Grey Sox lose to Wessington Springs 7-5 by Steven Thum The Vermillion Grey Sox's first trip to the State "B" Amateur Baseball tournament did not last very long as they lost in the first round to the Wessington Springs Owls 7-5 on Thursday afternoon at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
Errors turned out the be a big factor in the game. The Grey Sox committed five errors, while the Owls would make three miscues.
Wessington Springs got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning as Brian Fischer hit a two-out single that brought home Adam Kaus. It would be the first of many clutch two-out hits for the Owls.
Owls starting pitcher Brian Kolousek blanked the Grey Sox for the first three innings, but Nick Mayer's solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth would be the first hit of the game for the Grey Sox, and tie the score at 1-1.
But things would turn sour in the bottom of the fourth for the Grey Sox as they would commit three errors in a row to load the bases with no outs. Kevin Mebius singled to bring in a run. Next up was Brian Fischer, but he hit a comeback grounder to pitcher Rusty Jensen, which started a pitcher to catcher to first base double play.
It looked like the Grey Sox were going to get out of the inning without any further damage, but with two runners still in scoring position for the Owls, Jason Kolousek came up with a
big two-RBI single with two outs to make it 4-1.
The Owls would get another run in the bottom of the fifth. Jay Fischer led off with a single, but got to second base as centerfielder Cory Hoch, a pickup player from Akron, tried to catch Fischer straying too far from first, but threw over the head of first baseman Nick Sharp. Andy Holzwarth doubled to bring home Jay Fischer to make it 5-1.
Jensen would retire the next three batters in order to stymie the Owls rally.
Brian Kolousek was cruising along on the hill for Wessington Springs, shutting out the Grey Sox after Mayer's home run for the next three innings.
The Grey Sox finally got a rally going in the top of the eighth as Sharp led off with a single, and moved to second on a balk by Kolousek. Bret Bartling reached first on an error with one out to put runners at the corners.
After Kolousek fanned Aaron Baedke, Mayer and Ryan Baedke hit back-to-back singles that each brought in a run to make it 5-3.
The Owls would counter in the bottom of the eighth. Kaus led off with a single. Jensen struck out Mebius, but Brian Fischer drew a walk. Jason Kolousek was fanned by Jensen, but a passed ball allowed the runners to advance a base, putting both in scoring position.
Mike Gohring laced another two-out single for the Owls that plated both runners, and made it 7-3 going into the last inning.
The Grey Sox would not go quietly. Brian Wegman hit a fly ball to left that was dropped, another error as a result of the strong winds at Cadwell Park. Jason Dietrich hit a single before Brian Kolousek got Sharp to fly out for the first out. Hoch hit a double to bring home both runners, and make it 7-5.
But Brian Kolousek would get Bartling to fly out, and strike out Aaron Baedke to end the season for the Grey Sox.
Jensen and Brian Kolousek both went the distance on the mound for their respective teams. Kolousek fanned 14 and did not issue a single walk. Jensen struck out six and walked one. Both gave up nine hits.
Kaus singled twice, reached on an error, and scored three runs for the Owls. Holzwarth singled and doubled, driving in a run in the process. Jason Kolousek and Gohring both had just one hit, two-out, two-RBI singles.
Mayer singled, homered, and drove in two runs for the Grey Sox. Hoch hit a single, double, and drove in two runs.
The Grey Sox left five men on base, and turned a double play. The Owls stranded six baserunners.
The Grey Sox end their season with a 14-12 mark.