This week in Greysox Baseball

This week in Greysox Baseball Column for July 11 By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser This week I would like to talk a little about the triumph of the human spirit. The Vermillion Greysox were scheduled for a 4 p.m. start on Sunday, July 6. Mother Nature decided to throw a curve ball and give us another of her many blessings. The blessing came in the form of another rain shower. This shower took the better part of an hour and proceeded to drop (in my guessemation) a couple of inches of rain on the area. I watched from my perch in the press box, high above Prentis Park Field, as the rain came down. I was sure the game would be called any minute. I watched the players from Garretson and our beloved home Greysox as they milled around and did what everyone did, waited. I asked Travis Taggart if the players could hear any of the music that was being played, and he responded, â�?�?No the rain was pounding on the duggout so loud we couldnâ�?�?t really hear anything.â�?�?  Finally the rain let up and there was a meeting of the managers, and then the activity really exploded. The entire team of Greysox came out of the duggout, grabbed what ever garden implement they could find and went to work. There were rakes, hoes and shovels in the hands of men that really knew how to use them. Manager Mark Clark and his assistant greenskeeper, Devin Christianson, lead the mission to dry out the soaked field. Ryan Baedke, Brandon White and Aaron Baedke, the men that keep our ballfields in the excellent condition, showed up with some sort of drying agent that was spread out over the base paths and in the low spots where water had gathered. Ben Oberle, Jason Dietrich and Rusty Jensen used shovels and rakes to get rid of the rain and rake in the drying agent. In all, the entire team pitched in and in about 15 minutes the field was in playable condition. The transformation from rain soaked ball field to playing field was nothing short of remarkable. On to the game.�? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �?  The Vermillion Greysox went down in defeat at the hands of�?  the Garretson Jays, in a rain soaked 6-3 loss. On the offensive for the Sox, left fielder Devin Christianson knocked two singles and scored the first Greysox run. Shortstop Nick Mayer had a double and a run scored. Ben Oberle chipped in with a single and a RBI from his dh spot in the lineup.�?  Rusty Jensen struck out 10 Jays and gave up 11 hits while taking the loss. Aaron Vanderberg got the win for the Jays.�?  Now I would like to tell a story of triumph. I play golf on Tuesday nights at our beautiful local course, The Bluffs. My team is in a three man scramble league. We are team â�?�?Careyâ�?�?sâ�? and were in the process of playing â�?�?The City Boys.â�? The match was very even as we rounded the corner from the #7 green to the #8 tee box. â�?�?The City Boysâ�? had just won the previous hole and had the honors. After the first two members had hit, the first shot was right at the pin but long and the next try was far off to the left it was Fred Savoieâ�?�?s turn at the box. Fred took out his trusty seven wood and teed up his Top Flite XL ball. The ball was very distinct in that it had two big red circles and one nice smiley face gash in and on it. Fred is a real straight shooter and gave this ball a whack. â�?�?I think it is within a couple of inches if it didnâ�?�?t go in,â�? commented Kevin Murley, our tallest team member. Our team then hit three uneventful shots and we headed for the green. As we rolled up to the green my cart mate Ken Green looked at me and said, â�?�?I only see one ball and that is too long to be Fredâ�?�?s.â�? We were all excited as each member of our group stayed away from the green, waiting for Fred to check the cup. A huge cheer rolled up as Fred picked his ball out of the cup and smiled. â�?�?It was something I will never forget,â�? laughed Fred. You see, Fred Savoie works for the city. He shows up every day and works a good job and does his best. He has raised a good family and lived a good life. He is a common man and a great friend to those who know him. This is another�?  chance for the the common man to triumph.�?  So this weekâ�?�?s â�?�?Bud Light Player of the Gameâ�? will be shared by Fred Savoie and the Vermillion Greysox for their gallant efforts. Congratulations on your hole-in-one and a big tip of the cap to Fred. If you see him, give him a pat on the back â�?¦ Fred Savoie is an everyday hero.

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