The Red Sox won the battle of Vermillion in amateur baseball last Wednesday, beating the Grey Sox, 6-3.
The contest stood at 3-1 after the Grey Sox scored in the top of the sixth on Grant Lueders' RBI single that scored Brooks Little. But the Red Sox answered with three in their half of the same inning, getting an RBI single from Kasey Neumann and a two-run double by Ryan Frailey.
Earlier in the game the Red Sox got a first-inning run on Travis Hanson's leadoff single, a stolen base and an infield grounder by Dan Hanson. Their second run scored during a double play in the second. Tyler Candor singled in the fourth to make it 3-0.
Late in the game the Grey Sox tried to rally, scoring once in the eighth on an infield throwing error and once in the ninth on a hit batter, a stolen base, an error and a ground ball off Little's bat. But the Grey Sox had plenty of other chances, stranding 10 runners, at least one in every inning except the third.
The Red Sox managed 11 hits off Grey Sox starter Alex Schaack over six innings, and five of their six runs were earned. Schaack fanned two and walked one. Tim Ross pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four.
Red Sox winner Nate Olsen struck out 14, walked two and allowed seven hits. Little had three of them and Reid Meierkort two.
The Red Sox weren't so fortunate the next night, losing to the Monarchs in Renner, 12-5. Three three-run innings from the third through the fifth gave Renner an insurmountable lead.
Travis Hanson had two hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox on Sunday got back on the winning track and improved their record to 7-4 with a 12-5 win over the Sioux Falls Saints as Neumann pitched 5 2/3 innings as the starter and Olsen finished the game. Robin Chute had two doubles while Colby Lessmann and Bobby Lee each stroked a double.
Meanwhile, the shorthanded Grey Sox followed the Red Sox loss with a 12-0 loss at Akron Sunday. The Rebels scored six runs in the third and posted another six spot in the sixth. When the Sox didn't score in the top of the seventh, the game was over.
Derek Appley threw a complete-game gem, striking out 14 Grey Sox batters. Brett Stolpe had two doubles and a single, received three walks and scored a run for Akron while Tanner Bondy had a double and a single and scored both times. Grant Lueders, who pitched until the sixth for Vermillion, had a double and a single as a hitter, and Travis Lee contributed a double.
The Grey Sox, now 5-4 in the State Line League and 5-6 overall, will host Dakota Valley Sunday. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will be home Sunday against Larchwood.