This week in Greysox Baseball

This week in Greysox Baseball By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser The Vermillion Greysox ran their record to 8 wins and 5 losses on Thursday, June 26 at Dakota Valley.�? In a very one-sided contest, the Greysox flexed their collective muscles and punished the Sioux City Pilots. When the dust cleared, the Greysox stood above the Pilots with a 14-3 knock out. Shades of Muhammad Ali standing above a broken Sonny Liston, glove swinging mid thigh and not ready to stop wanting more competition, but getting none as the Pilots waved their white flag.�?  Starting left-handed pitcher Kevin Bliel was thoroughly dominant for the Greysox. Bliel struck out 13 Pilot batters and after a shaky first inning would face the minimum number of opponent hitters plus one. In the first inning four Sioux City singles would account for the three Pilot runs, and after that Bliel would do his green keepers imitation by mowing down the sorry son of Sioux City.�?  â�?�?I got into a nice rhythm and had the Pilots off balance tonight,â�? said the slender lefty.�?  Left fielder�? Ryan Baedke was the leader on the offensive pounding out two doubles and two singles in a four for five night and scoring three times for the Sox. Aaron Baedke was a steady two for four, reaching base four times and scoring twice. â�?�?Itâ�?�?s nice to get out and play this great American game,â�? said the affable second baseman. Third baseman Chad Lavin helped out the Greysox cause by going two for five with a double, a single, a walk and two runs tallied. Lead off hitter and center fielder Devin Christianson was also two for five reaching base three times and scoring twice. In a rare 0 for 2 performance, Brandon White reached base four times on three walks and one Pilot error. White also handled mop up duties on the mound by striking out two of the final three batters.�?  In an uncontested forfeit,�?  the Greysox ran their record to 9-5 as the Elk Point Stags forfeited the June 29 contest. â�?�?I am sure it would have been a pretty good game; they are much improved over last yearâ�?�?s team. But the Stags had some complications and we understand that.â�? said Greysox manager Mark Clark. That reminds me of a quote by recently deceased�?  comedian George Carlin,�?  â�?�?You got your Archie Bunker, WWII mentality, â�?�?this is a game we wanted to win and we won it. We were in there to win it and we got the job done!â�?�?�?  Iâ�?�?m not too sure what that has to do with Greysox baseball, but on some level it says a lot about the time of the year.�?  Itâ�?�?s the Fourth of July everyone. Freedom for all of us to do the things we like best. So, when you are celebrating by doing your favorite things, like playing baseball or boating or watching a grand fireworks display, (tip of the cap to the city of Vermillion) or having a picnic with friends, take time to look up in the sky and thank all of the people that have made and continue to make OUR FREEDOM their first priority.

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