This week in Greysox baseball

This week in Greysox baseball By ��?MOJO��? Reiser
Sports Writer It was a fruitful week for the Greysox of Vermillion�? as the team had two majority wins and no defeats. This week the Greysox had some hot bats and put up a strong offensive performance along with a scintillating pitching show by the collective arms of the Sox hurling staff. Wednesday July 16th the â�?�?Pilotsâ�?�? of Sioux City came to Prentis Park looking for a battle. Brad Pautsch of Sioux City television sports reporting fame served as manager and catcher for the Pilots. Cunni Moeller was the leader on offense for the Sioux City nine as he gathered three hits scored a run and had one rbi. That was pretty much all for the opposition as they scored three in the first and didnâ�?�?t get a smell after that. For the Greysox, Rusty Jensen was�? the pitcher of record as he faced the foe for four innings giving them only three runs and five hits. Brett Mockler came in for the fifth and final inning and slammed the door on the over matched Pilots. Aaron Baedke was the leader on offense as he was one for one at the plate, with three walks, four runs scored, four runs batted in and a Grand Slam home run to erect a grave stone at the head of the collective Pilots. For his exercise in greatness Aaron Baedke was named â�?�?Budlight Player of the Gameâ�?�? �?  Left fielder Kevin Bliel also put on a show with the bat as he was three for three, reached base four times at bat and scored four times. Center fielder Ben Oberle�?  pitched in with three�? runs scored on a two for two night reaching base all four of the times he was up to bat. Catcher Ryan Baedke scored twice as did super shortstop Nick Mayer and Mockler. Devin Christianson and Ryan Bak each donated a run to the Greysox cause. The totals for the Greysox were 13 runs and 19 hits. The speedy Sox ran wild on the base paths stealing like Fagan and his pauper helpers of old English fame. I didnâ�?�?t count the stolen bases but if I had it would have reached double figures. This game wrapped up the home season for the Greysox, but not the season as the Grey took their baseball show to Elk Point to face the Stags on Sunday July 20th.�? In their final regular season game the Vermillion Greysox ran their record to 11 wins and 7 losses.�? Short stop Ryan Baedke got the offense going in the first inning with a double. Two batters later Ryan was driven in by his brother Aaron Baedke to put the Greysox up to stay. One run would have gotten the job done but the hitters were in the groove as they bashed and smashed the ball around the diamond. â�?�?Rynoâ�?�? was two for three with two runs scored. Second baseman Aaron Baedke was three for five with two runs scored and one rbi.�?  Ryan Bak found his hitting stroke as he cracked two doubles, scored two runs and had one rbi while reaching base four times out of five trips to the plate.�? Starting pitcher Kevin Bliel donated two hits on two at bats, reaching base three out of four trips and scoring one run. Catcher Jason Dietrich was two for four with two rbiâ�?�?s and one run scored. Jeff Gilbertson had a one for one batting experience with one run scored as did Brett Mockler with Mockler also adding two rbis. Once again the speedy runners of the Grey-sox swiped base after base, making the catcher of the Stags some what frustrated.�?  The pitching game was a real treat to watch. Manager Mark Clarkâ�?�?s plan was to use his starters for a few innings each. The starter was�? Bliel as previously stated. â�?�?KBâ�?�? got the first batter to ground out to short as Ryan Baedke made a nice play. The second batter grounded two second as Aaron Baedke made a routine play for out number two. The lefty Bliel then went out and struck six Stags in a row. He ended the first with a swinging strike out, struck out the side in the second and got the first two batters in the third, both looking at strike three. The ninth hitter in the line up for Elk Point flew out to second baseman Baedke for a perfect three inning start to the game. As Bliel walked down the stairs into the dugout, manager â�?�?Stickâ�?�? Clark asked the lefty if he wanted to keep going. â�?�?No thatâ�?�?s probably enough for today. Give the other guys a chance,â�? answered Bliel. Next in the rotation was Rusty Jensen. The lanky right hander struck out four batters in his three innings and was backed up by some solid defense.�? The last man out of the bullpen was right hander Kyle Mollet. Mollet was strong early in the season and got some early wins for the Grey, but he has been on the shelf with a questionable shoulder. After some quality rehab in the southern part of the U.S. Kyle took the ball for the the seventh and eight innings. His presence was felt by all as he got three strike outs and four ground balls to finish off the Stags in the final two frames. â�?�?It was nice to see Kyle back on the hill, pitching well,â�? commented manager Clark, to a lot of head knodds and cheers of agreement. For his achievements with the bat and with his six strike out pitching performance â�?�? Kevin Bliel is recognized as â�?�?the Budlight Player of the Gameâ�?�? for Sunday July 20. The playoffs are next folks. District tournament play starts on Thursday, July 24th at 7:30 p.m. in Elk Point with your Greysox taking on the Elk Point Stags. Second round action is Saturday, July 26th at 2 and 4 p.m. Play in games from the losers bracket are on Sunday with action beginning at 2 and 4 p.m. The district championship game will be Tuesday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m.�?  A Wednesday play-in game is scheduled for a 7:30 start. All game are played in Elk Point at the beautiful Todd Larsen ball park. Please come out and support your baseball team. Itâ�?�?s a great place to watch and play baseball. See you out there folks. MOJO

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