A group of local area 14 year olds calling themselves the VooDoo Ride Too traveled down to St. Louis, MO to compete in the “Play It Right” baseball tournament and came home with Championship trophies.
The VooDoo Ride Too went 5-0 against some stiff competition, all from Missouri. To start things off they beat the Mid-Missouri Hurricanes 8-0 scattering 4 hits under the pitching strength of Nick Tortorici (Frankfort), Danny Allen (New Lenox) and Peyton Allen (Plainfield).
In their second game, the boys overcame a 3-1 deficit and won 6-3 behind an impressive two-way performance from Joey Antonopoulos (Plainfield) who came up huge both hitting and pitching the team to victory.
In their first bracket play game, the boys won 13-0 against the St. Louis Redbirds behind the pitching of Matt “Money” Monahan (New Lenox) who threw 4 shutout innings and the powerful hitting of JR Walsh (Plainfield). In the semifinal game, VooDoo Ride Too had to face the Mid-Missouri Hurricanes again, but Tyler Garrity (Plainfield) came ready to play and led the team to a 3-1 victory getting 2 hits and a walk and scoring the lead run in the last inning.
In the championship game against the St. Charles Aces (who had upset the highly-touted MA Longhorns), the boys fell behind 3-0, but clutch hitting by Luke Debenedetti (Joliet) and Sean Robinson (Richton Pk), together with shut-out pitching by Eric Papierski (Orland Pk) and Noah Hibler (New Lenox) allowed the VooDoo Ride Too to come back and win 6-3. Defensively the VooDoo Ride Too put on a show committing only 3 errors and turning 5 double plays while handling 143 total chances.