Westdale Tournament Semi-Finals
Forest Park 14
Elmhurst Blue 8
Forest Park once again played from behind in this contest. Elmhurst jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the first inning. From that point on, however, the boys played defense like champions.
Elmhurst would only score three more runs in the next five innings behind good plays by Jeremiah Canada at second base, Jake Gordon throwing a runner out at second base from right field and Frank Mott pitching in with four assists from the mound.
On the offensive end, Forest Park tied it up at five with seven consecutive hits lead by Nick Garlisch, Canada, Sherman Martin, and Joe Rodriguez. In the third, they took the lead for good with another hit barrage lead by Charlie Hoenhe’s double, and hits by Mott, Josh Hill, James Hobson and Ryan Mintz.
Westdale Championship Game
Forest Park 10
The last time these two teams met, Westdale stormed out to a big lead and won 18-11. Forest Park knew what was ahead of them, and played their hearts out. The boys again had to fight back after Westdale opened the game with five runs in the first frame. Forest Park scored three runs in the second inning with singles by Ryan Mintz and Nick Garlisch. They were driven home by Sherman Martin’s homerun. With the score 10-5 in the fifth, Forest Park scored four times with hits from Isaiah Fuller, Jack Doss, Charlie Hoenhe, Frank Mott and Josh Hill. With the score 10-9, Westdale proved why they were champions by scoring three runs in the sixth, and holding Forest Park to only one run. Forest Park was the only team to stay close to the Westdale championship squad, and truly made a name for themselves in the tournament.
Frank Mott, Josh Hill, James Hobson, Jack Lazarra, Ryan Mintz, Nick Garlisch, Jeremiah Canada, Sherman Martin, Joe Rodriguez, Jake Gordon, Isaiah Fuller, Jack Doss, and Charlie Hoehne.
The Minor Girls started their tournament in River Forest against a very strong River Forest team. Our Forest Park girls dropped the first game 25-0, but showed a lot of life against Melrose Park the next day. Gabby Foster was robbed on a first-inning line drive with the bases loaded that ended a Forest Park scoring chance. Melrose Park scored six with two outs in the first, but Forest Park stormed back with six of their own. Good pitching by Gabby Foster and some good defensive plays by Nicole Barron, Sydney Gray, and Sharnice Dean kept the score tight. Melrose Park was able to take the lead for good and defeated Forest Park 15-8. Congratulations to the 9-10 Minor Girls on a season well-played.