When Veto League kicked off its 23rd season on May 16, no one knew what to expect. With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the entire sports world at a standstill, many wondered what kind of fate was in store for the Quad Cities-based league. The result, however, has been something no one imagined.
The season opened with 31 players, the second most ever for a Veto League game, a record set back in 2009 (33 players). What followed showed that the Veto League’s 2020 Opening Day was no accident: 30 showed up the next Tuesday, followed by games of 28 combined players on May 23, 28 on May 24, 25 on May 26, 26 on May 30, and 20 on May 31 to round out the month. June has been no different, averaging 21 players per game.
As a result of incredible turnout, the league has managed to play a whopping 24 games through the first month. In fact, this is the most games in any month span in Veto League history. Although restrictions put in place by state governments has made finding fields more difficult, players have shown strong dedication through it all.
Through the first month, Johnny Readus’s Racketeers (6-3) leads the Blackhawk Division and Josh Paul’s Goonies (6-1) are in first in the Saukie Division. Not far behind, Mason Overmire’s Hitters (4-3) are 1.5 games back of the Racketeers, while Alex Miller’s Cannons (6-2) are a mere half game back from the Saukie division lead.
League leaders include Alex Miller (At Bats, Hits, Runs, Wins), Anthony Reese (RBI), Kyle Kent (Doubles), Josh Paul and Jimi Havemann (Triples), Matt Holem (Home Runs), Kevin Powell (Batting Average), and Scott Raes (Winning Percentage).
Games continue each week throughout the Summer. Be sure to check the schedule for times and locations, and check out the league’s Facebook page, “Veto League Baseball” for all the latest updates and last minute field changes.