Nate Sopena, who for years played & coached for the Crystal Lake Cardinals, accepted the position of Area Scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Nate is now responsible for the Upper Mid West scouting territory for the Cardinals. Sopena still finds time to help train young players in the Cardinals organization.
A native of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, Sopena played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2014 for Bristol in the Rookie-Level Appalachian League and for Jamestown in the Short Season-A New York Penn League. Nate coached and scouted with the Peoria Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals Class A Affiliate, during the 2016 season. Sopena played college baseball at Eastern Illinois University in the Ohio Valley Conference. Prior to EIU, Nate helped Heartland Community College qualify for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in 2011. In 2015 Sopena was also a volunteer assistant coach at EIU.
Crystal Lake Cardinal Dylan Lee has been drafted in the 10th round by the Miami Marlins. The Left Handed Pitcher from Fresno State spent last summer playing for the Cardinals and coached Summer Camps for our young players. While at Fresno State, Dylan ranked seventh on the team with 30 strikeouts and only 18 walks. Congratulations Dylan!
Crystal Lake Cardinal Dalton Lundeen has been drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round. The Streamwood, IL. Native has gone on to play college ball for Valparaiso University. Dalton pitched 93 2/3 innings over 14 starts posting team leads in ERA (3.85), strikeouts (94), shutouts (2), and tied for the team lead in wins (5). Congratulations Dalton!!
Crystal Lake Cardinal, Reilly Peltier has been drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 38th round of the MLB draft. Reilly played for Jacobs High School before moving on to play for McHenry County College. Finishing the season with 7-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 97 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings. His strikeouts were 10th in NJCAA Division II. Congratulations Reilly!!
Crystal Lake Cardinals 14U white team traveled to Dubuque, Iowa over the Memorial Day weekend and were crowned Champions. The Cardinals faced teams from Iowa, Wisconsin and Illiniois. They played 5 games over the weekend and beat the Central Wisconsin Impact 10-6 in the Championship game. Despite rain and delays, the team was able to visit the famous “Field of Dreams” and participate in a fun skills competion, which included a HR derby, timed run from home to first and a throwing relay. The team represented very well and were proud to bring back some hareware from Iowa.
Crystal Lake Cardinals 14U white team had an opportunity to play at Benedictine University the weekend of June 10th – 12th in the BOMC Midwest State Championships Tournament. The team was pretty excited to play on a “real” college baseball field. The Cardinals went 4-0 advancing to the Championship, after beating two Fox Valley teams(one FV team twice) and a team out of Lockport, Illinois. They lost in the finals 10-2 to a team from East Peoria, Illinois who had some great pitchers.
Crystal Lake Cardinals 14U white team traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan the weekend of June 24th – 26th. The Cardinals faced some great competition from Illinois, New York and Michigan. After a 7-6 first round loss to Complete Baseball Red ,the boys never looked back. On Sunday morning, they beat the Jr Thundercats out of New York 4-0, then beat the Illinois Hitmen 8-7 setting up the Championship game with the Traverse City Lightening. The Championship game was a battle from beginning to end. Going into the top of the 7th, the Cardinals were down 8-4. They battled back to tie the game in the top of the 7th before closing the door on the Lightening in the top of 9th. We scored one run in the top of the 9th and with 2 outs and runners at 2nd and 3rd, the Lightening hit a “line shot” into left field and we threw out their runner at home to end the game!
15U Red teammates Henry Tipton and Joey Walsh earned their Crystal Lake South Freshman team's top honors for their play during the 2016 season.
Tipton was named MVP, and Walsh was named Pitcher of the Year.
Congratulations on an outstanding achievement!
15U Red kicks off their 2016 Cardinals campaign this Saturday. Good luck and GO CARDS!!!
The Cardinals 13U White took 2nd place at the USSSA Experience the Turf Tournament this past weekend in Wheeling IL. The Boys played outstanding throughout the whole tournament. Lefty Pitcher Clark Morgan threw a complete game 1 hitter Friday evening to kick the tournament off. Then facing off against The Glenview Patriots in the finals the Boys lost a close game 2-0. WAY TO GO CARDS!!
14U White 1st place finish
The Crystal Lake Cardinals 14U White team played a total of 5 games the weekend of April 15th -17th and emerged as champions. We had an astounding .983 OPS that led to a total of 37 runs. An average of only a 2.41 ERA, just 1 error in the field and held the opponent’s runs to just 12. Teams from Iowa, Geneva, Bartlett, Next Level, and McHenry, Oak Lawn, Lincoln Way participated in the tournament. The Cards beat Next Level in the Semis and McHenry Cobras in the finals, two of our northern Illinois rivals. Through communication and hard work the Cardinals pulled through with a championship.
2nd Place Tulsa Tournament Finish
13U Blue played in a tournament in Tulsa, OK over the weekend of April 4, 2016. The tournament was very competitive with teams from OK, MO, KS,TX, and the Cardinals from IL. The southern teams had an edge with over 20 games already played in their season, but the Cardinals fought through every game and competed really well. A walk off win Sunday in the elimination day advanced the Cardinals to the Silver bracket Title game. The Cardinals worked hard in the championship game but ran out of gas finishing 2nd in the Silver division. It was great to play 5 games in HOT weather and everyone had a blast. Its going to be a fun year!
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