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Slammers Become First Women's Fastpitch Team Inducted into IL USSSA Hall of Honor

Banquet and Induction Ceremonies

November 7, 2015

Radisson Hotel

Rockford, IL

*Note on Slammers Performance History in USSSA Tournaments:

We have played in 22 USSSA Tournaments winning 12 championships. Our average order of finish is 1.81 with an .860 winning %. 


2016 Tournament Schedule

* May 29 @ 5:00pm - Chicago Bandits - The Ball Park - Rosemont Illinois 

June 4-5 Hearts Invitational - Normal Illinois

June 18-19 USSSA Illinois State Trny - Aurora Illinois

July 2-3 John Radtke Memorial - Elgin Illinois

July 22-24 USSSA World Series - Rockford Illinois

July 30-31 NSA World Series - Peoria Illinois


  Coaching Staff

Head Coach and Team Founder - Bob Zivic - Phone 219 688 2223

Co-Head Coach - Jenna Marsalli - UIC Flames '14

Asst Coaches - Kirk Piehl - Dave Wilson - Wayne Gibson

2016 Specal Bench Coach - Stanley Slammer

Website Editor - Dave Wilson


 In The News

Abby Gross - Ball State '08 

 1/15/15 W LaFayette, IN - In a special ceremony at William Henry Harrison highschool in W Lafayette, IN former Slammer star catcher and Ball State great Abby Gross was installed into her High School Sports Hall of Fame. A great highschool athlete Abby excelled not only in softball but also basketball and soccer setting a school record for shutouts as a goalie. In her junior year she set a single season hitting record with a .490 B.A. and was 1st team All-State her Sr yr.

At the invitation of Head Coach Bob Zivic Abby joined the Slammers in 2005 after her freshman year at Ball State where she earned a full athletic scholarship. Her Ball State records include single season RBI's of 54, career record 129 RBI's, career HR record of 19, total bases touched career record 284, career record for most games played. Amazingly Abby started and played in every single one of the 223 games in her college career. In her senior year she was MAC All Tournament and First Team ALL-MAC.

In Abby's 5 seasons with the Slammers her powerful bat and leadership behind the plate helped the Slammers win many tournaments, including 2008 Women's USSSA WS and IL State Championship in 2009. Abby was just another of the great college athletes who helped the Slammers gain installation into the USSSA Hall of Honor. The only women's fastpitch team to be so honored.

Abby married Wesley Myers and they are now raising their new daughter Jocelyn at their home in Haven, KS. Jocelyn was born September 29th, 2015. Abby's proud parents are Roy and Dawn Gross. Many of Roy's fine photographs are displayed on this website.


12/30/15 - Rosemont, Il – Former Slammer great and UIC grad Natalie Hernandez returns to Bandits for 2016 season


2016 Roster

Kassie Brown------------ ---Indiana State University ’17-------- Mt. Zion Illinois

Jordan De Los Reyes------Illinois State University ’17----------Moline Illinois

Caitlyn Daly-----------------Illinois State University ’18----------Downers Grove Illinois

Marissa Gagliano----------Radford University ’18---------------Elgin Illinois

Kasey Gibson----------------Lipscomb University ’17----------Churubusco Indiana

Rachel Houck---------------Ball State University ’17-------------Greenfield Indiana

Jackie Kisman----------------Oakland University ’15--------------Lakewood Illinois

Jenna Marsalli---------------UIC ’14----------------------------------Chicago Illinois

Angela Morrow--------------University of Wisconsin ’19-------Elburn Illinois

Nicole Pihl---------------------DePaul University ’17--------------Marseilles Illinois

Kaitlyn Ranieri----------------Valparaiso University ’16----------Schereville Indiana 

Brooke Riemenschneider---Indiana State University ’17------Chatam Illinois

Michaela Schlattman--------University of Miami Ohio ’19-----Plainfield Illinois

Kirsten Stevens----------------University of Wisconsin ’17-------Crystal Lake Illinois

Riley Strandgard--------------Illinois State University ’18------------Sherrard Illinois

Kelly Welsh---------------------University of Wisconsin ’19--------Mishawaka Indiana

Carolyn Wilmes---------------Ball State University ’18-------------Evansville Indiana

New Players 2016

Kirsten Stevens  - University of Wisconsin

The Slammers are very excited to announce the addition of Kirsten Stevens to our 2016 roster. Kirsten who resides in Crystal Lake Illinois is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin. She played her first two years of college softball at Mercer University of the Southern Conference. Kirsten had a stellar career at Mercer. She was the 2015 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year and a first-team All-Conference selection...selected to the Southern Conference All-Tournament team...earned NFCA Southern Region third team honors...was featured on ESPN Sports Center Top 10 plays as the #3 play for pitching a no hitter in the Southern Conference Championship Tournament vs. Furman.

