This year’s epic VLB season began in mid-April and is now winding to a close. Veto League hopes to play games 73 and 74 this Saturday at Douglas Park with a record setting 75th game slated to be played on Monday. Most of the single season records have been shattered, including games played, at bats, hits, runs scored, runs batted in, doubles, triples, and wins. Most of these records set by second year superstar Scott Raes, who is the leading candidate for this year’s Most Valuable Player.
Monday night will feature two long-time Veto League Players. Jeff Kilgard is the longest active VLB participant, debuting in the sandlot in 1999. Josh Smith’s Turtles will be the visitors in the highly anticipated contest. Smith’s first season was in 2006, when he won Rookie of the Year and was runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting.
The rosters and batting order for the Turtles is: Anthony Reese, Ryan Barton, Mark Wishnia, Kevin Powell, Smith, Mark Kirkhove, Derek Rotz, Jim Wesson, Stephene Contreras, Nick Larson, Kevin O’Neill, and John Rasso.
The Crushers will bring to the plate Raes, Josh Paul, Kilgard, Mike Holst, Scott Ellefritz, Gage Wenthe, Keith Youngs, DJ Borkovec, Ashton Hardy, Jared Hurlbut, Chris Waldron, and Greg Hannah.
For those planning to come watch the game, Veto League is teaming up with the River Band Food Bank to hold a non-perishable food drive. Last year, the VLB collected 890 pounds of food and hopes to break that record on Monday evening.
Free raffle tickets will be given to each fan in attendance who brings non-perishable goods, with sponsors Noodles & Company, Putnam Museum, Neckers Jewelers, Palmer Hills Golf Course, Davenport School of Yoga, Quad City River Bandits, Fitness Express, and 2 Rivers YMCA all donating prizes.
Paul will provide information about the league and player awards will be distributed at 6:30 with the game commencing at 7:05.