Grey Sox win back-to-back games by Steven Thum The Vermillion Grey Sox prevailed in two games played on Wednesday and Thursday night at Prentis Park.
On Wednesday night, the Grey Sox won an ugly game against the Sioux City Giants by a score of 18-6.
Both starting pitchers were not sharp, but Derrick Brown of the Grey Sox managed to get out of jams time and again, while Kelly Quinn hurt himself with walks and wild pitches.
It didn't help that Giants catcher Ryan Worrell had several passed balls and couldn't throw out runners trying to steal bases. The young, speedy Grey Sox team took full advantage of Worrell's problems.
Vermillion scored two runs in the second as Steve Varns singled to lead off. Varns stole second, then third, then came home on a wild pitch.
Nick Sharp drew a walk, took second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a ground out, and came home on another wild pitch to make it 2-0.
It went downhill from there for the Giants.
The Grey Sox sent 13 men to the plate in the third, scoring eight runs and chasing Quinn from the mound. Reliever Cory Roberts didn't fare much better. The Grey Sox benefitted from four walks and three hit batsmen in that inning alone. In scoring the eight runs in that frame, the only Grey Sox batter to get a hit was Nick Meyer, who doubled to start the rally.
Vermillion tacked on two more runs in the fourth while the Giants broke through against Brown for a run in the top of the inning, and got five runs against him in the fifth.
But the Grey Sox kept putting more runs on the board, scoring one in the fifth, and five in the sixth.
Ryan Baedke came in to pitch the final two innings to secure the win.
In scoring their 18 runs, the Grey Sox got only eight hits, but drew 12 walks, and were helped by five Giant errors.
Sioux City left nine men on base, while the Grey Sox stranded seven baserunners.
Grey Sox 15, Canton 1
The game played on Thursday night between the Canton Ace of Spades and the Grey Sox was a much different affair. The Grey Sox won big, 15-1, but the game was a cleanly played, with only one error.
Rusty Jensen was the man most responsible for this game moving along quickly, as he shut down Canton, allowing only one run, and retiring the side in order six times.
Doug Folkens, the starter for Canton, allowed just one run through three innings, but was shelled for six runs in the fourth.
Folkens issued five walks in that frame, while Brett Bartling drove in a run with a single (and later scored), and Aaron Baedke drove in a pair with a single of his own that turned out to be the hits that turned the tide. Lance Albers came on in relief to end the inning, retiring the two batters he faced to end the rally, but the damage was done.
After giving up a run in the fourth, Jensen got back into the groove and didn't allow another baserunner after that.
The Grey Sox added a run in the fifth, then chased Albers from the mound with a seven-run sixth inning, keyed by Nick Mayer's bases-loaded triple.
Jensen struck out three of the last six batters he faced to secure the win by the mercy rule.
Jensen allowed two hits in getting the win, fanning five and walking just one.
Nick Sharp and Brett Bartling each scored three runs for the Grey Sox. Aaron Baedke and Nick Mayer each had three RBIs, while Bartling and and Ryan Baedke each drove in a pair.
Vermillion stranded eight baserunners, while the Ace of Spades only left one man on base.
The Grey Sox host Newcastle on Sunday, June 22, at Prentis Park.