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Images from Buddy Baseball Leagues in the suburbs

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  • Player Lauren Behm and her "buddy" Nicolette Fanelli take a turn batting during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.

       Player Lauren Behm and her "buddy" Nicolette Fanelli take a turn batting during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Michael Lavoie, a player from the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division, stands at the outfield fence with his glove before telling the coaches to "cover the field before the rain comes." That afternoon's games were cancelled due to the heat.

       Michael Lavoie, a player from the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division, stands at the outfield fence with his glove before telling the coaches to "cover the field before the rain comes." That afternoon's games were cancelled due to the heat.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • The Bartlett Little League Challenger Division patch is worn on all the players' jerseys.

       The Bartlett Little League Challenger Division patch is worn on all the players' jerseys.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Scott Schneider stands with his arms crossed at the outfield fence of Ruzicka field as he awaits his end-of-year trophy from the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division.

       Scott Schneider stands with his arms crossed at the outfield fence of Ruzicka field as he awaits his end-of-year trophy from the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • One of the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division players is wheelchair bound.

       One of the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division players is wheelchair bound.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Picardi high-fives his coaches before receiving his Bartlett Little League Challenger Division trophy at the end-of-year ceremony.

       Joe Picardi high-fives his coaches before receiving his Bartlett Little League Challenger Division trophy at the end-of-year ceremony.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Mike Miles, head coach of the Cubs Bartlett Little League Challenger Division team, congratulates Michael Zirbies on a great year before handing him his trophy.

       Mike Miles, head coach of the Cubs Bartlett Little League Challenger Division team, congratulates Michael Zirbies on a great year before handing him his trophy.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Bartlett Little League Challenger coaches, from left, Larry Wegner, of the Angels and league member for eight years, Mike Miles, of the Cubs and league member for 10 years, Bob Kennedy, of the Sox and league member for four years, and Larry Lavoie, of the Cardinals and league member for six years, are recognized for their hard work.

       Bartlett Little League Challenger coaches, from left, Larry Wegner, of the Angels and league member for eight years, Mike Miles, of the Cubs and league member for 10 years, Bob Kennedy, of the Sox and league member for four years, and Larry Lavoie, of the Cardinals and league member for six years, are recognized for their hard work.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • A few players from the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division await their end-of-year trophies.

       A few players from the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division await their end-of-year trophies.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Many gather by Ruzicka field for the end-of-year party for the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division.

       Many gather by Ruzicka field for the end-of-year party for the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Williams, the organizer for the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division, wears a shirt that reads "Just one more" on the back.

       Paul Williams, the organizer for the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division, wears a shirt that reads "Just one more" on the back.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • The organizer of Bartlett Little League Challenger Division Paul Williams speaks during the trophy ceremony at the end-of-year ceremony.

       The organizer of Bartlett Little League Challenger Division Paul Williams speaks during the trophy ceremony at the end-of-year ceremony.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Picardi plays with a piece of grass during the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division end-of-year party and trophy presentation.

       Joe Picardi plays with a piece of grass during the Bartlett Little League Challenger Division end-of-year party and trophy presentation.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

  • Player Emilie Donaldson and her "buddy" Helen Majer take a turn batting during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.

       Player Emilie Donaldson and her "buddy" Helen Majer take a turn batting during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Player Marilyn Dyrda, right, and her "buddy" Erin Markovich warm up before the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.

       Player Marilyn Dyrda, right, and her "buddy" Erin Markovich warm up before the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Player Jenny Youngwith, her service dog Bode and her "buddy" Hunter Week play third base during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.

       Player Jenny Youngwith, her service dog Bode and her "buddy" Hunter Week play third base during the first buddy baseball game of the season at Briar Patch Park in Wheaton. The league is sponsored by the Wheaton Junior Women's Club.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 

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