Valmeyer Tournament History

   On Independence Day weekend 1971, the Valmeyer Lakers and the East Alton Stags ventured north to the central state town of Riverton, IL. An amateur/semi-pro baseball

tournament was the enticement drawing teams from Southern Illinois as well as the Springfield and Chicago areas. East Alton had been to the event before. However, small

town Valmeyer filled a last-minute vacancy and was lowly ranked, unknown and generally unnoticed until a group of young, talented, rural and small town Monroe County

ball players began to scrap their way through the winner's bracket into the Fourth of July championship game - going up against a "powerhouse" team from Chicago. With

local Central Illinois fans giving enthusiastic support to the underdog Valmeyer, the Lakers proceeded to dish out an exciting late -inning, come-from-behind victory.

   Valmeyer went home with the ultimate prize. Valmeyer players, coaches and fans enjoyed the event and festive atmosphere so much they decided to create their own

tournament in the talent-rich area of Southern Illinois/St. Louis. Mon-Clair League officials gave their blessing and the annual "Valmeyer Mid-Summer Baseball Classic" was

born. The excitement has remained intact and the rest is history.

   Members of that original team were: Allen Goldschmidt (1B), John Asselmeier (2B), John Belk (SS), Gary Pieper (3B), Mike Degener (LF), Chip Bieber (CF), Allyn Rohlfing (RF),

Willis Bundy (C), Ron Rohlfing (OF), Lou Sondag (P), Tom Vogt (P), Don Rains (P), and Dennis Pieper (Manager/DH).

Year

Tournament Champion

 

Final Game Score

 

Most Valuable Player

1972

Millstadt

 

Millstadt 6, East Alton 5

 

No selection

1973

Valmeyer

 

Valmeyer 7, Waterloo 5

 

No selection

1974

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 11, Valmeyer 4

 

Carl Braun

1975

Millstadt / Waterloo

 

Rain Cancellation

 

No selection

1976

St. Louis Clark Funeral Home

 

St. Louis Clark FH 4, H.B. Deal 2

 

Mark Mennemeirer

1977

Millstadt

 

Millstadt 8, Waterloo 4

 

Kent Muskopf

1978

Valmeyer

 

Valmeyer 21, Columbia 2

 

Wayne Rohlfing / Scott Posey

1979

Millstadt

 

Millstadt 12, Valmeyer 7

 

John Marifian

1980

Valmeyer

 

Valmeyer 11 St. Louis Sotolar 6

 

Allyn Rohlfing

1981

Belleville

 

Belleville 5, St. Louis Sotolar 4

 

No selection

1982

Belleville

 

Belleville 5, Valmeyer 7

 

Austin Kattenbracker

1983

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 3, Belleville 1

 

Jim Wahlig

1984

Belleville / St. Louis Maritz

 

Rain Cancellation

 

No selection

1985

St. Louis Maritz

 

St. Louis Maritz 11, Valmeyer 7

 

Scott Cepicky

1986

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 10, Valmeyer 5

 

Chris Shadowens

1987

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 8, Belleville 5

 

Jim Wahlig

1988

Edwardsville

 

Edwardsville 5, O.B. Clark 4

 

Bill Stolte

1989

East Alton

 

East Alton 7, Millstadt 3

 

Brian Clawson

1990

Sauget

 

Sauget 9, Waterloo 8

 

Mike Miller

1991

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 14, Granite City 3

 

Mark Schulte

1992

Sauget

 

Sauget 3, Waterloo 1

 

Rob Garrison

1993 (*)

Granite City

 

Granite City 9, East Alton 0

 

Jamie Hogan / Todd Carter

1994

Granite City

 

Granite City 11, Waterloo 8

 

Darin Hendrickson

1995

Granite City

 

Granite City 6, Waterloo 4

 

Jamie Hogan

1996

Granite City

 

Granite City 32, St. Louis Printers 1

 

Jamie Hogan

1997

East Alton

 

East Alton 11, Granite City 8

 

Mark Briggs

1998

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 8, Valmeyer 2

 

Dan Jolliff

1999

Valmeyer

 

Valmeyer 8, Waterloo 5

 

Dave Lucht

2000

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 11, Millstadt 6

 

Steve Haake

2001

Granite City

 

Granite City 10, Waterloo 6

 

Jeff Stephens

2002

St. Louis Printers

 

St. Louis Printers 28, West Frankfort 9

 

Jake Tippee

2003

Valmeyer

 

Valmeyer 13, Waterloo 12

 

Dave Lucht

2004

Granite City

 

Granite City 5, Valmeyer 3

 

Brian Harshany

2005

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 4, Granite City 3

 

Waterloo pitchers: Pete Buck / Mark Mueller / Corey

 

 

 

 

 

Blackwell / Brandon Musso / Brandon Waeltz

2006

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 2, St. Louis Spikes 1

 

Brandon Waeltz

2007

St. Louis Spikes

 

St. Louis Spikes 3, Fairview Heights 1

 

Mitch Thomas

2008

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 12, St. Louis Spikes 5

 

Jason Harrison

2009

 

 

Rain Cancellation

 

No selection

2010

Waterloo

 

Waterloo 7, Fairview Heights 6

 

Chas Wigger

2011

St. Louis Spikes

 

St. Louis Spikes 9, Waterloo 3

 

Mike Tallis

(*) Ballplayers assisted churches and citizens to higher ground before the flood hit Valmeyer.

Tournament Championships

 

Tournament Runner-ups

 

Tournament Championship Appearances

Waterloo 11

 

Waterloo 10

 

Waterloo 21

Granite City 6

 

Valmeyer 7

 

Valmeyer 12

Valmeyer 5

 

Granite City 3

 

Granite City 9

Millstadt 3

 

Millstadt 2

 

Millstadt 5

Belleville 2

 

Belleville 2

 

Belleville 4

East Alton 2

 

East Alton 2

 

East Alton 4

St. Louis Spikes 2

 

Fairview Heights 2

 

St. Louis Spikes 4

Sauget 2

 

St. Louis Sotolar 2

 

Fairview Heights 2

Edwardsville 1

 

St. Louis Spikes 2

 

St. Louis Printers 2

St. Louis Clark FH 1

 

Columbia 1

 

St. Louis Sotolar 2

St. Louis Maritz 1

 

H. B. Deal 1

 

Sauget 2

St. Louis Printers 1

 

O.B. Clark 1

 

Columbia 1

 

 

St. Louis Printers 1

 

Edwardsville 1

 

 

West Frankfort 1

 

H. B. Deal 1

 

 

 

 

O.B. Clark 1

 

 

 

 

St. Louis Clark FH 1

 

 

 

 

St. Louis Maritz 1

 

 

 

 

West Frankfort 1