The Waterloo Millers jumped into a crowded Monroe Division race following a doubleheader sweep of the Valmeyer Lakers in Mon-Clair League action on Sunday.
Waterloo won 13-3 and 14-12, improving to 5-6 in league play. The Belleville Rockies currently lead the division at 8-4, followed by Valmeyer at 6-6 and the Millstadt Green Machine at 5-5.
Cory Lubinski went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs and Brad Dillenberger went 3-for-4 with two runs to pace Waterloo’s offense in game one. Andrew Yancik went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.
Jeremy Rettig picked up the win on the mound, striking out six over six innings.
For the Lakers, Mitch Meyer led the way with two hits. Cole Juelfs and AJ Skaer added a hit apiece.
In game two, Valmeyer scored five runs in the second inning to take an early 6-0 lead, but Waterloo answered with six runs each in the third and fourth innings.
Quinten Albrecht went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Ethan Ruff went 3-for-5 with three runs. Keegan Baxmeyer added three hits for the Millers.
Valmeyer catcher Aaron Kuper went 2-for-2 with four runs and outfielder Cameron Touchette went 2-for-3.
Last Tuesday, the Millers dropped a 6-5 decision to Fairview Heights. Ruff went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs. Chandler Purcell and Lucas Wetzler contributed a hit and two RBIs apiece.
Lefty reliever Corey Vogel took the loss, pitching two innings.
On Friday, Waterloo defeated Springfield, Mo., in a non-league contest, 10-8.
Lubinski leads the Millers in hitting at .550, followed by Logan Mueth at .524. Purcell is hitting .375 with five RBIs.
Waterloo hosts Fairview Heights at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before a Sunday doubleheader at Cape Girardeau.
Valmeyer travels to face the St. Louis Spikes on Saturday and Fairview Heights on Sunday.
Matt Reinholz leads the Lakers in hitting at .500 with nine RBIs, followed by Meyer at .441 with 10 runs.
Millstadt split a doubleheader with Belleville on Sunday, winning 8-6 and losing 9-3.
Rob Beatty homered with two RBIs and Luke Matecki went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Green Machine in game one.
Braeden Chandler went 2-for-4 and Ryan Hurley went 2-for-3 for Millstadt in the game two loss.
Millstadt plays at Charleston on Saturday and at the St. Louis Spikes on Sunday.
Beatty leads the Green Machine in hitting at .417 with eight runs, followed by Brett Bunselmeyer at .323.