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INDIANA SLAMMERS-WOMEN'S FASTPITCH
Bob Zivic
219-688-2223
Hobart, Indiana
46342
 2011 SEASON
W-27 L- 6
2008 thru 2011: W-101 L-20
USSSA Tournament Record: 66 - 4
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4 time USSSA Illinois State Champions 08, 09, 10, 11
3 time USSSA World Series Champions 08, 09, 11
2011 team batting average .361
2011 Staff ERA 1.72 IP-182 SO-180
2010 Staff ERA 1.25 IP-168 SO-218
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Congratulations to all our new and veteran players for yet another great season and proving again this year that the Slammers are now among the very elite women's teams in the country!
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USSSA Illinois State Champions
'08 - '09 - '10 - '11
Joliet Heritage Classic
June 25-26, 2011
W-7 L-0
Jamie Davison Revelle -Torie Bunzell - Jill Jacobson - Liz Watkins - Shanna Diller - Mellisa Preish - Kirsten Verdun - Brittany Gardner
Jenny Jacobs - Mallory Paine - Jhavon Hamilton - Abby Gross
Tournament Team Batting Avg .432
Pitching Staff ERA: 0.24
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. Overwhelming dominance by pitchers Brit Gardner, Kirsten Verdun, and Torie Bunzell collectively allowed an astonishing 1 earned run in 7 games for a combined ERA of 0.24. Add to this a .611 Tournament BA for speedy leadoff hitter Jhavon Hamilton in front of the brutal power of Mallory Paine, Liz Watkins, Jenny Jacobs, Shanna Diller, Jamie Davison/Revelle and the rest of the Slammer line-up. Congratulations to all our players for making this the most one sided tournament victory in Slammer history and in the history of this prestigious tournament.
.Liz says it all...
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Mallory Paine - Confused Slammer Dawg - Liz Watkins - Torie Bunzell
Confused Joliet Slammer Dawg finds the Indiana Slammers surprisingly friendly...
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Tournament MVP's
Torie Bunzell - Liz Watkins - Kirsten Verdun - Brittany Gardner
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Jhavon Hamilton and Slammers Beat the Heat 8-0 in Joliet Heritage Classic Il State Title Game behind lights out pitching by Torie Bunzell.
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" BOB.......that's way too much talk about JETHRO TULL, OK?! "

"OMG CODY SIMPSON is performing!!!!! You say Cody....I say Simpson "
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" I'm Not a Crook "
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" Kenny Rogers is HOW old? "

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Shaded Ladies Cast Big Shadow in Joliet.

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Tournament leading hitter (.667) Mallory Paine pondering how Bob will juggle his next line-up

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UIC's Mellisa Preish made defensive play of the tournament with bases loaded diving catch in right field preserving a shutout by Kirsten Verdun in opening game of the tournament vs Elgin Heat

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Jamie Davison leads off third inning with a double into right center in championship game. Mallory Paine then homered pushing the final score to 8-0 Slammers. Jamie's fielding at shortstop was nothing less than spectacular.

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Abby Gross takes throw from third baseman Shanna Diller

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Brittany Gardner and Kirsten Verdun. Along with Torie Bunzell these three had a combined 0.2 tournament ERA. Verdun shown here playing first base not only did not allow an earned run in her 2 starts, but she also hit 2 home runs , hit .412, and had a team leading 9 RBI's

