It was a wild weekend in the world of Veto League Baseball. Saturday's action between the Meteors and Goonies went back and forth before the Meteors squeaked one out 14-10.
After pulling in 17 players on Saturday, 10 players showed for Sunday, only to have one bail out. Three more players, including two VLB rookies came to the rescue. In a time-shortened game, the Vandals took care of the King Cobras by a count of 16-9 in six innings.
Meteors 14, Goonies 10
The Goonies gave it all they had on Saturday, but they came up just short.
The Meteors jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings when Bobby Carter homered to start the rally. The Goonies trailed 7-3 after four-and-a-half innings of play, but got hot and pounded out four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game 7-7.
Once again, the Meteors came right back and plated a run in the top half of the sixth. From there the Goonies were shut down by the Meteors defense until the bottom of the eighth. A two-out rally sparked the tying run, but the Goonies couldn't take the lead. The Meteors fired right back in the top of the ninth with six runs. The heart of the order, Kiel Engstrom and Scott Ellefritz, who were a combined 3-for-12 heading into the ninth, started the rally with back-to-back hits. Ryan Holtmann then came through with the go ahead RBI single. It was the sixth hit and third RBI of the day for Holtmann, who finished the day 6-for-6 with a double and three runs.
The Meteors had to play through a bit of controversy. With Jeff Kilgard at the plate, he hit a grounder to Brett Carlson at third. Carlson bobbled the grounder a few times. Kilgard, who started off hustling down the line, pulled up after pitcher Jeff Darras threw a ball over to first to make it appear that the throw beat him to the bag. After a minor argument, the play stood. Wrigley made his present felt as well and littered the dugout with a friendly dump and pee.
Matt Veto, Engstrom and Andre Burdine all pounded out three hits a piece for the Meteors. Engstrom also had four RBI on the day. The Goonies were led by VLB rookie Amanda Zerull and Darras, who had four hits a piece. Carlson and Jon Escajeda both knocked in three runs each in the loss.
Vandals 16, King Cobras 9
Kiel Engstrom used the most of a poor decision on the part of Kilgard, who stated during the draft that he wasn’t going to pick a Cardinals fan. With that in mind, Engstrom didn’t pick the Cardinals fan (Ryan Holtmann) as high as he had planned, instead drafting him later. The move paid off as the Vandals pounded out 26 hits en route to the win.
On a day where more baseballs seemed to be hit in the woods than into play, the Vandals hammered out five home runs, with two a piece by Engstrom and Carlson. Engstrom went 4-for-7 and made Ellefritz look great at third base on a couple of occasions, while he had six RBI. Escajeda capped a solid weekend with a 5-for-7 performance and had six RBI as well.
The King Cobras struck first with four runs in the bottom of the first and led 9-6 after four innings of play.
Then a fire was lit under the Vandals back ends.
In the top of the fifth, the Vandals almost batted around twice and plated seven runs. Holtmann almost took off his own players head, when he lined a shot back at Carlson, who dropped to his back so fast that he imprinted the number 18 into the ground behind the L-screen.
The King Cobras attempted a rally in the bottom of the sixth, and even though what should have been two errors and runners on first and second with none out, the Vandals walked away with the victory. Kilgard tried to help his own cause with a 4-for-5 day with a pair of RBI and a double. Matt Veto, Bobby and Ellefritz all had three hits on the day. Veto also scored four runs and Ellefritz had four RBI.