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2017 13U Mokena Blaze National Looking For 1 Player

The 2017 season 13U Mokena Blaze National team (Springer) is looking for 1 quality, well-rounded player to complete its roster.  Please contact the team manager, Chris Springer, to set up a tryout or with any questions at president@mbsa.org or 708-218-2050.

 

 


 


by posted 07/06/2016
2016-17 Tryouts

 

 


 

2017 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 8u - Jason Zimmer

 Thursday July 28 6-8 pm at Buske Park 11435 Hillside Lane, Mokena

 

Saturday July 30th 10 am - noon at Buske Park 11435 Hillside Lane, Mokena

 

30-35 games, 5-7 tournaments

 

Training at Future Stars in Mokena


Fees approximately $800

 
Blaze 9u -
Tuesday, July 12th @ 5:00 at Buske Park. The address is 11435 Hillside Ln. Mokena, IL 60448. 
 
Head Coach: Mike Clark - 7 years of travel baseball coaching experience. 
 
Assistant coach: Jeff Mowry - 5 years of travel baseball coaching experience. 
 
Assistant coach: Eric Welsh - played college baseball at NIU, spent 9 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds organizations, 11 years of travel baseball coaching experience. 
 
 Assistant coach: Jim Morsovillo - played college baseball at WIU, graduate assistant coach at WIU, head baseball coach at Sanburg High School. 
 
 Assistant coach: Corky Miller - played college baseball at University of Nevada Reno, spent 17 seasons with 6 MLB organizations, 6 years of MLB service time, current catching instructor for Cincinnati Reds. 
 
•11 player roster 
•Winter training and practices at Future Stars Baseball Academy
• 7-8 tournaments, around 45 games
• estimated fees $1,200 
 
 

Blaze 9u - Lovingfoss

Saturday July 23rd 10:00AM @ McGovney

Details:

  • Weekly indoor practice starting in January
  • Hitting & pitching individual lessons (pitching lessons for pitchers only)
  • Core Season starting in April and ending by July 1st
  • ~35 games
  • 4-5 Tournaments (Potentially 1 out of town tournament)
  • Best effort to stay local
  • Limited set of games and practices this fall
  • Estimated cost $1,000 - $1200

Please contact Scott Lovingfoss @ 773.814.5102 with any questions.

 
 
 
Blaze 10u - Coach Scott Mensik
No Tryouts team is set
 

 


Blaze 11u - Coach Todd Mensik 

No tryout team is set

 

 

2017 12u Mokena Blaze  

Head Coach Eric Welsh 
Assistant: Corky Miller

 

All tryouts for the 12u 2017 season will be private tryouts. Email Eric Welsh to set yours up: 
 
What’s Included in 2017:
 
  • Cooperstown. Fundraising has been done. 
  • ELITE level tournaments and league play 
  • Fall baseball (optional) - 5-10 games, 5-10 practices
  • Arm strengthening program
  • Access and training by the staff at 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
  • 12-13 tournaments (2 out of town)
  • estimated fees - under $1000, Cooperstown included.
 
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 20 years
  • Trained/coached over 220 D1 players
  • Co-owner of Future Stars Baseball Academy 
 
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
 
 
ERIC WELSH
 

 


 
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 07/01/2016
12U Blaze National Captures June Slamfest Championship

12U Blaze National goes undefeated at June Slamfest at Ho-Chunk. 14-0 vs. Morris Baseball. 8-5 vs. Orland Park Warriors. 6-4 vs. Hammond Optimists. 9-0 vs. Downers Grove Longshots. 4-3 vs. Hammond Optimists.
by Chris Springer posted 06/06/2016
11U Blaze - Safarik takes Clash of the Titans Championship


by Chris Springer posted 06/03/2016
13u Blaze wins USSSA Experience the Turf

CONGRATULATIONS! BLAZE 13U-HUSSEY WINS

USSSA EXPERIENCE THE TURF 

Blaze 14 - 0 over Lakeside Legends

Blaze 5 Merrionette Park 5

Blaze 6 - 0 over Baseball Express

Blaze 6-5 over Lake County Lightning


by sean hussey posted 05/09/2016
Blaze 9u wins tourney


by sean hussey posted 05/07/2016
2016 Blaze Father's Day Classic
 
 
 
