Millers continue to mash in Mon-Clair play

Waterloo’s Trevor Davis smacks a hit during a recent home game against the Belleville Rockies. (Alan Dooley photo)

The Waterloo Millers put up some impressive offensive totals over the weekend to continue their hot start this season.

The Millers defeated Millstadt in a non-league game on Friday night, 21-7, and outscored the Charleston Riverdogs 37-1 in two games on Sunday to improve to 11-1 overall and 9-1 in league play.

“We’ve got ourselves a pretty good team that’s playing really well right now,” longtime Millers manager Vern Moehrs said.

Waterloo pounded out nearly 70 hits as a team in the three victories.

The hitting star on Sunday was Millers second baseman Cory Lubinski. The Creve Coeur, Mo., native who starred at Lindenwood University-Belleville went 7-for-8 in the two games with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Lubinski, who hit .345 as a senior this spring at Lindenwood, is hitting .516 with five home runs and 22 RBIs this season with the Millers.

Andy Galle pitched five scoreless innings in the game one win, allowing just one hit and striking out four.

Craig Ohlau went 3-for-4 with three runs and Keegan Baxmeyer went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Nick Hummel allowed just one run over five innings in game two, surrendering two hits and striking out five.

Chandler Purcell, in his first action with the Millers following a successful spring at Quincy University, went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs.

Baxmeyer leads the Millers in hitting at .560 with 11 runs scored. Other top hitters for Waterloo are Lucas Wetzler at .437 with 12 RBIs, Brad Dillenberger at .400 with 10 runs and Alex Wittenauer at .400.

Galle leads the pitching staff with a 4-0 record and 2.73 ERA.

Waterloo hosts Cape Girardeau in non-league action this Friday at 7:30 p.m., and will host Fairview Heights for two games on Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m.

In other Mon-Clair action, the Millstadt Green Machine dropped to 4-6 in league play with two losses to the St. Louis Spikes on Sunday, 5-4 and 19-13.

The leading hitters for Millstadt so far this season are Rob Beatty (.432, 10 RBIs, 11 runs), Luke Glaeser (.409, seven runs), Brian Lupa (.400, seven runs), Alex Quirin (.391, 10 RBIs) and Tony Kossina (.353, eight runs).

Cory Renois is 1-1 on the mound with a 2.58 ERA in three starts.

Millstadt travels to Jackson, Mo., on Sunday for two games against Charleston.

Following a Saturday doubleheader split with Cape Girardeau in non-league play, the Valmeyer Lakers picked up their first league win of the season on Sunday, splitting two games with the St. Louis Printers.

The Lakers lost 4-2 and won 13-0 in the Sunday twinbill. In the 13-0 victory, Austin Beccue pitched all five innings with no hits allowed, two strikeouts, one walk and a hit batsmen.

Mitch Meyer went 3-for-6 on the day with three RBIs. Matt Reinholz also went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.

Reinholz leads the Lakers in hitting at .519 with 10 RBIs. John Wuelling is hitting .407 with six runs scored and Meyer is hitting .375 with nine runs scored.

The Lakers will host Edwardsville for two games this Sunday at Borsch Park starting at 1:30 p.m.

The Columbia Saints also picked up their first league win on Sunday, splitting a doubleheader with Fairview Heights.

The Saints lost 7-5 and won 4-2.

Tyler Kleinschmidt and Ryan Schocker have been the early hitting stars for the Saints, both with averages above .400.

Columbia travels to St. Louis for two Sunday games with the Printers.

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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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