St.Louis MO–The Unions returned to Lafayette Park in St. Louis City yesterday, with the second date of games so far this season against the Lafayette Square Cyclone. After six games of temps that were mostly on the cooler side, the JB Nine and Cyclone heated it up with two nail biters. The clubs split their doubleheader, with the Cyclone coming back and winning the first game in eight innings after the Unions jumped out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the early going.
The Cyclone were up 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Unions tied it up and made it 3-3. The JB Nine had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t covert with two hands and runners at second and third.
The Cyclone would tally what would be the winning ace in the top of the eight to take the win. Matt ‘Mayhem’ Moushey, Dave ‘Beans’ Heim, and Roger ‘Switch’ Neff all drove in runs for the JB Nine in game one. In the second tilt, the Unions prevailed over the Cyclone, 6-5. With balls put in play all afternoon, it was the defense of both squads that prevailed while being tested often.
The JB Nine jumped out quickly and never looked back, led by the striking of Switch (2-for-3, run, 3 RBIs), Joe ‘Spiedini’ Pagano (2-for-3, 2 runs), Klinger (2-for-3, run, RBI), and an RBI apiece from Chad ‘Lefty’ Larimore, and Tony ‘Huck’ LaBarge. The Cyclone prevented the Unions from getting a clean sheet with an ace tallied in the bottom of the third, then four more in the fifth and sixth to make it a one run game.
The JB Nine would show their resolve in the field in the bottom of the seventh after a muff with a key double-play that would end the frame and the game. The Unions will have next weekend off, but play will resume at Lurk Field in Jefferson Barracks Park the following Saturday (May 10th) against the Springfield (IL) Long Nine for a doubleheader. First hurl is at 1pm.