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Diamond Rays compete in state tournament

The Princeton Diamond Rays finished the regular season at 14-7. They were to play Wednesday morning at Niles West against Niles West High School in Skokie. If they win, they were to play Thursday and if they lose Wednesday, they are to play Friday morning.

The Princeton Diamond Rays qualified for the state tournament for the third year in a row after finished the regular season at 14-7 by clinching the third spot by beating Putnam County July 5. Streator and Ottawa squads placed ahead of the Diamond Rays in the six-team league,

Team members include Tanner Kuhne, Jett Wedekind, Skye Behrends, Jarret Olson, Jake Reinhardt, Jacob Smith, Levi Bates, Isaac Salazar, Zach Friel, Jack Bays, Luke Hoffman, Reilly Foes and Jake Farraher. Coaches include manager Rod Wedekind and assistant coach Brik Wedekind.

Scary moment: The Tiger Travel 12u baseball team were playing at Diamond Point Park in Bourbonnais on Saturday when gunfire interrupted a game after several bullets struck a light tower and a nearby van. Bourbonnais Police report the gunfire may have been the result of target practice, according to a police report.

Players were removed from the field around 7:30 p.m. after several bullets hit the left-center field light tower and tore through the back window of a minivan parked near the complex.

Coaches investigated the gunfire that appeared to come from a property about a half-mile south of the field, according to the police report. The coaches told police that four men at the property scattered when they arrived.

Police searched a residence on the property after the homeowner initially declined to let officers into his home, but no arrests have been made. Police say the shooting is still under investigation.

A Mossberg 30-06 rifle, 35 rounds of ammunition and scope were seized by police, according to the police report.

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