Twins come from behind to win championship
Celebrating their exciting win in the title game are Clarendon Hills Twins players (front row, from left) Connor Dietz, Jack Gray, Cullen Peterson, Matt Giachetti, (back row, from left) Matt Potocki, Connor Bonino, Sean Palm, Ayden Head and Matt O’Neill.
Updated: October 26, 2011 1:07AM
The Clarendon Hills Twins were down to their last out with runners on second and third and trailing 11-10 in the bottom of the sixth inning in the Clarendon Hills Little League AAA championship game.
The Twins’ Matt O’Neill came to the plate thinking, “This is where I am supposed to be.”
O’Neill laced the first pitch he saw into left field, scoring Sean Palm and Matt Potocki, and the Twins beat the Brewers 12-11 in a hard-fought, epic battle at Prospect Park on Father’s Day.
O’Neill went 3-for-3 at the plate and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the Twins.
When the ball reached the outfield, O’Neill’s first thought was, “We’re going to win and we can finally jump the (outfield) fence!”
Connor Dietz started on the mound for the Twins, pitching 4 1/3 innings, striking out eight and only walking two. He also got the sixth-inning rally started by barely beating out an infield hit.
Ayden Head (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Jack Gray (2-for-3, 2 runs), Connor Bonino (1-for-2, 2 RBI) and Cullen Peterson (2 RBI) led the Twins’ attack.
The Brewers were led by Emmett Wilson’s 4-for-4, three-run afternoon, as well as Patrick O’Day’s five-RBI effort that included a double and a triple. Matt Finley was solid on the mound (3 innings) and at the plate (1-for-2, 2 runs scored) for the Brewers. Kyle Walch went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the top of the sixth that gave the Brewers an 11-7 lead.