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2015 13 Yr. Old State Tournament, La Grange, IL

                                                           July 15 - 19, 2015


LaGrange Babe Ruth is pleased to host the 13 Yr. Old State Tournament on the Senior field at Sedgwick Park, LaGrange, Il 60525

For questions and info, please contact Nora Valentino @ 708-870-7855

For weather hotline on game status, call 708-354-8730

For schedule and bracket information, please click here on bracket.

To sign up for volunteer work, please click here on volunteer sign up.

Complete coverage including photos and recaps follows below.


2015 14 Yr. Old State Tournament, Westmont, IL

                                                           July 11 - 18, 2015


For schedule and bracket information, please click here on bracket.

For directions to Westmont Memorial Park, please click here on map.

Complete coverage including photos and recaps follows below.


2015 16 - 18 Yr. Old State Tournament, Brookfield, IL

                                                              July 9 -15, 2015


For schedule and bracket information, please click here on bracket.

For directions to Brookfield Elhert Park, please click here on map.

Complete coverage including photos and recaps follows below.


2015 13 -15 Yr. Old State Tournament, Homewood, Il

                                                              July 11 - 19, 2015


For schedule and bracket information, please click here on bracket.

For directions to Appolo Park, please click here on map.

For directions to Homewood-Flossmore HS varsity field, click here on map.

Complete coverage including photos and recaps follows below.


2015 16-18 All Stars Defeat Hegewisch 14-4 in Five Innings and Advance

July 12, 2015

2015 16-18 Yr. Old All Stars Stay Alive in State Tournament

July 12, 2015

La Grange stays alive in Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old state tournament

By Community Contributor smetsch2


After losing its first game, the La Grange Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old All Star Team has won three straight to stay alive in the Northern Illinois State Tournament being played at Ehlert Park in Brookfield.

The bats have awakened as La Grange has scored 39 runs in its three victories. The tournament began with nine teams. Four remain.

La Grange beat Hegewisch 14-4 in five innings Sunday night, and advanced to an 8 p.m. Monday game against Westmont. 

Sunday night's game was tied 2-2 in the third inning when third baseman Ryan Krukowski delivered the game's big hit in dramatic fashion. With two outs and two strikes and the bases loaded, he doubled to deep left center to clear the bases and give La Grange a 5-2 lead. Starting pitcher Peter Newman went four innings for the win and reliever Braedon Belcher closed out the game. 

La Grange is playing out of the losers bracket after dropping its first game in the tournament 6-0 to Matteson. That game started Thursday night, was postponed due to a non-fatal shooting in Ehlert Park, and was completed Friday afternoon.


2015 16-18 Yr. Old All Star Team Photo


 Front: Braedon Belcher, Brendan McDonnell, Austin Cruz, Peter Newman, Nick Gron, Mark Huebner, Adam Kubil

Back: Ryan Krukowski, Michael Metz, Carter Buyer, Casey Lawry, John Yanulis, Bret Nicholson, Craig Metsch, Mgr. Victor Cruz 

Not pictured: Jim Hollowed, Nicholas Mazzone



2015 16-18 All Stars fall to Westmont 5-4

July 14, 2015


The LG 16-18 All Stars were eliminated by their loss to Westmont today by a score of 5-4. This was the completion of last night's rain-suspended game that found LG down 4-1 before the rains fell. At the continuation of the game Tuesday evening, LG promptly cut the lead to 4-2, but shortly after, Westmont was able to capitalize on a miscue to push the lead back up to 3 runs at 5-3. After a rally again closed the gap to 5-4, LG was unable to push across the tying run that was stranded at third in the final frame.





Manager Victor Cruz addresses the 16-18 All Stars after their close 5-4 loss to Westmont Tuesday night. The semifinal loss eliminated La Grange in the Northern Illinois State Tournament at Brookfield. The boys finished 3-2.






