A 6-0 whitewashing of the Rebels at Akron Sunday brought the Vermillion Red Sox back on to the winning side of the ledger and improved their season's record to 7-4.
Kenny Longman kept Akron shut out for the first seven innings, and Brad Donovan came in in relief to throw the eighth and ninth. Kasey Neumann's double was the big blow offensively for the Red Sox.
The previous day the Red Sox lost to the Cubby's team at Brookings, 9-7. In that one a 10-batter, six-run first inning for the Brookings club put the Sox into a hole out of which they could never climb. The Cubby's team had three hits and four walks with a bases-loaded triple the crowning blow.
Vermillion tried to rally, scoring two in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to close to within 8-7, but they couldn't score again, and Brookings added an insurance run in the eighth.
Outhitting Brookings 11-7, the Red Sox were led on offense by a Robin Chute home run and a Tyler Candor double. On the mound Brian Chute endured the long first inning, and Garrett Linhardt relieved in the second, holding down Brookings with two runs and four hits over the seven innings he pitched.
Last week the Red Sox tripped up Garretson, 7-4, as Charlie Benz went the full nine-inning route to get the pitching win. Tyler Candor tripled, and Robin Chute doubled to lead the Sox offensively.
The following night the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead over the Yankton Tappers in the top of the second, but the Yankton team scored the next 10 runs, including a pair of three-run frames, to win going away, 10-2. Ken Longman took the pitching loss, lasting till the sixth when he was relieved by Justin Green. Aaron Fischer went 2-for-5 and drove in a Vermillion run while Colby Lessmann had two hits.
The Red Sox are slated for a contest at Dakota Valley tonight (Friday), then go to Canton at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, June 30. The next home game is against Alcester on July 7 at 7:30 p.m.