Grey Sox eliminate Beresford on Aug. 5 by Steven Thum After losing a close game to Lennox Heartland Medical in the first round of the District 7B tournament on Saturday by a score of 14-10, the Vermillion Grey Sox came back with a strong effort on Aug. 5 to beat Beresford 9-4.
This game was to be played on Sunday night, but was postponed due to rain.
Beresford scored first, as they posted two runs in the second inning off of Grey Sox starter Todd Anderson. Joe Bak led off with a walk, and Mike Stotz followed with a single. Craig Bak brought home Joe Bak with a single of his own to make it 1-0. Ryan Bak grounded into a fielder�s choice that plated Stotz to put Beresford up by two.
Beresford tacked on another run in the third as Dan Hansen, who led off the inning with a walk, and made it to third, scored on a groundball doubleplay to make it 3-0.
Jared Hybertson had shut down the Grey Sox offense early on, but Vermillion got to him in the third. Shane Powell led off with a double. American Legion pickup player Craig Mockler slapped a single to rightfield that scored Powell. Mockler moved to second on a throwing error by second baseman Karl Miller, who snared a line drive by Nick Mayer and tried to double up Mockler, but his throw to first went awry.
With a runner in scoring position, Brett Bartling singled to plate Mockler to make it 3-2. Hybertson fanned Chris Gosch, but Rob Heisel hit a long fly ball to dead centerfield. Ryan Fickbolm raced back to try to catch it, but crashed into the wall as he just got a glove on the ball. The ball bounced loose, and Heisel was safe at second with a double as Bartling scored on the play to tie the game.
Ryan Baedke hit a grounder that was scooped up by Beresford shortstop Stotz, but his throw was dropped by Chuck Millage at first, and Heisel scored to give the Grey Sox a 4-3 advantage. Hybertson struck out Aaron Baedke to end the frame, but the damage was done.
Mockler delivered again for the Grey Sox in the fourth as he doubled home Jeff Gilbertson, the courtesy runner for catcher Tyler Vacek, who reached second on a bloop single and throwing error.
The Grey Sox got two more runs in the fifth as Vacek singled home the Baedke brothers, Ryan and Aaron, with two outs to make it 7-3.
Anderson was cruising along on the hill for the Grey Sox, silencing the Beresford bats through the seventh. The Grey Sox righty got into trouble with two outs in the eighth as Ryan Bak singled, then Anderson walked three in a row to bring in a run. Manager Rex Kinnear called on Rob Miller, who got out of the inning by getting Dan Hansen to ground out.
The Grey Sox would add two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Brent Mockler would single in Shane Powell, who started off the inning with a single and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw by Hybertson. Mockler scored on a fielder�s choice hit into by Bartling. A couple of walks to Gosch and Heisel would end Hybertson�s night as manager Tracy St. Pierre would call his own number, and retire the next two batters in order to end the threat, but the Grey Sox now had a 9-4 lead.
Miller would make it stand by retiring the side in order in the ninth to seal the deal for the Grey Sox.
Brent Mockler led the hitting attack for the Grey Sox as he went 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Ryan Baedke singled three times and scored once. Shane Powell singled, doubled, and scored two runs.
Todd Anderson got the win for the Grey Sox as he went 7 2/3 innings in a starting role. He allowed five hits, walked eight, and struck out nine. Rob Miller retired all four batters that he face and got the save.
Jared Hybertson took the loss for Beresford as he went 7 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs on 14 hits, walking two and striking out four.
The Grey Sox next game was with Newcastle on Wednesday night. See next week�s Plain Talk for results.