2015 13 Yr. Old All Star Team



Front row: Nico Sutkus, Adam Sneed, Ryan Darlin, Matthew Sheehan, Luke Biocic, Colin Novinger

Back row: Mgr. Andy Novinger, Luke Jercich, Stephen French, Nathan Davis, Evan Lannon, Sean Tierney, Co. Jerry Biocic,          Co. Ron Sneed 

Not pictured: Jack Thorell


2015 14 Yr. Old All Star Team


Standing: Rick O'Brenski, Mike Clarke, Aidan O'Brenski, David Strubing, Jake Gamboa, Matt Barney, Cameron Peake,

Chuck Hultmark, Michael Radice, Trent Powers, Steve Peake, Erick Hultmark

        Kneeling: Jimmy Fairchild, Kevin Clarke, Kelan O'Flaherty, Ethan Cabela

  Not Pictured: Brendan Temple, Dylan Wolf, Owen Brennan



2105 13-15 All Star Team


Front Row- Alex Cefali, Aaron Valentino, Louis Banda, Jacob Hollowed, Luka Kosic

Back Row- Coach John Tuohy, Connor Tuohy, Anthony Martino, Joe Kressmann, Darek Toczek, Eric Wisnewski, Mike McQuillan, Mgr. Jeff Gianone


Not Pictured- Jeffrey Gianone, Ryan Boyd




2015 16-18's Invited to Ohio Valley Regional with At-Large Bid.

The LaGrange 16-18 yr. old all stars were invited to participate in the Ohio Valley Regional in Sauk City, WI from July 22-25. They will be managed by Victor Cruz.

For details on pool play, click here.

For the bracket, click here.

Additional game coverage to follow below.

2015 16-18 All Stars Victorious over Muncie

July 23, 2015

The LaGrange 16-18 all stars beat Muncie to open the Ohio Valley Regional by a score of 11-6. Brendan McDonnell and Ryan Krukowski combined to go 7 for 9, including a 400' center field double by Krukowski. Peter Newman contributed 4 RBI's and Krukowski pitched 2 shout out innings in relief of Nick Mazzone. Nick Gron added 2 hits and 2 RBI's in a solid team effort.

2015 16-18's Disappointing Loss to Fond Du Lac Puts LG Against The Wall

July 24, 2015

The 16-18's ran into a buzz saw at the hands of Fond do Lac and fell 15-0. Five errors and 2 other untimely miscues didn't help the cause. But LG lives to see another game as they face Hammond Purple @ 6:30 PM, probably the best team in their group.

2015 16-18's Lose a Heartbreaker To Highly Rated Hammond

July 25, 2015

An awesome game but Hammond came back to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to beat LaGrange 3-2. Hammond is one of the top teams in the entire regional as the #2 seed. Peter Newman was Player of the Game. For a complete box score, click here.

2015 16-18 Photos


2015 16-18's Eliminated 11-1 at the Hands of Blue Lick.

July 25, 2015

The LaGrange 16-18 team lost this morning's game 11-1 at the hands of Blue Lick. They gave up 2 in the first after two were out and cut the lead to one in the second. They scored one more in the bottom of the second and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 5th. An excuse me swing dropped in for a hit, some poor defense, a seeing eye single just past second base, some more fielding gaffs and LG couldn't come back. Austin Cruz got "Player of the Game" for his pitching effort.

2017 Junior and Senior Divisional Playoff Brackets:

Junior Bracket

Senior Bracket

2015 16's Drop Tough Opening Game to Homewood 5-2

July 23, 2015

Joe Hess went the distance for LG giving up a mere 6 hits. 5 errors were the undoing for LG. Max Good and Phil Mangini both but couldn't stem the tide for Homewood. The Joe Hess pitching performance earned him Player of the Game.

2015 16 Yr. Old All Stars


Back row L to R: Patrick Morgison, Elijah Medlock, Michael Antkiewicz, and Jack Thoms.

Middle Row: Coach David Dattalo, Jonathan Dattalo, Tom Powers, Tom Oeltgen, Phil Mangini, Ben Dusza, and Coach Brian Oeltgen.

Front Row: Dominic Pavone, Max Good, Joe Hess.


 2017 Black Wins Thriller For Senior Championship:

Billy Black (no, that's not a typo) ended a thrilling game Friday night, June 30, with an RBI single to the right side that lifted the Black team to an 8-7 win over Navy to claim the Senior Title in the La Grange Babe Ruth Baseball League at Sedgwick Park.

His two-out heroics came in the bottom of the 11th inning of a three-hour nail-biter that featured a bit of everything before ending around 11:30 p.m.

The Black team seemed to have the game in hand with a 7-5 lead after Joe Hess drove in two runs with a base hit in the fourth inning.

