Two of Deerfield’s talented young travel teams took home hardware from Memorial Day weekend tournaments.
The Deerfield Warriors Red 11s capped off an impressive weekend with huge victories over Northbrook Green and Diamond Dawgz to earn the championship at the Kenilworth - Winnetka Bulldog Classic, which included a combined one-hitter to win the big game.
In the semifinal game, 3's were lucky as the Warriors scored 3 runs in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th innings. The offensive barrage carried the team into the championship game in which the Warriors avenged an earlier loss in the tournament to Diamond Dawgz. Pitchers Joe Shimamoto and Justin Fine combined for a shutout, 13-0, victory. Incredibly the duo allowed only one hit in six innings. Deerfield finished off the Dawgz with 5 runs in the 6th inning to make it an impressive 13-0 championship victory, and a near no-hitter.
“We played some outstanding ball and were very focused on getting the job done,” said Todd Rubin, manager of the Deerfield Warriors Red 11s. “Our formula for success proved to be the difference. It was an outstanding effort in every way and the boys should be incredibly proud of themselves.”
At the Mundelein Memorial Day Classic, the Deerfield Warriors Red 12s also took home top honors in decisive fashion. The squad torched the Lake County Lightning for 14 runs in the championship game. The team showed remarkable fortitude after losing in pool play action. They came back to win in the single elimination bracket, taking three straight victories over Libertyville (5 to 4), Crystal Lake (10 to 2) and then the Lightening (14 to 6).