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2017 Team Announcements

13U - DeCicco Team 13U - O'Brien Team 14U - Freeze Team 14U - Scatena Team
Mark DeCicco John Ahler Jaden Carr Dylan Burke
Davis Eimen Brent Blitek Nate Freeze Ethan Creighton
Jack Hayden Jason Dabrowski Ryan Gregorio Trey DeSimone
Matt Karbowski Brady Drexler Dominic Guzman Tyler Fees
Ryan Kempf Ben Glockner Ty Hollandsworth Cole Goodwin
Jake Placencia Jake Hartman Jr. Casey Hintz Marko Mancini
Collin Quandee Buzz Macke Ethan Manaois Kaden Mannis
Victor Rodriguez Riley O'Brien Ben Peltz Libby Parkin
Joey Scaravalle John Persino III Matt Porter Connor Quinlan
Max Scaravalle Hunter Schwab Peyton Richardson Kyle Scatena
Nick Sittner Ezra Starcher Quinton Schwartz Ryan Weston
Tommy Walsh Jack Tobin Justin Talic Demarcus Zuniga
Connor Wosik Kyle Washington
Brady Young
15U - Aragon Team 15U - Mahoney Team 16U - Keegan Team 16U - Varrassi Team
Michael Aragon Enrique Aramburo Grant Young David Christensen
Evan Echlin Gil Duran Justin Divelbiss Simon Schumacher
Ian Gorken Beau Frericks Jack Nohava Cole Haugh
Kyle Green Jacob Kerley Luke Fiantago Logan Kirkeeng
David Guzman Christian Kasal Ben Maxey Henry Tipton
Dylan Hitt Colin Konicek Hunter Rumachik Bryce Vincent
Jace Mallo Gavin Kriegel Daniel Klein Joey Walsh
Nathan Mann Richie Mack Dominic Listi Quinn Ryan
Clark Morgan Jack Mahoney Trevor Keegan Hunter Consigny
Jake Skirpan Kyle Miller Jake Young Trent Verdonck
Jacob Spychala Neeko Rivera Aidan Tyk Ben Siewierski
Kyle Smolen Zach Sessler Brendon Wienold TJ Keene
Carter Spoden Nathan Schlaiss Quinn Priester Aidan Stark
Parker Suyko Will Welder Joshua Freeze Evan Wenc
Aaron Michaels
Nick Vollmert
18U - Burns Team Ray Wolski
Connor Burns
Trevor Carlson
James Cormier
Brent Chubb
Eddie Cubit
Jordan Daugherty
Richie Hintz
Isaac Kaufmann
Kyle Lang
Nathan Martinez
Dylan Nelson
Evan Pilat
Matt Schulenburg
Noah Tyrell
Aaron Watkins

Dylan Lee Drafted 10th round by the Miami Marlins






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!

Dalton Lundeen Drafted in 30th round by the Detroit Tigers






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!!

Reilly Peltier Drafted in 38th round by the Texas Rangers






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!!

14U Wins Dubuque Tournament

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.

14U White takes 2nd BOMC Midwest State Championship

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.

14U White Wins Michigan Tournament


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!

Cardinals Coach, Nate Sopena Goes Pro

  Nate Sopena, who played and coached for  the Crystal Lake Cardinals has been hired by the St. Louis Cardinals as a coach for the Peoria Chiefs, Class A affiliate.

 Sopena is the only member of the staff new to the Cardinals organization as he serves as Peoria's fourth coach. 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. 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.

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Cardinals Earn Top Honors at Crystal Lake South

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!!!


13U White Takes 2nd at Experience the Turf Tournament

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.

(Authored by #10 Parker Suyko)

Congratulations 13U Blue

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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