- J4 Cardinals Win Junior Division Championship, S4 Black Take The Senior Crown.
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2018 Fall Ball in Westmont
Baseball continues this fall in Westmont and all are invited to play so if you are between the ages of 13-15 on 4/30/2018 and you're not quite ready to hang up the cleats for the winter, either call Westmont Park District at 630-963-5252 or visit them at 75 E. Richmond in Westmont, 60559. We will be contucting draft evaluations (Everyone Plays) on Tuesday, August 14 @ 6:00 PM and Saturday, August 18 @ 6:00 PM. The season will start in early September so don't delay.
2018 MABL Men's League Baseball Playoffs
August 2 - 12 @ La Grange Sedgwick & Brookfield Elhert
Come see some of the best baseball in the area as the 8 MABL teams face off in a double elimination tournament. All games are either at Sedgwick Park here in La Grange or 10 minutes away at Elhert Park in Brookfield.
2018 NIL Babe Ruth 13 Yr. Old State Tournament
After losing 12-2 to Lansing in the opener on Thursday, the 13's beat Downers Grove 11-4 on Sunday afternoon and Lansing 4-2 on Sunday night, with contributions from everyone at the plate and strong pitching performances from numerous pitchers in both Sunday games. LaGrange will face Moline at 5:00 on Monday for the first of two championship game. If successful, they will play Moline a second time at 7:45 on Monday for the championship.
13's Make Enormous Comeback And Fall 1 Out Short Of Possible Championship
After a slow start in the first game of the tournament, LG made a great run through the consolation bracket with key contributions in three wins from every player at the plate and in the field. While the loss in the championship game was disappointing, the final at-bat made the game an instant classic. After trailing 7-3 going into the bottom of the 7th the LG's scored three runs making the score 7-6 with runners on first and second with 2 outs. A hard hit line drive base hit to right was fielded cleanly by the right fielder who threw a perfect throw to first base for the 3rd and final out to end the game! In the inning, all 8 batters reached base safely or put the ball in play.
On behalf of myself, Leo, and the league, I wanted to thank each and every player and parent for a great play-off run, with a special thanks to coaches Franko and Perkovich. This was my first year coaching baseball and Leo’s first All-Star team, and everyone made it enjoyable and memorable. What a great group of kids! We hope to see you all next year.
Front row kneeling, left to right, Jacob Santiago, Henry Alvarez, Cabe Hyde, Will Swicionis, Ben Swicionis, Ricky Cavaliere
Middle row standing: Connor Carroll, Joe Watkins, Leo Wiemelt, Ben Laczynski, Chris Franko, John Mozis, Aidan Perkovich
Back row standing: manager Mark Wiemelt, Coach Brian Perkovich, Coach Bill Franko
Not pictured: Conor Stetz.
2018 NIL Babe Ruth 13-15 Yr. Old State Tournament
July 19-22, La Grange, IL, Sedgwick Park
Back row L to R: Coach Paul Link, Giuseppe Amella, Ricky Virella, Andrew Kravcik, Jack Link, Alec Valentino, Triston Sala, Danny Tuohy, Manager Alex Prieto
Front Row L to R: Coach Amir Rauf, Jack Evans, Conor Dunlavy, Eddie Kasper, Luke Marquardt, Daniel Rauf, Ben Tio
Not Pictured: Jack O'Brien and Brendan O'Brien
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.
La Grange 16-18 All Stars Travel to Crown Point For The Ohio Valley Regionals
July 19 - 22, Legacy Field, Crown Point, IN
16-18's Suffer Tough 7-0 Opening Loss To Okolona
16-18 Yr. Olds Defeat Hermit Outlaws 6-2.
La Grange Loses to Highland 4-0 But Moves On To Play Noblesville
La Grange Spots Nobleville 5 and Scores 6 In The 5th But Loses By 8-6.
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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