Through the first 24 games of the season, the league had just two over-the-fence homeruns. The last seven games - eight homers. Aside from the round trippers, the last two weekends (four games) have featured 45 doubles and triples collected. June 29th second game of the double header was a 15-13 win for the Spartans over the Racketeers, which is the most collective runs scored this year.
The surge has been lead by Ryan Barton's lead-leading four homeruns, Rookie LaVanti Wright's five triples and Josh Paul's 23 doubles.
Speaking of homeruns, the annual "Saukie Days" are scheduled for July 24, July 27 and July 31. The league will return to where the league began in 1998 - Saukie Baseball Field in Rock Island. Players are known to feast on the park due to its short 280' fence down the left field line.
Last weekend, Veto League Baseball Commissioner Matt Veto drove in from Pennsylvania to check on the status of the league. Always clever with words, Veto said, "The status of the league is good." Veto's big news were the announcements of several contractual breakthroughs, including sign-and-trade clauses, super-max deals and he also purchased the naming rights for the "Disabled List" from Major League Baseball. As for the game, Veto didn't miss a beat since his last baseball action in 2017. He hit a combined 8-for-10 with one run, three RBI, a double and his second career triple (286 games played).
The regular season will be wrapping up in two weeks. The top two teams from each division move on to a best-of-five series for a spot in the World Series. The Hitters (6-4) are atop the Blackhawk Division by a game over the Zephyrs. The Racketeers need help on the bottom of the division at 3-7 with four games to play.
In the Saukie Division, the Spartans and Goonies are tied at the top of the standings, each at 7-4 with three games left to play. Both teams' magic number is 1, as the Cannons (3-7) find themselves 3.5 games out of the playoffs with just four left to play.