Junior A City Championship awarded for the first time
The Junior A City Championship game is here for the first time and closes the day for Naperville Little League at DuPage River Park! Don’t forget to order your personal copy of the game by going to the NCTV17 online store and purchasing an MP4!
Set the table
This match is between the Dan Cullum Flyers and NCTV17; Don’t worry, we’re not biased towards anyone! This is the inaugural year of the Junior division, but you wouldn’t have guessed it, since the division had 11 teams in its first year! NCTV17 coach Ed Quinn led his team to win the division with a 14-3-1 record, while Dan Cullum Flyers coach Tom Anderson was not far behind NCTV17 with a 13-4 record. -1. The Dan Cullum Flyers are a commemorative team in honor of the recently deceased Dan Cullum. His family graciously asked Naperville Little League Baseball for donations in lieu of flowers for his funeral, as he was an integral part of the Little League throughout his life. What a great way to pay tribute to him, because his team is now in the final.
It’s time to make history at DuPage River Sports Complex, where Naperville Little League Baseball is hosting its first municipal junior division championship.
We have the Dan Cullum Flyers at 13-4-1 taking on the NCTV17 sponsored team, which is 14-3-1.
Let’s jump right into the very first inning, Emerson Wood at home plate and he hits a ball left side. So it’s thrown the Wood engines all around until the third.
Mitch Mares is next and he points a line to the third, where Max Kallio happens to be… hook that up… and gets the tag for an unassisted double play!
And after all the excitement, starter Jake Quinn, K is his first hitter of the day to complete the frame.
So in the lower half, and with a runner, Mitch Anderson shoots one in the stomach and in the center field. Ryan Quinn walks around the bag and heads for the third.
And that sets the stage for the game’s first round… which cuts through wild terrain with Quinn scoring.
But Dan Cullum’s starting pitcher Bradley Anderson is able to turn things around and drop in a nice speed step for the back K.
Anderson is now flat and he shoots an outside pitch to the pull field for a base shot.
And on the next at bat Anderson takes off, which is perfect as Allen Weber hits him exactly where the shortstop was. Runners now on 2sd and 3rd.
And when you put the guys in position to score, it’s good to score them… that’s what the Dan Cullum Flyers do on a third strike. Not only does Anderson intervene, but so does Weber. 2-1 Flyers.
Trying to stop the scoring threat, here’s a fly pop over the infield on which Fabian Mendoza closes the glove for the first out.
Then watch that Mitch Anderson play on the catcher… bounce back and get the second out… while Trey Fregia keeps the runner in second.
And that’s important because next is Gavin Springer and he cuts one after the infield – but the runner stops on third and NCTV17 comes out of the round.
Crazy start to the game, isn’t it? The bottom half of the second, here’s a right-side bouncer that Wes Schmitt absorbs and throws first.
Moving on to fourth – Weber is back at home plate for the Flyers and he passes infield dirt… Anderson takes the turn and walks home. Now lead 3-1 Flyers.
And then Justin Loch is going to send a roll per second – his punch is strong enough to score a point. The Reds team up 4-1.
At the end of the fifth, NCTV17 started. This is Anderson sprinting at home after stealing third place and causing a throwing error.
Then, with Curtis Burke at home, a ball recovers the backstop and here’s another run. Kallio marks.
And can you believe it – with Patrick Norton third, another savage scores even for NCTV17.
And with one out, Jake Quinn comes back to the pitcher – who makes a good play first, but the run scores and NCTV17 is ahead 5-4.
Finally putting an end to the big round, OJ Mercado arrives and grabs the final in left field.
On top of sixth and how about that Mitch Mares blast. Over the heads of the center players and up to the wall… it’s so far from home that it takes a double cut… but it works and NCTV17 cuts the runner at home to keep the lead!
Closing the set, Trey Fregia puts a ball away and NCTV17 is three out.
In the lower half, NCTV17 scores once and appears to score again, except Curtis Burke comes in and saves a run.
So at the seventh… and Jake Quinn goes for the full play effort… and he has it! NCTV17 Wins First-Ever Junior Division Cities Championship!