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    Congratulations to our 13A1 team, which won the Deerfield Wooden Bat Tournament this week.    13A1 swept the seeding round (including a blowout win against a Windy City team that is 10-1 in the MSBL), then shut out one Deerfield team to reach the final.    In the championship game, Harry Resis pitched four shutout innings, then Jackie Ryder delivered a clutch 2 run single in the bottom of the 6th inning to break a 4-4 tie and shut the door on the mound in the 7th to beat Deerfield's top team (currently 15-1 in the MSBL), 6-4.    Congrats to all of the players!!!!


    Congratulations to the SIXTY (!!!!) New Trier Feeder alumni selected to play for New Trier High School teams this season:

    Owen Appel
    Wyatt Baumeyer
    Gavin Berlin
    Austin Brown
    Colin Browne
    Trevor Byrnes
    Caiden Carpenter
    Nunzio Castellano
    Garrett Chong
    Peter Conkey
    Evan Dobsch
    Chris Donaldson
    C.J. Donnelly
    Quentin Erickson
    Jimmy Ertmann
    Michael Essig
    Liam Fitzgerald
    Jack Flood
    Louis Florida
    Charlie Gainer
    Sam Gossard
    Charlie Hahn
    Thomas Hartman
    John Hatsis
    Will Hayes
    Patrick Heneghan
    Ryan Hepner
    Harry Higgins
    Dylan Jeppe
    Mason Jurewicz

    James Karabas
    Ben Kinzelberg
    Charlie Krupski
    Grant Lyons
    Jack Mastros
    Alexander Mendes
    Trey Meyers
    Aidan Nicholson
    Sam Nigro
    Aidan Nolan
    P.J. Nylk
    Charlie Olesker
    Zach Perchik
    Luke Richker
    Sean Ropka
    Andrew Rover
    Neil Sanderson
    Noah Shapo
    Jack Simon
    Conlin Spillane
    Declan Spinner
    A.J. Steinback
    Daniel Stone
    Ben Toft
    John Walther
    Asher Walsh
    Charlie Wanzenberg
    Jack Wilson
    Henry Wolfe
    Justin Wood





    At 12:36 P.M. yesterday afternoon, NTF's Will Blomeier threw the first pitch in the LSFBL's 13B championship game.  Almost seven hours later, 14B’s Nunzio Castellano squeezed a fly ball in center field to end the LSFBL’s 14B championship, putting the finishing touches on an absolute incredible championship week for our NTF players.  With that final out, NTF clinched its second LSFBL league championship of the day, its fourth league or tournament championship of the day, its sixth league or tournament championship in just the last 8 days of the season, and its twelfth LSFBL championship in the last 5 years.

    13B (Gray) started the day off by absolutely hammering Lincolnshire in the LSFBL’s 13B final.  Coach Gallo’s squad scored 10 runs in the first inning, and led by three RBI from Carter Vree and Christopher Kirkpatrick, went out to win 14-1 in a 4 inning slaughter.  In doing so, they completed a fantastic season, going 24-12-1 overall, and 18-2 to win the LSFBL’s regular season championship.  Coach Falk’s 14B squad jumped all over Mundelein early.  14B scored 3 in the 1st, 9 in the 2nd, and 6 in the third to jump way ahead early on its way to the a dominating 19-8 triumph.  It was truly a team effort—Chase Cook led the way with 4 RBI, 5 other players knocked in 2 each, and 8 different players scored at least 2 runs each to hand 14B the title.

    The day was capped off by tournament victories for both 13A1 and 14A1 for the second straight Sunday.  In winning Sunday, 13A1 finished a good season in which it made it to LSFBL’s new AA division finals and won two different weekend tournaments.  14A1 finished with a 35-9 record, tied for the regular season LSFBL AA title, and won three different tournaments.  With that, our 14A1 players completed their two full time years in NTF at 61-12, winning the LSFBL’s A division at 13U, its regular season AA division at 14U, and four different tournament championships—truly, one of the best two year performances by any team in the history of the program.

    While we celebrate our champions today, to us success is about development much more than wins and losses, and so we would be remiss at not pointing out the successes of our other teams.  While competing in the LSFBL this season against every organization’s top team, 13A2 went 25-14-2 this season and played #2 seeded Mundelein to a 3-3 tie until the bottom of the 6th before falling in Sunday’s final, in the process becoming the first NTF team in memory to win the KWBA Bulldog Classic.  And 14A2 completed one of the greatest turnarounds in program history, going from a team that won only 5 games in the LSFBL last year all the way to the championship game before falling to #1 seeded Mundelein’s top team this year.   When we talk about development, what 14A2 did this year is exactly what we have in mind.  Finally, Coach Kopp’s 13B (White) team had a spectacular season, going 15-5 in the league before losing a close battle in the divisional semifinals—a loss Coach Gallo’s team was happy to avenge two days later.

    As is always the case, the most indelible memories of the week for those of us who run the program, however, are off the field. The number of kids who turned up to support their friends on other teams on this week was astounding.  When we said at the start of the year that this was a community, one in which every single one of our players was equally important to us, we meant it--and all of us who run this program are so happy to see the kids, over and over again, support each other, both on and off the field.  To us, that's what community baseball is all about.  We hope that we were able provide at some joy and distraction in what has been a long, hard year in the world.

    Once again, thanks for the honor of entrusting the development of your kids to us this season. We hope you are as proud of them as we are.

    Drew Cardonick, President
    New Trier Feeder Baseball