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River Forest closes out season with third-place trophy

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The River Forest baseball team, consisting of 10 year olds from both the A and B traveling teams, finished the travel season with a third place finish at the Johnsburg tournament.

River Forest tied the eventual tournament winner, Genoa Kingston, 4-4, a game that was called due to darkness. The team lost to McHenry 2-0, but routed the eventual second place finisher, Gurnee, 21-5.

Gurnee, in its earlier two games, shut out both its opponents and held them to a combined four hits before facing River Forest.

River Forest downed Johnsburg 8-1 in the consolation game. The team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a safety squeeze bunt by Ben Wilson in the bottom of the first inning. Jordan Alesia followed Wilson with a hard single to left, scoring two more to give River Forest a 3-0 lead after one inning.

Johnsburg threatened in the top of the second with bases loaded and one out, but River Forest's defense was stellar. Evan Thompson robbed a Johnsburg batter on a line drive to second and doubled up a runner.

Pitchers Harrison Engoren, Cameron Smart, and Sam Pochyly shut down the dangerous Johnsburg's offense, allowing just one run over five innings. Jack Kurtenbach was brought in in the sixth to close things out. Kurtenback struck out two and allowed one hit. The last out came when Paul Roche threw out a Johnsburg runner attempting to steal third.

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