But Navy cut the lead to 7-6 and scored once in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, 7-7.

Hess, who was the winning pitcher, pitched the last five innings of the game. He allowed just one run on two hits while fanning five. Tom Oeltgen caught all 11 innings of the title game.

Black also pitched three innings, giving up one run and striking out five in relief of starting pitcher Dirk Molek.

In a memorable showdown, the Black team loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with nobody out, but Navy relief pitcher Drew Mrazek managed to wriggle out of the jam. Mrazek retired the Black team’s 4-5-6 hitters - Chris Figge, Eric Wisnewski and Molek – to preserve the tie, leaving the bags loaded. Molek had tripled in the third inning to tie the game at 5-all.

Nate Marquardt added a two-run single in the third for the Black team.

The win by the Black team was the second walk-off win two nights between the teams.

On a soggy Thursday night after a lengthy rain delay, Black scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win, 3-2, forcing the winner-take-all game Friday night.

In Thursday’s game, Oeltgen drove in that game-winner when he beat the throw to first base on a slow roller to third as the winning run scampered home. Hess had tied that game 2-2 with a two-out single.

Jeff Gianone manages the Black team with coaches Dan Hollowed and Brian Oeltgen.


Back row: Coach Brian Oeltgen, Luka Brenner, Eric Wisnewski, Manager Jeff Gianone, Billy Black, Christian Pudlo, Dirk Molek

Front Row: Nate Marquardt, Ethan Cabela, Tom Oeltgen, Jeff Gianone, Joe Hess, Phil Mangini, Chris Figge

Not Pictured: Coach Dan Hollowed, Jake Hollowed, Matt Weems


 2017 Cards Beat Mets To Win Junior Championship:

The Cardinals completed their domination of the playoffs by beating the Mets, 11-1, to win the Junior Division Title at Sedgwick Park on Friday night.

The Cards won their last eight games in the regular season, and then swept through the playoffs with four victories.

In the title game, the Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead, but the Cards scored five runs in the second inning and never looked back. They added three runs in the fourth, and another three runs in the fifth to clinch the championship.

Joey Trutenko was the winning pitcher. He struck out five, walked two, and allowed six hits. The Mets scored  their run on a passed ball.

The Mets stole a base, but catcher Jack Evans gunned down two would be base-stealers.

Shortstop Daniel Rauf had a solid game in the field, making two leaping catches. He also stole five bases.  Jack Grey singled in the Cards’ first run. Jack Link added a two-run hit in the fourth inning.

Each of the last three teams the Cards faced in the playoffs had scored 15 runs or more in the previous game, but were held to one, two and one run, respectively, when they played the Cards, proving once again that good pitching and solid defense are tough to beat.

Amir Rauf manages the Cardinals.

Top row: Chris Simmons, Joey Trutenko, Jack Pusatera, Daniel Rauf, Jack Gray, Jack Link, (call up) Paul Racanelli, Jack Evans & Jack Beasley.

Bottom row: Coach Paul Link, Coach nick Trutenko, Luke Marquardt, Manager Amir Rauf, Team Statistician Eddie Negron.

Not present: Casey Hart, Davis Miller and (call up) Joshua Vavra


July 19, 2017

2017 13 Yr. Old State Tournament @ LaGrange, IL:



Sunday, July 23; Evergreen Park defeats Galesburg in the final game of the NIL state championship here in LaGrange by the score of 8-4 to advance to the regionals.

Friday, 7/21 Downers 10, LaGrange 5: After losing a hard fought game on Thursday night to a tough Galesburg team by a score of 8-6, Lagrange was eliminated from the 13 All Star tournament by Downers Grove by the final score of 10-5. Winner's bracket Galesburg and Evergreen Park were called to to rain and will be resumed on Saturday at 12:00 noon.


Left-to-Right: Ben Michel, William Carroll, Mark McHugh, Casey Hart, Ethan Garcia, Justin Shah,

Joey Fornaro, Tom Kawczynski, Jack Gray, Aiddan Walls, Sean Morfoot, Austin Castle.

Not Pictured: Manager Ben Castle, Coaches Bill Morfoot and Phil Fornaro



July 19, 2017

2017 14 Yr. Old State Tournament @ Hegwisch in Chicago, IL:

14 year old all stars have received an at-large bid to advance to the Ohio Valley Regionals in Mattoon, IL beginning on July 26th. Please refer to the appropriate links below for further information.








