This week in Greysox Baseball

This week in Greysox Baseball By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser The first full week of July was a super bonus for the offensive side of the Greysox ledger. In three games, the bats came to life for a total of 42 runs. Alas, the record for the three games was one win and two losses. The first game was on July 8 when Canton came to Vermillion for the first meeting between the State Line League foes. Rusty Jensen was a seven inning complete game winner for the Greysox. Jensen scattered eight hits and gave up one run to the Canton batters. Home runs by Kyle Mollet, Aaron Baedke, Ryan Bak and Jason Dietrich set a hefty pace as the Greysox rolled to a 15-1 majority win. It was Bak's birthday and he celebrated by going 3 for 4, three runs scored, with four RBIs, three of which came on a three run bomb in the third inning.  Shae Williams chipped in with a double and two singles. The trio of Baedke, Mollet and Dietrich each made their mark on the game with a homer and a single. For Canton, Dewy Montgomery took the loss with help from Jake Versteeg and Steve Hassel. The Greysox defense combined for three double plays to aid Jensen in the win. Birthday boy Ryan Bak was the "Budlight Player of the Game." Two days later the Greysox moved north to Canton for round two in the home and home series. The bats would stay hot as the local boys banged out 17 hits and 15 runs. But this night, Canton would out slug the Greysox with 18 hits and 17 runs to win the game 17-15.  On a night where the Grey had some tough luck with the leather, the offense almost made up for the lack of defensive prowess. Shae Williams went deep twice and had three RBIs. Jeff Gilbertson and Jason Dietrich slapped three singles each. Ryan Bak pumped a round tripper and a single with two RBIs for his contribution. But, this night belonged to first baseman Mike Moran. Along with his usual great defense in the field, Moran singled in the third inning, had a solo homer in the fifth frame, and a grand slam in the sixth inning, gaining a total of five RBIs and two runs scored. For his performance, Moran was Friday's "Budlight Player of the Game." Kyle Mollet was roughed up for the loss. Mollet gave way to Brett Mockler in the fourth. Mockler eventually passed the ball to Ryan Bak for the final inning. Canton had big innings in the fourth when they scored five runs and in the fifth when they scored six runs. The Greysox battled back in the top of the ninth. The Greysox scored a run and left the bases loaded when the final out came for Canton. Sunday, July 12, the Stags of Elk Point arrived at Prentis Park, ready for action. Moran took the mound for the Greysox. After an unlucky five run third inning, Moran threw four scoreless innings, but tired in the eighth. Ryan Baedke came in for relief and held the Stags to three runs in a messy eighth frame. The Greysox scored six runs in the fourth and three runs in the sixth to have a 10-8 lead at the end of eight innings. Leading off the top of the ninth, Baedke struck out Travis Berg. After that  the game became a blur. Walks and errors allowed Elk Point to score six runs in the horrific top of the ninth. The Greysox scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late for the home team. The "Budlight Player of the Game" was awarded to the Gounds Keeping Crew for getting the fields in shape for another round of rainy July baseball games.  The Greysox team's next action is on Wednesday, July 15 at Akron and Sunday, July 18 for a 4 p.m. start against Dimock/Emery at Prentis Park. Then comes the district tourney. And as we head to next week I would like to apologize for mislabeling the Dakota Valley Pilots. That's all for now. Until next week, the Greysox would like to thank you for coming out to the ball park. Thanks, MOJO.

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