Brewers Finish 2nd in 51st Annual Overholt Tournament
The "A" League Champion Brewers staged a strong rally in the 6th, but couldn't overcome Western Springs in Brookfield on Monday Night.
The 2nd Place finish caps off a great year for the Brewers who played exciting baseball all season and did an excellent job representing LaGrange throughout the Overholt Tournament. They recorded wins against Brookfield, Berwyn, Riverside and Western Springs.
Special thanks to Manager Mike Guagenti, who along with managing the Brewers, managed the LaGrange 11's Districts Team to a 3rd Place finish in State. He rearranged work, family, and vacation plans to manage both teams throughout the summer. It is this type of commitment that makes LaGrange Little League the best place to play baseball.
Members of the Brewers are:
*Ben Tio is a “Legacy”/2nd Generation Overholt Tournament Player. Tom Tio, Ben’s Dad, played in the Overholt Tournament in the 70’s.
**Mike Guagenti became the first visiting Manager in Overholt history to manage more games in a season at Overholt Field than Sedgwick Park. Since the 11’s Districts, Sectionals and State Tournament were all at Overholt, Mike spent a lot of time in Brookfield this summer.
***Jack and Brendan O’Brien became the first set of identical twins in Overholt history to both start at pitcher on the same day. It was a doubleheader
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BASEBALL 11'S WHO FINISHED 3RD IN STATE!
SOFTBALL JUNIORS SEASON ENDS IN OHIO --GREAT RUN GIRLS!
SOFTBALL JUNIORS SEASON COMES TO AN END
The dream of going to the Juniors World Series slipped away Wednesday afternoon as the Indiana State champs defeated our girls from LaGrange by a score of 8-2. It was a close game for the most part but the Indiana defense played superb keeping almost every rally LaGrange threw at them in check. Base runners were not the problem but getting them across the plate against a tough Indiana pitcher and defense proved to be the difference. At one point the LG team was in the driver’s seat in the winners bracket of the double elimination tournament and needed to win two more games to go to Kirkland but the overall feeling was that any of the last 3 teams standing were worthy of representing the Central Region. The Juniors finished 3rd in the Central Region.
Those are the basic facts of the 6 day stay in Ohio. Here are the heart and the soul facts of this group. The core group of this team has been together since Peanuts and Minors. They have epitomized the Little League spirit and have proudly represented LaGrange for the past 5 years in Little League tournament play. It is an understatement to say these girls were committed to LGLL. The girls and their families have given up the past 5 summers going as far as they can in the LL tournaments. By the time they usually finish their season it is time to go back to school. LG All-star softball was their vacation, no regrets and great memories.
At the end of the final game the girls and coaches huddled rugby scrum style in right field of Firestone Stadium. There was silence, tears, and time for reflection. The girls knew this was the end of a great run. The coaches felt it as well. It was the toughest post game speech but most of it was a reminder to the girls that LaGrange was proud of them and this team will not be forgotten any time soon. Here is a list of the unprecedented accomplishments:
·5 District 9 Titles
·4 Sectional Titles
·3 State Titles
·2nd Place State
·3rd and 5th place Central Regionals
So one more time let me introduce to you the LG Juniors All-stars
#13 Kate Beumer RF
#12 Dana Reynolds SS/P
#10 Lauren Engels C
#17 Gabby Allen CF
#6 Angelina D’Amico 3B/P
#1 Carly Uhlir 1B / RF
#22 Peyton Hammon P/SS
#9 Kelly MacDonald 2B
#4 Brenna Sheehan LF
#33 Jessica Rotstein 1B
#24 Maggie Nutter RF
#44 Siobhan Callahan LF
#2 Kathleen Casella CF
#00 Katelyn Abraham
#15 Emma Garcia LF
Matt Engels – Coach 1B
Joe Reynolds – Bench Coach
Pete Hammon – Manager
Baseball Districts 11's Finish 3rd in STATE!
