This past Sunday, September 29, 2013, members of the 1960 Pony World Series Team along with members of the 1961 World Series Team gathered together to remember their manager, Warren Cooney and dedicate a placque in his honor. The placque will eventually be permanently installed at Lindberg Park near the West diamond.
Often we are asked a number of questions regarding the OPRF Pony Baseball experience. The newest entry in our FAQ section concerns a popular question regarding how the Oak Park and River Forest Pony Baseball program compares to a fulltime travel program.
In 1960, the OPRF Pony national team went all the way. They won it all and they were the only team in the history of the local organization to do so. In 2010, on their 50th anniversary, the Pony national organization paid them tribute. Now it's time for the local community to follow suit.
On September 29 - 3:00 pm, there will be a dedication ceremony to hang a commemorative plaque at the concession stand at Lindberg Park. In attendance will be players of the World Series team, current league players, coaches and league administrators. All are welcome.
Patrick Daly receives the win for OPRF 14u in their 5-3 win over Ottawa on Thursday evening.
OPRF 14u will play Eastern Illinois tonight (Friday, July 26) at 7:15 in the last winner's bracket game before the championship.
Kyle Gruszka went yard in a rout of the Channahon team. More details to come...
The top two teams from sectional play advanced to Ottawa Friday night in the Bradley Bourbonnais All Star Tournament. OPRF lost the championship game to Eastern Illinois 6-2 despite an outstanding pitching performance by Pat Daly and Kyle Gruska. Roy Iverson homered on the first pitch of the game as one of the few bright spots for the offense. OPRF will face Channahon on Wednesday the 24th @ 7:15pm in Ottawa.
The 13/14 local team missed winning their division by 2 runs across 3 games. A head-to-head tie with another team for the wild card spot had both teams dead-even across all categories and the final decider was a coin toss. The fates favored the other team.
OPRF bats came to life early and often with 6 runs scored in the first inning. Roy Iverson led off with a single and stole second base. Jackson Koester, Evan Nieslawski, Brian Callahan, Alex Brennan, Jack Simpson all followed with hits and rbi’s. Simpson later scored the last run of the inning, scoring on a pass ball. OPRF later scored 2 runs in the 5th and 2 runs in the 7th inning.
Evan Nieslawski lead the charge pitching a 5 shutout innings and recording 8 strikeouts while allowing only 2 hits. On the offensive side, Alex Brennan went 2-3 with 3 RBI's, Jack Simpson 2 RBI's, Jackson Koester, Evan Nieslawski and Pat Daly each scoring 2 runs each. Jon Druckmiller and Alex Brennan scored 1 run each. OPRF plays again this evening at 8pm against Bradley Bourbonnais.
For the second week in a row, the Local Team played Palos for the championship. OPRF played a tight, one run game until the top of the 7th, when they took the lead, making it 2-1. In the bottom of the 7th Palos answered to tie it up and force extra innings. In the bottom of the 8th, Palos knkocked in the winner to finish the game.
Strong pitching by Mark Uehlinger, Michael Saleh and Aiden Kelley. Excellent defense by CJ Pospisil and Griffin Kelty, among others.