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Raptors finish third at regionals

The Brookfield National softball team came up one game short of advancing to the Little League World Series last week. The Raptors finished third in the Central Regional tournament, going 4-2.

The Raptors downed two-time returning state champ Ohio 9-3 in the opening round, then fell to eventual regional champs Michigan 6-0. But the team battled back to defeat Kansas 2-0. Jackie LaManna led off the sixth inning with a double, and Cassandra Cook singled her in. Karin Caithamer, who pitched a two-hitter, knocked in the insurance run on a single.

The Raptors went on to trounce Nebraska 12-0 and Missouri 10-4, advancing into the semifinals where they lost to Kentucky 3-2, despite a 2-0 lead late in the game.

"We named them 'Lucky Kentucky'," said Raptors coach Danny Cook. "Things seemed to go their way."

The Raptors will be honored tonight (7:30 p.m.) at the Roy A. Overholt tournament at Kiwanis Park.

Overholt tourney kicks off

The Brookfield National Little League (District 9) Roy A. Overholt 43rd Annual Invitational tournament got underway last week at Kiwanis Park.

LaGrange edged Pleasantdale 4-3 to advance and play Lyons McCook last night (after deadline). LaGrange Park defeated Stickney 5-2 and took on Brookfield National last night. Lyons Township slipped past Riverside 8-6, and advanced to the third round following a forfeit by Western Springs.

Fall ball registration

Western Conference Babe Ruth Baseball of will have registration for the 2006 Fall baseball season on Saturday, Aug. 19th from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Any boy or girl in the area that will be playing as a 13, 14 or 15-year-old for the '07 baseball season is welcome to join. Registration will be at Jaycee Ehlert Park (Shields & Elm Avenues) in Brookfield at the Western Conference Concession Stand at the south end of the field. The registration fee is $80 and must be paid in full at the time of registration. The fee includes eight games (weather permitting), and a Western Conference Fall Ball tee-shirt. Any player registering for the first time with Western Conference will receive a $10 voucher which can be used towards your registration for the '07 Western Conference baseball season. The season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Any questions, please call Scott Stockwell at 387-1054 or Tom Siebert at 485-2979.

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