Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wentzville Explodes for 9 Runs in First Five Homers Power Club to 12-1 Win over Vfw/portage

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wentzville Explodes for 9 Runs in First Five Homers Power Club to 12-1 Win over Vfw/portage

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Steve Faron had never seen anything like it. Neither had visiting VFW Post 4219/Portage.

"I've played with and against some pretty decent ballclubs in this league," said Faron, player/manager of the Wentzville team of the East Missouri Baseball Association. "But that first inning was something special. We made good contact, we got the ball up into the wind and it just kept carrying."

Wentzville exploded for five home runs in a nine-run first inning and then coasted to a 12-1 victory over visiting VFW/Portage Sunday afternoon.

Wentzville is 2-1 while VFW Portage slipped to 0-4.

"We just jumped all over them in that first inning," Faron said.

Gerard Washington, Anthony Koehler, Brad Feldewerth, David Haake and Billy Haas homered in the first. Lead-off hitter Eric Mudd and Washington had two hits apiece in the inning.

After VFW/Portage's Jason French homered in the third, Wentzville came right back, scoring on two errors and a Tim Pike double to go up 10-1. A two-run single by Brian Bertke in the fourth made it 12-1.

Mudd led the way for Wentzville, going four for five; on the season, he's hitting .714, going 10 for 14. Washington, Haas and Haake each had two-hit games for Wentzville, which pounded out 15 in the game.

Neil Feldewerth started and picked up the victory. He and reliever Jeff Bollman combined to strike out nine while limiting VFW/Portage to just six hits.

French went two for three for the visitors. Robert Kemna started and took the loss. In other EMBA games played Sunday:

Elsberry 5, St. Paul 4 - "It was a good, well-played ballgame," St. Paul player/manager A.J. Koenig said. "It would've been better if we'd won, of course, but we can't complain. We had our chances, but we just couldn't come up with the key hits when we needed them."

Elsberry (1-3) rallied in the game, taking the lead for good on a two-run homer by Jason Stelzer with two outs in the sixth.

Elsberry went up on a Mike Hoffman single in the third, but St. Paul (1-2) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. One run scored on a wild pitch; the other on a Danny Johnson base hit. A run-scoring double by Fred Feldewerth in the fourth made it 3-1 for St. …

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