Kneeling: Matt Grundy, Jeremy Dulakis, Jeremy Peat, William McWard, James McWard, Adam McKinnie, Brian Grundy, Johnny Katcher. Standing: Ryan King, Coach Ferrill, Jake Clark, Josh Perkins, Chris Boston, Joe Weitekamp, Josh Kirchhoff, Danny Meikle, Coach Montgomery Statistician Dennis Daugherty, Coach Cunningham.
The Mohawk baseball team placed second in the Pleasant Plains Invitational Baseball Tournament. Several Mohawk team members had to leave prior to the championship contest to attend the Morrisonville Prom and are pictured with the trophy. The Mohawks who played the championship contest versus Coal City are shown on Claude Kracik field at Lincoln Land Community College following the contest.
The Mohawk baseball team turned in one of the biggest upsets in school history with a defeat of defending state champion Pleasant Plains on Saturday. The victory came in the semi-final round of the inaugural Plains Invitational Tournament at Lincoln Land Community College. The Mohawks bested Chicago St Benedict in their first round game on Friday, 6-4. The Bengals of St Benedict entered the Tournament at 16-8 against largely AA competition in the Chicago area.
The locals then stunned the heavily partisan crowd by defeating the Plains Cardinals 3-2 in the semi-finals. The firs 3 batters for the Mohawks each score providing all the runs they would need to complete one of the more surprising upsets in local baseball this spring. The Cardinals entered the contest at 19-3 and were looking for a chance for revenge against a Coal City team that owned one of those loses. Shawn Christian, on the mound for the first time in a varsity contest held Plains to the fewest runs they have scored on the season and picked up the win. Shawn received strong defensive support as the Mohawks played error-free baseball in the contest.
Prom commitments forced the Morrisonville Juniors and Seniors to miss the tournament championship game versus state power Coal City. The young Mohawks were out-manned, but managed to break up a 32 consecutive scoreless inning streak held by the Coal City's starting pitcher, scoring 3 runs in the first 3 innings to make the game interesting. Many of those who played had started the day at the Edinburg JV tournament with a 9 a.m. game, and put in a full day with the Championship game not starting until after 9 p.m. that evening. An 11 run 4th by the Coalers put the game out of reach, but the young version of the Mohawks held their own against one of the state's most outstanding teams.