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Champions are made in the off season - how hard are you working?
Congrats to 2015 Pro Player Hurricane Bobby Hecker committing to Southeastern Iowa CC!
Champions are made in the off season...are you working harder than your competition?!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad John Smerecky who will play baseball at McHenry County College!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Josh Krueger who will play baseball at Judson University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Bobby Hecker who will play baseball at Southeastern Iowa CC!
Aspiring major leaguer can bring the heat with both arms
Ryan Perez is a natural righty, but growing up his father knew his son the aspiring pitcher would have an advantage if he learned to throw with his left arm as well.
"I would grab something right-handed and try to throw it right-handed, but he would stop: 'No, no, no, no, put it in your left. Throw it with your left,'" Perez said.
His dad was on to something. Perez became an all-state pitcher in Illinois, and now - heading into his junior year at Judson University - he has an arsenal of pitches he can throw with either arm.
"Four-seam fastball both ways, change-up both ways, curve and slider both ways," he said.
CLICK ON LINK FOR FULL ARTICLE: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ryan-perez-can-bring-the-heat-with-both-arms-for-hyannis-harbor-hawks/
Two months removed from Tommy John surgery, Kansas left-hander Wes Benjamin entered the Major League Baseball draft hoping a team would take a chance on his injured left arm.
The Texas Rangers did just that on Friday, drafting Benjamin in the fifth round with the 156th overall pick. Benjamin became the Kansas baseball program’s highest drafted player since KU coach Ritch Price arrived in Lawrence in 2002
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html#storylink=cpy
Link to Full Article: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article496301/KU-left-hander-Wes-Benjamin-drafted-in-fifth-round-by-Texas.html
9's & 14's @ Great Lakes Perfect Game Super 25 Regional
CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 28) – Huntley's Kalish Player of Week
The Red Raiders' former closer, who was converted to a starter, came up big twice in a crucial week in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division race.
Kalish, who throws submarine style, won games against two other contenders in the FVC Valley, McHenry and Cary-Grove, to move to 4-0 for the season.
On Tuesday, Kalish allowed two hits and one earned run, while striking out six and walking one in a 12-5 victory over McHenry.
Kalish came back on Saturday, after Huntley had dropped division games to McHenry and C-G, and fired a three-hitter at C-G for a 5-3 victory. He struck out six, allowed three hits and two walks and retired 14 consecutive batters at one point in that game.
The victory put Huntley in a three-way tie for first with C-G and Jacobs.
Link to Full Article: http://mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/05/12/7ef4919ff0ff41d3a09ff5d5e93d62f3/index.xml
CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 28) – Athlete of the Week - Mike Borst, McHenry, JR.
The left fielder had 10 hits in the Warriors’ four wins for the week as they went 4-1, with three Fox Valley Conference victories.
Borst singled and stole second in the ninth inning Saturday, then scored on an error as the Warriors edged Dundee-Crown, 3-2, in nine innings. He was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in that game.
CRYSTAL LAKE (Joe Stevenson, NW Herald April 15) – Josh Smith experienced the normal doubts anyone would have traveling the long road back from shoulder surgery.
Perhaps even more so given what Smith was accomplished while throwing baseballs really hard.
Link to Full Article: www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/04/15/7b99f181eef24d19a2995a3b4a4e4564/index.xml
Prep Baseball Report: Wed April 9, 2014
By Sean Duncan, Executive Director
Simeon Lucas has grown accustomed to playing under the microscope. As a sophomore, he helped power Grant HS to surprising third-place finish in Class 4A. The pressure has only amplified for Lucas, who entered the spring as one of the Midwest’s top draft prospects.
Link to Article: http://www.prepbaseballreport.com/news/IL/Porsche-Exchange-Player-of-the-Week-Simeon-Lucas-8015497632
Hurricanes highlight Fox Valley with over (20) Pro Player Hurricanes referenced by the Northwest Herald including (5) key players to watch this season.
