This Week in Greysox Baseball

This Week in Greysox Baseball By: Joe 'MoJoe' Reiser View the Greysox on line at The Vermillion Greysox ran their season record to seven wins against five losses in a pair of State Line League games. On Sunday, June 22 in Akron, IA, a fired up Greysox team hit the road for a battle royal with the Rebels of Akron. Game time was 5 p.m. with the Greysox delivering the first shot at the Rebels by 5:15 p.m. Devin Christianson lead off the first inning and was hit by a pitch on the very first offering by Akron pitcher Jeff Rozell. Next up for the Sox was Vermillion home town speedster Ben Oberle. Oberle fired a shot to Rebel second baseman Brett Stolpe, who rushed to get the fleet Oberle and booted the ground ball chance. All runners were safe as seasoned veteran, left handed batter, Chad Lavin dug in for his first at bat. The patient third baseman waited for a chance and proceeded to blast a three run homer over the right field fence, to give the Greysox a three run lead that would not be relinquished. The Greysox batted around in the first inning and drummed up three runs on only one hit. As the enthusiastic Greysox took the field in the bottom of the first, lanky right handed pitcher Rusty Jensen would set down the home team in order. For the entire game Jensen would get the Rebels in order four times. In the seventh inning, the Rebels lead off with a single to center field and followed with a line shot up the first base line. First baseman Ryan Baedke would flash the leather as he timed a jump and stole an extra base hit from opposing first baseman Dan Rolfes. Baedke would take a small step back to the first base bag and double off Mike Schuch�? who was unable to get back. Once again it was a three batter inning for the pitcher, Jensen. The defense gets a huge tip of the hat as all fielders were excellent in their efforts to help secure a very big State Line�? League victory for the Greysox. For the game Jensen would give up one run on four hits, with the lone Rebel run coming on a solo homer by left fielder Chad Brown. Jensen ran his record to 4 wins and 3 losses as he pitched a one, two, three ninth for a complete game victory. On the offensive for the Vermillion Greysox, second baseman/right fielder Devin Christianson would get three hits, reach base four times and score two runs. Christianson teamed up with Chad Lavin for one hit (a huge one) and three RBIs to be â�?�?Co-Budlight players of the Game.â�? Also contributing to the Sunday afternoon successful endeavor were Aaron Baedkeâ�?�?s two hits in�? three chances, Brandon White, with one hit and two RBIs, Ben Oberle, with two runs scored and one base hit as he beat out a bunt, and manager Mark Clark who scored one run and manned the designated hitter roll.�?  Jeff Gilbertson also pitched in with a double and five put outs in center field. Jeff Rozell was the losing pitcher for the Rebels. In another State Line League tilt, the Greysox took on the proven power house Red Sox of Vermillion on Wednesday, June 18. Starting Greysox pitcher Kevin Bliel scattered six runs through the first six innings.�?  The Greysox would mount their only serious rally in the sixth inning as Ryan Baedke drew a walk, Chad Lavin�?  slapped a single to left bringing up Aaron Baedke who banged out a three run dinger (homer) to center field. Serving up the three run homer to Baedke was starting and winning pitcher Tyler Tasker. Bliel returned to the hill for the seventh inning and was ineffective. Next the Greysox bullpen�? was, (for lack of a better term) abused by the Red Sox. The Class A power house erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game 13-3. The damage was evenly dispersed as first baseman Jon Merrigan was 4 for 4 with two runs scored, and shortstop Robin Chute was 4 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. Center fielder Daschle Larsen, who was 3 for 4 with one run scored, would enjoy a festive seventh inning.�? �?  �? �?  �? �?  �? �?  �? �?  �? �? �?  For the Greysox Kevin Bliel took the negative end of the decission and second baseman Aaron Baedke was named â�?�?Budlight Player of the Game.â�? The next action for your Greysox will be June 26 at Dakota Valley when they take on the Sioux City Pilots. On Sunday, June 29, the Greysox will take on the Stags of Elk Point in a 5 p.m. contest. In July the Greysox are host to Garretson in a 7 p.m. tilt on the July 6 and the Greysox look forward to a clash with the Vermillion Red Sox on Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.�? �?  We all hope you come out to Prentis Park for some exciting local baseball. And in one final note, another giant tip of the cap goes to Jason Gault, Nick Mayer and the Post 1 Legion Team as they continue to play great baseball and represent Vermillion with the heart of a champion. Goooooooo get â�?�?em, you guys.

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