Elmhurst Little League won the District 10 Big League Championship on Sunday, August 1st. Big League is made up of area high school baseball players hoping to improve their skills after their high school season is over. The difference with this tournament is that the players swap out their aluminum bats for wooden bats, just like the major leagues.
Elmhurst won their first game against #2 St. Joe 11 to 5. In their second game against #4 St. Joe, Elmhurst found themselves down 9 – 3 entering the final inning. Sending 11 men to the plate, Elmhurst battled back to make the score 9 – 7, with the bases loaded. The next batter, Christian Harmeyer, smashed a line drive double to the right field fence, clearing the bases and putting Elmhurst on top 10 – 9. Pitcher Josh Ulrey came in to pitch in the bottom of the inning to save the game, and send Elmhurst into the championship game.
In the championship game Josh Ulrey pitched a 3 hitter giving up an unearned run in the 4th inning in a 3 – 1 victory over #3 St. Joe. In 9 innings of work, Ulrey had a 0.00 ERA through the tournament. Elmhurst’s stiffling defense turned three double plays in the championship game to help Ulrey defensively.
Ulrey with a .444 batting average and 5 RBI’s and John Dukarski with a .400 batting average led Elmhurst in the tournament.
Area players and their schools were Josh Ulrey – Bishop Luers, Justin Durr – an Elmhurst graduate, Brennan Durr – Homestead, Garrison Bryan, Rob Dukarski, and John Dukarski – South Side, and Wayne players Nick Best, Tim Charles, Chase Forshee, Christian Harmeyer, Charles Harvard, Keaston Jackson, Travis Smith, and James Wyss. The Elmhurst Little League team is managed by Andy Dukarski and Coach Larry Durr.