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posted: 7/13/2012 11:41 AM

Cardinals win Lake Villa championship

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  • The Lake Villa Township Baseball League Mustang Champions, the Cardinals, from left, back row: coach Mark Zaba, Tyler Donovan, Logan Zielinski, Garrett Zaba, Matthew Fleming, Jimmy Klem and coach Joe Meriel; front row: Aidan Blashe, Sam Inmon, Ryne Meriel, Jake Black-Mishaan, Tyler Bringer and Justin Salinger; not pictured: Evan Zeivel.

      The Lake Villa Township Baseball League Mustang Champions, the Cardinals, from left, back row: coach Mark Zaba, Tyler Donovan, Logan Zielinski, Garrett Zaba, Matthew Fleming, Jimmy Klem and coach Joe Meriel; front row: Aidan Blashe, Sam Inmon, Ryne Meriel, Jake Black-Mishaan, Tyler Bringer and Justin Salinger; not pictured: Evan Zeivel.
    Courtesy of Donna Donovan

 

Submitted by Donna Donovan

The Cardinals are the Lake Villa Township Baseball League Mustang Champions, with a record of 18-2. In the championship game, the Cardinals beat the Tigers 9-4.

Tyler Donovan hit a triple with bases loaded and two outs to start putting runs on the board. Another run walked in, then Jimmy Klem hit a triple with bases loaded to bring in three more runs for the bottom of the first inning.

Awesome defense by Tyler Bringer helped end the second inning.

Aidan Blashe, Justin Salinger and Matthew Fleming protected the outfield.

Jake Mishaan-Black and Garrett Zaba played their catcher's position well with some fast, smart plays.

Logan Zielinski pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, and Ryne Meriel had a 1, 2, 3 final inning to close the game. Evan Zeivel was there in spirit.

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