Kirsten was two-time Southern Conference Pitcher of the Month and three-time Southern Conference pitcher of the Week...pitched 30 complete games and compiled a 26-10 record (26 wins is most in SoCon)...ended the 2015 season with a 2.73 ERA (4th in SoCon) in 233 innings pitched (2nd in SoCon)...tallied 221 strikeouts (1st in SoCon)...teams batted .249 (2nd in SoCon), and only allowed 47 walks. In 2014 Kirsten was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team and the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament team. She posted a 15-6 record with a 2.21 ERA in 158.2 innings pitched...only allowed 33 walks while striking out 101 batters. Kirsten graduated from Prairie Ridge High School where she was a four-time first team All-Fox Valley Conference...named the NW Herald Softball Player of the Year as a senior and was named first-team NW Herald All-Area...helped her team to two regional championship wins and two conference championship wins.

She holds her high school record for career strikeouts (957)...ended senior season with a 0.99 ERA, .378 batting average, .676 slugging percentage and a 21-4 record...two-time MVP pitched two perfect games in her high school career. Kirsten will be a formidable force for us on the mound and will play a huge roll in our success. We are thrilled to have her with us. Welcome Kirsten! 


Angela Morrow - University of Wisconsin

 The Slammers are very happy to announce the addition of Angela Morrow to our 2016 roster. Angie is a pitcher from Elburn Illinois and she is currently a freshman playing for the Wisconsin Badgers. Angela graduated from Kaneland High School. In her senior season, she led her team to third place in the state tournament...named to all-state team...earned Co-Conference MVP honors and NFC North Region second-team All-American honors...selected to all conference and all-area teams...finished senior season with a 1.12 ERA and 174 strikeouts...collected 18 wins out of 22 games with one a junior, was named to all-conference and all-area teams.

As a freshman, was named all conference team and all-area team...was a member of the WASCO Diamonds club team...was a member of high school honor roll all four years...member of National Honor Society...member of Spanish Honors Society...attended OnDeck Camp...had a 1.65 ERA and 83 strikeouts with club team in 2015...was an ASA Player of the Month Honorable Mention in 2015. Angela's pitching coach at the University of Wisconsin is former Slammer and current Chicago Bandit's pitcher Kirsten Verdun. Ang is being tutored by one of the best in the game and we have no doubt that she will leave her mark in the Slammers program this coming summer. Welcome Angie!



Stanley Slammer -  Il State University '18

A 2015 walk-on at NSA World Series in E. Peoria, Stanley has been invited to return as a bench coach for the 2016 season. Why? Noone really knows, but his quiet manner and professionalism seemed to be key factors in our NSA World Series Championship. Those players who listened to his advice found themselves reaching undreamed of levels of performance. Welcome back Stanley! Stanley will make his 2016 coaching debut when the Slammers open the 2016 season in the May 29th exhibition game with the Chicago Bandits at Bandit Stadium in Rosemont, IL.


Kelly Welsh - University of Wisconsin

The Slammers are proud to add Kelly Welsh to our 2016 roster. Kelly is from Mishawaka Indiana and is currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin. She was a four-year starter and letter winner at St Joseph's High School. Kelly was named the team's most valuable player on offense three times and once on defense.

As a senior she was tabbed a first-team Northern Indiana Conference selection and was named second-team all-state. Kelly is the career leader in both batting average (.468) and steals at her high school. She helped guide St. Joseph to three sectional championships and three regional championships. Additionally, she led her team to Semi-State in three consecutive seasons. as a sophomore, Kelly earned Honorable Mention for the All-Northern Indiana Conference and was named to the Fort Wayne/South Bend All-Diocese Softball team.

