlight what little offense the Sox could muster. The next night the shoe was on the other foot as the Red Sox trimmed Canton, 12-2, pounding out 14 hits. Ken Longman threw six innings, striking out six, and Alessio finished the final inning, together allowing only five Canton hits. Donovan and Chute had three hits each, and Chute and Davis each had a double for Vermillion.
By Travis Gulbrandson firstname.lastname@example.org Al Neuharth is remembered around the world as a legend in the field of journalism … Read Article