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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

   Casey Clutch and Crew Flying into the USSSA Hall of Honor!

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 (U of Evansville '05) 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 college players and leaders to ever put on a Slammer uniform. 


Coming Up




* Sunday May 29 @ 5:00pm - Chicago Bandits - The Ball Park - Rosemont, Ill

Bandits vs Slammers Ticket Information

Bandits Hold Open Tryouts 9am May 29

Bandits Roster  


2016 Tournament Schedule

June 4-5 Hearts Invitational - Normal, IL

June 18-19 USSSA Illinois State Trny - Rockford, IL

July 2-3 John Radtke Memorial - Elgin, IL

July 22-24 USSSA World Series - Rockford, IL

July 30-31 NSA World Series - Peoria, IL


  2016 NCAA Tournament News

Female Athlete of the Year: Kaitlyn Ranieri 

5/17/16 Valparaiso, IN - Slammer Kaitlyn Ranieri ready to end her college career back in NCAA tournament

 5/20/16 Ann Arbor, MI -  Crusaders Fall to #2 Michigan in NCAA Opener

5/21/16 Ann Arbor, MI - Valpo Softball Season comes to an end with 2nd loss at NCAA Regionals 


5/15/16 - Oxford, OH - New Slammer and All- MAC first string Freshman SS  Michaela Schlattman and MAC Champion Miami Redhawks Headed to Ann Arbor Regional for NCAA Tournament

5/20/16 Ann Arbor, MI -  RedHawks Rally Past Fighting Irish, 3-2, in NCAA Opener

5/21/16 - Fighting Irish End RedHawks’ NCAA Run. 



Welcome to Our New Slammers!


Carly Trepanier - Valparaiso Univ  '18

Lari Mitchell - UIC '16

*All Horizon League First Team  

Nicole Steinbach - Ball State '16

* 4 Times MAC Pitcher of the Week in 2016  



Kiley Jones - Loyola University '19

* Named Co- Miss Indiana Softball for Indiana '15

*3/7/16 Kiley Jones Named MVC Newcomer of the Week



Morgan Florey - University of Evansville '19 

* 4/25/16 - Florey earns fourth MVC Newcomer of the Week honor!

5/11/16 Carbondale, IL - MVC Freshman of the Year  


Parker Bandy - IL State University '19

Angela Morrow - University of Wisconsin '19

Kelly Welsh - University of Wisconsin '19

Marissa Gagliano - Radford University '18

* All Big South Second Team 

Michaela Schlattman - Miami University Red Hawks '19

First Team ALL-MAC Tournament

"Logemann was joined on the All-Tournament Team by freshman shortstop Michaela Schlattman. For the tournament she hit .462 (6-for-13) with a big home run in the championship game. She drew five walks and had an on-base percentage of .611."  

Alexis Solak -University of Pittsburgh '19

Alice Fitzpatrick - UIC '17


Holly Hoffman - University of Iowa '16

*2nd Team All Big Ten


.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


2008 thru 2015 W-L Record

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


2013 Exhibition
Slammers vs Chicago Bandits
Teams Paired Off in Exhibition Game as Both Teams Began 2013 Season
Bandits Stadium 27 Jennie Finch Way
Rosemont, IL 60018 
Bandits 5 - Slammers 2
June 1st, 2013  
Top: Sammy Marshall- Casey Clutch/ Creakbaum - Courtney Heeley - Natalie Hernandez - Brit Gardner - Kelsey Dotson - Sadie Conner - Casey Crozier - Coryn Schmit
Bottom: Jhavon Hamilton - Kelsi Jones - Jenna Marsalli - Shawna Sadler - Melissa Preish - Kaitlyn Ranieri 
Game Highlights:  1st Inning: Slammers jumped out in front when, after two outs, Natalie Hernandez (UIC) and Mellisa Priesh (UIC) cracked back to back line drive doubles to the fence giving Brit Gardner a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first Bandits' leadoff hitter Vicky Galindo beat out an infield hit then scored on a base hit by Bandit SS Tammy Williams. 
Backed by great defensive plays by both teams the game then turned into a pitching duel between Slammer starting pitcher Brittany Gardner (Loyola) and Bandit's starting pitcher Andrea Williamson who was relieved by newly drafted Texas A & M star Mel Dumezich in the 4th inning.
Gardner held the Bandits hitless in the 3 and 4th inning but a leadoff home run and 2 hits in the 5th put 4 runs on the board for the Bandits. In the 5th inning the Slammers turned to new Slammer Casey Crozier (Youngstown St) who allowed only 1 hit in her 2 inning stint. A brilliant bases loaded running catch in left centerfield by Shawna Sadler (WKU) ended the 5th inning with no further damage and the Bandits holding a 5-1 lead. .
The Slammers final run was scored when Coryn Schmit (UIC) drew a one out walk in the 7th, Kelsi Jones (MO) singled and Schmit then tallied on an error making the final score Bandits 5 Slammers 2. 
* Special thanks to Sammy Marshall ( Western IL) who joined us for this exhibition game and provided immediate impact with her blinding speed at leadoff hitter. She was so fast to first base she will ever be known as "Jimmy John" by those of us who watched her play. She now plans to resume her coaching career. Thanks Sammy! 
Slammers: 2 runs - 5 hits - no errors. LP Gardner
Bandits: 5 runs - 9 hits - 1 error. WP Dumezich 
* Many thanks to the Chicago Bandit organization for hosting this exhibition game then adjusting to the storm conditions and allowing the Slammers to use their impressive indoor practice facility to warm up then play the game on that beautiful indoor playing surface. 

r.2016 Roster

Parker Bandy---------Illinois State University '19--------Springfield, IL

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

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

* MVC Defensive Player of the Year

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

AliceFitzpatrick  ------------------UIC '17-----------------------Kansasville, WI

Morgan Florey ----------University of Evansville '19----------------Peoria, IL

MVC Freshman of the Year!

