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2013-14 Cruisers

Michiana Cruisers Schedule for Summer

June 13-14 Pennsbury 34th Annual Invitational Softball Tournament Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania

June 20-22 ASA Gold Northern Territorial Qualifier, Bloomington, IN

June 30-July 6 Colorado Sparkler, Westminister/Hyland Hills, Colorado

July 17-20 22nd Annual Sparks College Exposure, Elgin, Ill.

July 20-26 ASA Gold Nationals, Oklahoma City (must qualify to attend)

July 26-Aug 2 PFG National Championship, Huntington Beach, California (must qualify to attend)

We plan to add a Premier Qualifier, maybe Naperville, Ill on June 26 and another showcase if time allows. 

 

 Coach Russ Johnson passed away on August 4, 2013. This big Teddy Bear gave his love and knowledge of the game of softball to many young women over the years. Russ was a former Fastpitch softball player from Terre Haute, Indiana. Russ will be missed.

18U ASA Gold Fastpitch Junior Olympic Softball             

Welcome to the Michiana Cruisers Gold website!!


 

 

MICHIANA CRUISERS GOLD TRYOUTS

We are now offering private tryouts. Please call Coach Gillis at 574-329-0308

or email gillisrealty@sbcglobal.net or gillislawoffice@aol.com

See below for
*General Overview
*Our Player's College Commitments     *Upcoming Travel Schedule
*Coaching Resumes

See pages at left for
*Try-Out Information
*Other General Information


 








General Overview

We are an 18u Elite ASA Gold and Premier Fastpitch Travel team that competes in the top tournaments and college showcases throughout the Country.

All 6 of our Cruiser Seniors are committed to College Softball Programs.

If your age is 15 to 18 for the 2013/2014 season and interested in becoming a future Cruiser please contact Coach Gillis at gillislawoffice@aol.com or gillisrealty@sbcglobal.net.

Please click on "Try Out" link at left for tryout details, including directions to the park and registration forms.

We attend some of the top National and Regional Showcases which are attended by many college coaches. College exposure tournaments are on the East Coast, Midwest, Florida, Colorado, Premier Qualifiers and ASA Gold qualifiers.

If you are a 15 - 18 year old softball player interested in improving your skills and want the opportunity to play in the best recruiting tournaments and college showcases, against the top teams from around the country, come to our try out and talk to us and try out for our Gold 18U Team.

If you have any questions. 574-329-0308 or email: gillisrealty@sbcglobal.net

Some of the top College Showcases that we have attended. PENNSBURY ANNUAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania, SURF CITY, Huntington Beach, Ca., TEAM NEW JERSEY FALL CLASSIC, Edison, NJ, INDEPENDENCE DAY, Boulder, Colorado, RISING STARS, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, TNT SUMMER SHOWCASE, Quakertown, Pennsylvania, ORLAND PARK SPARKS SUMMER SHOWCASE and FALL PUMPKIN FEST, Elgin, Illinois, HOMER HAWKS COLLEGE EXPOSURE, Elgin, Illinois. and more.

*** Please come 30 minutes before your scheduled time to fill out paperwork. Thank you for taking the time to consider the 18u Michiana Cruisers Gold.

 



The Michiana Cruisers were founded in 2006 By Pete Gillis, head manager/coach of the 2004 World Champs of the 14U Junior Softball Division, 2006 4th in World 16U Senior Division (of approximately 2500 teams), and former baseball player at Indiana University; along with nationally known Meagan Ruthrauff, Notre Dame Softball Team Captain and exceptional Notre Dame Softball Player and 2 time 18U ASA Gold National Champion.

The team members will be expected to attend mandatory practices throughout the winter months on Sundays, condition on their own time according to a set schedule. The Cruisers will attend primarily national qualifiers and exposure tournaments, with the goal of ending the 2014 season at the 2014 ASA Nationals or Premier Nationals. While some tournaments will be within driving distance in the Midwest the team has also attended exposure tournaments on the East Coast, West Coast, Florida, Texas and Colorado. The team will consist only of highly motivated athletes who have a strong commitment to softball, who take their softball seriously, who have a love for the game, and who also want to continue their softball careers at the college level or beyond. The goal of the Michiana Cruisers will be to compete at the top levels, and communicate with and expose each player to scouts from the colleges in which each player has an interest in furthering their education and playing softball.

