- J4 Cardinals Win Junior Division Championship, S4 Black Take The Senior Crown.
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2018 NIL Babe Ruth 16-18 Yr. Old State Tournament
July 11 - 14 @ Brookfield, Il (Western Conference)
La Grange 16-18's roll to their second consecutive win with a 7-1 victory over Hegewisch. On the opening night of the state tournament, La Grange took care of Twin Rivers by a score of 10-2. They now move on to the first semi-final contest on Saturday, 7/14 at 12:00 noon against Western Conference who has won two consecutive 1-run games.
Junior Cardinals Defeat the Mets 13-9 for the 2018 Junior Championship:
2018 was an incredible season for the Cardinals that resulted in 1st place in the regular season (19-2-1 overall) and winning the Championship. This magical season was a result of hard work, dedication and commitment on the part of the players, coaches and the parents.
There are many reasons why this team had such strong results, but there are four that stand out in my mind. First the commitment of these players. In most of the games we had either 12 or all 13 players, and never needed substitutes. The kids made this team/family a priority. Secondly was the team’s hard work. No team worked harder than the Cardinals. They practiced more than any other team and always arrived to the games one hour prior to game time and before their competitors. Third, was their attitude. These kids supported each other and played selflessly. They didn’t get discouraged or point fingers when there were mistakes. They kept fighting and found a way to win. Finally, was coaching and training. I, along with the other coaches, were able to teach a much higher level of baseball to these boys because of their commitment and coachabilty.
So after a phenomenal regular season there was a bit of pressure on the top seed. Anything less than victory would seem like a let down. After winning the first game, we lost the second. This created a nearly impossible situation that would require these boys having to win 5 games in 5 days and also having to beat the other top team twice to finish. Add to this 90-100 degree temperatures and the task seemed undoable. Even if we did well, would the boys have any gas (and pitching) left to finish and beat the other top team twice? Game by game they got it done and like champions they never complained. To me the smiles on their faces says it all (see picture below). This is a season, the players, coaches and parents will remember for a long time!
Standing L-R: Coach Bill Franko, Giuseppe Amella, Andrew Kravcik, Logan Lambright, Ryan Stark, Ben Michel, Jack Townsend, Coach Rich Dale, Manager Rajer Shah
Kneeling L-R: Justin Shah, Chris Franko, Will Swicionis, John Mozis, Ben Swicionis, Rex Dale
Absent: Colin Brennan
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