Grey Sox win two consecutive games The Vermillion Grey Sox have been struggling at the plate for most of the season, but that came to an end last week, much to the dismay of Akron and the Sioux City Giants.
Akron came to Prentis Park June 24 and were greeted with a first inning barrage that left the River Bandits shell shocked.
Three straight singles by Nick Hovden, Nick Mayer and Jason Madsen, followed by walks to Justin Seurer, Ryan Baedke, Dave Holoch, Bret Bartling and Troy Rickord, all before the first out was recorded, led to what turned out to be a 12-run inning for the Grey Sox. Madsen came to the plate again in the first, and homered, as did Baedke.
Akron scored two runs in the first and second innings off of Grey Sox starter Rusty Jensen, but the River Bandits were still down 12-4.
Vermillion struck again in the third as Seurer blasted a three-run homer to make it 15-5. Akron scored one run in the top of the third, but the River Bandits were losing ground.
The Grey Sox manufactured one run in the fourth, then plated two runs in the fifth on a two-run double by Bret Bartling.
Jensen managed to shut down Akron, and the Grey Sox won 18-6 via the mercy rule in the seventh inning.
Mayer stroked three hits for the Grey Sox and scored three runs. Madsen and Seurer both homered, singled, walked, and scored three times. Holoch scored twice.
Scott Jacobs led the Akron offense with a single, home run, and two runs scored. Matt Kinney singled twice and scored twice.
The Grey Sox bats stayed red hot the following night, as the Sioux City Giants came to Prentis Park.
Again, the Grey Sox exploded in the first inning by scoring four runs. The big blow was a three-run dinger by Holoch. One more run scored for the Grey Sox in the second as Adam Chandler scored on a single by Mayer. The Grey Sox had an early 5-0 lead.
The Giants would even things up in the third inning as the visitors sent 10 men to the plate against Grey Sox starter Bartling. After giving up a double by Tony Sandage to start the inning, Bartling retired the next two batters. But the Giants rallied with three hits, and Bartling hurt his cause by plunking two batters and issuing two walks before getting Sandage to strike out to end the rally. The score was tied at 5-5.
Vermillion regained the lead in the bottom of the third as Mark Clark scored on a triple by Rex Kinnear.
Then the flood gates opened in the fourth for the Grey Sox. Holoch hit another three-run homer to spark a seven-run inning that put the Grey Sox ahead for good.
The fifth inning saw the Grey Sox score four more runs, with a double by Clark and Kinnear's second triple of the game keying the rally.
The Grey Sox were not done scoring yet. Two Giants' errors and a double by Kinnear brought home three more runs. Bartling regained his composure after a rocky third inning, and allowed just two more runs the rest of the way.
When the smoke had cleared, the Grey Sox won 20-7 via the mercy rule in the seventh inning.
Kinnear led the Grey Sox offense with two triples, a double, and a single. Kinnear scored twice as well. Holoch blasted two homers and had six RBI. Clark doubled, singled twice, and scored four runs. Mayer had two hits and three runs scored. Hovden scored twice to go along with his two singles.
With the two wins, the Grey Sox improve to 4-8.
On Sunday the Grey Sox take on the Red Sox at 7:30 p.m. at Prentis Park. On Thursday, July 5, the Grey Sox play host to Lennox S&D Flooring at 7:30 p.m.