As a junior, Kelly was named to the First-team All-Northern Indiana Conference & Third-Team All-State. Wisconsin Badger Coach Healy describes her as "one of the best all-around student-athletes from the state of Indiana." Kelly played summer ball for the Beverly Bandits. We are looking forward to getting Kelly on the field next summer. Her softball skills and speed will play a huge roll in the success of the Slammers. Welcome Kelli!


Marissa Gagliano - Radford University 

11/22/15 The Slammers extend a warm welcome to Marissa Gagliano who has now been added to our 2016 roster. Marissa is currently a sophmore at Radford University. She is from Elgin Illinois and graduated with honors from Wheaton Academy where she had a stellar softball career. Marissa was the 2013 & 2014 Suburban Christian Conference (SCC) Player of the Year....Selected to 2013 Max Preps Small School All-American team...Two-time All-American selection by the National Christian School Association (NCSA), including first team in 2013...ICA Class 3A All-state honoree the past four seasons, including first-team as a senior (first in program history)...Four-time first-team all conference, along with all-area and all-Dupage county selections...2013-2014 Wheaton Female Athlete of the Year...Played summer ball for the Beverly Bandits...the Bandits are the 2013 PGF 16U National Champions and finished 3rd in the PGF 18U Nationals in 2014. Marissa is as good as they get on the field and with her bat. In her second game as a freshman at Radford Marissa sustained a season ending injury but she's now ready to go and will play a key role in our success in 2016. We are very fortunate to have Marissa as a member of the Slammers. Welcome Marissa!



Michaela Schlattman - Miami University Red Hawks

11/22/15  The Slammers are thrilled to add Michaela Schlattman to our 2016 roster. Michaela is a freshman at University of Miami-Ohio. She is a four-year letter winner for Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield Illinois. She was named Second-Team All-State as a senior hitting .439 with six home runs. Michaela broke school records in career hits, at bats, doubles and runs. She was also named Second-Team All-State as a junior. In addition she was the district Athlete of the Year in both 2013 and 2014 and also named Conference MVP her senior year 2014. Michaela played club softball for the Beverly Bandits, leading them to the 2013 Premier Girls National Championship and a runner up finish in the same tournament in 2014. We are looking forward to getting Michaela on the field next summer. She will play a major role in the success of the Slammers. Welcome Michaela!

*Special Announcement!

Congratulations to Jenny and Brandon! Carsyn Marie Coffer made her appearance December 3rd, 2015 weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 22 inches long. Jenny Jacobs Coffer was one of the greatest pure power hitters in Slammer history amd still holds many offensive records at her Alma Mater Butler, Univ '08.  



Casey Clutch and Crew Flying into the USSSA Hall of Fame!
IL USSSA Hall of Honor Induction Banquet 
November 7, 2015
Radisson Hotel
Rockford, IL
Slammers, families and friends gathered at IL USSSA Hall of Honor Induction Ceremonies in Rockford, IL on Saturday November 7th. The Slammers are the first women's fastpitch team ever inducted into the Hall of Honor. Each player who attended received a beautiful personalized plaque. In addition our own Casey Clutch Creakbaum learned she will be inducted as a player into the USSSA Hall of Fame in November 2016. This is a slam dunk honor for one of the greatest players and leaders to ever put on a Slammer uniform
Jhavon Hamilton - Kelsi Jones - Jenna Marsalli - Mary Connolly
The Late Jim Kresl's Family
  Daughter Alison, wife Candi and Jim's other daughter Katy with Slammer Co-head Coach Jenna Marsalli. The family was given a plaque in honor of Jim's lifetime dedication to fastpitch softball including the Slammer organization. Jim Kresl suddenly passed away earlier this year. 

Casey with another Slammer great, Brittany Gardner (Loyola '14) with her father Paul Gardner
Photobucket Slide Show: Hall of Honor Induction Banquet 

Slammer Championships

AFA National Champions: 2005

Bloomington Lady Hearts Champions: 2013 - 14
USSSA Women's World Series Champions: 2008 -09 -11
Runner-up: 2012 -14 -15
Third Place: 2010 - 13
USSSA Women's Illinois State Champions: 2008 -09 -10 -11 -12 -14
Third Place - 2013
John Radtke Memorial Champions: 2009 -10 -12
NSA Womens World Series Champions: 2013 -14 -15
*USSSA did not include tournament awards for these Slammer players in 2014 and 2015
2015 USSSA World Series MVP Defense:
Morgan Maize SS (DePaul '16)
2014 All Tournament USSSA World Series: 
Nicole Pihl - Marisa Bast - Mary Connolly
All Defensive Team: Kelsey Dotson
2014 USSSA IL State Championship:
Tournament MVP - Mary Connolly
All Tournament Team: Kelsi Jones - Melissa Priesh - Jenna Marsalli
Seven Year Record
Overall 2008 thru 2015: W-196   L-41
USSSA Tournament Record: W-129  L-21
2013 Season: W-24  L-5
2014 Season: W-25  L-7
2015 Season: W-18  L-4


