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2015 BLAZE TRYOUT RESULTS
 2015 BLAZE TRYOUT RESULTS

Tryouts are still ongoing.  As Blaze teams conduct their tryouts and teams are selected, results will be posted here.  The Blaze would like to congratulate the following players who have made their respective 2016 Blaze Teams:

 
 
BLAZE 7u - COACH ZIMMER BLAZE 8u – COACH CORTES
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
BLAZE 9u – COACH MENSIK BLAZE 10u – COACH MENSIK
Jackson Mensik
Will Gehrke
Jaeden Suarez
Carson Lyke
Blake Richards
Landon Mensik
Josh Richardson
Luke Mensik
Filippo Baratta
Braden Meyer
Dan Laird
Colin Mowry
Jackson Meyer
Ryan Schissler
Liam Arsich
Theodore Utz
Kevin Barrett
Colin Welsh
Zack Hermanson
Mitchell Voltz
Chase Reynolds
 
 
 
BLAZE 10u – COACH KANE BLAZE 11u – COACH WELSH
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
BLAZE 11u – COACH SAFARIK BLAZE 11u – COACH ESQUIVEL

Josh Safarik

 
Frankie Lacny  
Ron Petrey  
Pete Danet  
Brendan Marsh  
Alberto Moreno  
Jeremy Jackson  
Colin Moran  
Aidan Papier  
Joe Kingsbury  
Matt Kingsbury  
Ryan Jefferson  
 
 
BLAZE 12u – SPRINGER BLAZE 12u – COACH KLAPPAUF
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
BLAZE 13u – COACH HUSSEY
NOLAN AICHER
JOE BARRET
KYLE HUSSEY
ZAK KEEGAN
RYAN KRAFT
MATT MALONEY
MIKE MALONEY
WILL TENUTA
LUKE TREPAINER
BODEN TURNER
KYLE ZABINSKI
 


 

BLAZE 12u – COACH HILTY BLAZE 13u – COACH DAWCZAK
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
    
 

by posted 08/01/2015
2016 Tryouts

 

 


 

2016 Mokena Blaze Tryout Information


 
In 2016, the Mokena Blaze will have teams at the following levels competing in local and out of state tournaments.  Players from surrounding communities are encouraged to attend tryouts.
 
For more information visit, www.mokenablaze.com
 

Blaze 7u (Part-Time) - Jason Zimmer

 

August 1st 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Hecht Park Field 3

9310 Birch Avenue, Mokena IL 60448

 

For Private Tryouts please contact Jason Zimmer at jzimmer@parlaymortgage.com or 708-207-7272.

 
 

Blaze 8u - Sam Cortes
 
August 1st 10 a.m. to noon at Hecht Park Field 3
9310 Birch Avenue
 
For Private Tryouts please contact Sam Cortes at sam.cortes303@yahoo.com or 708-595-3379
 

Blaze 9U Full-Time Travel Tryouts - Coach Scott Mensik

 

Congratulations to the following playings who made the 9u Mensik team:
 
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Blaze 10U National Tryouts - Coach Todd Mensik 

ROSTER IS SET

 
 
 
 
Blaze 10U Part-Time Tryouts - Coach Kane
Saturday August 1st 11:00 - 1 p.m. at Buske Park 
Sunday August 2nd 11:00 - 1 p.m. at Buske Park 
Buske Park is located at:  11435 Hillside Lane
 
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Kane at:  Timkane19@sbcglobal.net

 
Blaze 11U National - Coach Eric Welsh & Corky Miller

Wednesday July 22nd 5:30 - 7:30 at Hecht 4 

Saturday July 25th 10 a.m. - noon at Hecht 4

Sunday July 26th 10 a.m - noon at Hecht 4

Hecht Park is located at 9310 Birch Avenue
 
What’s Included:
 
  • 2015 10u team Ranked in top 10 by Amateur Baseball Report (ABR)
  • ELITE level tournaments and league play
  • "Powered" by Under Armour (exclusive UA uniforms and spirit wear) 
  • Fall baseball (optional) - 5-10 games, 5-10 practices
  • Arm strengthening program
  • Access to Future Stars Baseball Academy (Mokena)
  • Individual lessons (pitching with Brian Forystek - 10 years with Twins & Orioles systems)
  • team practices 2 x per week in the Winter
  • 7-10 tournaments (2 out of town)
  • estimated fees - $1,000-$1,300 (half the cost of major programs in the Chicago area)

Eric Welsh - Manager
  • Played 8 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox organizations.
  • 2-way player at Sandburg HS and NIU
  • 10 years of travel baseball coaching experience.
  • Co-Founder of Chicago Elite Baseball - www.chicagoelitebaseball.com
  • Hitting instructor for 17 years
  • Trained/coached over 200 D1 players