I wanted to personally thank you for allowing me the opportunity to manage the All-Star team. 
I never thought what began as a simple volunteer "dart throw," would result in taking a team to a Championship win in-league and then culminating in a competitive appearance in All-Star Tournament play.
Many memories were created and above all our youth were impacted in a positive way. All parents were supportive and coaches on both teams were extremely helpful.
Unfortunately we were unable to advance. The 2nd game was the pivotal one which we should have won. I still believe that our team should have at least finished 2nd place if not won it all. We were up 5-0 against Downers Grove yesterday and then down 7-6 going into the bottom of the 6th when things unraveled in the wrong direction.
Many of their runs were unearned.
The 10-8 loss to Galesburg was also a game we simply gave away due to errors that should not be made at this level of sportsmanship.
Needless to say, the boys played hard and were very supportive of one another and it was an experience that will be both cherished and remembered for a long time.
Coach Amir Rauf

Sunday, July 23; Galesburg is unable to advance to the regional tournament so LaGrange will take their place. Refer to Ohio Valley regional website, Mattoon visitores site and maps above.

Saturday, July 22; Downers Grove 14, LaGrange 6

LaGrange 14 All Stars were eliminated from the state tournament by Downers Grove on Saturday.

Friday, July 21; Galesburg 10, LaGrange 8:

Wednesday, July 19; LaGrange 15, Hegwisch 2:

The 14-year-old boys took their first tournament game in grand fashion, beating Hegewisch 15-2 in a five-inning slaughter rule victory.  Down two runs after the top of the first inning, LaGrange poured on the offensive firepower, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first, six runs in the second and four runs in the fourth for a total of fifteen unanswered runs.   

Hurlers Ricky Virella (2 IP, 1 H, 4K), George Caplice (2 IP, 0H) and Andrew Kravcik (1 IP, 1H) combined to spin the gem, without allowing an earned run in the contest.  The defense sparkled, highlighted by an inning ending 6-4-3 double play turned by Daniel Rauf, Alec Valentino and Vince Ungaro. 

The offensive onslaught was led by Jack Link (2-4, 3 RBI, 1 R), Ricky Virella (2-3, 2 RBI, 1 R), Tristan Sala (1-3, 3 RBI, 1 R), Colin McHugh (2-2, 2 RBI, 2 R), Daniel Rauf (1-2, 2 R) and Paul Racanelli (1-2, 1 RBI, 2 R). 

2B – Colin McHugh & Ricky Virella  3B – Daniel Rauf  SB – Daniel Rauf (3),  Paul Racanelli (3), Andrew Kravcik (2), George Caplice (2), Tristan Sala, Colin McHugh, Ricky Virella


Back Row: Coach Paul Link, Jack Link, George Caplice, Alec Valentino, Ricky Virella, Colin McHugh and Andrew Kravcik 

Front Row: Manager Amir Rauf, John Beasley, Jack Evan, Paul Racanelli, Brandin Hall, Vince Ungaro, Daniel Rauf, Tristan Sala and Coach John Racanelli


July 19, 2017

2017 15 Yr. Old State Tournament @ Brookfield, IL:

LaGrange 15 year old All-Stars went undefeated and advanced to the Ohio Valley regional in Crown Point, IN beginning July 26. Congratulations !! Please refer to the links below for further information.




Sunday, 7/23: LaGrange 8, Western Conf. 6 (In 8 Innings):

LaGrange defeats Western Conference on their own turf by a score of 8-6 in 8 innings to become NIL state champs and advance to the Ohio Valley regionals in Crown Point, IN. 

Saturday, 7/22; LaGrange 16, Downers Grove 13:

LaGrange wins a close one over Downers Grove 16-13 and advances to the final round beginning on Sunday at 2:00 PM. If they win their match-up against Western Conference, they will be crowned NIL State Champs. Being undefeated to this point, they only need one more victory for the title. If they should lose, they will play a second game against the same Western Conference team to determine the NIL state championship. Let's get out there and cheer the boys on! Elhert Park in Brookfield is a short 15 drive so we should have a good crowd on hand for the finals.

