A total of 16 teams competed at Nash Park in Kenosha, WI on Saturday in hopes of making some noise in the Sarna Baseball Fall Showcase. The field of 16 was made up of 14 teams of 2023 grads while two teams of 2024 grads joined in on the action as well. Each team was able to play four games against various opponents and there were a few standouts throughout the day.
Hitters Baseball (Racine, WI) and Phenom Illinois (Lake in the Hills, IL) dominated and were hitting the ball well all day. Hitters got 4 IP, 1 H and 8 K from TJ Schuyler (Antioch Community HS) in their game-one win. The Indiana University commit was solid and consistent throughout the day as he also added six hits and five runs driven in at the plate. His teammate and fellow Indiana commit Adam Switalski (Westosha Central) chipped in four hits including a double and five RBI to amplify his team’s presence at the plate. Zach Olson (Muskego HS) and Adison Tevz (Eisenhower HS) combined for a two-hitter in the Hitters third win of the day. Adam Behrens (Warren Township HS) also pitched well and picked up back-to-back strikeouts at one point. Behrens used a combination of his fastball and breaking ball to keep hitters guessing and looking foolish. Phenom looked solid both at the plate and in the field. Evan Spenk (Hampshire HS) launched a solo home run to left field in game two while Caden Vogt (Marengo Community HS) picked up a two-run double later in the game. Shortly after, Kyler Kennen (Jacobs HS) drove Vogt in with an RBI single. Phenom got some nice pitching from Daniel Krulak (Bartlett HS) in game one as well.
Pro Player Hurricanes (McHenry County, IL) sent two teams (Orange & Green) to Kenosha on Saturday and both teams fought hard throughout the day. Ryan Bakes (Huntley HS) and Sheppard Graf (Lake Forest Community HS) looked sharp at the plate as Graf came through with an RBI double in the early goings of game 3. Joey Garlin (Huntley HS) had a nice appearance and picked up a few strikeouts. Just like Pro Players, Slammers Baseball (Lake Forest, IL) also sent two teams (Illinois & Coyote). Casey Wells (Libertyville HS) and Michael Carlson (Mundelein HS) both had clutch strikeouts to avoid trouble for their teams and allowed their offense to go to work. For Coyote, Gavin Picklin (Deerfield HS) drove in the baserunner, Justin Benes (Libertyville HS), after Benes laid down a nice bunt. Both Slammers teams utilized small ball and heads-up baserunning to produce runs
White Sox ACE (Chicago, IL) constantly found themselves in high-intensity games all day long. Michigan commit Dillon Head (Homewood-Flossmoor) wasted no time making his presence felt as he tattooed a ball to the outfield in his first plate appearance of the day. Breyan Brooks (Homewood-Flossmoor) flashed some good stuff on the mound as well as Will Hill (St. Rita). Both pitchers picked up strikeouts in key moments with runners on the bases. Frederick Ragsdale (Lyons Township) flashed his contact ability and speed at the plate. Rhino Baseball (Shorewood, IL) found success via extra base hits. Blake Binkowski (Lincoln-Way East) provided a HR in game two, later followed by an RBI double from Rob Baranowski (Lockport HS) to help Rhino manufacture a big inning offensively.
Competing in a division with Phenom and Rhino, Force Elite (West Chicago, IL) held their own behind some solid offense as well as a complete game from Sam Lemp (Wheaton North) in game one. Matthew Arrambide (St. Charles East) got in on the action as he doubled home a run in game two. Elite Baseball Training (Chicago, IL) also joined the mix and used some small ball tactics to score runs as Avery Webster (Glenbard South) had a nice hustle play on an RBI infield single while Taylor Kujak (Plainfield Central) came through with an RBI single of his own as it seemed as if the hit and run was in place.
The Longshots (Downers Grove, IL) and 29ers (Sugar Grove, IL) sent two teams apiece as well; a 2023 team and a 2024 team. For the Longshots, they had all-around contribution between their two rosters. Blake Farkas (Lake Park HS) kicked things off by tossing a 1-2-3 inning including a punch-out. The runs followed as Danny Rollins (Lake Park HS) smoked a leadoff double which allowed Rocco Tenuta (St. Francis) to bring him home with a base hit. Cole Reifsteck (Nazareth Academy) added an RBI single with two baserunners on afterwards. The Longshots displayed some solid defense in a tight game with White Sox ACE as they threw a runner out at the plate after a wild pitch. Mike Umbright (Naperville Central) looked good on the mound for the Longshots and had some strikeouts in key moments. Both the 29ers teams played solid both ways as well. Jack Fagerson (Plainfield North) made some noise on the mound right away when he struck out back-to-back batters to end the 2024 team’s first inning of play. Later on, Max Bryant (Hall Township HS) worked a 1-2-3 inning which ended with a strikeout to continue some impressive pitching performances from Saturday. To back up the solid pitching, Beau Honeycutt (Knoxville HS) made a really nice play on a ground ball at third to help avoid a big inning against his ball club. The Niners used this momentum to respond with a few runs of their own. Alex Schimmel’s (Moline HS) sixth-inning triple set up Dylan Phelps’ (Alleman Catholic HS) go-ahead RBI in the 2024 squad’s final game. Cole Kratzburg (Orion HS) singled home two runners. Seamus Boyle (Moline HS) added an RBI later in the day. The Morris Baseball Chiefs (Crown Point, IN) and the Illinois Indians (Mount Prospect, IL) also competed on Saturday and they were competitive all day against stingy competition.