Link to Article: http://www.nwherald.com/2014/03/23/2014-baseball-team-preview-capsules/adcl458/
In the Inaugural Season of the PG Super25, Perfect Game will be rewarding the organization that performs to the highest level in all age divisions 9u-17u. While final details have not yet been determined, the Organization of the Year will receive a feature article on the PG website, a custom banner to hang in your facility/ballpark, announcements through Social Media, and much more!
At the conclusion of the PG Super25 National Championships, the National Office will announce the list of five finalists for the award. All Super25 Regional Directors, full-time PG staff, and Perfect Game scouts will then cast a vote from the list of finalists to determine the winner.
Read the rest of the Article: http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9486
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Pro Player Academy was one of the few teams that was able to avoid rain and get a game in today at East Cobb for the 2013 17u WWBA National Championship. Simeon Lucas took advantage of the opportunity to show off his talents in front of a crowd of collegiate coaches and professional scouts, which he’s become accustomed to doing.
The 97th ranked prospect for the class of 2014 impressed the scouts again in the five-inning contest against the East Cobb New England Indians. Lucas went 1-for-2 with a single through the right side gap. He was also hit by a pitch and came around to score twice.
Pro Player Academy piled on the runs to win 12-3 just before another downpour came to wash away today’s remaining games. The coach of Pro Player Academy was happy to get the game at the East Cobb Complex in.
READ FULL ARTICLE: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=8755
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Alec Haluzak who will play baseball at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Peyton Schneider who will play baseball at McHenry County College!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Jack Tierney who will play baseball at University Wisconsin Oshkosh!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Eric Bell who will play baseball at McHenry County College!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Jake Milosch who will play baseball at Webster University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Owen Oreskovich who will play baseball at McHenry County College!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Mikie Borst who will play baseball at Minot State University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Garrett Bright who will play baseball at St Xavier University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Scotty Palmer who will play baseball at Colorado Mesa University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Zach Forney who will play baseball at Eastern Illinois University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Jimmy Perkins who will play baseball at Western Illinois University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Dustin Thelander a who will play baseball at Bringham Young University!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Wyatt Mascarella who will play baseball at the University of Illinois-Chicago!
Congratulations to 2015 Grad Nick Schrader who will play baseball at Western Illinois University!
Congratulations to Andrew Splitt who will play baseball at University of Wisconsin-Platteville!
Please do not use PayPal for player fees for players on the 15u-18u teams.
|YEAR||NAME||MLB TEAM||DRAFT ROUND|
|2012||Mike Heesch||Chicago Cubs||8th Round|
|2012||Jared Grundy||Minnesota Twins||25th Round|
|2012||Geoff Rowan||Tampa Rays||32nd Round|
|2011||Nick Martini||St. Louis Cardinals||6th Round|
|2011||Austin Wright||Philadelphia Phillies||8th Round|
|2011||Connor Sadzeck||Texas Rangers||11th Round|
|2011||Jerad Grundy||Florida Marlins||42nd Round|
|2010||Elliot Soto||Chicago Cubs||13th Round|
|2010||Chris Waylock||Cleveland Indians||39th Round|
|2010||Kyle Hunter||New York Yankees||40th Round|
|2010||Connor Sadzeck||Pittsburgh Pirates||41st Round|
|2010||Austin Wright||Boston Red Sox||21st Round|
|2009||Ian Krol||Oakland A's||7th Round|
|2009||Jared Grundy||Texas Rangers||46th Round|
|2008||Austin Wright||Pittsburgh Pirates||23rd Round|
|2008||Kyle Hunter||Tampa Rays||30th Round|
|2007||Jake Smolinski||Washington Nationals||2nd Round|
|2007||Butch Biela||Pittsburgh Pirates||13th Round|
|2007||Elliot Soto||Minnesota Twins||13th Round|
PLEASE DO NOT USE PAY PAL FOR 15U-18U PLAYER FEES