Although there was no MVP chosen at the 52nd Annual Roy A. Overholt Tournament, Brookfield’s Wylder Guido left little doubt about who the best player was at the late summer classic.
Guido struck out 10 batters over four innings and belted a three-run home run to power Brookfield past South Cicero 12-2 in the championship game at Kiwanis Park on Aug. 12. Guido went 3-0 with 28 strikeouts in 11 innings and hit four home runs, including a grand slam, as Brookfield dominated the tournament.
Including Brookfield Little League regular season play and a handful of other tournaments, the RedHawks’ slugger finished with a whopping 21 homers this summer.
“It feels great to win the Overholt tournament,” Guido said. “I just tried to do the best I can and play hard. Everybody played good. I give a lot of credit to our catcher Jonny Turgeon. He’s an amazing ballplayer and one of my best friends.”
While Guido’s three-game performance was one of the best in tournament history, the RedHawks outscored their opponents 31-6 with contributions from every player.
Turgeon, Mason Patil, Luke Garvey and Ryan Vileta emerged as other leaders over the summer.
“Jonny Turgeon is one of the best players on our team and a true gamer,” Brookfield head coach Jamey Guido said. “Mason and Luke are both a big part of our team as well. They are tremendous all-around players. Ryan Vileta did a nice job getting on base for us. Everybody on the team played a role in our success which was great to see.”
Against South Cicero, which briefly led Brookfield 2-1, Bob Greenlees provided a timely RBI hit to trigger the Redhawks’ flurry of 12 unanswered runs.
“I was really proud of Bob and the way he came through for us,” Jamey Guido said. “He had a great at-bat and that hit really sparked our team.”
Patil’s walk-off single in the fourth inning closed out the RedHawks’ momentum and the game at 12-2.
“Everybody hit and was part of the action [against South Cicero],” Jamey Guido said. “Wylder was a shutdown pitcher all summer, but I like the fact we have seven pitchers who throw strikes and we play great defense. We’ve been playing good, tight baseball really since the middle of summer.
“Winning Overholt is a huge accomplishment for these kids. I’m very happy for them. This will be a great memory for the rest of their lives.”
Brookfield finished with a 17-5 record this summer.
The RedHawks’ roster includes Ryan Vileta, Luke Garvey, Jonny Turgeon, Wylder Guido, Mason Patil, Jaylen Gonzalez, Max Didio, Jake Sickle, Bob Greenlees, Nico Guerrero and Damian Carroll. Jamey Guido, Cole Turgeon, Michael Garvey and Tim Vileta are the coaches.