Vermillion Grey Sox topple SC Giants

Vermillion Grey Sox topple SC Giants On a perfect night for baseball at Prentis Park, the Vermillion Grey Sox offense got on track, and Ryan Paulson turned in a fine pitching performance as the Grey Sox beat the Sioux City Giants 8-3 June 21.

The Grey Sox got on the board right away. In the bottom of the first Nick Hovden drew a walk, but was erased on a fielder's choice that put Jason Madsen on first with two outs. A wild pitch uncorked by Giants starter Eric Blachford moved Madsen to second.

Justin Seurer singled on a blooper to right field to bring home Madsen. Andy Mechtenberg came on as the courtesy runner for the Grey Sox catcher, and moved to second on another Blachford wild pitch.

Dave Holoch smashed a double to the gap in left center which brought home Mechtenberg to make it 2-0.

Sioux City threatened in the second, and broke through in the third inning. With one out Cory Roberts singled. Paulson got Cody Casey to pop out to short for the second out. But the Giants rallied with three straight hits.

Clint Schonrock doubled down the left field line to bring home Roberts. Cory White followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Chuck Estochan delivered a clutch double to give the Giants a 3-2 lead.

Vermillion tied the game in the bottom of the third as Nick Mayer doubled to lead things off. One out later, Madsen singled to bring home Mayer, and the game was tied at 3-3.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth. Aaron Baedke drew a lead off walk. Mayer followed with a single, then Hovden hit a double to bring home Baedke and Mayer. The Grey Sox now led 5-3.

The home team broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants error allowed leadoff batter Holoch to reach first. Pinch hitter Bret Bartling lined a single up the middle to put runners on first and second.

Mark Clark laid down a bunt, which the Giants' catcher picked up and fired towards third, trying to cut down the lead runner. But Casey's throw went wild, and Holoch trotted home. The error allowed Bartling to go to third and Clark to go to second.

Ryan Baedke smacked a single to bring home Bartling and Clark, and Blachford's night on the mound was done.

Dustin Hesse came on in relief and mangaged to get out of the inning unscathed, but the damage was done. Vermillion now led 8-3.

Meanwhile, Paulson was cruising on the hill for the Grey Sox. After giving up those three runs in the third, the righthander did not allow a Giants hitter past second base for the rest of the game. He made the 8-3 lead stand up.

Paulson allowed three runs on eight hits in going the distance for the Grey Sox. He struck out nine and walked four.

Mayer led the Grey Sox offense with a single, double, and two runs scored. Madsen singled twice, scored once, and had one RBI. Ryan Baedke singled twice and had two runs driven in. Hovden doubled in two runs, drew a walk, and made a spectacular diving catch in centerfield in the third inning.

Blachford was saddled with the loss for the Giants. He gave up eight runs, six of them earned, in five innings of work. He fanned six, walked two and unleashed three wild pitches. Hesse pitched three scoreless innings of relief, surrendering one hit, striking out five, and issuing just one walk.

Schonrock led the Giants' offense with a single, double, an RBI and a run scored. White singled twice and scored one run.

Both teams left seven runners on base. Vermillion turned one doubleplay, a key twinkilling in the first that stymied a Giants rally.

With the win, the Grey Sox improve their record to 2-8. They play the Red Sox on Sunday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Lennox S&D on Thursday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Prentis Park.

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