Corky Miller - Assistant Coach
  • Played 17 professional seasons, with 7 organizations
  • MLB service time with Reds, White Sox, Red Sox, Twins, Braves & Mariners
  • Hitting instructor for 10 years
  • 3 years of travel baseball coaching experience
  • Current Roving catching instructor for Cincinnati Reds

Ron Kulwinski - Assistant Coach
  • Played at St. Rita HS and Lewis University
  • Coached at Lockport HS for 20 years
  • Coached at Joliet Junior College for 6 years
  • 8 years of travel baseball coaching experience
 
*** If you have a conflict with the tryout dates or you need a private tryout, please email Manager Eric Welsh at   to set it up or call 708-261-4650.
*** Please email/call Eric Welsh if you have questions/concerns.
 


 

 

 Blaze 11u American- Coach John Safarik

Congratulations to the following players

who made Coach Safarik's 2016 11u Mokena Blaze team:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Blaze 11u Part time- Coach Rob Esquivel

August 8th, 9th, 15th, & 16th 9:00am-11:00am at Buske Park

Buske Park is located at:  11435 Hillside Lane

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Esquivel at: or 708-305-7293

 

 

 
Blaze 12U National  - Coach Chris Springer 

Saturday July 18th at noon at Hecht 4

Monday July 20th at 6 p.m. at Hecht 4

Hecht Park Field # 4

9310 Birch Avenue ... Mokena, IL

 

  • 2016 12U team will be playing at Cooperstown Dreams Park in NY
  • 2015 11U team played in Kentucky Major Elite Tournament in Elizabethtown, KY
  • 2014 10U team played at Champions Village in Omaha, NE
  • Off season training with professional instruction at Future Stars Baseball Academy and at Bo Dome
If you have any questions regarding the 2015 11U Blaze National team, the upcoming tryout for the 2016 season, or need a private tryout, please contact Coach Chris Springer at:  cjandkimber@sbcglobal.net or 708-218-2050.
 

 
Blaze 12U American - Coach Klappauf

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sunday, July 19 2015

9:00am

 

HECHT PARK FIELD 4

9310 Birch Avenue

Mokena, IL

 

  • 2016 Cooperstown Team
  • Illinois Travel Baseball League Gold Division participant
  • 4 Tournament Championships and 2 Second Place Finishes in past three years

 

For more information or to schedule a private tryout contact Coach Mike Klappauf at or call 815-514-3759.


 
 
Blaze 13U Tryouts – Coach Hussey

 

  


 

***If you would like to schedule a private tryout or have any questions, please contact manager Sean Hussey at 312-804-6327 or  @comcast.net
 

 



 
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to tryouts to register.  Players are encouraged to wear shirts with their last name on them, if possible.  All tryouts will begin promptly at their scheduled time.  Players need only attend one day of tryouts.  Directions to fields can be found by clicking the "fields" tab to the left.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sean Hussey at 312-804-6327 or 

by chris springer posted 06/21/2015
12u-Blaze Hussey Sets Organizational Record

Congratulations to 12u Blaze - Hussey for going 4-2 in Bracket Play and 6-3 in their 2015 Cooperstown Dreams Park run.  During pool play the Blaze lost only to nationally ranked Club All Star of California (No.1 in California USSSA) who finished 2nd in the tournament and the Motor City Hit Dogs (No.1 in Michigan USSSA) who finished 3rd in the tournament.  Its final loss was to to the 9 seed, the Santa Clarita Red Hawks of California.  The Blaze-Hussey team set an organization record receiving a double bye to the third round of bracket play with 4 pool play wins and finished just shy of the sweet 16 with 6 wins overall.  Great run, boys.  

   


by sean hussey posted 06/20/2015
12u Blaze - Hussey Wins USSSA Naperville May Mania


by sean hussey posted 05/07/2015
Blaze 9u wins 2nd Championship in 2015


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2015
Blaze 11u - Springer Wins DPT Championship


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2015
Blaze 12u Takes 2nd in USSSA War on 64


by Sean Hussey posted 04/26/2015
Blaze 9u Wins Tourney in Bourbonnais

Congrats to Coach Todd Mensik and the 9u Mokena Blaze on a great tournament win in Bourbonnais, Illinois.  Well done.

 


posted 04/21/2015
12u Blaze - Hussey Takes 1st at Crown Point Championship

Blaze outscored their opponents 62-2 with three consecutive no hitters followed by a one-hitter in an 11-1 game against the Lincolnway Prospects. Well done, boys.