LaGrange 15 yr. old All Stars began tournament play on Wednesday, July 19th against Western Conference. As luck would have it, the game was suspended by rain in the top of the 5th inning with LaGrange ahead 6-2. The game was resumed on 7/20 at 5:00 PM and LaGrange went on to win by a score of 10-3. 


Kneeling L to R: Luke Jercich, Luke Biocic, Patrick Meehan, Colin Novinger, Adam Sneed.  

Standing L to R: Coach Jerry Biocic, Ryce Borzym, Ben Engels, Micheal Brankin, Emilio Garza, Jack Racanelli, Joey Trutenko, Manager Andy Novinger


July 21, 2017

2017 Ohio Valley 16-18 Regional Pool Play @ Crown Point, IN:




Thursday, July 20; Blue Lick 13, LaGrange 1

After arriving at Crown Point for a 2:30 game and being told by the commissioner to probably show up at the regular time even though the early games were going to be delayed because of rain, we sat around until 5:00 to play. Strike 1. Then we play the team that won the tournament last year. Strike 2. Then we face a pitcher that throws 90 mph  Strike 3. The team also had 11 out of 14 players that are committed to play college baseball. Strike 4. And if that wasn't enough we made 6 errors in 4 innings losing 13-1.  


Left-to-Right: Manager David Dattalo, Chris Figge, Phil Mangini, Joe Hess, Jack Albrecht, Drew Mrazek, Max Good, Will Sloyan, Tom Powers, Eamon McDonnell, Coach Jeff Gianone, Justin Schlender, Michael McQuillan, Jonathan Dattalo, Derrick Toczek. Not pictured: Dirk Molek

2017 Babe Ruth NIL 13-15 Yr. District Tournament @ Downers Grove, IL

July 16, 2017



Kneeling L to R: Luke Jercich, Luke Biocic, Patrick Meehan, Colin Novinger, Adam Sneed.  

Standing L to R: Coach Jerry Biocic, Ryce Borzym, Ben Engels, Micheal Brankin, Emilio Garza, Jack Racanelli, Joey Trutenko, Manager Andy Novinger


Not pictured: Coach Alex Prieto, Jason Gogo, Nathan Davis, Andrew Reyes, David Henderson


Saturday, 7/15; Western Conference 11, LaGrange 4:

Ben Engels continued the magic on the mound with 3 innings, 2 Ks, 2BBs, 3 earned runs, leaving game with a 3-3 tie.  Garza entered the fourth in relief of Engels, unfortunately the adrenaline wore off, errors took over and Brookfield took the lead in the fourth 8-3 and they never looked back.  Novinger took over in the 5th inning, continuing his dominance on the mound with 3 Ks, 2 BBs, 3 hits, 3 unearned runs keeping his ERA at 0.00 for the tournament.  The offense was lead by Novinger (3 for 3, 2 runs scored, 1 sac fly, 1 RBI), Engels (Sac Fly, 1 RBI), Racanelli (1 for 3, 1 RBI), Trutenko (2 walks, 1 run scored), Meehan (1 for 3, 1 run scored).   With a last ditch effort in the bottom of the 7th, Meehan, Sneed and Jercich added a hit a piece to get bases loaded.  With 1 out, Novinger hit a deep sac fly to left, allowing Meehan to score and Sneed to advance to third.  And unfortunately this is the way it stayed losing 11-4. 


Friday, 7/14; LaGrange 4, Downers Grove 3:

Game 2 - Coming off a solid win, Trutenko (3 innings, 2 BBs, 2 hits, 1 run), Garza (1 1/3 innings, 1 K, 4 BBs, 1 hit, 2 runs) and Novinger (2 2/3 innings, 1 K, 2 BBs, 3 hits, 0 runs) continued the magic on the mound.  Leading the offense was Novinger (2 for 3, 1 run scored and 1 RBI), Trutenko (1 for 3, 1 RBI), Gogo (1 for 2, 1 run scored , 1 HR), Borzym (1 RBI), Brankin (1 run scored).  Behind the great pitching performance was tremendous defense adding 3 double plays to this masterpiece of a game.  The game winner came in the bottom of the sixth when Gogo leading off the inning hit a solo HR over the right field fence.  But Downers Grove was not out of it yet.  With bases loaded, 1 out, Novinger was able to get the hitter to pop up which he handled himself and with a heads up play Novinger quickly threw it to Meehan at second for a double play to end the game.  2B - Racanelli, Novinger Trutenko.  HR - Gogo.


