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THE VERMILLION RED SOX

1930-1962

Amateur baseball has a long history in the State of South Dakota, which dates back to 1933 and the first South Dakota amateur baseball tournament. The Vermillion Red Sox amateur baseball team formed sometime in the 1930s-1940s. The Red Sox have always been based out of Vermillion, South Dakota, which is located in the Southwest corner of South Dakota and home to the University of South Dakota. Sometime in the 1940s-1950s, the Red Sox joined with the Vermillion Eagles and played semi-professional baseball through the State of South Dakota and the mid-west United States. In 1962, the Vermillion Red Sox reformed as an amateur baseball team and played throughout South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

1962-1992

The Red Sox won their first recorded League Title in 1975, winning the South Central League. That same year, the Red Sox also qualified for their first trip to the South Dakota Amateur State Baseball Tournament. In 1976, the Red Sox repeated as South Central Champions, as well as District 6 Champions, but were defeated in the semi-finals of the South Dakota Amateur State Tournament. In approximately 1991, the South Dakota Amateur State Tournament was divided into 2 classes – Class A and Class B. A teams membership in a Class was based upon the population of its hosting city. The Red Sox became a member of Class B.

1992 to Present

Over the next 30 years, the Red Sox reached the Class B South Dakota Amateur State Tournament Championship game on 2 occasions. In 1992, the Red Sox were defeated by Madison 7-6, and in 1996, the Red Sox were defeated by Dell Rapids PBR 8-4. In 2003, the Red Sox finally won their first Class B State Championship, defeating Freeman 11-0 in Mitchell, South Dakota. In 2004, the Red Sox repeated as Class B State Champions, defeating Redfield 7-2 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 2005, the Red Sox moved to Class A, which changed to a wooden bat league, and failed to qualify for the South Dakota State Tournament. In 2006, however, the Red Sox returned as Class A State Champions, defeating the Renner Monarchs 9-8 and becoming the first team to ever win the State Championship in both Class A and Class B.

Timeline of the Vermillion Red Sox Seasons

Year Class League Record Event
1930-1940 ?? ?? ?? Red Sox amateur baseball team formed
1940-1962 ?? ?? ?? Red Sox joined Vermillion Eagles and play semi-pro baseball
1962 ?? ?? ?? Red Sox reformed amateur baseball team
1963 ?? ?? ?? ??
1964 ?? ?? ?? ??
1965 ?? ?? ?? ??
1966 ?? ?? ?? ??
1967 ?? ?? ?? ??
1968 ?? ?? ?? ??
1969 ?? ?? ?? ??
1970 ?? ?? ?? Kirk Sorensen joined Red Sox after Legion season ended
1971 Class B ??8-15 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1972 Class B ??1-18 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1973 Class B ??12-12 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1974 None Northwest Iowa League17-10 Won NW Iowa League Title
1975 Class B Northwest Iowa League & South Central League (SD)?? NW Iowa League Title, South Central League Title & 1st Qualification for SD State Tournament
1976 Class B South Central League27-6 South Central League Title, District 6 Champions, defeated in semi-finals of State Tournament by Sioux Falls
1977 Class B South Central League ?? South Central League Title & Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1978 Class B Lewis & Clark League20-6 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament – defeated by Yankton Lakers
1979 Class B Lewis & Clark League ?? Rebuild year - Did Not Qualify for State Tournament – Defeated by Yankton Lakers in 3 game series
1980 Class B Lewis & Clark League?? .500 season - Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1981 Class B State Line League14-7 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1982 Class B State Line League11-10 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1983 Class B State Line League12-8 Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
1984 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in 1st round of State Tournament by Canova
1985 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in 1st round of State Tournament
1986 Class B State Line League21-4 State Line League Title, District Title, Ranked # 3 in State Tournament, defeated 1st round of State Tournament by White Lake
1987 Class B State Line League?? District Title, defeated 2nd round of State Tournament by Lake Nordon
1988 Class B State Line League?? Defeated in 1st round of State Tournament
1989 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated 1st round in State Tournament by Tripp
1990 Class B State Line League?? Defeated in 1st round of State Tournament
1991 Class B State Line League?? District Title, defeated in 3rd game of State Tournament by Claremont
1992 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, 2nd Place in State - defeated in Championship game of State Tournament by Madison
1993 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in semi-finals of State Tournament by Canova
1994 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in semi-finals of State Tournament by Dall Rapids PBR
1995 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in semi-finals of State Tournament by Renner/Old Milwaukee
1996 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in Championship Game of State Tournament by Dell Rapids
1997 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, defeated in 1st round of State Tournament by Canova
1998 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, defeated in 1st round of State Tournament by Dell Rapids
1999 Class B State Line League18-8 State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in semi-finals of State Tournament by Wynot, NE
2000 Class B State Line League?? State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in 3rd game (quarter-finals) of State Tournament by Lake Nordon
2001 Class B State Line League30-8 State Line League Title, defeated in 2nd game of State Tournament by Dell Rapids PBR
2002 Class B State Line League26-3 State Line League Title, District Title, defeated in 2nd game of State Tournament by Redfield
2003 Class B State Line League30-4 State Line League Title, District Title, CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONS!! (defeated Freeman 11-0)
2004 Class B State Line League26-6 State Line League Title, District Title, REPEAT CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONS!! (defeated Redfield)
2005 Class A – Wood Bats State Line League18-12 State Line League Title, Did Not Qualify for State Tournament
2006 Class A – Wood Bats State Line League23-6 State Line League Title, Region Title, CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONS !! (defeated Renner Monarchs 9-8)
2007 Class A – Wood Bats State Line League22-8 State Line League Title, defeated 2nd game (1st Round) of State Tournament in Yankton by Renner Roadrunners
2008 Class A – Wood Bats State Line League19-5 State Line League Title, defeated 4th game (2nd Round) of State Tournament in Mitchell by Renner Roadrunners - FINISHED 4TH PLACE
2009 Class A – Wood Bats State Line League15-9 Lost 2 of 3 games in League Playoffs and did not qualify for State Tournament




 


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