This Week in Greysox Baseball

This Week in Greysox Baseball By Joe "MOJO" Reiser This week I would like to start with an apology for missing last weekâ�?�?s story. It was written but was cut from the paper due to room constraints. It was a management decision and as a writer I am fine with their choices. We are all team players and have no problem stepping aside when we need to. That having been said I believe the story will run in this weeks Plain Talk along with edition of â�?�?This Week in Greysox Baseball.â�? Wednesday July 9, the Vermillion Greysox and the Vermillion Red Sox squared off in a battle at Prentis Park. The Greysox record fell to 8 and 7 as the men in gray and black battled to a 6-3 loss. The upper division Red Sox road a strong pitching performance by Jared Heidish who got the win. The Greysox were lead on offense by catcher Ryan Bak who had a home run, a single, a run scored and reached base three out of four times at bat. Supershortstop (one word) Nick Mayer had two hits and one run. Third sacker Chad Lavin scored one run and Aaron Baedke, Devin Christianson and Brett Mockler all chipped in with singles. From the Greysox perspective, the main focus of this game was about the pitching performance of Ryan Baedke. â�?�?Rynoâ�? as his teammates call him, took the loss but was very effective as he held down the Red Sox for the most part. Baedke gave up four runs and struck out three before being drilled in the foot by a line shot in the eighth. Kevin Bliel came in in relief.�?  For the Red Sox, Curt Truhe was four for five with three doubles, one single and one run scored. Third baseman Jim â�?�?Nuggettâ�? McNaughton had two doubles, one single and two runs scored. â�?�?Nuggettâ�? was also an unwilling participant in a stellar play by Greysox shortstop Nick Mayer. McNaughton was at second and Truhe (wow what a tough out) was at first taking their leads when Red Sox first baseman hit a frozen rope line shot up the middle of the infield. Mayer snagged the shot with a Nureyev-like ballet leap and sped over to second base and doubled off â�?�?Nuggettâ�? to squelch the Red Sox big inning. For his outstanding performance on the mound, Ryan Baedke was named â�?�?Bud Light Player of the Game.â�? Sunday July 13, the Vermillion Greysox ran their record to nine wins and seven losses in Akron, IA. The State Line League foe Akron Rebels jumped off to a two run lead in the bottom of the first inning when the Greysox had two unfortunate mistakes in the field, a walk and a single by center fielder Mike Shauck. The Rebelsâ�?�? right fielder Adam Lotech scored in the second and the Greysox were down three to zip after going out in order their first time through the line up. Akron starting and losing pitcher Randal Waterbury set down the first nine Greysox and then met his Waterloo. Shortstop Nick Mayer lead off the top of the fourth with a single. Right fielder�?  Ryan Baedke�?  and�?  third baseman Chad Lavin followed with singles. Second sacker Aaron Baedke knocked a two run double and the Greysox were up 4-3. Akron had base runners every inning until the ninth, with the Greysox starting and winning, complete game pitcher Kevin Bliel going the distance. The crafty left handed pitcher wriggled off the trouble hook with a combination of strike outs and fine defense. In the Akron fifth, after a fly out to center we were shown a good example of Blielâ�?�?s defensive skills.�?  Centerfielder Shauck hit a hot shot up the first base line that was smothered by an ailing Ryan Bak and Bliel was at the base in time to take the throw for the out. Next Rebel batter catcher Tom Huls drew a walk and trotted to first. After throwing a strike to the next batter, â�?�?KBâ�? Bliel preceded to pick off the base runner. The Akron nine did mount a challenge in the eighth inning when third baseman Jeff Verzal walked and shortstop Scott Jacobs slapped a two run homer. This would be too little too late for the Rebels as the Greysox would flex their collective muscles in the top of the eighth inning. Ryan Baedke fought off a number of pitches and drew a lead off walk. Chad Lavin sacraficed bunted Ryno to second. The speedy Aaron Baedke beat out an infield single. Next up was Ryan Bak. The hobbled first baseman struck out on a questionable pitch. Next up was catcher Jason Dietrich, who deposited the one ball no strike fastball over the outfield fence for a three run bast.�?  For this sample of Jason Dietrichâ�?�?s offensive excelence we are proud to name him the â�?�?Bud Light Player of the Game.â�?�? �?  Kevin Bliel returned to the mound with fire in his eyes as he went through the Rebels one, two, three. The final out was a swinging strike out to cap off a 7-5 Greysox victory. �? �?  �? �? �?  �?  On Wednesday. July 16, the Greysox hosted the Pilots of Sioux City will follow that with a game on Sunday, July 20, with the Elk Point Stags at Prentis Park. Also a reminder that district tourney starts on July 26th and will be hosted by the Stags of Elk Point at beautiful Todd Larsen field. Games, teams, and times will be in the news.�? �? �?  �? �? �?  �? �? �?  �? �? �?  �? �? �?  �? �? �?  �?  I�?  would like to take a moment to share a small bit about last weekendâ�?�?s â�?�?South Dakota Open Pro/Am.â�? It was held on July 11, 12 and 13 at The Bluffs. You can look in the rest of the sports section to see who won the�?  different prizes . I teed off at 7:50 a.m. on Friday and was for the second time in recent years a little nervous. I was playing with pros Ryan Conn and Travis Davis and my good friend Ben Adamski. The pros were outstanding young men with great attitudes and even better games. My friend Ben is a three handicap (if you donâ�?�?t count all of the trouble I cause for him). I like to play with Ben because he is a very nice man. He never yells at me, doesnâ�?�?t get exasperated when I take forever to finish a hole and he always helps me find my ball. I am blind as a bat and canâ�?�?t see the ball after it gets out 200 yards. I also see much more of the course and I also take a lot (I mean a lot) of swings at my ball. Once a man offered me a machete and I told him I didnâ�?�?t think I could hit the ball with it, he told me it was for the golfer â�?¦ ooops. Well on Sunday, Ben was released from his duties as my keeper and was rewarded handily for his penance. He was matched up in a foursome with two unknowns and Ryan Baedke. Ben Adamski rolled his ball in the 12th hole for a hole in one. Big tip of the cap and pat on the back for old buddy Ben. Thanks for everything Ben.�?  I would like to thank everyone who is involved with the Pro/Am at The Bluffs. Kirk Hogan and Rusty Jensen with the help of Mark Clark (one great greenskeeper) and all of their staff put on a first class show. I also want to thank all of the people that volunteered so many hours to help make everything run so well. Everywhere I looked there was some help for any that needed it. We saw people on the course helping find their balls, people giving rides, people putting up scores, people helping people. WOW! What a community. So, from all of us who needed the help to everyone who helped us out â�?¦ One giant tip of the cap and one giant pat on the back to you. You are the backbone that makes this place the greatest place on earth. Thanks a billion folks â�?¦ it just doesnâ�?�?t seem like a million is enough any more.�? Gâ�?�?Day.

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