This Week in Greysox Baseball By Joe "MOJO" Reiser By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser Baseball Day in Vermillion was held on Saturday May 31. To celebrate, the local teams played a quadruple header. A nice crowd gathered to watch as Vermillion VFW Teener 13 and 14 year olds took on the same age Lennox VFW team. Lennox jumped off to a lead but the Vermillion Teeners made a gallant come back to forge out a 14-4 win. Mitchell Brown was the winning pitcher. DeAndre Ford had 3 hits and scored 2 runs to lead the offense for Vermillion. Nate Garrett and Layne Brown each had 2 hits and scored 2 runs to help out on offense. Coach Ed Meierkort comented on the day and the win, â�?�?Thanks to the Vermillion Youth Baseball Assocation. This is a great event,â�? said coach Ed Meierkort. â�?�?As far as the game went, we got down four runs and came back. Mitchell and Nate did a great jobâ�?�? For Lennox, pitcher Jarred Fodness took the loss.�? �? �? �? In game two, the 15- and 16-year-old Vermillion VFW Teeners were not so lucky. The Lennox 15-and-16-year-old Teeners took a hard fought win. Nick Angland pitched well but tired and wound up taking the loss.�? �? �? �? �? �? In the third game of the day, the Vermillion Post 1 American Legion team made a heroic stand by defeating their rivals from Lennox 5-3. Pitcher Tyler Johnson struck out 15 Lennox batters in the seven inning game. Johnson struck out the side in the second, fifth, and seventh. In the fifth and sixth innings the young Vermillion hurler struck out five Lennox victims in a row. Kyle Olsen scored twice for Post 1 and Cory Taggart drove in two Vermillion base runners. Norm Herren threw out the first pitch and was honored for his many contributions to Vermillion baseball. �? �? �? �? �? �? In the nightcap, the Vermillion Greysox came out on the short end of a 13-4 contest with Crofton, NE. Rusty Jensen took the loss for the Greysox, as he evened his record at 3-3 for the season. Many of the Greysox players were playing out of position with the noticable absence of starting catcher Ryan Bak and starting second sacker Aaron Baedke. Ken Beringer threw out the first pitch and was honored for his 16 years of service as Vermillion Post 1 coach. Mr. Beringer was also awarded the â�?�?Budlight Player of the Gameâ�? along with an autographed game ball. �? �? �? �? I would also like to take time to commend all the volunteers who have given so much of their time and effort to Vermillion baseball. It starts at the T-ball level where coaches Devon Davoux, Kari Holden, Wendy Johnson, Jen Kratz, Bill Saunders, Matt Lavin, Deron Ruesch, Todd Mechling, Brian Augustine, Travis Tarr, Steve Ward and Jeremy Allen get the ball rolling. It continues when the Rookie coaches Gary Culver, Ryan Hage, Chad Holden, Bob Macy, Kevin Johnson, Andy Johnson, Eric Larson, Shelby Mayer, Rob Tiegert, Deron Ruesch, and Brad Waage help guide the children to the next level. Then in the Minors, Jim Brady, Marty Gilbertson, Gregg Peters, Brad Hansen, Tom Craig, Jeff Kratz, Kyle Seibel, Steve Miller and Steve Ford shape the young ballplayers and help them gain skills to get them to the Majors. In the Majors, Mark Bottolfson, Phil Iverson, Dave Hertz, Hazen Bye, Terry Weber and Jason Huska give more of their time to make a system that can sustain baseball in Vermillion. If you see these people on the street, take a moment and thank them. They are all putting a lot of effort into making sure youth baseball is an on going and sustaining part of a flourishing community. We are truly fortunate that we have people who are so selfless with their time. Thanks to everyone who helped make â�?�?Baseball Day in Vermillionâ�? a success. Your contributions are a five star gift to our placid Midwest community.
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