Blaze 30  Wheeler Mud Cats 0

Blaze 11  Hessville Hitmen 1

Blaze 10  Indy Groove 0

Blaze 11  Lincolnway Prospects - Gurgone 1


posted 04/20/2015
11u Blaze - Hussey takes 2nd at USSSA State Tournament

Congratulations to the 11u Blaze - Hussey (43-14) for taking 2nd in the USSSA State Tournament in Wasco, Illinois.  The Blaze competed against 17 of the best teams in the state and had an impressive showing.  The Blaze are the only team in the state to have gotten to the State Championship in two of the last three seasons.

 


by Sean Hussey posted 06/24/2014
10u Blaze - Klappauf Wins DPT Summer Slugfest


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2014
11u Blaze - Hussey wins Battle in the Brook


by Sean Hussey posted 05/04/2014
Blaze 8u takes 2nd in I-80 League
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 8u BLAZE
2ND PLACE IN THE I-80 LEAGUE

 

by posted 06/17/2013
BLAZE 9U WINS I-80 LEAGUE!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 9U BLAZE AMERICAN
CHAMPIONS OF THE I-80 LEAGUE



by posted 06/17/2013
10u Blaze Wins Championship at St. Charles Summer Slam
BLAZE 10u WINS ST. CHARLES SUMMER SLAM
AND 3RD TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

 
BLAZE   17      CLARENDON HILLS CARDINALS   4
BLAZE   11     NAPERVILLE RENEGADES 1
BLAZE   26   GLENN ELLYN RAIDERS 0
BLAZE   15    SCHAUMBURG FLYERRS 5
BLAZE   12    ROSELLE RAGE 2

 
 
 

by seanhussey posted 06/17/2013
Blaze 10u Wins Jerry May Father's Day Classic
10u BLAZE WINS JERRY MAY FATHER'S DAY CLASSIC



Blaze 9   Illinois Legends 7
Blaze 16  Illinois Hitmen 1
Blaze 11 West Suburban Wildcats 2
Blaze 19 Rhino Baseball 3
Blaze 10 Plainfield Tornadoes 5

 

by seanhussey posted 06/16/2013
Blaze 9u American Wins Dells Swim 'n Slide Tourney!
CONGRATULATOINS TO THE 9U BLAZE AMERICAN
CHAMPIONS OF DELLS SWIM 'N SLIDE TOURNEY


by seanhussey posted 06/15/2013
Travel Ball Parent

Then I Became A Travel Parent

By: THE COACH

I used to have a regular life. Actually a few of my friends say that sentence should say, "I used to have a life, period'. Actually it doesn't seem that long ago. Then I became a travelball parent.

I used to think $40 was an exorbitant price for a baseball bat. Now the contents of my son's equipment bag are worth more than anything in the house- including clothes, jewelry, watches, and my laptop computer.

I used to be a leader in my field of work. I still am. (You have to keep a good paycheck coming if you want to support a travelball habit).

I used to think a doubleheader was a long day at the ball field. Now after 2 ballgames, we're just getting warmed up.

I used to look for little restaurants that served seafood fresh from the boat. Now I am a connoisseur of nachos and hotdogs and my kids rate a city by the quality of a tournament's snackbar.

Sunflower seeds used to be something I would see at a store and wonder who would eat those things. Now I don't feel comfortable leaving the house without a bag in my back pocket.

My lawn used to look like a carpet. It was green, mowed, trimmed, and watered. Now I have two bare spots fifty feet apart and dents in my garage door from fastballs that got away.

My car used to draw admiring looks and comments. It was clean and waxed, shined and armoralled. Now it only draws attention when it wins the "dirtiest car in the parking lot prize".

I used to have a garage. Now I have an indoor batting area.

My friends used to spend Monday morning talking about a round of golf or movie we had just seen. Now I bore them to death with detailed play by play descriptions of 5 or 6 low scoring ballgames.

We used to sit and talk for hours. We still do--however, now its to keep the driver awake when we are headed home from a tourny on a late Sunday evening.

My summer casual wardrobe used to be made up of color coordinated polo shirts, cool cottons in bright colors and an occasional aloha shirt. Now, I have a closet full of t-shirts that have tournament names and competing teams on the back.

We used to spend our summer vacations relaxing at the beach or visiting family. Now, we hit the road with 20 of our closest friends in a caravan that could rival some small town parades.

I used to be concerned that I would fall into the trap of living my life through my kid. Now I know that I am privileged to live my life WITH my kid!!!

Yes, I am a travelball parent. What could be better?


by posted 12/09/2012

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