Grey Sox handcuff Akron Rebels 11-3

Michael Kendall acquired his second straight pitching win since joining the Vermillion Grey Sox last Wednesday night as he and his team handcuffed the Akron Rebels, 11-3.

The South Dakota State graduate from Fort Pierre threw eight innings, striking out six, walking three, and scattering six hits.  Tim Ross pitched the ninth inning.

The Sox got off to a great start without much effort, benefiting from successive walks to the game's first four batters.  Vermillion also got a sacrifice fly from Kyle Nemec for a 2-0 lead and made it 2-1 in the second when Merritt Groh singled, stole a pair of bases and scored on an infield error.

Kendall, who had singled, scored on a wild pitch in the sixth for a 4-1 lead.  Vermillion blew the game open with a five-run, four-hit seventh that started with a pair of walks, a double by Cody Schreiber, a single by Nemec and a three-run homer by Ross.  Two more runs were brought home on RBI hits by Ross and Kendall in the eighth.

Ross, Kendall, Groh and Cory Taggart each had two hits among the Grey Sox total of 10.  Ross had four RBIs and Nemec and Schreiber two each.

The win lifted the Grey Sox to a 3-0 record in State Line League play.

On Sunday the tables were turned on the Grey Sox when visiting Garretson scored nine runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 12-3 win.  Jason Loe and Jared Thies each homered twice for Garretson.  Kyle Nemec took the pitching loss.

The Grey Sox schedule calls for a Sunday game at Dakota Valley and a home game next Wednesday against Elk Point.

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