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INDIANA SLAMMERS-WOMEN'S FASTPITCH
Bob Zivic
219-688-2223
Hobart, Indiana
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2012 Season
W-27 L-5 
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USSSA Il State Champions 5 Straight Years
'08, '09, '10, '11, '12  
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
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Tournament Team BA .402 - SLG .541 - OBP .490 - OPS 1.03
 
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. 2012 Schedule and Results
W-27 L-5
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June 9-10------Bloomington Lady Hearts Trny----Normal, IL
W-4 L-1
. June 23-24----------USSSA IL State Tournament----------Rockford, IL
First Place
W-6 L-0
Defending Champions '08, '09, '10, '11, '12
July 7-8--------------John Radtke Memorial-----------Elgin, IL
First Place
W-7 L-0
July 21-22-----------NSA World Series--------------Peoria, IL
Runner Up
W-6 L-1
July 27-29-----------USSSA World Series--------Rockford, IL
Runner up
Champions '08, '09, '11
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. . Championships 2008-2012
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USSSA Women's World Series: '08, '09', '11
USSSA Women's Illinois State: '08, '09, '10, '11, '12
John Radtke Memorial: '09, '10, '12
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Five Year Record
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2008 thru 2012: W-128 L-25
USSSA Tournament Record: 84 - 7
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.2012 Roster and Photos

#21 Stephanie Bittner-----U of So Indiana '13---- Evansville, IN
Staci Bonezek----DePaul-----Tinley Park, IL
#39 Kristen Bradshaw------Wright State Univ '10 ------Portsmouth, OH
#31 Torie Bunzell------Quincy University '11------Utica, IL
#32 Casey Clutch-Creakbaum--Univ of Evansville '05---Anderson, IN
#8
Mary Connolly-----DePaul University '15-----Winfield, IL
#19
Sadie Conner-----Valparaiso University '11-----Washington, IL
#5
Brittany Gardner-----Loyola University '14-----Orland Park, IL
#1 Jhavon Hamilton-----Ill State University '13-----Joliet, Ill
#2 Jayme Hefler ------------ Lewis University '13 ------------ Glen Ellyn, IL
#23 Kelsi Jones---------University of Missouri'15--------Carmel, IN
#15
Jenna Marsalli-----Univ of Illinois-Chicago '14----Naperville, IL
#13
Melissa Preish-----Univ of Illinois-Chicago '14-----Thousand Oaks, CA
#12
Shawna Sadler-----Western Kentucky University '15-----South Holland, IL
#9 Coryn Schmit -----University of Illinois-Chicago '13-----Hawthorne Woods, IL
#10 Ashley Sullivan-----St. Xavier University '13------Lemont, IL
#20 Sullivan, Meaghan ----Butler University '13-----Wheaton, IL
#7 Kirsten Verdun-----DePaul University '14-----Coal City, IL
#16 Liz Watkins------University of Iowa '12-----Taylor Ridge, IL

 

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Coaching Staff
Head Coach & Team Founder - Bob Zivic 
Co- Head Coach - Casey Clutch Creakbaum - Athletic Performance Center
Asst Coaches - John Clutch - Eddie Creakbaum - Kirk Piehl - Dave Wilson
Website Editor - Dave Wilson - dhwilson99@gmail.com
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UIC Players Marsalli, Preish & Schmit Introduced at State Farm Tournament.
*Slammer Players Compete in Fall Tournament
( DePaul: Verdun, Connolly, Bonezek - UIC: Schmit, Preish, Marsalli - ISU: Hamilton ) 
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Normal, IL
Sept 30, 2012
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2012 USSSA Womens Fastpitch World Series
Runner-up
Champions '08, '09, '11
Rockford, IL
July27-29 2012
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Top: Melissa Preish (UIC)-Staci Bonezek (DePaul)-Mary Connolly (DePaul)-Brit Gardner (Loyola)-Torie Bunzell (Quincy '11)-Sadie Conner (Valpo '11)-Kirsten Verdun (DePaul)-Casey Clutch/Creakbaum (Evansville '05)
Bottom: Shawna Sadler (WKU)-Kelsi Jones (Mizzou)-Jenna Marsalli (UIC)-Coryn Schmit (UIC)-Ashley Sullivan (Xavier)-Meaghan Sullivan (Butler)
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Mizzou's Kelsi Jones holds well deserved tournament MVP trophy. This year
Kelsi led a powerful Slammer team in practically every offensive category including
batting avg (.500), runs scored (37), rbi's (32), stolen bases (5),doubles (8), and home runs (8).
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. 2012 Team Leaders