On Sunday, the 11's staged an incredible rally from a 7-1 deficit in the 6th inning to stun Jackie Robinson West 12-11 and advance in the State Tournament. Unfortunately, they could not get past Horner Park in the night game. The 11's finish their season 3rd IN STATE!!! It was a great run and the boys did a tremendous job of representing LaGrange.
Members of the team were: Danny Eckert, Kyle Garcia, Colin O'Hara, Brendan O'Brien, Jack O'Connell, Danny Mannella, Jackson Turner, Rafeon Kloes, Harry Kowalski, Trevor Guagenti, Michael McDermott, James Haggerty and Willy Hamilton. The team was coached by Ken Kloes and Tim O'Connell and managed by Mike Guagenti.
Baseball Tournament 11's WIN THE WESTMONT TOURNAMENT
The Baseball Tournament 11 team completed a perfect 4-0 week in Westmont culminating with the Tournament Championship today! The squad defeated all Districts Teams from Naperville and Westmont to capture the crown. They outscored the competition by a combined score of 58-20.
In the championship game today, LG won 6-4 with Jack O'Brien throwing a complete game and recording 7 K's. He gave up no earned runs and retired the final six batters in a row. On offense, it was a total team effort with Brendan Hall recording a multi-hit game.
In the semi-final game vs Naperville Continental, AJ Walls gave up only 3 hits and had 5 K's with Johnathan Laczynski closing the game out. Conor Dunlavy, Danny Tuohy, Jack O'Brien, Hayden Hughes and Joey Antonietti had multi-hit games.
LG Tournament Team Members were: Luke Marquardt,Alec Valentino,Brendan Hall, Conor Dunlavy, Johnathan Laczynski, Hayden Hughes, Danny Tuohy, Jack O'Brien, Jack Benedetto, JJ Schmitt, AJ Walls, and Jack Link. They were managed by Kevin Dunlavy.
Details for the Juniors this weekend:
Juniors GO to STATE!!!!
There is some more softball coming your way. The Juniors won the Section 3 bracket last weekend in Elgin and are headed to South Holland for the State Tournament. Winner gets the right to advance to the Ohio Central Region. The winner of the Central Region advances to Kirkland, WA for the Juniors World Series.
Details for the Juniors are:
Saturday, 7/26/14 game vs Beardstown
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Park: Veteran's Park
Address: 160th East of South Park Ave.
City: South Holland, IL
It is less than an hour drive. Bring your razors and shaving cream and help the girls clean up on BEARDSTOWN.
All games will be on the Master schedule.
Details for the Majors 11's this weekend:
Major's 11 are in State Final!!!
The 11's are going to face Norridge in the 11's bracket for a best of 3 tournament. First game is Friday followed by a possible/if needed double header on Saturday.
Details for the 11's are:
Friday, 7/25/14 game vs. Norridge
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Park: Ruby Field
Address: 1950 North Ruby Field
City: Melrose Park, IL
Saturday, 7/26/14 ....time noon and if needed 3:00 p.m
Baseball Districts 10's.
On Saturday, the 10's dropped two tough games to Riverside, coming up just short in their bid for a District Championship. (More details to follow)
Baseball District 12
The Districts 12 team beat Western Springs Thursday at The Sedg in Game 1 to advance to the Championship Game. Unfortunately, they fell to Western Springs in the Championship Game, ending their Districts run.
BASEBALL TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Baseball Tournament 12
Baseball Tournament 12 team went 3-0 in pool play and was the No. 1 seed entering bracket play this weekend at the Westmont Tournament. Saturday they won their 4th game in a row and on Sunday won the championship game against host Westmont. This tournament consists of only district teams from surrounding communities. The championship game will be held Sunday, July 20 at noon at Veterans Park in Westmont.
July 4th weekend the Tournament 12s played in the Lombard Invitational. They advanced from pool play with a 2-1 record but lost a tough game to a very good team from Oak Park."
Baseball Tournament 11
Baseball Tournament 11 team opened play in the Westmont Tournament against Naperville and won convincingly 26-5. They will continue play throughout the week at Ty Warner Park in Westmont.
