Players arrived at Douglas Park in Rock Island a few minutes afternoon. The game had started at12:15, with Mike Holst’s High Rollers going on the road against the Turtles, sub-captained by Rick Ulloa. “Right field out” rules were in effect.
The Turtles (6-8) got on the board early with a three run lead after two innings of play. But the High Rollers (9-5) took advantage of timely hitting and a few Turtle errors to put up 10 runs over the next three innings, taking a 10-3 lead. Turtle defensive adjustments held the High Rollers scoreless over the next three innings. Then it was the Turtles turn to start hitting the ball. Led by Scott Raes’ 9-for-11 performance with six runs scored, the Turtles managed to tie the game at 11 a piece in the bottom of the ninth.
Both teams went scoreless in the 10th. In the 11th inning, the High Rollers took a commanding 3-run lead. As a team, the High Rollers batted .500 with 36 hits in 72 at bats. Nine hit performances were collected by Anthony Reese, Nick Larson, and Mark Kirkhove. The Turtles fought back as rookie Mark Wishnia smashed one of his three doubles on the afternoon which plated two to tie the game 13-13. Wishnia was stranded on 2nd base as the game went to the 12th inning.
Like previous innings, the High Rollers put the pressure on scoring another run, but that was matched in the bottom half by the Turtles as the score again was tied. The Turtles stranded a runner on 3rd to send the game to the 13th frame. Since the statistical era began in 2002, Veto League has never seen a game last more than 11 innings, but on June 24th, 11 players decided to play 13 innings.
The High Rollers again scored a run in the top half. In the bottom frame, Raes led off the 13th with a single and went to third on Kevin Powell’s base hit. With runners at the corners and no outs, Josh Paul hit a line drive to a gap in left center. The ball was slightly bobbled as Powell raced around the bases to plate the winning run, 16-15.
Game time was 3 hours, 15 minutes.
The High Rollers were led by Reese’ four RBI while the Turtle’s Wishnia collected a career high five RBI.