Baseball gives you highs and lows, and the Vermillion Grey Sox experienced them both last week.
In an epic 12-inning battle Sunday night the Grey Sox outlasted Dakota Valley, 21-18.
Grant Lueders pitched five strong innings to start the game and left with a 13-8 lead. However, the Pilots scored seven runs in the sixth to take a 15-13 lead. Wind-aided errors and a combination of strange plays led to an 18-18 tie after nine innings. It stayed that way till the Sox scored three in the top of the 12th.
Tim Ross pitched the final 3 2/3 scoreless innings to push the Grey Sox to victory.
Jason Rasmussen went 5-for-6 plus two walks and scored five times. Reid Meierkort went 3-for-5 and walked twice. Joel Tompkins led Dakota Valley with three hits while Brad Pautsch and Lee Orr each singled twice.
Last Wednesday at Canton things seemed to be going the way of the Grey Sox as starter Alex Schaack's stellar pitching allowed Vermillion to cruise through seven innings with an 8-0 lead.
After Schaack left the game at that point, however, things began to unravel in the eighth when Canton scored six times on six walks and only one hit.
Jake Roscam then won the game for the Aces, 9-8, with a three-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. Tim Ross took the pitching loss in relief of Jay Thooft, who had replaced Schaack.
Ross led the Grey Sox on offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in. Travis Lee was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
Tanner Urickson started on the hill for Canton, replaced by Brad Beyke in the fifth. He was the beneficiary of Roscam's homer and got the win.