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June 23, 2010 | 08:40 AM
Walworth — Although the Big Foot baseball team ended its season with a heartbreaking 8-7 loss in a playoff opener, it wasn't the end of its season.

Well, sort of.

That's because the team's current 17-year-olds are playing in a second season for the 17U Walworth Legion Post 102 squad, the first legion team in the village since 2007. Coach Mike Kahl said the team was pivotal to each player's development.

"We decided to fire this back up," he said Monday. "Hopefully this will continue. This was a natural fit for me. I've been coaching these kids since they were 8 years old. My ultimate goal is to build a successful program."

Kahl is the uncle of Big Foot senior Luke Kahl, and he coached his daughter Danyel at Big Foot. He said Big Foot varsity coach Steve Bochat played an integral role in making the team a reality.

"This is part of his summer program," Kahl said. "If it wasn't for Steve, we may not have had a team."

So far, Walworth is off to a solid 3-2 start. Most recently, the guys lost to Beloit, 10-5. But they have beaten Beloit and Janesville thus far. The Janesville tilt, a 5-3 victory, was the "best game they've ever played," according to Kahl.

"They made every play," he said.

So what's been the secret to Walworth's success?

"Timely hitting and good defense," Kahl said. "In our losses, though, we have suffered the big inning."

Varsity stalwarts from the spring include Mike Kunes, Jordan Gottman, Kyle Collins, Vaughn Bourassa, Luke Kahl, Ryan Recknagel and David Crump.

Kahl's main goal is to be one of the final four teams in Region 7. Walworth had already lost to Geneva/Genoa, and they must contend with the likes of Burlington, Elkhorn, Beloit, Janesville and Kenosha among others.

On Wednesday, Walworth travels to Harvard, Ill. for a game.

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