August 24 was the season opener of the NSYBA fall season with EBSA/Evanston Pony losing an extremely exciting game to Bensenville Pony 7-6.
The fall NSYBA Pony league represents the communities of Skokie, Wilmette, Park Ridge, Bensenville, Schiller Park, Kenilworth/Winnetka and Evanston. Teams typically play a 12-14 game fall season followed by the NSYBA fall tournament the weekend of October 19.
Evanston was down early 3-0 in the first inning ultimately to take the lead 6-5 after 6 innings and give up the winning run in the top of the 7th inning. Along the exciting way, Evanston worked out of a first and second jam with a triple play in the second inning with Joey Dooley ably handling a line drive to short, stepping on second and throwing the runner on first base out to keep the game 3-1 after 2 innings. In the third inning Austin “Tex” Clark pitched a defensively uneventful third inning striking out 2 to keep the game at 3-1. Defense again rang true as catcher Thomas Haller recorded 2 plays at home for outs to keep Bensenville scoreless in the 4th inning. Evanston pushed a run across with Will Feeney drawing the walk and working his way around the bases to leave Evanston down 3-2 after 4 innings. The fifth inning defensive heroics continued with a rare first to third double play—Chandler Stegen handled the grounder to first stepped on first and threw out the runner at third base (Liam Hanigan). Evanston finally tied the game with Hanigan leading the bottom of the 5th off with a long double and scoring on Jackson Loop’s ground out. Bensenville pushed 2 runs across in the 6th—with one of the outs being recorded with yet another play at the plate—Dooley at catcher getting the runner out to save a valuable run. Evanston capitalized on 2 Bensenville errors and 3 singles to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to finally take the lead 6-5 after 6 innings. While Bensenville plated 2 runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead, defense again was in play as Evanston turned another rare double play—second (Haller) to first (Isaac Urow) to third (Hanigan) to close the 7th inning. Evanston had the tying run on in the seventh inning but could not push the run across to keep the game moving.
EBSA/Evanston Pony looks to continue its’ fall season concluding with the NSYBA fall tournament the weekend of October 19.
Feel free to visit James Park on Saturday’s to watch the Boys of Summer between third and 9th grade play fine baseball this fall.