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

* All Big South Second Team  

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

Holly Hoffman ------------ University of Iowa '16 ----------------- Osceola, Ind

*2nd Team All Big Ten  

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

Kiley Jones ------------------Loyola University '19-----------------Valparaiso, IN

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

Jenna Marsalli-----------------------UIC ’14------------------------Chicago Illino

Lari Mitchell----------------------UIC '16--------------------------------Aurora, IL

*All Horizon League First Team

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

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

* First Team All-BIG EAST

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

* Valpo Female Athlete of The Year

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

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

* All MAC First Team

Alexis Solak ------------University of Pittsburgh '19----------------Woodridge, IL

Nicole Steinbach ------------------- Ball State '16 --------------------Merrilville, IN

*4 Times MAC Pitcher of the Week in 2016

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

* 2nd Team All-MVC

Carly Trepanier........................Valparaiso Univ '18..........................Manteno, IL 

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

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


.Coaching Staff

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

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

Asst Coaches - Dave Wilson - Kirk Piehl - Wayne Gibson

2016 Specal Bench Coach - Stanley Slammer

Website Editor - Dave Wilson



2016 College Season Newsmakers

2/12/16 - Valpo's Kaitlyn Ranieri sets new school record for career walks

2/13/16 -  De los Reyes 2 HRs Powers ISU to First Win of Season

2/14/16 - Rachel Houck 2 run HR sinks UAB in final game of Sand Dollar Classic

2/28/16 - Gagliano has big game as Radford routs South Carolina State 15-2 to finish out the Cougar Classic.

3/5/16 Wilmington, NC - Gagliano's bat  helps Radford down Virginia for Saturday sweep.

3/5/16 Oxford, OH -  Michaela Schlattman leads off the game with solo home run that went over the scoreboard. Miami blanks W. IL 8-0

3/7/16 Chicago, IL - Kiley Jones Named MVC Newcomer of the Week 

3/8/16 Orlando, FL - Rachel Houck goes 5 for 7 but Ball State drops a pair in UCF Round Robin.

 3/19/16 Terra Haute, IN - Riemenchneider gets her first HR of  the season as ISU Sycamores Extend Home Opener Win Streak In Doubleheader Split

3/21/16 Cleveland -  Michaela Schlattman Named MAC East Player of the Week

3/25/16 E. Lansing,MI - Kirsten Stevens, Badgers dominate in softball Big Ten opener beating MSU 10-1

4/3/16 Chicago, IL -  DePaul extends its winning streak to six and remains undefeated in BIG EAST play

4/4/16 -  Michaela Schlattman earns her second Award as MAC East Player of the Week

4/3/16 Valpairaiso, IN - Crusaders Shut Out NKU In Sunday Doubleheader Sweep

4/4/16 - Nicole Steinbach 4 Times MAC Pitcher of the Week in 2016

4/11/16 Chicago, IL - Nicole Pihl Earns Big East Player of the Week

4/13/16 Minneapolis, MN -  Badgers sweep No. 21 Minnesota

4/23/16 Muncie, IN - Wilmes Gem Leads Ball State Softball to Saturday Split with Central Michigan

4/25/16 - Second Time Pihl Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this season, 3rd time in her career.

4/25/16 - Evansville's Morgan Florey Wins 4th Newcomer of The Week Award This Year.

5/7/16 Chicago IL - UIC Claims Back to Back Horizon League Titles

5/7/16 Omaha, NB - DePaul softball clinched the BIG EAST Regular Season title with a 9-1 victory over Creighton

5/7/16 - Morgan Florey defeats Loyola and also homers in Purple Aces final regular season series.

5/15/16 - MAC Champions! RedHawks Defeat Ohio to Earn NCAA Bid


More USSSA Hall of Honor Inductees
Four Good Looking Reasons for the Slammers Success
Jhavon Hamilton (IL State '13)- Kelsi Jones (Louisville '15) - Jenna Marsalli (UIC '14)- Mary Connolly (DePaul '15)
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) and her father Paul Gardner

*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


2001 Slammers
Front Row: Janelle Kapelinski - Holli Owen - Arthur Safstrom 
Middle Row: Abby Wilhelmi (cell phone) - Ashley Spurgeon - Marisa Kapelinski - Cassie Dixon - Mandy Wilhelmi
Back 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  

Heaven by Bryan Adams

AFA National Champions
Decatur, IL July 24, 2005
Top 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
USSSA World Series Championship Team Photos
2008 - 2009 - 2011
Runner -up: 2012 - 2014 - 2015 


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).

Friday, June 19
6-6-15 BlmHeartsTny

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