Top 5 Batting Averages - Games Played

Kelsi Jones (MO) --------- .500 32

Shawna Sadler (WKU)---- .455 27

Jhavon Hamilton (ISU)---- .443 23

Melissa Preish (UIC) ----- .427 32

Coryn Schmit (UIC)-------- .387 32

2012 Team Average (5 Tournaments)-----.363 32

.Pitching

ERA ------IP ------W-L

Kirsten Verdun (DePaul) ------ 0.39 ------ 35.5 ------ 5-1

Brittany Gardner (Loyola) ------ 0.75 ------ 74.1 ------ 8-1------ SV- 2

Mary Connolly (DePaul) ------ 0.91 ------ 7.2 ------ 0-0 ------ SV-1

Torie Bunzell (Quincy '11) ------ 1.75 ------ 48.1-------10 - 1

Casey Clutch (Evansville '05) ------ 1.98------ 24.2 ------ 4 - 2 ------ SV-1

Staff ERA 1.10 Season 27- 5
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2012 Stats 
Updated thru USSSA WS Rockford, IL 7/29/12
Box Scores - Pitching & Hitting Reports
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Preceding 2012 Tournaments & Results
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.-2012 NSA World Series Runner-up
Peoria, IL
July 21-22, 2012
W-5 L-1
Back: Jhavon Hamilton - Coryn Schmit - Kelsi Jones - Sadie Conner - Casey Clutch - Torie Bunzell - Brit Gardner
Front: Shawna Sadler - Melissa Preish - Stephanie Bittner - Jenna Marsalli  
 
