Hats off to the talented Wilmette 9U team for defeating Libertyville. Read the press release below for more information:
Wilmette Baseball Association’s (WBA) 9U “Green” travel team won the Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League’s Championship by defeating a talented Lincolnshire team 6-0 on July 27 in Glenview. The eight and nine year olds battled against adversaries from seventeen neighboring communities, overcoming an exhausting, six day, single elimination playoff gauntlet.
Seeded into the number two slot of the 9UB South Division, the team quickly posted dominant wins against Skokie (26-7), Northbrook (7-0) and Glenview (12-8) in the early rounds of the tournament.
Throughout the playoffs, Wilmette demonstrated excellence in skill and spirit as its well-rounded and powerful team posted impressive displays from the mound, field and batter’s box. In the Championship game, Wilmette’s defense was too much for Libertyville, slamming the gate shut at home plate and holding them scoreless while Wilmette’s sluggers used timely hitting to score six unanswered runs.
Playing on a hot and sunny July day, the Championship game highlights featured stellar pitching by Graham Mastros, posting his second win of the tournament, the hot batting of Will Morrison, whose second inning single knocked in the first two runs of the game and great fielding by shortstop Charlie Krupski, who stuffed a Libertyville rally by stretching deep up the middle to scoop a grounder with a snap throw to first to get the runner out.
Additional tournament highlights featured multiple homeruns by Owen Drury, a six RBI game against Glenview by Tyler Greenspahn, a .600 on-base percentage by Matthew Perchik, great pitching by Michael Southard & C.J. Feldman and consistent hitting & fielding by Dylan Mayer, Jamie Novakovic and Tommy Lawton.
The WBA’s Green team Manager, Steve Berceau, who has coached local high school baseball, drafted his players from the WBA spring try-outs. Berceau then matched the players with returning veteran coaches, and WBA player alumni, Andrew Hrabe and Sam Schrer; both men having coached the team in the prior season. Hrabe and Schrer have plans for a career in coaching baseball. Hrabe is currently a Student Manager for the Missouri Tigers Baseball Team.
For their efforts, the Wilmette players will keep a wonderful life story to be retold time and again that is as magnificent as the Golden Glove LSFBL’s Championship Trophy they bring home. Each player will host the trophy for a week over the next couple of months to add to the lasting memory.
To learn more: Wilmette Baseball Association: http://www.wilmettebaseball.org/
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