Temperatures were climbing toward 90, on June 1st, when the Berwyn Minors took the field against Forest Park’s Minor Traveling Team.  The visitors took an early lead, with four runs in the first and never looked back. The final was Berwyn 11 Forest Park 9.

Hitting stars for Berwyn included Jacob Rivera, who walked and homered. His teammate Max tripled and scored, while Johnny made it home after hitting a double. Forest Park was missing one of their sluggers, Matt Novak. Matt said he “sprained his knee” when he was “run over” by a base runner.

Novak’s teammates stepped up, though. T. J. Johnson pitched well and helped his cause with a double. He combined with Nick Tricoci and Nate to strike out eight Berwynites. When Nick wasn’t on the mound, he was stellar in centerfield. As one observer noted, “Nick tried his best to catch flies that came his way.” Kyle Banren was also solid on defense, robbing Berwyn of several hits.

Forest Park’s offense was powered by Nate, Evan and Henry at the top of the lineup, combined with clutch hitting by Connor and Nolan. Like the Chicago Blackhawks, Forest Park fought hard but came up a little short.

John Rice is a columnist/novelist who has seen his family thrive in Forest Park. He has published two books set in the village: The Ghost of Cleopatra and The Doll with the Sad Face.