White Sox Bullfrogs claim T-Ball title in style

Team wins thriller to secure coveted title

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The White Sox Bullfrogs defeated the White Sox Piranhas 11-10 in Game 3 of a thrilling three-game series on June 28th at Maple Park to win the Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball T-Ball championship.  With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Weston Kirk provided the clutch hit, driving home Jimmy Degnan and Charlie Newman to secure the Game 3 victory and coveted title for the Bullfrogs.

Led by twin brothers Elias and Julian Hachem, the Piranhas took a bite out of the Bullfrogs with a 17-14 win in the series opener. The Piranhas withstood a spirited sixth inning rally by the Bullfrogs. The Bullfrogs jumped off the deck in Game 2 and netted a 10-2 victory with outstanding team defense and timely hitting from Jackson Solberg, Kellen Billadeau, Max Lofgren, and Jack Watters.

Entering the top of the sixth in Game 3 and the score tied 9-9, the Bullfrogs' Michael Nelligan, Jimmy Ponicki, Owen Lerner, and Toby Yang provided plenty of excitement with great defense to limit the Piranhas' catch to one run.  The Bullfrogs reeled home the winning run on their last cast to land the 2013 OPYBS Village T-Ball Championship Trophy!

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OP  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 10:50 AM

OPYBS needs those extra funds to finance travel, cover past deficits and build reserves. Why reduce rates when you have a captured client base.. With regard to PD - expect high cost/poor service - you are in one of the most populated urban areas in the country/world. It is driven by demand.

OP  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 10:47 AM

Tball is down as well - at one time there were 60 teams in TBall and now RBall is almost bigger/tied with tball. there are macro/secular trends - urbanization (more sports when kids move to city - not just footba//baseball), browning of america - (minorites are underepresented in youth baseball - same reason repluicons lost) and poor governance by MLB in driving interest and consistency at youth level... it will always be around, but lacrosse etc are the next way.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 10:40 AM

OP - how about the other leagues? TBall added teams in 2012 and I believe added some in 2013 which should have more than made up the drop at $135 per kid. Fees sure never dropped and let's be honest - the PD does a crappy job of keeping up the fields.

OP  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 10:27 AM

decline of baseball (-4 CAGr since 2008) and emergence of travel, lacrosse etc. For example, OP had 8 Bronco team, now 6, it had 16 Shetland teams and now 11. That is a loss of 90 players in the last two years. Both of those trends will only accelerate which means they have no option but to partner/accept the $50,000 to remain viable. Is OPYBS well run? many people on both side in OP - is it a good value for $150 - sure as travel can be $1,500+

OP   

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 10:23 AM

First, congrats to Bullfrogs and Kirk who is a great coach. The reality is OP baseball is faced with two tough challenges which forced the partnership with the sox. Park district rates have risen more quickly than fees - my info says for $12 pp five years ago to about $29 currently. OPYBS does not own anything except its logo/brand so they have little choice/control. The second driver is the decline in the number of players from 1800 to about 1300 today. This is in part due to secular

former "real" white sox t-ball coach  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 9:28 AM

dumbest thing ever, accepting the sponsorship of the white sox and every team being white sox. you still had to pay for the uniform and the sox nite tickets. what did you really get for the sponsorship? is the money really that important?

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