Player/Manager Kirk Sorensen - 2007 South Dakota Hall of Fame Inductee
The Vermillion Red Sox are led by Player/Manager Kirk Sorensen. Sorney was born and raised in Vermillion, South Dakota, and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1970. At the conclusion of his 1970 high school Legion season, he was picked up by the Vermillion Red Sox Amateur Baseball Team, thus beginning his long amateur career in South Dakota. He was a powerful hitter and has a hitting record of 6 hits in one game (1976). Sorney continued as player/manager for the Vermillion Red Sox throughtout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1988, Kirk Sorensen added the role of Amateur Baseball Commissioner for the State Line League to his lineup of amateur accolades.
In 2007, Kirk commenced his 37 year as player/manager for the Vermillion Red Sox. Over that span, he has reached the State Amateur Baseball Tournament 22 times and won 18 League Titles. In 2003, Kirk won his first Class B State Championship, having previously finished as high as second place only twice (1992 and 1996). In 2004, Kirk's Red Sox repeated as Class B State Champions. In 2006, after the Red Sox moved to Class A and wood bats in 2005, Kirk's Red Sox won their first Class A State Championship, and began the first amateur team to win State titles in both classes.
Sorney has devoted a considerable amount of his spare time over the prior 37 years to keeping baseball alive in the State Line League and promoting the love of baseball in the Southeast corner of South Dakota. He founded a second Vermillion team in 2001 (Grey Sox). He figures that about 40 local young men have been able to play amateur ball in Vermillion that would not otherwise have gotten a chance. He is very proud of the second Vermillion team.
On September 29, 2007, Kirk Sorensen is being inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame at a banquet at the VFW in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.