Charles Terry was unsuccessful in tagging out this LaGrange Park runner at the plate after pitching a passed ball. (David Pierini/staff photographer)

The Brookfield Demons cruised to a 13-1 victory over Lyons McCook in opening round action of the 50th Roy A. Overholt Invitational Tournament last week.

The Demons, who defeated the Brookfield Crush 13-4 in the title game of their Brookfield Major Boys Little League division to qualify for their prestigious hometown tourney, move on to the Overholt semifinals.

In their Overholt opener, the Demons put away Lyons McCook early, employing an offensive attack by committee coupled with Jake Garvey and Logan Mohrs’ exemplary pitching. Garvey earned the win throwing two hitless innings before Mohrs appeared in relief to complete the shutout. Leadoff hitter Alex Barrido and Max Buffo powered the offense.

In Brookfield’s pivotal win over the Crush to punch its ticket to Overholt, Garvey tossed a complete game and Buffo belted a pair of home runs to pace the Demons offensively.

“Beating the Crush gave us a lot of confidence for Overholt,” Mohrs said. “It was a really big challenge because we were viewed as the underdogs. Nobody expected us to win, but we had our eyes on the prize and we came through.”

Other members of the Brookfield team include Kyle Paeth, Sam Fletcher, Ryan Davis, Zach Veselsky, Colin Attaway, Noah Garcia-Graham, Ryan Kissel and Kyle Storage.

“Our players came in focused and ready to play which was really refreshing to see,” Brookfield head coach Greg Mohrs said. “They are taking this tournament very seriously. These guys have no feeling of being intimidated. The other remaining teams are outstanding, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Brookfield faced Western Springs and LaGrange met LaGrange Park in the semifinals earlier this week (both games occurred past deadline). The third-place game is Wednesday, August 21.

The championship game will be held Thursday, August 22. All tournament games (7:30 p.m.) are played on the Overholt Field at Kiwanis Park.

Regardless of their outcome at Overholt, the Demons are very cognizant of the honor to play for their hometown fans in the tournament often referred to as the World Series of District 9.

“It’s really a great experience playing in Overholt,” Logan Mohrs said. “We have played really hard to get here and it’s nice to represent Brookfield.”

As the Demons’ skipper, Greg Mohrs (Logan’s father), quickly sensed the magical vibe permeating the unique tournament particularly within the Brookfield community.

“I grew up in Indiana and played little league there,” he said, “but some of the parents of the kids on this team grew up in Brookfield. When they were kids, they played in Overholt as well.

“I didn’t fully understand and appreciate the significance of this tournament until our team came here,” he added. “It’s an important event for our community, and we’re very proud to represent Brookfield in Overholt’s 50th year.”

On September 1, the Roy A. Overholt Tournament 50th anniversary celebration will be held at Kiwanis Park from 3 p.m. till dusk. A bags tournament, horseshoes, volleyball, and of course, a baseball game along with plenty of food and music headline the scheduled attractions.

Roy A. Overholt, who founded the tournament, will be honored at the celebration for his volunteerism spanning over five decades. Overholt, who was born in the Hollywood section of Brookfield in 1924, started the tournament in 1964 when he asked winning teams from area Little League organizations to participate in the tournament.

Short-handed Riverside loses to LaGrange

With five players out of the lineup on vacation, Riverside endured a 23-2 loss to tournament defending champion LaGrange in another opening round game at Overholt. Last year, LaGrange defeated Berwyn 12-3 in the championship game.

LaGrange scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised to victory the rest of the way. Despite the lopsided loss, Riverside coach Howard Jordan praised his team’s positive attitude and effort.

“We ran into a buzz saw against LaGrange, but I was amazed how our kids played,” Jordan said. “Our players kept their heads up and played hard.”

The Astros qualified for Overholt with an 11-1-1 record during its regular season. Pitcher/infielder Griffin Jordan, pitcher/infielder Joe Kawiecki, pitcher/outfielder Danny Kawiecki, pitcher Liam Corbisiero and first baseman Sam Grivetti led the team to a successful run this summer. Jordan also called up 10-year-olds Owen Connelly and Charlie Buh to play in Overholt. Both promising players performed well against LaGrange, highlighted by Buh’s RBI-hit to score the Astros’ second run. Joseph Shelvin paced Riverside with a 2-for-2 effort including an RBI against LaGrange.

The rest of the team members are manager Paul Kawiecki, Dominick Dodaro, Jason Begeanis, Wilson Van Nice, Robert Murphy, Ryan Dubanowich, Erik Robertson and Bryce Legan

Western Springs, LaGrange Park make semifinals

Western Springs edged Lyons Township 7-6 and LaGrange Park routed North Riverside 16-1 to join Brookfield and LaGrange in the Overholt semifinals.