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P-C baseball team welcomed home

Posted by wlpo on June 2, 2013

What do Putnam County and LaSalle-Peru varsity baseball teams have in common?  They both have 2nd place trophies now and they both won the hardware with Bill Booker on the coaching staff. After a controversial end to his head coaching career at L-P, Booker joined his friend Dave Garcia as an assistant at Putnam County.  Garcia told Saturday’s welcome home celebration crowd that Booker is the best baseball man he’s known.  Garcia even poked fun of the L-P controversy saying “we actually relieved Coach Booker of his coaching duties three weeks ago…out of a ritual…because the last time L-P did that they went to the state championship.” Senior Xavier Warren spoke on behalf of the players saying they came together at the right time after an inconsistent regular season. P-C lost to Waterloo Gibault 6 – 2 in the State 1-A title game.   LaSalle Peru lost a 3A sectional title game at Coal City Saturday to Tinley Park,  7 – 2.

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