The River Forest 12U softball team defeated LaGrange 11-9 last week to win the Little League State Championship.

The squad went undefeated in a double elimination playoff in Burbank with three other teams including LaGrange, Beardstown and Clear Ridge.

In their first game, River Forest faced off against Beardstown and came out on top 6-3. In the next round they edged Clear Ridge 5-3 to give them a favorable spot in the championship series against LaGrange. The River Forest girls squandered LaGrange’s efforts to force a second game early, rising to a commanding 11-1 lead after just two innings.

“We’ve been scoring a lot of runs and everyone has been hitting the ball,” said head coach Tim Ryan of his team’s performance at the plate. “It’s been really great to see the girls swinging away like they have.”

Ryan also credited stellar pitching as a reason for his team’s success. After allowing no runs, walking zero batters and recording a whopping 22 strikeouts in the District Tournament, pitchers such as Emily Zekander, Maeve Nelson and Gigi Andreoli continued to come through on the mound in Burbank.

River Forest moved on the Regional in Indianapolis where they lost in the first round to Indiana’s state champ 13-12. River Forest’s pool also contains teams from Michigan, Nebraska, and Missouri.

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