Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hitting Slump Bedevils League-Leading VFW

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hitting Slump Bedevils League-Leading VFW

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VFW Post 2866 manager Harold Orf isn't getting worried. Yet.

"I'm definitely concerned," Orf said after his team's East Missouri Baseball Association doubleheader split with VFW 4219/Portage Sunday. "We didn't hit last week and we didn't hit again today. All teams go through slumps; I just hope we can get ourselves straightened out in time for the playoffs."

VFW/Portage (9-7) won 4-1 in the first game, handing East League leader VFW (16-1) its first loss of the season. VFW won the nightcap 4-2.

"It's always nice to beat VFW, especially when they haven't lost yet," VFW/Portage player/manager John Bornhop said. "They're going through a tough stretch now, but they're still a very good team."

Robert Kemna won the opener, limiting VFW to just three hits. He struck out six and benefited from outstanding defense.

"Our defense really stood out in that game," Bornhop said. "And Robert did a great job."

Jason Raines paced the VFW/Portage attack, going three for four with a solo home run. Doug Schulte also had an RBI for VFW/Portage.

Boo Champagne started and took the loss for VFW.

In the nightcap, VFW started quickly as Ray Howard hit a two-run homer in the first. VFW led 4-0 after three.

"But we didn't do much hitting after that," Orf said. "We had our chances, but we just couldn't string anything together.

"Neither team did much hitting in that second game."

Dale Banze picked up the victory, scattering six hits. Rich Barnes started and took the loss for VFW/Portage.

"They were both pretty decent ballgames," Bornhop said.

VFW plays host to West League leader Old Monroe in an 8 o'clock game Wednesday at C-H Park. Also Wednesday, VFW/Portage plays St. Peters at Blanchette Park.

In other weekend action:

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Hawk Point 10-1, St. Paul 0-12 - In a doubleheader Sunday, both teams had their big games.

In the opener, Hawk Point's Darrin Mudd tossed a six-inning no-hitter. In the nightcap, St. Paul's Brian Burbes limited Hawk Point to just four hits over five innings. …

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