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Another quality event kicks off tomorrow the annual Jack Kaiser Memorial Game which is run by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association. The Kaiser Game is named after legendary Oak Park coach Jack Kasier. Their goal is to attract some of the 35-40 of the top seniors in Illinois to play in one showcase game. This is a good one!

They select the team from recommendations from college and pro scouts and performance at the Stevenson and Plainfield Showcase. They also try to invite some of the best players from other parts of the state.

The game will be played on Tuesday night July 8th @ Les Miller Field on UIC’s campus. Directions can be found on the UIC Baseball Web Page. College and pro
scouts have been invited and in the past the game has been heavily attended.

Here is the agenda:

Check in 5:45 in UIC’s new clubhouse- Mizuno T- Shirts will be handed out
Stretch/Catch/Organization 6:00-6:25
Red Team Infield 6:25-6:40
Blue Team Infield 6:40-6:55

Game 7:00 - 9 innings

Pitchers will only be asked to pitch one inning (unless we are short a pitcher
and one pitcher wants to throw more then one). They will have a continuous
batting order.

*Area Code Shortlist from Illinois Maldonado, Krol and Crowley.
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Rosters and observations from the Jack Kaiser Memorial All-Star Game. Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association at Les Miller Field

Blue Team:
Blake Brown Normal West
Jordan Parr IVC - Fluid infielder brother signed at Illinois
Mike Tauchman Fremd
Jason Leblebijian Prospect
Nick Ratajczak Joliet Catholic - Strong compact swing, plus speed
Trey Martin Wheaton North - Hit Homerun showed plus power
Aric Darma Wheaton North
Matt Milroy Marmion - Strong performance
Dan Shepard Downers North - No question top catcher in state can swing it and great defensive player Area Code selection
Matt O'Rourke Benet - durable catcher
Ryan Pacyga Nazareth - Hit opposite ball to track in right off Ian Kroll, plus power
Kevin Johnson Mt. Carmel - Looked like a #1 on a strong team
Brad Sorkin Stevenson - Also could be #1 command & poise.
Greg Fox
RED Team
Ian Krol Neuqua Valley - #1 on Red Team ready for the next level.
Alex Staehely Benet - Top SS on Red
Justin Kopale St Rita - Looked like a D1 third basemen.
Seth Schwidenhammer Bartonville - Hit big homer, one of the top power hitters there.
Cam Verbeke Fenwick
Brett Kay St Viator
Mike McKinley Neuqua Valley - #2 behind Krol nice command of his pitches
Pat Gelwicks Benet - Hit a nice gap shot to the wall
Mike Vanchieri Benet
Zach Hirsch St Charles North - Rivaled Krol as a possible #1 already demonstrates a pro pitcher frame.
Joe Begel Hinsdale - Always a good performer
Ian Gardeck Crystal Lake South
Mike Falsetti Fenwick
Luke Mottashed Cary Grove
Brady Renner West Aurora
* Maybe it was the heavy muggy air but the radar guns were not jumping nobody hit above 90, maybe the kids are getting warn out from the travel games??
Kids that were being reported as upper 80's and low 90's were nowhere near that last night.
*Note to Staff Maybe a little ceremony to mention Jack Kaiser would have been appropriate. JMHO
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Dan Sheppard is good and that's great he made the area code team. I'd say he's good all around but just a few weeks ago everyone was saying how Falsetti had the best arm around.

NCSA, had you seen any of these kids play before? Who did you expect to hit 90 that didn't hit 90...? To blame travel ball for kids not hitting 90 is crazy, i sure most of the travel coaches do a good job managing arms. I think you got some bad info because there's only 1 kid on there that roster hit 90 all summer.

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