Thursday, 7/13; LaGrange 11, Westmont 3:

After a stellar pitching performance by Trutenko (3 1/3 innings, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 2 hits, 1 run), Garza (2 innings, 4 Ks, 3 hits, 2 runs), and Novinger   (1 2/3 innings, 3 Ks, 0 hits, 0 runs) the 15's defeated Westmont 11-3.  Garza (2 for 4, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs), Engels (2 for 3, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs), Gogo (2 runs scored, 1 RBI), Borzym (1 for 4, 1 run scored, 1 RBI) and Brankin (1 for 3, 1 run scored, 1 RBI).  2B - Gogo, Garza, Brankin


2017 Babe Ruth NIL 16-18 Yr. Old State Tournament @ Brookfield, IL

July 16, 2017






Left-to-Right: Manager David Dattalo, Chris Figge, Phil Mangini, Joe Hess, Jack Albrecht, Drew Mrazek, Max Good, Will Sloyan, Tom Powers, Eamon McDonnell, Coach Jeff Gianone, Justin Schlender, Michael McQuillan, Jonathan Dattalo, Derrick Toczek. Not pictured: Dirk Molek



Sunday, July 16; LaGrange 3 & 6, Moline National 2 & 2:

Babe Ruth Baseball fans, here's my Cinderella story.

Martin Luther King said, he had been to the mountain top, and now I've been there too, with a group of 17 and 18 year old boys, who had a mountain to climb. With first winning 14-3 over Cal City on Wednesday, then losing 4-1 to Western Conference on Thursday, LaGrange was on the brink of elimination.Because they lost that game they fell into a losers bracket, meaning they had to win the next 3 games to play in the regionals in Crown Point Indiana, or win the next 5 games to be Illinois State Champions. So Friday they played Moline America and beat them 12-1, which meant they were going to have to win 2 games Saturday and 2 games Sunday to be champs. Saturdays game was against Lansing at 1:00. LaGrange led 8-2 going into the last inning. Just to test your nerves,in the last inning, Lansing proceeded to walk twice and get 4 hits making the score 8-7. With bases loaded and 2 outs, Drew Mrazek got Lansing to ground to first for the last out and prevailed 8-7. Having won, we had to play again at 4:00 against Western Conference, who beat us on Thursday 4-1. Having been promised a pizza party if they won, which would advance them to the regionals,  LaGrange saw red and were hungry and scored 6 out of 7 innings and won 15-5. The games took its toll on our pitching, especially Michael McQuillians fingernail, which came off on a sharply hit ball when playing second base. So, Sunday we had to win 2 games to become State Champs, but Moline #1 stood in our way.With pitchers having sore arms, Michael McQuillian said he could pitch sore hand and all. In Molines top of the first they left 3 runners on and didn't score. In LaGrange's first inning, 2 base hits and a walk load the bases with nobody out. What happened next I've never seen before. Will Sloyan hits a low sinking line drive to the shortstop, who dove and appeared to  trap the ball, flipped it to second, and with the runner on third not thinking it was caught, was called out at third as he went home to score, ending in a triple play. Moline scored 1 run in the forth inning, answered by LaGrange with a run in their forth inning. Derrick Toczek came in to pitch in the 5th inning  and gave up 1 run but was answered by LaGrange with a run in 7th to tie it at 2. Toczek went on to pitch 3 scoreless innings until he to had arm discomfort. With that, LaGrange turned to Jonathan Dattalo to try and hold the tie. Jonathan went a scoreless 9th,10th, and 11 innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Chris Figge leads off with a single, Max Good hits into a fielders choice, Joe Hess comes thru with a single, Drew Mrazek hits into a fielders choice,Will Sloyan then gets intentionally walked to bring up Phil Mangini. So with Hess on 2nd and Sloyan on 1st with 2 outs, Mangini punches a shot past the second baseman scoring Hess from 2nd to win in 11 innings 3-2. We're not done yet, if we could beat Moline #1 again in a double header, we could become State Champs !!!  So with little pitching left and a 30 minute delay between games, Jonathan Dattalo said he was good to go a few more innings. LaGrange being the visitors batted first in the second game. First two batters made outs, so with two outs, Mrazek doubled, Sloyan doubled, Mangini singled and Eamon McDonnell singled to score 3 quick runs. Jonathan answered the bell by pitching 2 scoreless innings.  Lagrange went on to score 3 more runs in the 5th with hits by, Good, Hess, and Mrazek. Jack Albrecht who severely sprained his ankle 5 weeks prior, who played a stellar third base in the series, said he'd be willing to try and pitch even though he hadn't for several weeks. Jack pitched masterfully for 3 innings but struggled in the 6th inning when becoming frustrated with the home plate umpires ball and strike calls. Giving up 4 hits and a walk Moline scored 2 runs, but Jack composed himself and got the third out. In the bottom of Molines 7th it was a ground out, a walk, a ground out, and a ground out, making LaGrange Allstars  STATE CHAMPS !!!!!!  As a friend of mine once said "create memories and enjoy them".  Well thank you LaGrange Allstars, you've given me something that I've always dreamed of, and with my son to share the experience with, it's simply beyond words.  THANK YOU !!!

