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Renner defeats Vermillion 11-3 for Class A title

After a first-round loss to Castlewood, Renner came through the losers' bracket to defeat Vermillion 11-3 and claim the South Dakota Class A state amateur championship Sunday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

The Monarchs played three games in a little over 24 hours, and Renner manager Kevin Knetsch said it was a tough couple of days.

"It was definitely a long road, but we starting hitting and never stopped and we kept scoring runs," Knetsch said. "We had a lot of tired and hurt guys, but they really stepped up."

The Red Sox scored two in the first inning to take the early lead. Robin Chute was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jake LaMourex followed with a RBI double and Designated hitter Tim Candor hit a RBI single as Vermillion led 2-0.

The Monarchs scored a run in the second inning as Tim Huber walked and was driven in by a Juan Thomas double.

Renner then put the contest away, scoring four runs in each of the third and fourth innings and taking a 9-2 lead.

Meanwhile, Monarchs pitcher Jack VanLeur pitched the final seven innings, giving up only one run.

"(VanLeur) had just thrown and he was tired," Knetsch said. "We had a lot of questions coming into today, and I wasn't quite sure how were going to get through it. Once he started, there was no taking the ball away from him."

Van Lehr earned the win, giving up one run on five hits while striking out two.

"Going into to it, we hoped to get a couple of innings out of Jack and we were going to piece it together from there," Knetsch said. "But like I said, Jack really stepped up."

According to Vermillion coach Kirk Sorensen, his team was tight coming in.

"The guys were a little tight and couldn't get loose," Sorensen said. "We got off to a good start, but when you play a veteran team you can't let them get back in the game."

Renner was led by Erik DeJong, who went 4-for-6 with three RBIs.

LaMourex led the way for Vermillion offensively, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Vermillion's Chris Eckstaine suffered the loss, giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.