On September 29, 2018, twenty-two of Veto League's most dedicated players turned on the lights at Saldivar Field for their first contest ever in Bettendorf. Saldivar Field marks the 14th venue Veto League Baseball has played at in its 20-year history. The league partnered once again with the River Bend FoodBank to collect non-perishables for those in need. Box after box were brought in by fans attending the contest. In all, the VLB made a donation of 822 pounds of food - 250 pounds more than last year's total.
Also before the game was a tribute to the Legendary #31 - Jeff Kilgard. Veto League lost two long-time players this season - Kilgard and Josh Smith. Kilgard was the Vice President of the league, toting gear, updating stats, keeping track of financials and providing an every-weekend presence at games. Jeff's wife, Shelby, and son, Mason, were in attendance. Shelby was awarded with a #31 framed jersey while Mason was given a player-autographed baseball.
As for the game itself, Brent Lafrenz captained the Spartans while Alex Miller managed his Cannons. The heavy stick of the Cannons was much to great for the lack-luster Spartan defense. The Cannons slugged five homeruns compared to zero for the opposing squad enroute to a 25-9 victory.
The game was close through the first five frames, with the Spartans out on top 8-6, but the Cannon bats started hitting in the 6th. They added a 10-spot in the bottom of the 8th to pull away. Ryan Barton led the Cannons with three homeruns, five runs scored and seven RBI. Nick Swanson also swatted two dingers and provided four RBI. Rookie Derek Henkel added four RBI at the bottom of the lineup for the Cannons.
The attendance was estimated at over 100 fans. Emcee Thad Mertens provided entertainment during the game and concessions were sold to held the league generate revenue for the 2018 season.