This Week in Greysox Baseball

This Week in Greysox Baseball By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser The Vermillion Greysox season is under way. The month of May saw the Sox run their record to 1 win and 3 losses overall and 1 win and 1 loss in State Line League play. "It's early and we need to get some at reps under our belts," said new manager Ryan Baedke. Baedke takes over the helm of the Greysox, replacing the crafty veteran leadership of Mark "Stick" Clark. Also gone from last year's State Tourney qualifying team are veteran shortstop Nick Mayer, infielder Brandon White and DH Chad Lavin. New additions to this year's squad are Mike Moran (first base and pitcher), Reid Meierkort (outfield and catcher), Jerrod Freidel (outfield), Cole Zednek (outfield) and Travis Lee (utility). "A team can't lose players like Mayer and White without needing to rethink some of the position players. It's early and we need to see how things shake out as we move on in the month of June," added Baedke. May 3 saw the Greysox open the season with local foe Irene. The Cardinals got the best of the Greysox in a 5-3 tilt. Adam Remp was the starter and winner for Irene while Rusty Jensen took the loss for the local wizards of the diamond. Travis Lee lead the way for the Grey with a single, a double and one run scored. Jeff "Fleet" Gilbertson also had a single and a double. Gilbertson was sited for his defense in center field and was awarded the "Bud Light Player of the Game." Matt Remp lead the Cardinals with a homer, a double and two runs scored. We jump ahead to May 27 when the Sioux City Pilots visited Prentis Park and were summarily dispatched in a seven inning 18-6 drubbing at the hands of the Greysox. The Sox evened their record at 1 win and 1 loss as the result of better weather and better ball playing. A seven run second inning, highlighted by an Aaron Baedke two RBI blast and a five run fifth were the key blows for the Grey. Kyle Mollet scored four times for the Greysox on two singles. Jeff Gilbertson scored three runs on a double and a single. Ryan Baedke and Reid Meierkort each scored two runs; Meierkort also had two hits. The "Bud Light Co-Players of the Game" were awarded to Ryan Bak, (a single, a double, a homer, with four runs scored and four RBIs) and Aaron Baedke (two singles, one home run, three RBIs and two runs scored). Rob Duncan homered for Sioux City and his brother Danny Duncan had two singles and scored two runs. Mike Moran was the winning pitcher, going five complete innings giving up six runs and striking out four. Kyle Mollet came in for two innings and gave up one hit while striking out two Pilots. May 30 signaled "Baseball Day in Vermillion" with four games of all age players. Traditional opponent Lennox was in the other dugout for all four games. In the night cap the Greysox and Orioles were scheduled for a seven inning affair. Rusty Jensen grabbed the horsehide and took the mound for the men of Grey. A small bit of trouble in the first as Jensen allowed four singles to the first four batters. Good defense and tough pitching would allow Lennox only one run in the first. For the day the lanky right handed Jensen would face 28 batters, walking one, hitting one batter, striking out six and letting two runs come across the plate. Lennox pitcher Rob Sweeter would win the duel this day as he gave up only one run on six hits and walked four Sox with six strike outs. The Greysox lone run came on an 0 and 0 count as shortstop Ryan Bak hammered a solo blast into the picnic area of outer Prentis Park. With the score tied at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, one man out, left fielder Brad Hansen singled. Hansen proceeded to steal second base and third base. A wild pitch from Jensen would allow Hansen to score the go ahead run. Jensen would strike out the sixth and eighth batters in the Lennox lineup to retire the side. In their final chance at bat, the Greysox sent up number nine hitter Reid Meierkort. The young righty reached first on an error by the first baseman. But favor was not with the Grey as Meierkort would wind up making the final out of the game on a close play at home. Final was Lennox 2 – Greysox 1. Ryan Bak was named the "Bud Light Player of the Game." The final day of May was a beautiful and perfect day for baseball as the home standing Greysox would play host to the Vermillion Red Sox. Kevin Bliel would take the mound for the Greysox and pitch a complete nine inning battle. Ryan Hydish was the hurler for the Class "A" Red Sox. Hydish would also go nine complete and gain the 2-1 victory. The Red Sox scored two runs in the first inning on a Robin Chute RBI double and three passed balls. Veteran Greysox catcher Jason Dietrich re-injured his hamstring and gave a gallant effort, but was taken out of the game. With two runs in and one out the lefty Bliel struck out Colby Lessman and got Justin Beebe to fly out to left, to retire the side. This was all the Red Sox would need as slick fielding would quell the Greysox challenges. The Grey would leave the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh innings. All told the Greysox would strand 10 base runners for the nine innings. Lead off hitter Jarred Freidel started the game reaching first on an error and would score on Ryan Bak sac fly. Eight more innings were played and no more runs scored. The Red Sox would mount an attempt in the eighth inning as Josh Malenowsky reached on a rare Greysox error. Shortstop Robin Chute doubled over the head of Freidel in center. Bliel caught Cody Davis looking at a called strike three for out number one. Then the lefty Bliel got catcher Colby Lessman on a swinging strike three for the second high pressure out. Justin Beebe was at the plate with a one ball two strike count as Bliel threw a wild pitch past Meierkort, who had replaced Dietrich behind the dish. The ball caromed off of the backstop and Meierkort threw to home where Bliel applied the tag on Malenowsky for the third out. In the bottom of the ninth with two out Aaron Baedke beat out an infield single. Shortstop Ryan Bak came to the plate with hits and homers on his mind. Hydish would get Bak on a called third strike. This was a very exciting game. Brett Mockler had two singles and a stellar fielding game at third base for the Greysox. Kevin "KB" Bliel was named the "Bud Light Player of the Game" for his work on the mound. Well there you have it folks. June is here and baseball is in full swing. You can head over to Prentis Park almost any night of the week and see some sort of game. It's a nice way to spend some time with your whole family. I suggest you come on out and enjoy the excitement and celebrate our national pastime. Until next week, we will see you from the crow's nest. Thanks a billion. MOJO

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