PONY North Zone Tournament at Bay City, MI
Game 3: August 5th
Bay County, Michigan 14, Crest Hill 4
Bay County scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning all with 2 outs & Crest Hill could not get the third out. Crest Hill scored their first run in the top of the 3rd inning on singles by Stevie Bakalar & Josh Cunniff. Eli Novak scored in the 4th inning on a single, stolen base & scored on a wild pitch. In the top of the 5th inning Crest Hill needed to score 3 runs to keep the game going , but could only get two runs across. Sam Novak walked & Eli Novak tripled to score brother Sam. Eli scored on a ground out. Crest Hill & Central Il both finished 1 & 2 in the tournament. The tie breaker is fewest runs allowed . Central Il gave up 26 runs in their 3 games & Crest Hill gave up 19. That made Crest Hill the top team in Illinois & State Champs.
Game 2: August 4th
Central Michigan 5, Crest Hill 2
With no score in the 2nd inning Ryan Highland led off with a double , Eli Novak sacrifice bunted Highland to an 3rd & Ethan Adamowski laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Highland to give Crest Hill a 1 to 0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning Josh Cunniff gave up a lead off walk & after striking out the 2nd batter of the inning gave up a two run Homer to put Crest Hill down 2 to 1. In the bottom of the 5th Central Michigan scored on a run on a walk , stolen base & two infield hits. In the top of 6th inning Josh Cunniff his 2nd homer in two days to cut the lead to one. In the bottom of the 6th Central Michigan scored two more runs on a walk, single , & double with two outs. Tucker Holmgren had Crest Hill's only other hit, a single in the 3rd inning.
Cunniff's Home Run is his 17th tying him with Jake Trader on the Alltime Pony Home Run. Anthony Gonzalez is the leader with 21. Trader & Gonzalez both played in 2000 the year Crest Hill had it's first team go to a Zone Tournament at any level. Cunniff is only a 13 year old. Cunniff was the losing pitcher striking out 10 walking 5, 3 singles, 2 doubles, & one Home Run. Crest Hill plays Bay County Blue tomorrow night at 8:30pm in a must win game.
Game 1: Crest Hill 16, Allen Park, Michigan 0
In the first inning Mason Craig doubled, Sam Novak followed with a walk , Ryan Highland reached on a throwing error scoring Craig & Novak. After Eli Novak walked Ethan Adamowski tripled driving in two runs putting Crest Hill up 4 to 0. In the second inning, Tucker Holmgren singled & Mason Craig walked. Josh Cunniff hit a 3 run Homer putting Crest Hill up 7 to 0. In the 3rd inning Tucker Holmgren singled, stole 2nd & Sam Novak reached on a error, Josh Cunniff barley missed hitting his 2nd homer hitting the top of the fence driving in 2 runs with a double putting Crest Hill up 9 to 0. Crest Hill scored 7 runs in the 4th inning taking advantage of 6 walks, a single by Sam Novak & another double by Cunniff. Ryan Highland pitched the first three innings allowing no runs, 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 k's & picked a runner off 2nd base. Brodie McIntrye pitched the last two innings striking out 3 & allowing one hit. Josh Cunniff threw both runners out on attempted steals in the first & second innings. Crest Hill plays Central Michigan Tomorrow at noon.
PONY 14U Region at Crest Hill
Game 1: Thursday, July 20th
Crest Hill 11 Ottawa 5
Sam Novak was the winning pitcher. Josh Cunniff & Eli Novak each had two hits . Ryan Highland singled & doubled.
Game 2: Saturday, July 22nd
Kankakee 8 Crest Hill 4
Eli Novak had two hits, Sam Novak & Mason Craig doubled.
Game 3: Saturday, July 22nd
Crest Hill 7 Bradley 5
Ryan Highland was the winning pitcher. Edgar Rodriquez had two hits, Tucker Holmgren & Ashton Mutnansky each had doubles.
