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Channahon 10U team narrowly misses World Series berth

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Front row, from left: Keaton Sirek, Adem Osmani, Duncan Collard, Lucas McMillin, Cade Ooms, Cole Blazekovich. Second row, from left: Nate Burket, Louie Johnson, Teddy Arnold, Brandon Thompson, Tim Flanagan, Luc Strange.

The 10U Mustang baseball team was yet another success story out of Channahon baseball this summer, as they were just one game away from reaching the Mustang World Series in Texas. They lost a 14-4 decision in the North Zone Tournament on Sunday, but that didn’t diminish the success of a season in which they went 13-5.

“We had a great group of kids,” Channahon manager Brendan Flanagan said. “The main core of the team has been together since they were eight years old, and they have had a real good run.”

In the opening game of the North Zone Tournament last Thursday, Channahon defeated Chester, Illinois, 10-2 ,behind the bat of Louie Johnson, who went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Teddy Arnold slammed a two-run homer, while Tim Flanagan was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Cade Ooms had a triple and an RBI. Adem Osmani (6 strikeouts) and Brandon Thompson (5 strikeouts) each pitched three innings.

On Friday, Channahon downed McCutcheon, Indiana, 9-7, as Johnson was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Flanagan went 3 for 4. Luc Strange was 2 for 3 as well. Tim Flanagan struck out nine in four innings of work, while Brandon Thompson racked up three strikeouts in two innings.

Pool play ended Saturday with a 14-6 loss to eventual champion Lafayette, Indiana. Osmani was 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Lucas McMillin had an RBI triple and Johnson was 1 for 1 with two RBIs. Cade Ooms (5 strikeouts and McMillin (3 strikeouts) each threw three innings.

Channahon blanked Clifton, Illinois, 12-0 in the semifinals on Sunday, as Teddy Arnold was 3 for 3 with a triple and an RBI. Osmani went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, while Ooms drove in a pair of runs. Adem Osmani struck out three in his four innings on the mound.

In the title game, Channahon was defeated, 14-4, by Lafayette. Teddy Arnold capped a perfect day at the plate by going 2 for 2, while McMillin doubled and Duncan Collard was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Adem Osmani, Flanagan and Brandon Thompson all saw time on the mound.

“After we won that semifinal game, 12-0, we felt like we couldn’t do anything wrong,” Flanagan said. “But baseball is funny, and things turned in a hurry in the title game. This team has a lot of drive. We feel like we can hit with anyone, so we know we are always in the game. We have come from behind in so many games. They say no lead is safe in baseball, and we are one of those teams that make it like that.

“We know we win as a team and lose as a team, and these kids fought all year long.”

Besides taking second in the North Zone, Channahon also took second in the Channahon Fourth of July Tournament, won the Whiteford Invitational and were second in the PONY Mustang Northeast Region Tournament.

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