Locals take their lumps in Mid-Summer Classic

Waterloo second baseman Trevor Davis makes the turn on a double play against Fairview Heights on Sunday. For more photos, click here. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The championship and third place games of this year’s Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic will be absent of local baseball teams as Waterloo, Valmeyer and Millstadt suffered first round losses on Saturday. 

The Belleville Rockies will battle the St. Louis Printers for the tourney title Wednesday afternoon. The Cape Girardeau Capahas will take on the St. Louis Spikes for third place prior to the championship game at Borsch Park.

The Waterloo Millers dropped their tourney opener to Belleville, 12-7, Saturday morning. Also on Saturday, the Millstadt Green Machine fell to the Spikes, 5-4, and the Valmeyer Lakers dropped a 7-6 decision to the Printers.

A two-run homer off the bat of Jacob Wilson in the seventh inning gave Millstadt some late life, but it was not enough against the Spikes. First round games and the third place and championship games are all nine-inning affairs.

Luke Glaeser went 3-for-4 for the Green Machine.

Valmeyer scored five runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-5 lead over the Printers, only to see Camden Bridges smack a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth for the Printers.

Valmeyer’s Ian Miller pitches during Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Printers. (Alan Dooley photo)

Wes Degener, Mitch Meyer and Mark Nappier collected two hits apiece for the Lakers. Matt Reinholz added a home run.

In Sunday action, Waterloo and Valmeyer were each victorious and will face each other for the consolation championship set for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Valmeyer edged Millstadt, 10-8, surviving a late scare by the Green Machine. 

The Lakers plated seven in the first inning and led 9-0 after two innings, only to see Millstadt score eight in the fifth inning. 

Degener had three hits for the Lakers, with Cole Juelfs, Reinholz and John Wuelling adding two hits each. Aaron Kuper hit a three-run homer for Valmeyer.

Glaeser led Millstadt with two hits.

Fairview Heights led 2-1 after one inning against Waterloo and took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Millers were down to their final out when they tied the game on an infield error by the Redbirds.

In the ninth inning, Keegan Baxmeyer walked, stole second and scored the winning run on an Ethan Ruff single to left. 

Lucas Wetzler and Logan Mueth added RBI singles for Waterloo in the 4-3 win. 

 Waterloo is led at the plate this season by Cory Lubinski (.472, 11 RBIs), Quentin Albrecht (.440) and Mueth (.437). Jeremy Rettig, who pitched well Sunday, leads the staff with a 3-2 record and 2.75 ERA.

Leading the way for Valmeyer offensively are Reinholz (.432, 12 RBIs), Meyer (.404, 12 runs) and Degener (.391). Easton Wallace is 3-1 on the mound with a 2.52 ERA.

Millstadt is led at the plate by Rob Beatty (.417, 11 RBIs, 11 runs) and Tony Kossina (.360, 11 stolen bases). Cal Kossina is 2-0 with a 3.17 ERA.

Following Wednesday’s tourney wrap-up, regular season Mon-Clair League action resumes Sunday afternoon with a full slate of games. 

Waterloo (6-7) battles Millstadt (7-7) and Charleston at Millstadt, with the Green Machine also taking on Charleston.

Valmeyer (8-6) takes on the St. Louis Spikes and Fairview Heights in St. Louis.

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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.

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