The Yorkville Foxes 17U summer baseball team wrapped up summer league action the past two weekends. In the middle of the month they played in the 45-team Best of the Great Lakes Tournament and went 2-2 in pool play. This past weekend the 17U Foxes played in the Double Play Northern Illinois University Baseball Tournament in Sycamore and DeKalb.
The Foxes 17U guys opened up play in the Great Lakes Tournament with a 2-1 thriller over the Outlaws Prep Baseball team. Coach Scott Luken reported that the Foxes came from behind to win with 2 runs in the fifth inning for the win. Coach Luken said “Starting pitcher Max Pesola tossed a complete game gem.” He limited the Outlaws to one unearned run on two hits. Pesola struck out three and walked just one.
Trailing by a run in the fifth, Lukas Haddox led off with a double and scored the tying run on a Pesola groundout. Nick Bivens reached on an error and scored what proved to be the winning run when Evan May beat out an infield grounder. Those two runs would hold up for the win. The Foxes then beat Rhino Baseball 9-1 on Friday with Jake Rybicki, Brett Rhodes and Eric Hix combining on a three hitter. Max Pesola went 3-3 with a double, Felix Melendez tripled and Bryan Corrigan doubled to provide plenty of offense in the win.
The Foxes dropped game two on Friday 8-4 to the Illinois Indians. The Foxes 17U team rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4, but the Indians would score four runs in extra innings to win this one. Kyle Sommers had a big game going 3-4 and Nick Bivens was 2-4. Jake Rybicki, Felix Melendez, Evan May and Max Pesola each drove in a run. The Michigan based Grand Blanc Gladiators they defeated the Foxes 4-2 to end the tourney for the Foxes with a 2-2 record. Yorkville just missed advancing to bracket play.
In the NIU tournament the Foxes 17U team went 2-1-1 against some quality opponents. Yorkville won twice on Friday as they defeated the Dirtbags (DelValle) 9-0 and Dirtbags (Sinatra) 6-3. Against DelValle Jake Rybicki tossed a 5 inning one-hitter and Lukas Haddox smacked a two-run homer. Ryan Buck went 2-3 with two RBI. The Foxes win over Sinatra saw starter Brett Rhodes win going 6 innings in the game that ended early due to the time limit rule. Rhodes gave up just four hits and just one earned run. Max Pesola slammed two doubles and he drove in two. Jake Rybicki also drove in two runs with a couple of hits. Ryan Buck also drove in two big runs for the Foxes 17U squad.
Saturday saw the Foxes 17U team have a tough opener that ended in a tie after 7 innings 6-6 against the Nike Phenoms from Kenosha, Wisconsin due to the time limit after 7 innings. Ben Hixon threw a great game giving up just one earned run in the seven inning outing. Evan May was 2-3 with a double and a RBI, while Jake Rybicki doubled. In what turned out to be the final game of the tournament and of the summer season Yorkville got shutout by the Exposure Prospects 8-0. Max Pesola doubled and Eric Hix and Lukas Haddox each had a hit, but as Coach Luken reported the offense just could not get going.
Very nice summer for the Yorkville Foxes 17U and thanks to Head Coach Scott Luken for sending us in reports during the summer.