Baseball Tournament 10
Details to follow
Baseball Tournament 9 (Blue and Gold Teams)
The Gold team finished a successful season losing in the semi-finals of the Lombard Tournament, but knocked off their "brothers" on the Blue team in the quarter-finals. In the Blue vs Gold game, all 24 kids contributed at some point with a key hit, defensive play or pitching. It was a great game and it was too bad someone had to lose. It was fitting the game went into extra innings!
Softball Juniors 13-14
The LG Junior Girls are going to STATE!!!! They stayed in the winners bracket for the SECTION 3 title and went 3-0 over the weekend. On Saturday they beat South Elgin 5-1 and then North Suburban 6-3. They had to face the very tough North Suburban team for the championship game the following day. They trailed 3-1 in the sixth when Carly Uhlir drove in Dana Reynolds with a single to make it 3-2. This remained the score until the top of the 7th when Kate “Miss Utility Player of Lagrange” Beumer drove a screaming line drive into right center driving Kelly MacDonald who previously singled with the tying run. The game went to extra innings. LaGrange manufactured 2 runs due to Gabby Allen’s lead off single to go ahead 5-3 and eventually held on for the victory.
The LG girls were led by the spectacular pitching performances of Peyton Hammon who had 37 strikeouts in her 22 innings of work. Lauren Engels and Angelina D’Amico both had key RBI’s in the previous games. Brenna Sheehan, Jessica Rotstein, Katelyn Abraham, Maggie Nutter, Kathleen Casella and Emma Garcia were all key in the manufacturing of runs when needed. They were great at moving runners over and just doing whatever it took to help the team move forward.
The Juniors play in South Holland this Saturday for the right to return to OHIO for the CENTRAL REGIONAL!!!!!
Softball Majors 12
The girls got to the Section 3 championship game vs. Melrose Park. It was close at the beginning but the game eventually slipped away and were defeated 11-1. They battled all weekend and finished in 2nd place. Look for the girls as they play in Evergreen Park's open tournament starting next week.
Softball Minors 9-10 (LGT)
The 10 year old girls of LGT had a fantastic month of all-star play. Big wins in the District Tournament put the 10's in the District Championship vs. Brookfield. It was a tight championship game that ultimately went Brookfield's way with a 6-5 win in the last inning. LGT fought hard and showed tremendous class throughout a very competitive tournament!
LGT moved on to the Evergreen Park Tourney for some good old fashioned south side softball. The girls started with a big 4-3 win over tourney favorite Hegwisch! LGT then ran into impressive competition with tough games against Oak Lawn, Palos and Plainfield, LGT kept competing and showing their determination all the way!
The girls of LGT came together in less than two weeks to form a great team. All the girls improved tremendously, were great teammates, and had a ton of fun! Congrats LGT!!
The Girls of LGT are:
The Majors 11 will be in Evergreen Park for a warmup next week before the state finals begin.
THIS FREEFORM AREA WILL ALLOW US TO COMMUNICATE ABOUT ISSUES IMPORTANT TO LGLL AND ITS MEMBERS
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LOST & FOUND
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Please remember the following important safety points when attending a game at Waiola Park this season:
1. Only park on the side of the street that is next to Waiola Park. (West side of Waiola and east side of Stone Avenue) - DO NOT PARK in front of the residents' homes on their side of the street and remind others in LGLL if they forget;
2. If all the parking along Waiola Park is taken, park along 48th Street or on the 600 South blocks of Stone and Waiola or any other block you wish; we encourage you not to park north of 47th Street - park south and enjoy the walk!
3. Drive carefully, slowly and with your full attention on the road when driving by Waiola Park;
4. DO NOT use the driveways of residents on Waiola and Stone near Waiola Park to turn around in - be courteous to them and drive a little farther instead of using their driveways;
5. Use common sense for the safety of your children at Waiola Park - a particular concern is the safety of children crossing the street to the ice cream truck.
Be a good Neighbor to those who live near Waiola Park.
LGLL Board of Directors
p.s. Please make sure to use available garbage cans and keep the Park clean of any litter.