This week in Greysox Baseball

This week in Greysox Baseball By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser Itâ�?�?s state tourney time folks. This week the Greysox head for Mitchell to Cadwell Park in a first round match up with the Irene Cardinals. By the time this article reaches the populous the game will have been played. The â�?�?battle royaleâ�? takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and should prove to be a real test for both teams. As of late, the Greysox have been swinging some very hot bats. Infielder Ryan Bak is tearing the cover off of the ball. Bak hit homers in both of the Greysox opening round games in the district tourney. In the championship game second baseman Aaron Baedke and catcher Jason Dietrich flexed their muscles and deposited solo â�?�?jacksâ�? over the outfield fence. And the fleet-footed outfielder Jeff Gilbertson went â�?�?yardâ�? to the opposite field for a two run shot. Not to be out done, pitcher/first baseman Brett Mockler blasted a three run â�?�?shotâ�? to keep the Greysox in the game. Lefty pitcher Kevin Bliel has been really getting a bunch of hits. It seems like every time I look out from the dugout Bliel is on base and stealing another. First baseman Brandon White is as solid as a rock as he hits and fields at a very high percentage. Super shortstop Nick Mayer is always at the top of the order and in the hole doing a bang up job. Outfielder/infielder/ catcher/anything the team needs him to do â�?�? Ryan Baedke â�?�? comes to the park each time the Greysox play and does so much to help the team win. I have watched Ryno go out and face the mighty Red Sox batters (who pound out hits like a butcher pounds out minute steak) and face them with courage. I watched him catch more than one game when there were no others to do the job. I watched Ryno make stellar plays in the field, like the line shot he caught in Akron and doubled off a man at first base to squelch a rally attempt! He leads the team in hitting. He (Baedke) also helps keep the field in great shape and (although I couldnâ�?�?t see it from the crowâ�?�?s nest) I assume Ryan was selling popcorn in the stands between innings. Ben Oberle and Devin Chris-tianson use their collective speed to keep runners in scoring position for those many RBIs that the heavy hitters hammer home. In the championship game last Tuesday in Elk Point, which the Greysox won 14-13 â�?�? I just never get tired of writing that â�?�? Devin Christianson, in his role as courtesy runner, scored four times in four attempts. Seasoned veteran Chad Lavin is like the energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going and going. Pitcher Rusty Jensen keeps logging innings and strike outs, along with a bunch of timely wins. And the whole time manager Mark â�?�?Stickâ�? Clark is at the helm, always cool, calm and collected. Clark never gets freaked out, but he defends his players with the fiery intensity of the sun. His grasp of the game and its�? nuances assure his players that he will make quality decisions and not put them in harmâ�?�?s way. The Greysox have picked up three players for the state tourney. From the Garretson Jays comes left handed pitcher Will Jungie and outfielder Jase Benson and from Renner/Newcastle comes salty right-handed pitching veteran Tom Schlimgen. Next week I will tell you about how the foursome of Jensen, Lavin, Schlimgen and Clark are going to play together in the â�?�?Over 40â�? tournament. The Greysox have called up four Post 1 Legion players, Reid Meiercourt, Tyler Johnson, Cory Taggart and Kyle Olson, to see what the next level is all about and to see if they can get into the game and contribute. Itâ�?�?s a rare mix and I hope a good recipe for some more wins. These are the 2008 Greysox and they head to Mitchell to represent Ver-million on the larger stage. Game time is 8 p.m. I hope you can support these guys any way possible. You can see the entire field of 32 teams at www.sdaba.com/.�?  You can see the championship game on KSFY channel 13 Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Letâ�?�?s all hope the Greysox are in that game making some memories.

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