11's Boys are Sectional Champs-advance to STATE TOURNAMENT
2015 SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!
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.
The 9/10 Girls came out smelling like Roses this pass weekend in Melrose Park winning the Section 3 title.
Great Pitching by Ellie "Lights Out" Anisi, a hitting attack led by Maggie Brejcha, Sarah Karlson, Cate Busby and Katie Hess, solid defense by Grace Kernagis, Sophie Peto, Lillian Prendergast, Maggie Kernagis, Kamryn Lee-Caracci, and running like the wind on the base paths were Anna Brown, Emma Pasternak, Frannie Pigatto and Grace Schlicter this allowed the girls to run wild with the Section 3 banner, all over the field in Melrose Park. In their first game on Friday night, Ellie shut down a very talented group from South Elgin and the LaGrange bats came live scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The hitting continued and along with solid defense and great base running the girls won in 4th innings 12-1. Next Up, Archer Manor, the LaGrange girls sprayed hits all over the field, Ellie pitched another gem and with Grace Schlicter stealing home base, the only attempt by LaGrange all tournament, in the top of the 4 inning sealed the deal with a 10-0 win. Moving onto the Championship game against South Elgin, the LaGrange girls scored first but found themselves losing 6-5 going into the top of the 6th inning. With the field temperature reaching over 100 degrees the LaGrange girls knew it was now or maybe never. Leading off the inning was Maggie Kernagis and with a great at bat, Maggie was able to draw a walk. Now up, Maggie Brejcha. Maggie was able to also work the count allowing Maggie K. to advance to 3rd base by stealing 2nd base and moving to 3rd base on a wild pitch. Now with two strikes, Maggie B. hit a hard shot past the short stop into left field scoring Maggie K. to tie the game. Maggie B now standing on 3rd base and with one out, Sarah Karlson came strolling to the plate and after one strike hits a rocket to the left/center gap for a double scoring Maggie B. If you thought that was exciting it get better in the bottom half of the 6th inning. South Elgin is looking to force a second game led off with their number eight hitter. After a battle, Ellie struck her out for the FIRST OUT. Next up, the number nine hitter as well as the lead off hitter work the count and each drew a walk. Here comes the number two hitter and with the tying run on 3rd base and the winning run on 2nd base, Ellie came up big again and gets the girl swinging at strike three, TWO OUTS. Without a doubt, South Elgin has LaGrange right where they want them and now sends, to the plate, their number three and best hitter. Silence fills the Stadium, nervous parents can't watch and even Bubba, the bird, closes it eyes. But wait, there's a girl smiling and it's "Lights Out" Ellie. After some encouraging words from her manager, Ellie goes to works and battles to earn a 2-2 count, next pitch is hit sharply to the right of Sophie Peto who is playing 1st base and she calmly runs over and steps on 1st base, THIRD OUT. Great Win for LaGrange Little League.
Next Up STATE in Evergreen Park, Yukich Field 90th and Kedzie.
1st Game Saturday, July 25th vs. Section 4, 10:00 AM
2nd Game Saturday, July 25th vs. Section 2, 2;00 PM
3rd Game, Sunday, July 26th vs. Section 1, 12:00 PM
4th Game, Monday July, 27th vs. TBD, 6:00 PM
Calling all of LGLL, please come out and support the Girls.
The LGLL girls eleven year old district team brought home the District 9 title with two big wins this past Sunday at Brookfield. In both Game 1 and Game 2, the elevens put up big numbers, winning both games over Brookfield by the score 15-5!!
From the start, the bats were alive and booming, with the big bats of Ava Paganis, Gabby Keely and Caroline Workman leading the way. The girls ran fast and wild on the bases, led by Emma Szyperski, Jordan Lee-Carraci, and Abby Hennessy. Brigid Dunne anchored the infield at shortstop and played fantastic catcher. The outfield was flawless -- Katelyn Schuler, Dalton Gawthrop and Maureen Kane stopped everything that came their way. Anna Bryant pitched a fantastic complete game in Game 1 and pitched the first half of Game 2 in shutting down the Brookfield hitters. Ava Paganis picked up on the mound in Game 2 and brought home the win. Finally, Joanie Machaj hit a MONSTER walk-off double (although she will tell you it should have been a triple) to drive home Emma Szyperski to close out the ten-run win in Game 2, and bring home the DISTRICT TITLE!!