2016 Mokena Blaze Father’s Day  Classic
 

Ages:             7u - 8u – 9u – 10u – 11u – 12u – 13u 
 
Dates:            June 16th to June 19th (some teams will start Thursday if necessary and games will likely start early Friday morning depending on turnout)

 
Place:             Mokena Hecht Park
                       9310 West Birch Ave
                       Mokena, IL
 
                       Main Park
                       10925 LaPorte Road                
                       Mokena, IL
 
Cost:               $500 if paid before December 30th
                       $550 if paid after December 30th
                       ***NO GATE FEES***

 

To register:    send the registration form found in the document section to left in the vertical menu bar to Future Stars Academy 9646 196th Street, Mokena, IL 60448


 
Tournament Details:
 
3 Game Guarantee
8-12 Teams per Division

Pool Winners Advance to Bracket Play (depending on turnout)

Quality Team and Individual Trophies for 1st & 2nd

Rain Out Policy:  1 game played 50% refund; 2 games played no refund; if the tournament is a wash there will be a $25 admin fee.  Fees are non-refundable if you cancel.

Tournament Contacts:
 

Team Contact Phone Email
7u-8u -9u – 10u - 11u – 12u – 13u  Sean Hussey 312-804-6327 seanhussey@comcast.net

7u-8u - 9u –10u -  11u – 12u – 13u  
Eric Welsh 708-261-4650 ericwelsh23@gmail.com

 
RULES POSTED TO THE LEFT ON THE VERTICAL MENU BAR UNDER BLAZE TOURNAMENTS

 

*LOOK WHO'S COMING*
              8u

 
9u
 
10u
 
11u 

 
12u 
 
13u


 
1. Blaze - Mowry Blaze - Mensik Blaze - Mensik Blaze - Welsh Blaze - Springer Blaze - Hussey  
2 Frankfort Square Hawks - Kilpatrick Top Prospects Baseball Club - Cisneros Thundercat Baseball - DiStefano Ohio Fury Blaze - Klappauf JR's Stars - Garrity
3 Blaze - Lovingfoss Orland Park Warriors - McAuliffe Cangelosi Black Sox - Randick Blaze - Safarik Upper Deck Cougars JR'S Stars - Anderson
4 Upper Deck Cougars - Bartley Upper Deck Cougars - Greenfield Troy Titans-Susnar Chicago Mudcats St. John Tomahawks (IN) Ohio Fury Cooper
5 Orland Park Warriors - Detampel Morris Tomahawks Gold - Sterritt Frankfort Force - Hochman Cangelosi Black Sox Cangelosi Black Sox Roselle Rage
6 Illinois Edge - Vercelli Lockport Cobras - Eggert Upper Deck Cougars - Les OYA Warriors - Stefanos Top Tier Navy Orland Park Warriors
7 NL Rebels - Turton Illinois Edge - Pomatto New Lenox Rebels - DePolo Upper Deck Cougars Oakbrook Outlaws Chicago Mudcats
8. TP Bulldogs - Weber Chicago Mudcats - Torres St. Joe's Blue - Kemp Illinois Celtics- Ceh Naperville Renegades Cangelosi Black Sox
9 Rhino Baseball - Bell Illinois Edge - Mieher Orland Park Warriors -Gaspardo Top Prospects Baseball Club  

St. Joe's Fury

 

10   Naperville Renegades - Otero Dirtbags Baseball Club - Szatkowski Morris Tomahawks   Illinois Rhinos - Schultz
11   Rhinos - Panozzo Woodridge Bulldogs - Erickson  Naperville White Sox  

 Illinois Valley Titans

 

12   Tinly Park Bobcats - Silvia ESP - Patton JR's Stars  
13           Ohio Fury Dallio
14    

 

 

    Naperville Renegades
15          

 Troy - Soto

 

16            
17            

 

 *Paid in RED
 

                 

 

 


by posted 10/07/2015
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

THE MOKENA BLAZE IS PROUD TO TRAIN AT


posted 03/01/2011
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