This week in Greysox Baseball By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser Once again the Vermillion Greysox took the field at opulent�? Larson Field in Elk Point, This time it was the second round of the District 7 Tournament. At stake in this game was a berth in the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The foe was the second�? seeded Garretson Jays. Things started off right for the visiting Greysox in the first inning as designated hitter Chad Lavin singled. Lavin moved to third as first baseman Ryan Baedke doubled to the alley in right field. Shortstop Ryan Bak followed with a three run blast over the left field fence. Bakâ�?�?s first run homer was his second homer of the tournament and the second time he started his teamâ�?�?s offense in the first inning in as many games. Things were quiet on the scoring side for both teams for the next few innings as Greysox pitcher Kevin Bleil struck out five Jays in the first four innings and only allowed two Garretson hits. Trouble raised its head in the fifth inning. The Jays started with a line drive caught by second baseman Aaron Baedke and followed with a strike out by the lefty, Bliel. Then Garretson catcher Darrin Vandeberg singled to left, followed by lead off hitter Dan Bonteâ�?�?s single to center. Left fielder Derek Chester deposited a Bliel fastball over the center field fence to tie the game 3-3. Garretson added one more run in the fifth to make the score 4-3 at the end of five.�? The resilient Greysox stormed back in the top of the sixth as they sent 10 players to the plate. Lavin lead off with a single, followed by a Ryan Baedke single. Bak then hit into a fielderâ�?�?s choice, moving Lavin to third and erasing Baedke at second. With runners at first and third, Lavin scored the game tying run on a Baedke sacrifice fly to deep center field. Five consecutive two out singles by the Greysox would produce four more runs. The Sox catcher, Jason Dietrich and outfielder Jeff Gilbertson had singles, while third baseman Brandon White and outfielders Ben Oberle and Reid Meircourt had RBIs. White had two RBIs in the productive sixth. In the bottom of the sixth the Jays plated two more runs before Bliel wriggled off the proverbial hook by stranding two Garretson batters on base.�? In the top of the seventh the Greysox would answer back with a towering shot to center field by the sweet swinging Bak. The Garretson left and center fielders just stopped and watched as the ball flew out of the park. â�?�?It was one of the longest homers I have seen. And it helped show how we could battle back each time, after they (the Jays) scored,â�? said Baedke. That was the end of the scoring as each team mounted a scoring try with runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings. But, when the dust settled our Vermillion Greysox were standing with the prized entry berth in the state tourney. The final score was 9-6 with â�?�?K.B.â�? Bliel going the distance and getting the Greysox win. Bliel struck out eight Jays and allowed 12 hits. Will Jungie was tagged with the loss for the Jays.�? Bak was named the â�?�?Budlight Player of the Gameâ�? as he hit two home runs, scored three runs and drove in four RBIs. Brandon White kept his bat going with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Lavin, Baedke, Dietrich and Oberle all had two hits to help out the cause. The Greysox returned to Elk Point on Tuesday, July 29 for the championship game against Larchwood, IA. By the time this piece hits the press we should have a final score for the readers. Try to make it out to the ball park for some fine summertime entertainment.
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