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Monroe Division up for grabs in final week

By on July 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Waterloo’s Noah Thaggard pitches against Belleville on Sunday. (Corey Saathoff photo)

With regular season play concluding this weekend, it’s still a four-team race for the Monroe Division title in the Mon-Clair League.

“This is the closest I’ve seen it in many years,” longtime Waterloo Millers manager Vern Moehrs said.

The Millstadt Green Machine (13-9) now hold a slight lead over the Belleville Rockies (12-9), with the Valmeyer Lakers (11-9) and Waterloo Millers (11-10) still in range but needing their cards to fall exactly in place.

Millstadt won three of four games over the weekend, outlasting the Fairview Heights Redbirds in two extra-inning contests Saturday before splitting a Sunday doubleheader with the St. Louis Printers.

The Green Machine won 3-2 in eight innings and 1-0 in nine innings on Saturday. Cal Kossina went the distance on the mound in the first win, allowing just five hits. Brian Lupa and Cole Hensel combined to shut out the Redbirds in the second game, allowing only six hits.

Jacob Wilson, Brett Bunselmeyer, Rob Beatty and Lupa collected two hits each in the first game. Alex Quirin went 2-for-4 with a run and Ryan Hurley went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the second game.

Pictured, Millstadt’s Jacob Wilson is greeted at the plate following a home run during a game in Valmeyer. (Alan Dooley photo)

On Sunday, Millstadt won 6-3 and lost 4-3 to the Printers. Wilson went 7-for-7 on the day with four runs. Hurley went 4-for-6 with four RBIs on the day.

Lupa leads the team in hitting at .385, followed by Tony Kossina at .366 with 16 runs and Luke Matecki at .340 with 15 RBIs. 

Cal Kossina is 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings pitched for the Green Machine. They go to battle against Belleville and Fairview Heights on Saturday. Belleville also plays Fairview Heights on Saturday and will close its season against the St. Louis Spikes on Sunday.

Waterloo split a Sunday doubleheader at home against the Rockies, winning 5-3 and falling 6-3…>>>

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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.