Mon-Clair teams split Sunday doubleheaders

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Waterloo starting pitcher Jeremy Rettig throws in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Spikes at SPPS Field. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The Waterloo Millers, Valmeyer Lakers and Millstadt VFW each split doubleheaders this past Sunday, while the Columbia Saints were rained out.

The Millers nearly took two games against the defending Mon-Clair League champion St. Louis Spikes. The games were moved from St. Louis to SPPS Field in Waterloo due to field conditions.

The Spikes spotted Waterloo a 5-0 lead in the first inning of game one thanks to four defensive errors before battling back late. St. Louis eventually pulled out an 8-7 win in eight innings.

Starting pitcher Jeremy Rettig went five innings for the Millers before giving way to the bullpen. Corey Vogel took the loss in relief.

Newcomer Larry Schmas was the offensive star Sunday for the Millers, going 6-for-8 on the day. He went 3-for-4 in game one with a home run.

Another Millers rookie, Garrett Schlecht, went 2-for-4 in the first game, as did Justin Dunning.
Waterloo put the game one loss behind them and rebounded for a 6-3 win in game two, largely thanks to the bat of Schmas.

Schmas again went 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles to up his summer average to .481.
Former Waterloo High School baseball standout shortstop Brad Dillenberger went 2-for-4 with a triple for the Millers, who improved to 7-3 on the season.

Starter John Auble pitched six innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory on the mound.

The Millers will play the Saints at Columbia this Saturday for a doubleheader that begins at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Waterloo will host the Valmeyer Lakers at SPPS Field for two games starting at 1:30 p.m.

The Lakers split two games this past Sunday with the Fairview Heights Redbirds, losing 12-2 and winning 7-5.

Valmeyer’s top hitters so far this summer are Jeremiah Bergheger (.485), AJ Skaer (.409) and Matt Reinholz (.375).

On the mound, the Lakers are led by Gibault head baseball coach Andy Skaer (3-1, 2.75 ERA) and lefty DJ Dillenberger (2-1. 1.84 ERA).

Prior to their Sunday showdown at Waterloo, the Lakers (9-5) will host the Belleville Rockies this Saturday afternoon at Borsch Park.

Millstadt (7-5) split with the St. Louis Printers this past Sunday, winning 7-4 and losing 6-4.
In the 7-4 win, Rob Beatty went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Mitch Matecki and Tony Kossina each added two hits.

Otto Roberts pitched five innings for the victory.

In the 6-4 loss, Brandon Saak and Brian Lupa each went 2-for-3 and Beatty and Kossina collected two more hits apiece.

Alex Kollack took the loss on the mound.

Kossina leads the team with a .522 average so far this summer, which ranks second in the league.

Millstadt will host Edwardsville this Saturday for two games starting at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, Millstadt travels to Kleinschmidt Field in rural Columbia for an afternoon doubleheader with the Saints (4-8).

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