2001 Slammers
Front Row: Janelle Kapelinski - Holli Owen - Arthur Safstrom 
Second Row: Ashley Spurgeon - Marisa Kapelinski - Cassie Dixon - Mandy Wilhelmi
3rd Row: Jess Wilson - Amy Atteberry - Becky Wilson - Jeanette Piehl - Leni Wilhelmi
Coach Dick Wilson directs the Great 2001 Tug of War 


Even with Dick Wilson as the anchor and Bob doing his best, Jessica Wilson,
Cassie Dixon and the rest of the Slammers were all pulled over the line. A rare Slammer defeat!

Very First Slammer Team At NSA World Series - 12u
Chatanooga, TN
August 1994 
 Front row from left: Kelly Banik, Crystal Barbera, Sarah Ward, Julie Rakoczy, Kelli Zivic Middle from left: Christy Burns, Katrina Trumbo, Katie Stone, Jamie Rizzo, Angela Grabczak Back row from left: coach Sally Burns, Abbey Coons, Bob Zivic, Kristen Karrle, coach Debbie Karrle This was the Slammers first WS. We finished 3rd in the consolation bracket.

1999 Indiana 16u ASA State Champions   
1999 Roster: Amy Atteberry - Cassie Dixon - Merissa Kapelinski - Kate McGuan - Jeanette Piehl - Becky Rodriguez - Ashley Safstrom - Kelly Stolman - Abby Wilhelmi - Mandy Wilhelmi - Jessica Wilson - Danielle Zagorski - Kelli Zivic. Coaches: Bob Zivic - Dick Wilson - Dave Safstrom

23u ASA Nationals
Amherst, NY 2003
 Standing: Dave Wilson - Erin Kardash - Angie Grabczak - Kelli Zivic - Mia Pangere - Casey Clutch - Kirk Piehl.   Seated: Bob Zivic - Cassie Dixon -Amy Atteberry Kidd - Jeanette Piehl Robinson - Becky Wilson - Mandy Wilhelmi

2004 Champions Cup
Irvine, CA July 16, 2004
 Bill Barber Stadium
 Teams Competing: All American Softball - Team Canada - Australia - USA Elite - Chinese Taipei - Venezuela - Japan - Hurricanes - Scorpions - IN Slammers - Storm USA - Teamsmith
Top: Jess Wilson - Danielle Zagorski - Blair Branson - Jessica Conant - Angela Toures - Devan Craig  
Bottom: Kate Witham - Sonny Oelling - Maggie Bruening - Casey Clutch - Erin Kardash - Becky Wilson  

 2005 AFA National Champions
Decatur, IL July 24, 2005
Back Row: Abby Gross - Angie Grabczak - Bob Zivic (head coach) - Carole Holtz - Alli Kennewell - Kirk Piehl (coach) - Erin Lafayette - Kate Steele - Dave Wilson (coach)  Bottom Row: Erin Kavanaugh - ****** - Kendra Powers - Kelsey Anderson - Ali Arnold - Kate Bradley NOT SHOWN: Brittany Dehler

USSSA World Series Championship Team Photos
2008 - 2009 - 2011
Runner -up: 2012 - 2014 - 2015 

Indiana Slammers
2008 USSSA World Series Champions
7 Game Sweep at USSSA East World Series Caps Incredible 'O8 Season
Rockford, IL July 25-27, 2008
Top: Chrissy Burton - Sadie Conner - Sarah Oppelt - Liz Smith - Jenny Jacobs - Bridget Paine - Kristie Lutz
Bottom: Abby Gross - Sarah Needy - Ashley Hobbs - Brittney Fisher - Casey Clutch - Mallory Paine - Jamie Mueller - Michaele Vock  

2008 USSSA World Series Champions
Families and Coaches
Rockford, IL
July 25-27, 2008
27 Teams Competing. 19 Game Winning Streak Captures 3rd Consecutive 2008 Tournament Title. Tenacious Hooter Squad Falls 9-7 to Slammers in Title Game.


