District tournament amateur baseball action comes to Vermillion this weekend, but for the Vermillion Red Sox to be one of three teams who will qualify for the state tournament, the Sox will have to take out at least one of the state's best teams.
The district Class "A" tournament was scheduled to begin Thursday night with Yankton at Brandon Valley and the Red Sox at the Renner Monarchs. The losers of those two contests will play at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Prentis Park with the loser being eliminated and the winner advancing to the state tournament at Mitchell next week.
Thursday night's two winners both automatically advance to the state tourney, but they will nevertheless play each other at Prentis Park at 2 p.m. Saturday to determine state tourney seeding.
The Red Sox played one of those intra-district rivals, the Yankton Tappers, evenly last week, finally losing to the Tappers 6-4 in 10 innings. Down 4-1 after 7 1/2 innings, the Red Sox scored one run in the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings before Yankton scored two in the 10th for the win.
The Red Sox outhit Yankton, 14-12. Nick Wieder was the starting pitcher for Vermillion with Casey Neumann relieving in the sixth and being tagged with the pitching loss.
The previous night the Red Sox trimmed the Sioux City Saints, 10-5, as Nate Olsen got the pitching victory after seven innings of work. Bobby Lee threw the final two innings and got the save.
Reese Steckler had a double to lead the Vermillion offense.