CHICAGO | Once the awe of playing at U.S. Cellular Field wore off and all the pregame photos were taken by family members, the Catholic League and Public League All-Stars battled the heat and one another.
The sparse crowd was treated to a Catholic League 4-3 win which ended with a potential Public League tying run being thrown out while trying to steal third base.
Mount Carmel's David Dobrinich said he never felt better when he stepped on the green grass, and it carried over into the game as the Western Illinois recruit doubled in the second inning and scored the game's first run.
"Man, to play here and to get a hit on this field, it was amazing," Dobrinich said. "I got a fastball and I just drove it to left. I got to second base and I just had that feeling of getting a hit here. When you are little kid, you dream of playing here and today (Friday) that came through."
Dobrinich, a Munster resident, said it was strictly business once the first pitch was thrown.
"We knew the Public League would give us a game because they won last year," Dobrinich said. "We wanted to win the game and that was our main purpose. We knew it would be a close one and it was."
The Public League tied it in the fourth, but the Catholic League scored twice in the fifth and added its final run in the sixth.
St. Francis de Sales' Kemari Simmons had one word to describe his at-bat, which resulted in a single and stolen base.
"Wow!," he said. "I always dreamed of playing here and to get a hit and win was something. I just wished I could have scored."
The Public League threatened in the fifth as it had runners on first and second with one out. The lead runner tried to steal third and throw was wild, but the umpire ruled the hitter, Lane's Jack Harvey, interfered with Catholic League catcher and East Side resident Glenn Kubek's attempted throw and called batter interference. Harvey was ruled out and the runners went back to their original bases.
"The throw hit his hand; he did not attempt to move out of the way," Kubek said. "I was always taught when that happens to call interference."
The Public League scored twice in the seventh and threatened to send the game into extra innings. Washington catcher Agustin Guerrero got a single and scored.
"We were just trying to get something going and win the game," said Guerrero, who will play at St. Xavier. "It was special to get a hit here, being a South Sider and coming here as a little kid, it was just neat."