Ethan Ruff and L.J. Watson congratulate Jake Friederich after his two-run homer in the third inning. (Greg Stanek photo)
The Waterloo Millers finally got to finish their first round Mon-Clair League playoff game Friday night, which started on Wednesday but was postponed after three innings due to rain.
Waterloo’s Jake Friederich had just put the Millers up 2-0 against the St. Louis Printers with a home run to left when the skies opened up. The game was to be resumed on Thursday but rain again pushed the game back to Friday night.
The Millers picked up Friday right where they left off, getting an RBI single from Nick Dunning in the fourth inning and three more runs in the fifth with the big blow being a two-run homer from Drew Curtis as the Millers opened up a 6-0 lead.
St. Louis made things interesting in the seventh after a couple of very uncharacteristic errors by the Millers infield loaded the bases with no outs. Starter Brandon Musso was able to pitch out of the inning, however, allowing just two runs to pick up the win as the Millers advanced with the 6-2 win.
Valmeyer will face Millstadt on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with the winner to face the Millers at 5:30 p.m. for the right to play in the championship series, which begins Sunday and continues Monday, if necessary. All games are being played at Whitey Herzog Field in Belleville.
Read more on the Mon-Clair playoffs in the Aug. 13 edition of the Republic-Times newspaper.