Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wentzville Starts off in Style with 6-5 Win over Old Monroe 'Victory Definitely Gives Us Some Confidence,' Mudd Exults

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wentzville Starts off in Style with 6-5 Win over Old Monroe 'Victory Definitely Gives Us Some Confidence,' Mudd Exults

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Wentzville player/manager Eric Mudd could not have asked for a better way to kick off the East Missouri Baseball Association season.

Wentzville knocked off defending EMBA champion Old Monroe 6-5 Sunday.

"We felt like we picked up a few players to improve our ballclub and this definitely gives us some confidence," Mudd said. "Old Monroe's a good team, but we think we have a pretty good team, too." Wentzville took control early, building a 6-0 lead. Neil Feldewerth had a run-scoring hit in a two-run first and Mike Hoffman hit a solo homer in the third for Wentzville. In the fourth, Wentzville scored three times on a crazy play. "We had two on and none out," Mudd said. "I hit a ground ball past the shortstop and they just kept throwing the ball around. By the time the play ended, all three runs had scored and we were up 6-0." Old Monroe, which swept VFW Post 2866 in the best-of-three Little World Series last September for the EMBA title, rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Keiser hit a solo homer and Kent Keiser had a three-run shot later in the inning. Gary Barth's solo homer in the eighth made it 6-5. But the game's final few innings belonged to Feldewerth, who struck out 11 in five innings of relief. Jeff Bollman started and worked the first four innings for Wentzville. "Neil really threw the ball well," Mudd said. "Any time you strike out 11 Old Monroe hitters in five innings, you must be doing something right." Hoffman had three hits while Ryan Woolfolk and Chris Bailey added two apiece for Wentzville. Jeff Keiser, Kent Keiser and Greg Faron had two-hit games for Old Monroe. Chuck Hutson started and took the loss. "It was a great way to start the season," Mudd said. "I really think the difference was our pitching and our defense." In other opening-week games played Sunday: ST. PETERS 15, PORTAGE PIRATES 9 - "It was a typical first game for both teams," St. Peters player/manager Rick Reno said. …

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