The Vermillion Red Sox have qualified for another state Class "A" amateur baseball tournament.
The Red Sox, needing to be one of two teams among three in the southeast regional to qualify, did just that in Mitchell on Sunday. Vermillion lost to the Yankton Tappers, 2-0, so then had to win an elimination game over the Mitchell Mad Dogs. They were successful there, 3-1, to earn their trip to Pierre for the first round of the state tournament this weekend.
At Hyde Stadium in the Capital City, the Red Sox and each of the seven other "A" teams who qualified will play their first two tournament games.
Vermillion starts in the tourney opener at 5:30 p.m. Friday against the Renner Monarchs. The Red Sox will then play in a losers' elimination game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the Brookings-Black Hills Landscape loser or in a winners' bracket game at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of that contest. At least one win in Pierre means the Red Sox will live to play next week when the tourney shifts to Mitchell.
The Red Sox were stymied offensively in their Sunday regional game against Yankton. The Tappers scored one run on an error and another on an RBI hit by Mathias Godsil, and that was all they needed to secure their state tournament berth.
The game against the Mitchell ballclub was anybody's contest till the very late innings. The Red Sox scored a run in the first inning, and the Mad Dogs answered in the second. It stayed 1-1 until the eighth when Vermillion's Jon Elliott uncorked a two-run home run, and the 3-1 lead stood up for the victory.