This Week in Vermillion Greysox Baseball

This Week in Vermillion Greysox Baseball By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�?�? Reiser Well folks, it's been another week and Sunday, June 14 saw the Greysox take on their league opponent Elk Point in Elk Point at opulent "Todd Larsen Field." "It's a great day for baseball," was a comment uttered by both players and fans. Greysox manager Ryan Baedke put together a patchwork lineup that delivered a 12-1 majority defeat of the Stags in eight innings. Missing in action were regular shortstop Ryan Bak and third baseman Brett Mockler. On the 21-day disabled list is catcher Jason "Dietrow" Dietrich. Center fielder Jeff Gilbertson can run and hit but can't throw. Speaking of throwing, starting pitcher Rusty Jensen also had a stiff neck. The line up was retooled with a new catcher, Shae Williams, serving as backstop for Jensen. Kyle Mollet took over the duties at shortstop and Travis "I've still got it" Lee filled in at the hot corner. In the outfield Jerrod Freidel was in left, Reid Meirkort replaced "Fleet" Gilbertson in center and Cole Zednek flashed a big arm as he threw out Coyote great, Brooks Little, as he tried to score. Brooks and his brother Dustin are patrolling the outfield for the Stags this season. Aaron Baedke and Mike Moran displayed outstanding skills at second and first base respectively. For the Stags, pitcher Vic Louma took the loss with a little help from Dee Berg who relived in the seventh inning. Rusty Jensen pitched a complete game, with a six hit, one run, six strike out performance. "This was the type of game that we really needed. We hit and fielded well," said Ryan Baedke. In the first inning, Freidel, who would lead off four of the first six innings, reached on an error by the EP first baseman. Kyle Mollet would also reach on a throwing error that plated Freidel. Mollet reached third base on a double to right center by Meirkort. With runners at second and third, Aaron Baedke plated Mollet on a third to first  out. Shae Williams' sac fly to left moved Meirkort to third, but Gilbertson struck out to end the Greysox half of the first inning with two runs. Jensen got the first three Stags in order with two ground balls to Baedke and a strike out to finish off the first. The Greysox blew it open in the third inning when they batted around. With one out and an 0-2 count, Mollet launched his first round tripper of the season. Once again, Meirkort doubled to right center, Baedke and Williams drew a couple of free passes and "Fleet" Gilbertson banged a ball off of the Erickson Construction sign in the outfield for two RBIs. A Mike Moran single and a Travis Lee ground ball out scored the next two runs, to make the score Greysox 7 and the EP Stags 0.  No runs but more hitting was the case for the fourth and fifth innings. In the Greysox sixth, Freidel lead off with a walk, and Mollet doubled, allowing the speedy Freidel to score. Meirkort singled, stole second and scored on a Ryan Baedke two out pinch hit single. 10-0 was the score entering the bottom of frame six. The Stags catcher, Clubber Livingstone, lead off the home half of the inning by sending a Jensen 1-2 offering over the fence. That was the last smell for the Stags as Jensen would give them little else for the last nine outs.  Leading off the top of the eighth with a dinger, Meirkort sealed the deal for the Grey. After a line out by Aaron Baedke, Williams hit a line shot over the left field fence to push the score to its final 12-1. For the night, Meirkort was 4-4 with two doubles, a single, a homer and one RBI, and three runs scored. This gained Reid the prestigious "Bud Light Player of the Game" award. Kyle Mollet also had a nice night by scoring three runs, hitting a round tripper, a double, a sac bunt and flashing quality leather in the field. The Greysox team's next action was scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 at Prentis Park against league rival Akron Rebels. Make sure to visit the ballpark for all of the team's home games in Vermillion. Big Jim Merrigan has some nice hot dogs and goodies in the concession stand. Bring the kids and have a dog at the park. It's summer and there is always time for some fun at the ball park. I hope to see you out there. Thanks a billion, "MOJO."

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