2009 USSSA World Series Champions
July 24-25 2009, Rockford, IL
.Top Row: Brittney Fisher - Ashley Clement - Lindsay Fromi - Jenny Jacobs - Mallory Paine - Whitney Davis, -Sadie Conner - Liz Smith
Bottom Row: Dani Miller - Torie Bunzell - Casey Clutch/Creakbaum - Jill Jacobson - Sydney Lisy (not shown Bridget Paine)

2011 USSSA Womens Fastpitch World Series Champions
Rockford, IL
July 22-24, 2011

Slammers sweep prestigious USSSA Fastpitch World Series for the third time in four years.

Back: Bridget Paine - Coryn Schmit - Sadie Conner - Liz Watkins - Torie Bunzell - Kirsten Verdun - Mallory Paine
Front:Jhavon Hamilton - Dani Miller - Casey Clutch Creakbaum and son Eli - Mellisa Preish - Jenna Marsalli.
  USSSA WS Tournament Awards

Tournament MVP: Kirsten Verdun Offensive Tournament MVP: Dani Miller Outstanding Pitcher: Torie Bunzell   All Tournament Team: Bridget Paine, Casey Creakbaum, Sadie Conner

  USSSA IL State Championships Team Photos
2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2014

2014 USSSA IL State Champions
June 28-29, 2014
 Inwood Sports Complex_ Joliet, IL
Top: Nicole Pihl - Mallory Goulding - Mary Connolly - Jenna Marsalli - Jhavon Hamilton - Katie McKay - Alex Wyss  Bottom: Melissa Priesh - Whitney Arion - Rachel Houck - Kelsi Jones - Jackie Kisman - Jordan de los Reyes

2012 USSSA Il State Champions 
Rockford, IL June 23-24, 2012
Back: Jhavon Hamilton - Sadie Conner - Torie Bunzell - Brittany Gardner - Shawna Sadler - Ashley Sullivan - Coryn Schmit - Melissa Preish Front: Liz Watkins - Casey Clutch/Creakbaum - Jenna Marsalli - Kelsi Jones  

2011 USSSA Illinois State Champions
Joliet Heritage Classic
June 25-26, 2011  
W-7 L-0

  Top: Jamie Davison Revelle -Torie Bunzell - Jill Jacobson - Liz Watkins - Shanna Diller - Mellisa Preish - Kirsten Verdun - Brittany Gardner Bottom: Jenny Jacobs - Mallory Paine - Jhavon Hamilton - Abby Gross
Tournament Team Batting Avg .432    Pitching Staff ERA: 0.24 .  

2010 USSSA IL State Champions
Joliet, IL June 26-27, 2010
Back Row: Bridget Paine - Abby Gross - Torie Bunzell - Liz Smith - Casey Clutch/Creakbaum - Jenny Esparza - Meaghan Sullivan Front: Sydney Lisy - Kathleen Maloof - Erika Petruzzi - Mallory Paine - Jayme Hefler - Jenny Jacobs  

2009 USSSA Illinois 18 & Over State Champions
June 27-28  
 Rockford, IL W-7 L-0
Back: Eddie Creakbaum - Torie Bunzell - Liz Smith -Whitney Davis - Paige Sheeder -Jill Jacobson - Jenny Jacobs -Bridget Paine - Bob Zivic - Dave Wilson Front: Dani Miller - Sadie Conner - Casey Clutch Creakbaum - Sydney Lisy - Mallory Paine.

Indiana Slammers
2008 USSSA IL State Champions  
Joliet, IL July 12-13
2008 Slammers Take Illinois State Title In Six Game Sweep Winning 9th Annual USSSA 18 & Over Heritage Classic.
Back: Kirk Piehl, Dave Wilson, Liz Smith, Mallory Paine, Jenny Jacobs, Casey Clutch, Sadie Conners, Monica Wright, Bob Zivic Front: Bridget Paine, Dani Murphy, Kara Harmatys, Sarah
Needy Not Shown: Abby Liden (injured prev day).

I Saw It On TV by John Fogerty

Friday, June 19
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