Game 4: Monday, July 24th
Crest Hill 9,
Brodie McIntyre, Sam Novak, Josh Cunniff, & Ryan Highland combined to pitch for the win. Sam Novak had 3 singles & homered for Crest Hill's 9th run which turned out to be the game winner to give Kankakee their first lost. Cunniff had two hits & Ryan Highland doubled. Kankakee had the tying run on 3rd base who gotten on base with a single, stolen base, & advanced to 3rd on a throwing & Highland got the final out on a strike out.
Game 5: Monday, July 24th: Championship game
Crest Hill 7, Kankakee 0
Ryan Highland threw a two hitter, striking out 9 & walking two. Kankakee had only had two runners reach 2nd base. One was on a throwing error & was thrown out at 3rd base in the first inning. Kankakee would only have one more runner reach second base in
the fourth inning. In a scoreless game in the 3rd inning Josh Cunniff singled in Tucker
Holmgren for the first run of the game. In the 6th inning Eli Novak scored on Xavier Roman's suicide squeeze bunt putting Crest Hill up 2 to 0. Crest Hill scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th with hits from Tucker Holmgren, Sam Novak, & a double by Ethan Adamowski, & two more suicide squeeze bunts from Eli Novak & Highland. After a walk & single in 4th inning, Highland did Not allow another base runner retiring the side in order in the last 3 innings & striking out
Kankakee's 3,4,5 hitters who had all homered in the first game. Sam Novak came in to pitch for Highland in the 7th & retired the side in order.
Crest Hill advance's to the Pony Zone Tournament in Bay City, Michigan starting on August 2nd in the 8 team round robin format, with the Championship game on August 6th with a birth in the World Series on the line starting August 11th in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Whiteford Pony All-Star Tournament
Crest Hill 14U All-Star Team
Whiteford Pony All-Star Tournament Champions
Game 1: Crest Hill 15, Whiteford Hogan 0
Josh Cunniff had two home runs. Winning pitcher Ryan Highland
threw a one-hitter, striking out 9. Highland singled, doubled, & tripled. Sam Novak singled & tripled & Joey Esparza singled & doubled.
Game 2: Crest Hill 6, Minooka 1
Josh Cunniff threw a two-hitter & struck out 9. Joey Esparza tripled.
Game 3: Crest Hill 13, Whiteford Sellinger 1
Brodie McIntyre was the winning pitcher. Sam Novak singled & tripled, Josh Cunniff singled
& doubled. Edgar Rodriguez had 3 hits. Eli Novak doubled & Tucker Holmgren had two hits.
Game 4: Crest Hill 3, Whiteford Sellinger 2 (8 innings)
In the Championship game Crest
Hill defeated Whiteford Sellinger 3 to 2 in 8 innings. Xavier Roman doubled & Ryan Highland laid down a perfect 2 out suicide
squeeze bunt with 2 outs. Stevie Bakalar got the winning hit in the bottom of the 8th with a bases loaded no outs single. Josh Cunniff came into pitch in the 7th inning & struck out 3 of the 5 batters
he faced for the win. Crest Hill improves their record to 9
wins & 0 loses.
Elgin All-Star Tournament
Crest Hill 14U All-Star Team
Elgin All-Star Tournament Champions
Elgin All-Star Tournament
Game 1: Wasco 6, Crest Hill 4
Game 2: Crest Hill 31, Lake Hills Lighting 1
Brody McIntyre was the winning
Pitcher throwing a one hitter. Josh Cunniff had two homeruns & Mason Craig homered& Doubled. Ryan Highland had two singles, double, & a triple.
Game 3: Crest Hill 14, Plano 3
Winning pitcher Sam Novak singled, tripled, & had a homerun. Joey Esparza had 2 doubles & a homerun.
Game 4: Semi-Finals - Crest Hill 16, Storm Chasers 0
Brody McIntyre threw a two hit shutout. Josh Cunniff homered,
Sam Novak & Joey Esparza each had two singles & a double.
Edgar Rodriguez & Ryan
Highland each had doubles.
Game 5 - Championship Game - Crest Hill 18, Wasco 5
Cunniff was the winning pitcher. Edgar Rodriguez had two singles& a double & Ryan Highland a triple.