Heritage Classic Slideshow

Verdun pregame warm-up video

Gardner pregame video

Very Bad Hacky Sack

More Bad Hacky Sack

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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.
Bridget Paine - Coryn Schmit - Sadie Conner - Liz Watkins - Torie Bunzell - Kirsten Verdun - Mallory Paine
Jhavon Hamilton - Dani Miller - Casey Clutch Creakbaum and son Eli - Mellisa Preish - Jenna Marsalli.
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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
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Tournament MVP Kirsten Verdun greeted by teammates after blasting walk-off 3 run homer overcoming an extra inning 2-0 deficit vs All American softball. In addition to swinging a huge bat, Kirsten also threw a 2 hit shutout blanking the Hearts 3-0 in the Tournament Championship game.
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One big reason Sadie Conner was selected All Tournament was this huge 6th inning, game winning HR in Semi Final game vs Hearts. The HR made a 1-0 winner out of Torie Bunzell who threw a 2 hit shutout putting the Slammers into the Championship game. Sadie also bolstered the flawless Slammer defense with repeated great plays at third base.
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In the Tournament championship game vs the Hearts All Tournament selection Bridget Paine hit a mammoth 5th inning 2 run home run which was all Verdun needed in this 3-0 victory. The final exclamation point was a Dani Miller solo shot over the left field fence in the final inning.
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Notre Dame's All American Dani Miller was selected Offensive Player of the Tournament for her team leading 7 runs scored and team leading .444 tournament batting average.
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Slammer World Series Pitchers and Catchers
Torie Bunzell - Casey & Eli Creakbaum - Liz Watkins - Coryn Schmit - Kirsten Verdun
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Tournament Outstanding Pitcher Torie Bunzell allowed no runs in her 3 games. Casey Clutch Creakbaum ( showed with son Eli), was another All Tournament selection with a dazzling 10 strikeout shutout vs Elite. Next to Casey is All Big Ten power hitting catcher Liz Watkins who was behind the plate in 6 of our 7 games. Coryn Schmit from UIC not only did a great job in her stint behind the plate, but played flawless first base while also hitting .333. Finally, Tournament MVP Kirsten Verdun from DePaul provided the most dramatic moment of the tournament with her 3 run walk off home run vs All American Softball and her shutout over the Hearts in the championship game.
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All Tournament Players from Slammers and Runner-up Bloomington Hearts
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Coaching Staff
Kirk Piehl - Co-Head Coach Casey Clutch Creakbaum - Dave Wilson - Head Coach Bob Zivic
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OOOOhhh that's nice, says Eli...!
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. Entire Support Crew
Dee Ann Clutch - Coach Kirk Piehl - Co Head Coach Casey Clutch Creakbaum & son Eli - Casey's father John Clutch - Coach Dave Wilson - Head Coach & Team Founder Bob Zivic - Eddie Creakbaum
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John Radtke Memorial Classic
Elgin, IL
July 9-10, 2011
W - 6 L - 1
Casey & Eli Creakbaum - Mallory Paine - Mellisa Priesh - Jenna Marsalli - Coryn Schmit - Brit Gardner - Sadie Conner - Bridget Paine
Jhavon Hamilton - Torie Bunzell - Jaime Davison Revelle - Abby Gross
( left early..Jayme Hefler - Kathleen Maloof - Jenny Jacobs )
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The Slammers won 6 of 7 games and only a 4-2 loss to Rage prevented a return trip to the championship game and possible three-peat. The Slammers outscored their opponents 39-8.
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Team BA Elgin: .409
Top Avg: Priesh .667 - Hamilton .529 - Jacobs .500
Pitching Staff ERA 0.85
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Heavy Hitting Elgin Pitchers
Brittany Gardner - Casey Clutch Creakbaum - Torie Bunzell
. * Pitching staff Tournament BA .500 (3 for 6)
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Mallory scoring on Davison 2 rbi single in 8-0 win over All American Softball.
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Casey, Eli & Abby
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Tournament Scores:
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Slammers 2 Mayhem 0
WP Bunzell/C: Schmit - 2 run homer Bridget Paine
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Slammers 4 Silver Hawks 3
WP Gardner/C: Gross - GWH Maloof
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Slammer 8 All Amer Softball 0
WP Clutch/: Gross - Jacobs 3 run homer, 4 rbi's
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Slammers 4 Tidal Waves 0
WP Bunzell/C: Schmit - HR Schmit
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Slammers 10 Wasco Diamonds 0
WP Gardner/C: Gross - 3B Davison, Hamilton
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Rage 4 Slammers 2
LP Bunzell/C: Schmit - 2B M. Paine, B. Paine
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Slammers 9 Heat 1
WP Gardner/ C: M Paine, Conner - HR Hamilton, Conner
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Bloomington Hearts Invitational
June 11 -12, 2011
W-4 L -1
Top - Coryn Schmit, Chrissy Burton, Mallory Paine, Liz Watkins, Sadie Conner, Jenny Jacobs, Casey Clutch-Creakbaum, Shanna Diller, Jamie Davison
Bottom - Jhavon Hamilton, Jenna Marsalli, Bridget Paine, Torie Bunzell
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Game 1
Slammers 8 Rage 5
WP Bunzell - SV Burton 2B Watkins, Conner _ 3B Jacobs (2)
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Game 2
Slammers 4 Extreme Elite 3
SP Clutch WP Bunzell in relief 3B Diller _ HR Jacobs ( Walk off inside park leading off 7th )
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Game 3
Slammers 12 Misfits 0
WP - Burton (No hitter) 2B Hamilton (2), Davison - 3B Marsalli
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Game 4
N. IL Lightning 6 Slammers 5
SP - Burton LP - Bunzell in relief 2B M. Paine _ 3B Diller (2)
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Game 5
Slammers 9 St Louis Saints 1
WP - Clutch (3 hitter) 2B Watkins _ 3B Diller, Watkins, Schmit _ HR Marsalli
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New and old Slammers power Slammers at Blooming
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L'll Eli With his Dad Eddie Creakbaum, Mom Casey & Team at Bloomington
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. New Mom Casey tosses a 3 hitter going the distance as Slammers close tournament with 9-1 win over the Saints.
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Bob welcomes new Slammers Coryn Schmit, Jhavon Hamilton, and Jenna Marsalli. All three
wasted no time coming up with key extra base hits and flawless defense. Coryn's triple followed by Marsalli's HR closed out the Saints in the final game.
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Eli's first tournament
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Becky Bunzell holds Eli with Grandma Dee Ann Clutch
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Eli also gets a big hug from Pat Conner
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Eli stretching it out with Jaime Davison and Shanna Diller
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Speed kills. JJ had two triples vs Rage then blasted a walk-off inside the park
home run against Elite.
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Torie shutting down Elite
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4 huge triples for Shanna Diller
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Great to have Jhavon Hamilton's speed at top of the lineup. Pair of doubles vs Misfits.
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Chrissy Burton no hits the Misfits
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Sadie Conner brilliant defense at 3rd & big hits.
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Bridget Paine's base hit scores JJ vs Rage
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Mallory Paine
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Liz Watkins double & triple vs Saints
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Jaime Davison
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Thats all for Bloomington.....see you down the road Eli!
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Slammer Summer.Ends With
With Runner Up Finish at NSA World Series
July 30-31
Eastside Centre --- East Peoria, Illinois  
Sadie Conner - Mellisa Preish - Jhavon Hamilton - Jill Jacobson - Torie Bunzell - Casey Clutch Creakbaum - Shanna Diller - Coryn Schmit - Kirsten Verdun
Jenna Marsalli - Dani Miller - Jamie Davison Revelle - Jenny Jacobs - Makenzie Smith
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Sadie Conner was hit by pitch and x-rays revealed a broken arm.
We all hope the operation went well, Sadie.
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A memorable first Season for baby Eli!
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2011 Tournament Results
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June 11-12 Bloomington Lady Hearts Invitational --- Champion Field --- Normal, Illinois
W-4 L-1

