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by Tim O'Brien posted 11/11/2015
11's Boys are Sectional Champs-advance to STATE TOURNAMENT


The 11's move on to the State Tournament and play Sunday afternoon at 1pm At Burbank American Ballpark located at 76th and Central in Burbank, IL. They will play the winner of a Saturday game between Salem and Streator. Please come out and show your support for this exciting team!


The 11u boys first game in Sectionals was against Manteno and they started where they left off in Districts by keeping the bats hot and the pitching virtually unhittable on their way to a 31-2 rout in 4 innings. At the plate the game was highlighted by home runs from Spencer Hansen and Harry Kowalski (who also recorded 6 RBI’s!). Every LG player had at least one RBI and one run scored highlighted by Joey Antonietti with five runs scored and Cooper Schodrof with 3 runs scored. Finn Gallagher and Charlie McMahon both added run scoring doubles and Aidan Collins and Aidan Wirtz both had run scoring hits and eventually came around to score to add to the lead. Will Carroll continued his dominance on the mound by only allowing one hit and two runs while recording six strikeouts. Aidan Wirtz and Harry Kowalski followed in relief combining to hold Manteno to no runs and close the game out to give LG the victory.


Next up for LG was the host team Hinsdale who won their first game in Sectionals by an even more impressive score of 31-0. Things started out well for LG and they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Nicky Malpede hit a two out, two run home run. The score was 3-0 heading into the top of the 4th when Aidan Collins ripped a single to start the inning and two more runs eventually scored to give LG a 5-0 lead. The score was 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth when Hinsdale came alive for a seven hit inning that was capped by a two run go ahead home run to make the score Hinsdale 7 LG 6. After LG scored a run in the top of the sixth to tie the game Hinsdale stayed focused and scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth for the victory and handed LG their first loss.. – Final score: Hinsdale 8, LG 7.


Playing Manteno again LG needed a win to stay alive and get another shot at Hinsdale and the boys bounced back with five home runs! Will Carroll, Nicky Malpede, Jack McNamara, Garrett Rogan and Finn Gallagher all went deep and helped put 13 runs on the board. It was another pitching gem by a three man rotation of Garrett Rogan, Sean Morfoot and Spencer Hansen. None of the LG pitchers let up a run and they all recorded at least one strike out on the way to a 13-0 victory.


Coming out of the loser bracket it was a must win for LG in the Championship game when they faced Hinsdale once again. After a scoreless first inning, Hinsdale jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and things looked like they were going all Hinsdale’s way. But LG cut the lead to 3-2 after a two out, two run single off the bat of Nicky Malpede. The pitching and defense helped keep Hinsdale off the board with a pair of double plays to kill any hopes of a rally by Hinsdale. In the third and fourth innings LG’s bats came alive when Jack McNamara hit a pair of two run home runs in both the third and fourth innings. Will Carroll just missed pitching a complete game and more key hits off the bat of Sean Morfoot and Cooper Schodrof helped put the game away and LG came away with an impressive 11-5 win.


With LG’s win the night before, the District Championship came down to an all or nothing, win or go home game against Hinsdale. The first three innings for LG were all defense with no runs scored for either team and included a spectacular catch in left field by Charlie McMahon and superb pitching by Garrett Rogan. LG was first to score when Will Carroll hit a flare to left field scoring Spencer Hansen and Harry Kowalski. But Hinsdale would not go down easy and they were able to score 4 runs in the top of the fourth to give the host team a 4-2 lead. Joey Antonietti ripped an RBI single in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3, but Hinsdale added another run in the top half of the fifth to go up 5-3. The Hinsdale crowd was electric and they could smell victory. Things were not looking good for LG and they were down to their final six outs but the boys stayed focused. Harry Kowalski started off the inning with a double to left field and Will Carroll followed by legging out a throw to first to put runners at the corners. Then came the hit heard around the world (or at least heard throughout the Southwest Suburbs) when Jack McNamara took the first pitch over the right field fence for a three run home run. The LG crowd erupted and the entire team gathered around home plate to give high fives all around for Jack. Suddenly LG was in the lead 6-5. It was up to Spencer Hansen to hold Hinsdale’s #2, #3 and #4 hitters and he did so with focused determination. After taking the first batter to a 3-2 count the batter popped up to first. Another nail biting 3-2 count was next when Spencer threw a fast ball by the #3 hitter for strike three! A quick 1-2 count on the next batter forced a pop up to short stop and Hinsdale’s hopes of winning the Sectional Championship on their home field quickly vanished and LG was crowned the Section 2 Champions!


LG has put up some impressive numbers in post season play. So far as a team they are hitting .502 with an on base percentage of .558. Over 45 innings the boys have recorded 134 hits, 31 doubles 129 runs scored and a remarkable 17 home runs. The pitching and defense have combined to hold our opponents to just 26 runs on 36 hits.



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