Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Final Round Vfw, Old Monroe Showdown Set Sunday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Final Round Vfw, Old Monroe Showdown Set Sunday

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The long-awaited East Missouri Baseball Association showdown between VFW Post 2866 and Old Monroe is about to become reality - weather permitting.

The two regular-season league champions of the EMBA will square off in the best-of-three Little World Series beginning Sunday.

East League champion VFW (20-1) and Old Monroe (18-2) of the West League were scheduled to play four different times in the regular season. Each time, the game was rained out.

"It's a game that the players on both sides were really looking forward to," VFW manager Harold Orf said. "There's always been a good rivalry between us and Old Monroe. And now we're meeting for the league championship.

"It should really be a great series."

The best-of-three Little World Series begins at 1:30 p.m Sunday at C-H Park. Game two will be played Sept. 26 at Old Monroe.

Game three, if needed, would be played Oct. 3 at C-H Park.

Old Monroe is the three-time defending champion in the EMBA.

The two teams reached the Little World Series by different routes Sunday: VFW slipped by the St. Charles A's 3-1 while Old Monroe rolled to a 9-1 victory over St. Paul.

Following is a closer look at the two league championship games:

VFW Post 2866 3, St. Charles A's 1 - "The game couldn't have been any closer," Orf said. "We had seven hits and they had three. Each team got good pitching and turned three double plays."

The difference: solo home runs by VFW's Ted Gregory and Chad Hemsath in the seventh inning.

"We scored an unearned run in the first, but the homers in the seventh were the big hits of the day," Orf said. "Both teams had some other opportunities to score, but the pitching and defense were pretty tough on both sides."

The A's, who finished 12-11, scored their only run in the ninth. After an error, A's player/manager Kevin Jett came through with a run-scoring double to right center.

But that was as close as it would get.

Winning pitcher Boo Champagne went the distance, allowing just three hits. He struck out seven and walked four.

"Boo really threw a good ballgame," Orf said. "He carried a one-hitter into the eighth and then seemed to tire a little. But he dug down and finished strong. …

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