Slammers 11 Legend 0..pool...Sat
Slammers 1 Angels 0....pool....Sat
Slammers 16 Storm 1....bracket....Sat
Slammers 1 Saints 0......bracket....Sun
Slammers 4 Rage 0........bracket....Sun
Rage 6 Slammers 3.........Championship....Sun
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  Top Hitters Peoria
Preish .625
Hamilton .471 ( 2hr)
Jones .421 (1hr, 2 dbl, 7 rbi)
Sadler .412 (4 sac)
Schmit .368 (2 dbl)
Bittner .313 (1hr)
Team .351
. Pitching
Special mention: Brit Gardner 3 complete game shutouts
Bunzell-Clutch-Gardner combined tournament ERA 0.568
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John Radtke Memorial Champions
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Top: Jhavon Hamilton - Coryn Schmit - Sadie Conner - Torie Bunzell - Mary Connolly - Melissa Preish -
Meahgan Sullivan - Kirsten Verdun - Brittany Gardner
Bottom: Jenna Marsalli - Liz Watkins - Kelsi Jones - Ashley Sullivan - Shawna Sadler
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Elgin IL
July 7-8, 2012
W- 7 L-0
Tournament Team Average .453
Elgin Pitching Staff ERA 0.75
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Rising to the top of a 26 team field consisting of the Midwest's premier women's fastpitch teams, the Slammers defeated
runner-up Wisconsin Elite 6-1 behind Torie Bunzell in the championship game making it two major USSSA tournament sweeps in a row.
Consistent offense behind the dominant pitching of Gardner, Verdun, Bunzell &
Connolly .
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Kelsi Jones
Mizzou's Kelsi Jones greeted by happy Slammers after blasting one
of her tournament best 3 home runs. Kelsi also led the
tournament with a .619 average and 10 rbi's. Over the first
three tournaments Kelsi maintains an astounding .609 batting average while
leading the Slammers in practically every offensive category including 4
home runs, 22 runs scored and 19 rbis.
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Liz Watkins
Liz will be missed these last two tournaments. Her leadership,
explosive bat and ability to handle the Slammer pitching staff
is second to none..... but we know she will be back
next season. Here she is greeted after crushing a HR in
our 9-1 pool play win over Adrenaline.
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Kirsten Verdun
Kirsten didn't miss a beat after leading DePaul into the NCAA Regionals
and being honored as an AFCA All-American. In this tournament
she won 2 games and led the pitching staff by not allowing
an earned run. As an exclamation point Kirsten also posted
a .400 batting average for the tournament.
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Serious Heat
Liz & Zach catch some shade between games.
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Ill Wind
Lack of shade and high wind gusts did not dampen the enthusiasm
of the Verduns and other Slammer parents.....but that umbrella just doesn't look right.
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Meaghan Sullivan
One of the Slammer's most prolific hitters and a great defensive
infielder Meaghan was named first team All-Horizon League from
Butler and chosen to the All-Tournament Team at the Horizon
League Softball Championship.Through our first 3 tournaments Sully
carries a .462 batting average.
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Torie Bunzell
DII all-time strikeout leader Torie Bunzell, along with Brit Gardner,
Kirsten Verdun and Mary Connolly did not lose a game and
collectively posted a phenomenal .075 tournament ERA.
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Brittany Gardner
Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Brit Gardner picked up 3 tournament
wins and posted a 0.48 era. For the year Brittany is 5-0 with
a 1.1 era, struck out 46 batters in 35 innings and has been invaluable
coming into tough situations and closing out the opposition.
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Coryn Schmit
UIC's Coryn Schmit followed up her IL State All Tournament performance
with another great tournament. Hitting .600, driving in big runs and
proving invaluable on defense by rotating at first base and
relieving Watkins behind the plate in the 100 degree heat.
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Mary Connolly
Mary Connolly scoring on Watkin's base hit in Championship game vs
Wisconsin Elite. Connolly was also on the front end of a perfectly
executed double steal of home by Verdun in the previous win over
the Silver Hawks. Mary along with being an offensive force was also
part of the 4 headed monster Slammer pitching staff.
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Shawna Sadler
The speed and bat control of Shawna and Jhavon Hamilton
at the top of the Slammer line-up constantly jump started the
offense. Hitting .500 for the tournament Shawna was one of five
Slammers who hit .500 or better. ( Sadie Conner .500, Coryn Schmit .600,
Jhavon Hamilton .611 and Kelsi Jones .619)
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Jhavon Hamilton
Bob puts the brakes on Jhavon after she slashed a triple down
the RF line. While not getting her usual one or two over the fence, Jhavon
repeatedly hit rockets down the line and into the gaps ending up
with a .611 BA and a team best .632 OBP.
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Sadie Conner
Sadie played all infield positions and, as usual, turned on her Sunday
power while hitting .500 for the tournament. Sadie is not shy about attacking a softball.
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Melissa Preish
Watching UIC's Melissa Preish execute a slap one can appreciate
the skills that earned her a first team All Horizon League berth this year.
For the college season she hit .399.
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Ashley Sullivan
Xavier shortstop proved why she is so highly regarded by
playing very steady defense for the Slammers. She made the most memorable
defensive play of the tournament leaving her feet and stabbing
a line drive headed for left field securing the final out of the championship game.
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. . Jenna Marsalli
Jenna played an errorless tournament repeatedly converting tough stops at third.
The UIC third baseman hit .455 for the tournament
with a .539 OBP. Great job Jenna!
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Elgin Final Finish
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Champions -- Indiana Slammers

Runner-Up -- Wisconsin Elite

Third place -- Northern Illinois Lightning and Bartlett Silver Hawks

Consolation champs -- Bloomington Lady Hearts.
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Sunday Bracket Play
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Slammers 8 Mad City 2
WP Bunzell - GWH Verdun
2B Hamilton, Schmit - HR Jones, Connolly
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Slammers 8 Rage 3
WP Verdun - GWH Jones
2B Jones, Conner, A. Sullivan
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.Slammers 20 Bartlett Silver Hawks 2
WP Gardner - GWH Conner
2B Hamilton, Sadler, Verdun, Connolly, M Sullivan - HR Jones
SB: Verdun & Connolly double steal (home - 2nd)
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Championship game
. Slammers 6 Wisconsin Elite 1
WP Bunzell - GWH Hamilton
2B Hamilton
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 USSSA Il State Champions 
Slammers Go Undefeated Winning USSSA IL State Championship For Unprecedented 5th Consecutive Year  
Bck: 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
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  Rockford, IL
June 23-24, 2012
Tournament Team BA .402 - SLG .541 - OBP .490 - OPS
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USSSA IL State Tournament Awards

Here's To Being Here by Thompson Square


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