I defy anyone to claim there was ever a better day for baseball.
The Belleville Stags split a pair of games Saturday at Rock Springs Park under perfectly blue skies with temperatures in the low 80s.
In the first game, the Stags fell behind the home standing Alton Giant by two tallies in the first. But then the boys from Belleville scored 13 unanswered runs over the next six innings to produce the 13-2 final.
In the second game, the St. Louis unions led 3-2 late in a tight game before breaking the contest open with three runs in the top of the seventh. Belleville scored two and had the tying run on base when the game came to and end with a final tally of 6-4. ...
Join the Belleville Stags Saturday as they invade territories to the north, traveling to Rock Springs Park in Alton for round robin play versus the Alton Giant and the St. Louis Unions.
Members of the three clubs will arrive at 11 a.m. to mingle with cranks and sign autographs. Then the Stags will play the host Giant at noon and then their friendly rivals from St. Louis at 1:30. At 3, the Giant and Unions will face each other.
In addition to the fun and games, these matches will be held for a good cause:
The Alton Giant club will be collecting donations to benefit Jerseyville Police Department officer Nathan Miller, 30, who was critically wounded while responding to a burglary scene last week.
Please consider making a donation on Saturday. During warm ups, the Stags players will sign one of our uniform caps which will be presented as a fundraising item to the Giant, whose members are planning a fundraising match on August 5th to benefit officer Miller. Stay tuned for further details. ...