Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Big Lead, Momentum Evaporate for St. Paul in Tough 1-Run Loss

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Big Lead, Momentum Evaporate for St. Paul in Tough 1-Run Loss

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St. Paul of the East Missouri Baseball Association was hoping to gain a little momentum for the playoffs. But it just didn't happen.

Coming off a 12-2 victory over two-time defending league champion VFW Post 2866 - it turned out to be VFW's lone loss this season - St. Paul raced to a quick 6-0 lead against St. Peters on Friday but ended up losing 7-6.

"It would've been nice if we could've built on the VFW game, but Friday's game really didn't mean a thing for either team," said St. Paul player-manager A.J. Koenig. "But that's not to take anything away from St. Peters. We had them down 6-0, but they didn't quit. They battled back and took advantage of some of our mistakes. You have to give them credit.

"I guess they wanted the game a little more than we did," said Koenig.

St. Peters (11-5) won the game with a pair of unearned runs in the ninth. The loss ended St. Paul's regular season at 7-9.

Steve Benskin, who had four hits, including a home run, paced the St. Peters offense. Darren Nessl also homered and had a two-hit game for St. Peters, which got a complete-game pitching effort from Allen Jones.

Dan Johnson had a three-run homer while Brad Fischer, Fred Feldewerth and Rusty Wilson each had two hits for St. Paul. Eric Sachs took the loss in relief.

A week earlier against VFW Post 2866, St. Paul could do no wrong. The visitors jumped on the East League leaders with eight first-inning runs and never looked back.

"It was probably the best game this team has played in the last five years," Koenig said. "We got a great pitching performance from Ed Moore, and we made all the plays. And the thing I probably liked most about the game was that every time VFW would put a run on the board, we'd come right back and score in the next inning.

"Every time VFW made a mistake, we were able to take advantage of it."

St. Paul got two-hit efforts from Fischer, Sachs, Dan Orf and John Bush, while Moore pitched the complete-game victory. VFW's attack was keyed by two-hit games from Boo Champagne (home run), Jim Bommarito, Charlie Elmendorf and Ted Gregory. Adam Tritz started and took the loss. …

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