June 25-26 12th Annual Heritage Classic --- Inwood Sports Complex --- Joliet, Illinois

First Place

W-7 L-0

IL State Champions '08-'09-'10-'11

July 9-10 John Radtke Memorial Fastpitch Classic --- Elgin Sports Complex --- Elgin, Illinois

W-6 L-1

July 22-24 USSSA Fastpitch World Series ---Veterans Memorial Sportscore --Rockford, IL
First Place
W-7 L-0
World Series Champions '08-'09-'11
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July 30-31 NSA Women's World Series --- Eastside Centre --- East Peoria, Illinois
Second Place
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Sunday, May 13
2011 Roster
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#31 Torie Bunzell ----- Quincy University '11 -----Utica, IL.
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Co-head coach, Indiana Slammers

#32 Casey Clutch/Creakbaum ----- Evansville Univ '05 -----Anderson, IN

 

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#19 Sadie Conner ----- Valparaiso, Univ '11 ----- Washington, IL

#3 Shanna Diller ----- Univ of IL '08 ------ Bloomington, IL

*Rockford Thunder '08 - '09 * Tennessee Diamonds '10

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Brittany Gardner --- Loyola University '14 --- Orland Park, IL

#30 Abby Gross ----- Ball State '08 ----- Lafayette, IN

#1 Jhavon Hamilton----- IL State Univ '13 ----- Joliet, IL

#23 Hefler, Jayme ----- Lewis University '13 ----- Glen Ellyn, IL

#34 Jenny Jacobs ----- Butler Univ '08 -----Indianapolis, IN
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#15 Jenna Marsalli ----- UIC '14 ----- Naperville, IL
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Maloof, Kathleen --- Univ of Dayton --- Indianapolis, IN
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Dani Miller ---- Notre Dame '12 ---- Huntington Beach, CA
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#33 Bridget Paine ----- Butler Univ '10 ----- Carol Stream, IL
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#28 Mallory Paine ----- Lewis Univ '08 ----- Carol Stream, IL
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Melissa Preish ----- UIC Flames '14 ---- Thousand Oaks, CA
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#25 Jamie Davison Revelle ----- Univ of Evansville '04/ Rockford Thunder '07-'09 ----- Floyd Knobs, IN
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#9 Coryn Schmit ---- UIC '13 ---- Hawthorne Woods, IL
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#7 Kirsten Verdun ----- DePaul Univ '14 ----- Coal City, IL
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#16 Liz Watkins ---- Univ of Iowa '12 ----- Taylor Ridge, IL .
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Coaching Staff
Head Coach & Team Founder - Bob Zivic BJZ@aol.com
Co- Head Coach - Casey Clutch Creakbaum - Athletic Performance Center
Asst Coaches - John Clutch  - Eddie Creakbaum - Kirk Piehl - Dave Wilson
Editor - Dave Wilson - dhwilson99@aol.com


Back Against The wall by Travis Tritt


INDIANA SLAMMERS - Indiana's Premier Women's Fastpitch Team
INDIANA SLAMMERS - Indiana's Premier Women's Fastpitch Team


 
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