3-4 Champions EAS A’s : Team photo of the league champion Evanston Athletic Club A’s Bottom Row: Avery Peterson, Maddie Ritchey, Ellie Peterson, 2nd Row: Sydney Harrison, Eleanor Ward, Emma Powell, Bella des Roberts, Third Row: Kate Hjorth, Stefi Durkin, Zoe Canafax, Gabi Durkin, 4th row: Coaches: Michael Peterson, Michael Ritchey and Head Coach George Harrison. Not shown: Sophie Johnson and Elise Johnson. Photo by Dave des Roberts

It was softball under the lights at James Park when two teams faced off for the championship of the ESBA 3/4 Division (made up of third- and fourth-graders): Girls from St. Athanasius, sponsored by the Evanston Athletic Club, hosted the Tigers from Orrington, sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The A’s caught fire in the bottom of the first, with one out. Eleanor Ward ripped a single, then scored on Ellie Peterson’s long single to right. Peterson then scored on a triple by Bella des Roberts. Zoe Canafax doubled, scoring Roberts. Then a single by Gabi Durkin moved Canafax to third; she then scored on Maddie Ritchey’s RBI hit. Kate Hjorth knocked in the final run of the inning and the A’s were up 5-0. In the top of the fourth, Callista O’Connor started off with a single, and later scoring along with Natalie Ward on a three-run home run by Hannah Lipman. Katrina O’Connor and Issy Weber both scored in the same inning as the Tigers closed the gap 9-5.

In the fourth, the A’s managed to get one run on singles by Emma Powell and Avery Peterson, closing out the scoring for both teams, A’s 10-Tigers 5.