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Mon-Clair playoffs begin this weekend

By on August 1, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Waterloo’s Brad Dillenberger looks back after sliding into second base on a play by Valmeyer shortstop Cole Juelfs during a game earlier this season. (Corey Saathoff photo)

A competitive regular season has ended in the Mon-Clair League as the playoffs get underway starting Saturday with games in Waterloo and Fairview Heights. 

Seven of the league’s nine teams finished with records at or above .500, with the Cape Girardeau Capahas earning the top overall playoff seed by virtue of a 16-8 record to win the St. Clair Division in their first season in the league.

In the Monroe Division, the Millstadt Green Machine narrowly edged the Valmeyer Lakers for the crown. Both teams finished at 14-10, but Millstadt went 2-1 against the Lakers this season to win the tiebreaker.

On Saturday, Millstadt defeated the Belleville Rockies, 10-7, before falling 5-4 to the Fairview Heights Redbirds.

Darius Ford went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs scored and Rob Beatty was 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Green Machine against Belleville.

Cal Kossina went 3-for-3 with three triples, Ford went 2-for-2 and Jacob Wilson went 2-for-4 for Millstadt in the loss to Fairview Heights. Ben Hankammer took the loss in relief.

Millstadt is led at the plate this summer by shortstop Tony Kossina, who is hitting .352 with 14 stolen bases and 20 runs. Other top hitters are Luke Matecki (.333, 16 RBIs) and Rob Beatty (.326, 20 RBIs).

Cal Kossina leads the Millstadt pitching staff at 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 56 and two-thirds innings…>>>

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.