Vermillion's Grey Sox amateur baseball club managed to squeeze in a pair of early-season games before last week's rainfall. They hope to get in a couple more in the coming week, starting tonight (Friday) at Irene. Next Wednesday the Grey Sox are scheduled at Akron, IA, against the Rebels.
Travis Lee is managing the team with Reid Meierkort as co-manager this summer, and both are also available as players. Their roster includes Jerrod Freidel, Jordan Gillis, John Gregg, Merritt Groh, Matt Houk, Michael Kendall, Grant Lueders, Kyle Mollet, Mike Moran, Kyle Nemec, Ben Oberle, Tim Ross, Cody Schreiber, Cory Taggart and Tyler Williamson.
In their season opener at Crofton, NE, the Grey Sox scored three in the first and two in the third and held that 5-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. Crofton scored three in that stanza and three more in the ninth to escape with a 6-5 win.
A two-run double by Ross scoring Freidel and Meierkort was the big blow for the Sox in their first inning uprising. Schreiber made the big lead stand up throughout the game as he struck out 11 Crofton batters in 7 2/3 innings. Ross came to the mound in relief wih a 5-1 lead, but it got away as Crofton rallied to win.
Moran started on the hill against Irene, giving up eight runs in four innings on the mound. Nemec went the rest of the way in relief, striking out four while allowing four more Cardinal runs as Irene won going away, 12-4.
Schreiber had two doubles and two singles to lead the Grey Sox offensively. Nemec had two singles and Freidel and Meierkort a single apiece.