On August 5th, the lights were turned on at Saldivar Field in Bettendorf as Veto League took center stage in the 4th annual Memorial Game. The Memorial Game is played to remember Veto Leaguers who have passed away during the league's 26-year existence. The annual event is always played the beginning of August, which is when Veto League hall-of-famer Jeff Kilgard passed away (August 7, 2017). All players who have played at least one game get an invite, usually stacking rosters with 15+ players.
This year, the Cannons took on the Goonies. This is the third time in four years that Alex Miller has captained the Memorial Game, and the second for Josh Paul's Goonies. A season high 31 players took part in the game, which also generates donations for Quad City non-profit Foster's Voice. Foster's Voice was started in 2017 and with their mission being to end suicide and and the stigma around mental illness. The league brought in $540, for a four-year total of $1,925.
As for the 10-inning game, the contest started off close with the Cannons holding a narrow 8-6 lead mid-way through. However, the Goonies were unable to recover from back-to-back five run innings in the 6th and 7th. The Cannons cruised to a 22-10 victory and were lead with two homeruns by Tyler Roux and another blast by Nick Larson. Roux was the night game MVP, scoring two runs, four RBI and the two homers.
The win puts the Cannons at 3-0 in Memorial Games, nearly doubling opponent's scores by a total of 78-40.
The next night game is the VLB All-Star Classic, September 23rd at Douglas Park in Rock Island.