This team worked immensely hard for four weeks getting ready for Districts, and their hard work payed off. The girls want to thank all the wonderful fans and their great parents for all the support!!
Now, off to STATE!!! The elevens play in the Illinois State Little League Tourney at East Side LL starting this weekend. First game is 6:00 PM, Friday 7/24. Games at East Side LL at 110th and Avenue H in Chicago. Come out and support the elevens as they battle for the Illinois State Title!!
We believe…we believe…we believe that we can win!!!
The 11u boys started District 9 play against Riverside who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. But the 11u boys stayed focused and scored two runs in the 2nd inning off of a double by Charlie McMahon to cut the lead to 3-2. In the 3rd inning LG took the lead by scoring 7 runs that was highlighted by a towering three run home run by Sean Morfoot which made the score 9-3. Aidan Wirtz took the mound and shut down Riverside for the next 3 innings by only allowing two more runs. But the LG bats did not cool off and scored five more runs in the 4th that was capped by a three run home run by Cooper Schodrof and three more runs in the 5th by yet another home run by Sean Morfoot! LG won the game 17-5.
Next up for LG was the host team Brookfield. It was a pitching gem for LG from a three man rotation of Will Carroll, Cooper Schodrof and Spencer Hansen who combined to throw a two hit shutout. Garrett Rogan started the game off for LG with a screaming line drive down the left field line for a double. With two outs Nicky Malpede came through in the clutch with a two run double to the gap in left center and LG was out to an early 4-0 lead. After a quiet 2nd inning the LG bats came alive again by scoring 6 runs in the 3rd off of two home runs from Spencer Hansen and Charlie McMahon. In the 4th inning LG added 4 more runs and held the home team in the bottom half of the inning for a 14-0 win!
Western Springs was next up and the game started out with a pair of good pitching performances and the score was 0-0 after 2 innings. But the LG bats came alive once again in the 3rd inning when Finn Gallagher started things off with a double. LG proceeded to score ten runs off of 7 singles and four more doubles by Will Carroll, Jack McNamara and two off the bat of Harry Kowalski who also recorded 5 RBI’s in the game! LG added another 9 runs in their half of the 4th inning and lights out pitching by Will Carroll and Aidan Wirtz held Western Springs to no runs on two hits for a 19-0 victory.
In the Championship game it was Western Springs once again but things didn’t start off like the last game. Western Springs second batter took a high change up over the left field fence for an early 1-0 lead. LG was able to get a few runs of their own in the bottom half of the first by a two run double off the bat of Will Carroll. Then the rain came.. The game was suspended after Western Springs batted in the top half of the 2nd inning and resumed the next night with the score LG 2 and Western Springs 1. After a pair of singles, Joey Antonietti came to the plate and ripped a single to right center field scoring two runs. Jack McNamara later followed with a double scoring two more runs and LG was up 7-1 at the end of 2 innings. LG held Western Springs to no runs in the next two innings and added 4 more runs of their own with a two run smash hit off the bat of Aidan Collins who also came around to score later in the inning. LG held Western Springs in their half of the 4th inning to secure an 11-1 victory and were crowned the 11U District 9 Champions!
In the District tournament LG scored 61 runs and only allowed 6. They hit 5 home runs, 18 doubles and a total of 58 hits. Every player on the team has at least 1 hit and every player has multiple RBI’s and runs scored. Solid defense from every position and a meaningful contribution from each player at some point during the tournament truly made this district championship a great team effort.
The boys move on to Sectional play this Thursday night in Hinsdale at beautiful Pierce Park. Game time is 7:30pm against the winner of District 18. Please come out and show your support for this exciting team!
12's Tournament Team finish 2nd in Westmont Tournament
12's Tournament Team 2015
The 12's Tournament team fought their way to the Championship game of the Westmont Tournament. They fell Monday night to the Clarendon Hills District Team and finished 2nd, bringing their 2015 season to an end. For most of the boys, this ends their Little League careers. Special thanks to Tim O'Connell for managing the team!
Team members included: Matthew Cooley, Paul Raccanelli, Brendan O'Brien, Jack O'Connell, Alec Valentino, Conor Dunlavy, Danny Tuohy, Conor Radwanski, Max Behm, Jonathan Lacyznski, and Grant Helmetag.
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