Saturday, July 15: LaGrange 15, Western Conference 5: In the semifinal on Saturday, LaGrange smothered Western Conference by a score of 15-5 and by so doing, forced the final round on Sunday, 7/16. @ 1:00 PM against undefeated Moline National at Elhlert Park in Brookfield, IL. Having squeaked out an 8-7 win in the matinee game, LaGrange Allstar Senior Division was forced into double duty to play a double header to remain alive for the Championship game and to avoid elimination. Facing Western Conference from Brookfield whom we just lost to on Thursday 4-1, LaGrange had it's work cut out for them. Thankfully the Seniors are deep in pitching, have a great defensive team, and an offense coupled with a great running game. LaGrange scored in 6 out of 7 innings. The main contributors were Max Good 3-5, Drew Mrazek 4-5, Eamon McDonnell 4-4, and Jonathan Dattalo 3-4. Eamon McDonnell started on the mound for LaGrange and shut out Western Conference for 3 innings. In the 4th and 5th, Western Conference coaxed a few walks, a hit batsman and a couple of singles which tallied 5 runs. But LaGrange never played from behind and answered the bell by matching the runs given up with an offensive barrage. The call to the pen was made in the 5th inning when, with 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, reliever Derrick Toczek got the last 2 outs on fly balls to shut down the threat. In the 6th inning Toczek got 2 quick strike outs, gave up 2 singles, and finally got the next batter to ground out. The last inning went 1,2,3 and LaGrange notched it 3rd consecutive win by the score of 15-5. They now advance to the Championship round on Sunday against undefeated Moline National with the first game starting at 1:00 PM. A win there will advance them to a second and final game at 400 PM against the same Moline National team. Also of particular note were the 2 double plays made by the trio, Mrazek to Hess to Sloyan. GET OUT AND SUPPORT OUR TEAM TOMORROM AT 1:00 pm!

Saturday, July 15: LaGrange 8, Lansing 7 With their backs to the wall, needing to win or pack it in, LaGrange Allstar Senior Division squeaked by with a win over Lansing by the score of 8-7. Justin Schlender who just pitched 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday, started for LaGrange and pitched masterfully just giving up 2 runs. With his pitch count around 80, he was relieved in the 7th inning with two runners on, winning 8-2. As fate would have it, seeing eye singles brought the score to 8-7, with bases loaded and two outs, Drew Mrazek got the batter to ground out a tricky hop to Joe Hess at second, he threw to first on time to seal the win. Yogi Berra once said, "it's not over til it's over", and believe me that's an understatement !!!! Friday, July 14: LaGrange 12, Moline America 1 Friday night LaGrange Allstars Senior division went up against Moline America, both needing a win to stay alive in the tournament. Even though Lagrange won it's first game, they were in a bracket that didn't allow them a bye. So LaGrange played back-to-back games and started lefty Tom Powers, who held Moline to just one run over 5 innings. Stellar defense by Lagrange, helped Tom work his magic. Shortstop Drew Mrazek, second baseman Joe Hess, and catcher Max Good all made plays worthy of an "Allstar ". Lagrange scored two runs in the top of the first which proved to be enough. Hits by Joe Hess, Will Sloyan and Chris Figge elevated Lagrange to a much needed win, now with 2 wins 1 loss.


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