And in game 1, The Playaz took mercy on the Crushers with an 18-3 victory in six innings of play.
Matt Veto made another appearance in the league he started oh so long ago and led the Playaz with 4 RBI while going 4-5 on the day with a double. Mike Dewitte and Anthony Reese each had 3 RBI. Reese also had a triple in the contest. The Playaz scored runs in every inning of play and the game ended early in the 6th inning when the final two runs came across to secure a 15 run lead in the home half of the inning. With a 15 run lead after six, the game came to an end on a mercy rule.
The Playaz improved to 5-3, the Crushers to 3-5.
Game 2 between the Goonies and Crushers were a bit closer, but the Crushers were handed a second defeat at the hands of the red hot Goonies 16-11. The Goonies with the win improved to an impressive 7-1 on the season as the Crushers moved to 3-6.
Jason Huling and Josh Paul led the Goonies with four RBI each. Every player in the Goonies lineup with the exception of two players had at least one RBI. Mike Dewitte had three doubles in the game for the Goonies and Anthony Reese had two. All players except for two had a multi-hit game.
For the Crushers, they certainly played better in game two and put up much more runs led by a three RBI performance by DJ. Borkovec. But unfortunately it wasn't enough to fend off the Goonies who scored in every inning except for the third.
The next double header is slated for next weekend with all games taking place again at Ridgewood. Douglas Park will have games all weekend long for Memorial Day Weekend. Early weather indications call for just a chance of showers on both Saturday and Sunday but otherwise Saturday will be sunny with a high close to 70. Sunday will be cloudy with a high in the low 70s. There is a chance of rain every day during the week though which could potentially impact playing conditions at Ridgewood.
*OTHER NOTES:* This afternoon, across the river at Modern Woodmen Park, the Bandits played host to the Beloit Snappers. The Snappers have a former member of Veto League Baseball on their roster in pitcher Dakota Bacus. Bacus, a Moline native, played in eight total VLB games in 2011. He had 20 hits in 34 at bats (.588). He scored 14 runs, drove in eight and had six doubles. He was 6-2 in the games he participated in. Today against the River Bandits, Bacus came in relief for starting pitcher Austin House in the 6th inning. Bacus ended up throwing four innings, while allowing one run on five hits. He walked two batters and struck out five. Bacus was credited with the win as the Snappers defeated the Bandits 3-2. The Beloit Snappers are a Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
**Read a recap of Saturday's games here**