Vermillion Red Soxâ�?�?s schedule heats up By Parker Knox
Sportswriter As the midsummer weather heats up, so does the baseball schedule for the Vermillion Red Sox with postseason play about two weeks away. The Sox are scheduled to play four straight days starting Sunday at Dakota Valley and Monday at the Yankton Tappers. Home games Tuesday and Wednesday will pit the Red Sox against Larchwood and Canton, respectively. The Red Sox improved to 10-5 on the season with a 10-5 win over the Elk Point Stags and an 11-5 triumph over the Sioux City Saints last Wednesday and Thursday. Elk Point had scored five runs in four innings off starter Thomas Alessio, but reliever Garrett Linhardt stopped the bleeding when he entered Wednesday's game starting with the fifth. He struck out eight of the 15 batters he faced and shut out the Stags on no runs and no hits the rest of the way. He allowed only three baserunners, all of whom walked. One was cut down by catcher Colby Lessmann's throw as he tried to steal second base, and the other two were stranded on the basepaths. Meanwhile, the Red Sox found a way to score in seven of their eight at-bats. Elk Point errors played a role in five of the Vermillion runs. Four of the others who scored were put on base on walks. Lessmann stroked a two-run home run in the third. Cody Davis' single plated a run in the fourth. In a two-run eighth Ben Oberle's infield grounder scored one run, and a double off Robin Chute's bat scored another. The Red Sox won 10-5 even though they had only five hits and Elk Point had only four. Brad Donovan walked four times and scored twice. Davis reached base three times and scored twice. Kasey Neumann threw a complete game and struck out 13 in the win over the Saints even though the Sioux City club pounded out 20 hits. The Red Sox had 14 hits of their own, including four each from Chute and Davis and three from Lessmann. Chute and Lessmann each had a homer and a double, and Jim McNaughton also doubled for Kirk Sorenson's team.