The Reed-Custer Comets held off Rockford Lutheran 4-3 to advance to tomorrow’s 2A IHSA State Championship game. They will square off against St. Joseph (Ogden) at 5:00 tomorrow night in Peoria at Dozier Park.
Pictures tell a million words; but nobody’s happy to just be there. Reed-Custer’s legendary Head Coach Jerry Cougill has been there before. In 1985 he rode the wicked left arm of Brian DuBois to his first state championship:
SPRINGFIELD — This was Brian DuBois` state baseball tournament–lock, stock and strikeout.
In a performance fit for the record books or a movie script, DuBois, a 5- foot-9-inch senior left-hander for Reed-Custer, pitched the Braidwood school to the state Class A title
Coach Cougill: “To do that you obviously have to be very good, but you also have to be very lucky. We won it in ‘85, but we were just as good in ‘84. We should have won it in ‘84. In those days eight teams used to advance to the state tournament in Springfield. Two years in a row we beat two out of those eight teams who advanced to Springfield. You have to get a lucky break. The ball has to bounce your way. You can be very, very good but things still have to bounce your way. You can’t count on anything short of the ’27 Yankees.”
Nothing brings together a community like first class winning. It starts with a rock star coach; but in the end it’s a credit to the unreal talent of the players , the loving devotion of their parents, and the dedication of their educators.
No matter what happens tomorrow Braidwood and Reed-Custer are winners. But forget about all that. CARPE DIEM. SEIZE THE DAY, and REPRESENT.
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All photos courtesy of Reed-Custer infielder Neil O’Donnell.
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