THE 2012 VERMILLION RED SOX
(Top L-R) Jared Miller (Yankton Tappers), Jay Merrigan, Nic Weider, A.J. Stairet, Reece Steckler, Colby Lessmann, Jon Merrigan, Kirk Sorenson (Manager). (Front L-R) Nate Olsen, Tyler Candor, Dan Hansen, Travis Hansen, Robin Chute, and Kasey Neuman.
2003: The Vermillion Red Sox won their first Class "B" Amateur State Championship by defeating the Freeman Blacksox 10-0. Jay Berkanpas was named MVP of the Tournament for his outstanding pitching performance in the tournament.
2004: The Vermillion Red Sox repeated as Class B State Champions by defeating the Redfield Dairy Queen 7-3. Robin Chute was named MVP. Colby Lessmann, Robin Chute and Justin Berg were named to the All-Tournament team.
2005: The Vermillion Red Sox moved to Class "A", which became a wooden bat league in 2005.
2006: The Vermillion Red Sox won their first Class A State Championship by defeating the Renner Monarchs 9-8. Pick-up player Randy Thyeigsen (Yankton Terry's) was named MVP of the Tournament for his relief performances for the Red Sox. Randy Thygeson, Chris Losett, Jon Merrigan, Colby Lessmann, and Robin Chute were named to the All-Tournament team.
2007: The Vermillion Red Sox were eliminated in the second round of the Class A State Tournament by the Renner Roadrunners (7-5). The Red Sox had lost their first game to the Rapid City Angels (8-7).
2008: The Vermillion Red Sox were eliminated in the second round of the Class A State Tournament by the Renner Roadrunners. The Red Sox lost their first game to the Renner Roadrunners, won their second game against the Brookings Cubbies, and won their third game against the Pierre Rattlers.
2009: The Vermillion Red Sox were eliminated in the third game of their District Playoffs. The Red Sox were defeated by Brandon Valley in their first game, defeated the Mitchell Mad Dogs 9-1 in their second game, and then were defeated by Brandon Valley in the final elimination game 5-1. This was only the second time in Red Sox history that they did not qualify for the South Dakota Amateur State Tournament. The first time was in 2005, the first year that the Red Sox moved to Class A and Class A converted to wooden bats.
2010: The Vermillion Red Sox finished 4th in the State Tournamnet. The Red Sox defeated the Rapid City Angels 1-0 in the first round of the State A Tournament in Yankton, South Dakota. In their second game, the Red Sox were defeated 3-2 by Brookings, South Dakota. The Red Sox played the Pierre Rattlers in the second round in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In that game, the Red Sox defeated Pierre 6-2, but were then eliminated from the tournament by Brandon Valley in game 4 with a score of 13-2.
2011: The Vermillion Red Sox qualified for the South Dakota Class A Amateur State Tournament. In the first round in Pierre, South Dakota, the Red Sox were defeated in Game 1 by the Renner Monarchs 8-1. The Red Sox defeated the Rapid City A's in Game 2 in Pierre, SD 11-6. The Red Sox were defeated by Castlewood in Game 3/Round 2 in Mitchell, SD 6-5, and were eliminated from the State Tournament.
2012: The Vermillion Red Sox qualified for the South Dakota Class A Amateur State Tournament. In the first round in Yankton, South Dakota, the Red Sox defeated Rapid City in Game 1 with a score of 13-4. The Red Sox were defeated in Game 2 by Brandon Valley 11-0. The Red Sox defeated Sioux Falls in Game 3 in Mitchell, SD with a score of 4-0. The Red Sox defeated Castlewood in Game 4 in Mitchell, SD with a score of 11-0. The Red Sox were defeated in Game 5 in Mitchell, SD by Brandon Valley with a score of 15-5. The Red Sox finished in 3rd Place.
The Vermillion Red Sox are managed by Kirk Sorensen who has been a member of the Red Sox since 1970. The Vermillion Red Sox play their home games at Prentis Park, which was established in 1923. Prentis Park is located at 109 Prentis Avenue, Vermillion, South Dakota. The baseball field has undergone substantial modifications since 1996, which included the installation of a new outfield fence, new backstop, new lighting, and in 2005, a new grandstand and pressbox/concession stand. In 2006, Prentis Park received new dugouts and a new scoreboard. In 2008, the granstand received a new coat of paint and there will be a new batting cage.
Prentis Park is the home of the Vermillion Red Sox (Amateur - Class A), Vermillion Grey Sox (Amateur – Class B), the Vermillion Legion Team, the Vermillion Teeners, and the former home of both the Vermillion White Sox (amateur) and the University of South Dakota baseball team.
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