Youth Baseball: Channahon Sports Huddle wins DuPage River Pony title
From Submitted Reports June 29, 2012 7:40PM
Channahon Sports Huddle pitcher Johnny Carnagio. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 2, 2012 6:03AM
Strike a victory for youth.
Tournament MVP Johnny Carnagio pitched a complete-game shutout, leading Channahon Sports Huddle to a 6-0 victory over Minooka CARCARE Collision in the championship game of the DuPage River Conference Pony League tournament for 13- and 14-year-olds at the Crest Hill diamond.
The tournament annually features numerous players who go on to become standouts at area high schools. The twist this time is the Channahon team, which also won the regular-season title, consists solely of 13-year-olds.
Carnagio allowed four hits and struck out seven in the seven-inning title game.
Channahon got on the board in the bottom of the first when John Wheaton’s single scored Carnagio, who was hit by a pitch. Danny Beaudin homered in the second to make it 2-0, and Channahon went up 3-0 in the third when Carnagio and Wheaton singled and Carnagio scored on a wild pitch. Doubles by Carnagio and Matt Brozovich were the key hits in a three-run fifth.
Brad VanAsdlen pitched five innings and Jack Sasso two for Minooka, which received two hits from Mike Malinowski and one each from Sasso and Jordan Missig.
Channahon was the regular-season conference champ with a 27-3 record and finished 30-3 overall. Minooka was the second-place team in the regular season at 24-2 and ended 26-5 overall.
In the third-place game, Crest Hill Sports Huddle defeated Whiteford Paolucci 5-2. Winning pitcher Julian Ornelas went the first six innings and allowed two runs while striking out seven. Tyler Nunn pitched the seventh.
Jonathan Allison went 3-for-3 with three RBI for Crest Hill. Brendan Wilczewski doubled for Whiteford.
Crest Hill finished third in the regular season (20-10). Minooka defeated Crest Hill in the semifinals 2-0. Crest Hill closed at 22-11 overall.