A big thank you to the Midwest Machine players who participated in the “Essential’s Drive” benefiting Sarah’s Inn. The girls with the Organization were able to donate two SUV’s full of supplies to Sarah’s Inn to help its clients through the holiday season and the cold, winter months. Thank you to all of the neighbors and families who made this Essentials Drive such a success!
The Midwest Machine 14U Hoffman team ended up undefeated in the Melrose Park Fall League to win it all in the 16U division. With Blazers at 2nd & 3rd, 2 outs in the FINAL, #5 Sam Washkevich made a high light reel catch to shift momentum in the direction of the Midwest Machine. #5 Sam W playing SS made a phenomenal catch running backwards over her right shoulder to rob the Blazers of a single that was ticketed for left field and 2RBI. The Machine rallied from a three run deficit to walk off in the 5th beating the Blazers 12-4.
A BIG Thank You to Terry Serpico for running a terrific fall league with playoff games at the Dome at the Ball Park @ The Dome in Rosemont.
Congratulations to the Midwest Machine 14U Hoffman team who ended up taking 3rd place at the Top Gun Titan in Evansville!
In their final tournament of the season, Midwest Machine 03 (14U) captured 3rd place of 66 teams at the PGF Midwest Regional Championship held in Peoria, IL from July 26 through July 29th.
After getting bounced into the Loser’s Bracket in the first round by Nebraska Gold 13U, the team that eventually won the championship, the girls showed their resilience and rattled off an impressive 9 consecutive victories in a 48-hour period to reach the Final Four. The depleted girls were just edged out by a final score of 10-11 in their Final Four rematch against Nebraska Gold 13U securing the third place finish.
Including pool play, the team’s overall record was 10-3 and they played the most games of any team in the field due to the impressive run in the Loser Bracket. What a great finish to the season!
Midwest Machine 03 had a great showing in the 14U TCS Sparkler Jr., held in Northern Colorado from June 25-July 1. The team was undefeated in pool play (3-0-1) to earn a spot in the top gold bracket. The team competed hard, but went 1-2 in bracket play, which was good for a top 32 finish among 150+ 14U teams at the tournament. Nice job girls!
Midwest Machine 04 went undefeated (5-0) in pool and bracket play to capture the 14U division championship at the Aurora Summer Bash, a USSSA World Series Qualifier. They outscored their opponents by a combined score of 47-10 en route to the tournament victory. Nice job ladies!
Congratulations to the 5 Midwest Machine players that received honorable mention in the 2018 Pioneer Press All-Area (38 schools) softball team selection. Must be something about the letter the “M” which features prominently in the first and last names of the players! Here they are in alphabetical order:
Maggie Baumstark, Glenbrook South, Freshman
Maddi Grant, Oak Park River Forest, Freshman
Maddie Kapsimalis, Glenbrook South, Freshman
Emily Molloy, Loyola Academy, Sophomore
Maddy Tan, Niles West, Freshman
Midwest Machine 03 went 5-0 in 14U bracket play at the PGF Showcase “Battle of the Borders” on June 15-17, 2018. It was quite the Father’s Day run for the softball dads in the crowd. For the 5 games, offense was aplenty as the team outscored the competition 51-10 and the defense was solid with only a single error committed. Great showing to take the 14U championship from the 20 team field featuring teams from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Due to player injuries, the Midwest Machine 16U has an immediate need for a pitcher to complete its summer season. Interested players/parents please contact Craig Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Machine 13U with their biggest fans!
Thank you Terry Serpico for hosting a great Round Robin at the Dome in Rosemont.