So for the first time ever, The VLB moved across the river to Jefferson Park in Davenport. Two games were played and neither were close.
In game one The Goonies played host to the High Rollers. The High Rollers were once again without captain Michael Holst. However, their team name held true as they mustered up 19 runs led by a 7 RBI effort by Jeff Kilgard. Kilgard also doubled in the game and was 3 for 6 with two sac flies.
DJ Borkovec was 6 for 7 in the game with 4 RBI.
For the losing Goonies, Scott Raes led the way with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. He was 2-4 on the day including a homerun over the left field wall beyond the 305 sign. By default, Raes becomes the first player to ever hit a homerun for The VLB in Iowa. It was the only homerun on the day and so he is also the only one to ever do it.
The High Rollers won game one 19-12. After two innings the High Rollers jumped to a 7-0 lead. The Goonies did not get on the board until the 4th inning where they were able to bring across 8 runs. But unfortunately it was not enough as the High Rollers scored at least 2 runs every inning except the 4th.
In game two, The Phenoms hosted The Crushers and it was another game that was not close with The Phenoms pouncing The Crushers 11-3.
Steve Gerard and Josh Paul each led the winning squad with 3 RBI. Gerard was 4-5 in the game while Paul was 5-5 with a sac fly. Every single player on The Phenoms scored at least once in the game.
For The Crushers, who were on the losing end of the crushing, were led by Omar Ortega's 2 RBI but could not produce much else. Chip Witt had the only other RBI for the losing team. Witt also suffered an injury during the day on a play at the plate. Kevin Powell was coming home and tried to leap over the tag but unfortunately his elbow smacked into the side of Witt's head. Witt had a visible bruise and was not feeling well at the end of the day. His status moving forward is currently unknown. At the end of game two, Witt said, "I feel like I'm going to vomit."
The two games today were not the only games ever in Iowa. One time in the past, an exhibition game was played at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf. However, these were the first games to count towards the standings.
Tomorrow, games will again be played at Jefferson Park in Davenport. It is recommended that players and spectators park in the parking lot off 12th street beyond the outfield or in the lot that goes adjacent to the third base line. One Davenport resident was not happy to see cars parked in front of his property today despite the road being a public street. That resident lives on 10th street located behind home plate. Players should plan on meeting at 11:30am. Veto League photographer Mallory McLain will be there as well. The National Weather Service is calling for a 50% chance of rain after 1pm as of Saturday in the early evening.