There will be a fee for this travel team.  There will also be some mandatory fundraisers to assist with some costs for the team. For further information on coaches, see "Coaching Resumes" below. For try-out info and forms, please see link at left, or contact:


Manager Pete Gillis at
GillisRealty@sbcglobal.net
Home phone: 574-272-6306

Cindy Gillis, Information Officer, at GillisLawOffice@aol.com
cell 574-329-0241

 

Upcoming Travel Schedule

 

 

2013 18U MICHIANA CRUISERS SUMMER SCHEDULE

Cruisers have an exciting Summer Schedule in 2013.  Attending  2 of the top East Coast Summer Showcases, TNT Summer Showcase and the 33rd annual Pennsbury Invitational. Chicagoland's Orland Park Sparks College Exposure Invitational. We will also be attending ASA Gold Territorial Qualifier and Premier Fastpitch National Qualifier.

June 14-16       33rd Annual Pennsbury Invitational         Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania

June21-23        ASA Gold Territorial                                 Bloomington, Indiana

June 27-29       Premier Fastpitch National Qualifier         Indianapolis, IN

July 3-7            TNT Summer Showcase                            Quakertown,Pennsylvania

                                                                                                      (1 hour from New York City or Philadelphia)

July 18-21          Orland Park Sparks Summer Showcase     Elgin, Illinois

July 21-27          ASA Gold National Championship             Clearwater, Florida

July 27-Aug 3    Premier Fastpitch National Championship  Huntington Beach, California


 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

NIKKI CAICEDO '13                   COMMITTED TO  MACALESTER COLLEGE

                                                      ST. PAUL, MN

                                               http://athletics.macalester.edu/index.aspx?path=softball&tab=softball2                    

ANNIKA WIESINGER '13          COMMITTED TO BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY  

                                                                   BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

                                    http://www.bubearcats.com/index.php/sports/sport/softball


 

 


Michiana Cruisers Gold 2012 Fall Schedule

 October 13 and 14 DeMarini Homer Hawks College Exposure, Elgin, ILL

  October 26-28 2012 15th Annual Schutt Sports St. Louis Softball Showcase, St. Louis

November 9, 10 and 11  TNT NFCA/ LAST LOOK SHOWCASE,  Quakertown, Pennsylvania

January 4, 5 and 6 Rising Stars Winter Nationals Showcase Event, Fort Lauderdale, FL

We may add the Indiana University Team Camp on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. 4 games, a coaches clinic and a 2 hour camp for the players.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

Christina Gillis '12        Committed to Ball State University

K'ya Burton '12            Committed to Adrian College

Tyler Marone '12         Committed to Hope College

Kelly Welch'12      Committed to Wheaton College,                 Massachusetts

Jenn Woolard '12        Committed to Aquinas College

Taylor Hansen '12       Committed to North Dakota

 

2012 MICHIANA CRUISERS GOLD SUMMER SCHEDULE SHOWCASES

JUNE 15-17 32nd ANNUAL PENNSBURY ANNUAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania (One of the Top Showcases in the US)

JUNE 28-JULY 1   TNT SHOWCASE CLASSIC Quakertown, Pennsylvainia, Spy Softball has listed TNT and Independence Day, Boulder as the top showcases near July 4th holiday)

JULY 19-22 20th ANNUAL SPARKS SOFTBALL COLLEGE EXPOSURE, Elgin,

WE MAY ADD 1 MORE SHOWCASE

ASA GOLD AND PREMIER QUALIFIERS

JUNE 21-23 PREMIER QUALIFIER, Indianapolis, IN or JUNE 22-24 ASA GOLD NORTHERN QUALIFIER, Bloomington, IN

Additional qualifiers may be added

JULY 29-AUG 4 PREMIER NATIONALS, Huntington Beach, California (qualification required)

JULY 23-29 ASA GOLD NATIONALS, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (qualification required) 

 

 

 

Rising Stars Winter Showcase Event

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida January 5-8, 2012 Sara Curry from Triple Crown Sports informed me that the Michiana Cruisers Gold are in one of the power pools at this years Rising Stars Winter Showcase.

 

 

TEAM NEW JERSEY FALL CLASSIC

CRUISERS BEAT NEW YORK CONKLIN RAIDERS 3 TO 1(RAIDERS WERE THE 2011 EASTERN TERRITORY GOLD QUALIFIER,ONLY TEAM FROM NY TO ATTEND GOLD NATIONALS)

Christina Gillis led the Cruisers with 2 hits. K'ya Burton doubled. Amanda Nelson pitched a 3 hitter.

CRUISERS BEAT HOUSTON POWER GOLD KORIOTH 2-0

Tyler Marone's double scored Lacee Mulcahey and Jenn Woolard for the Cruisers.

CRUISERS BEAT PHILADELPHIA LOWER SOUTH LIBERTY 11-2

Taylor Hansen led the Cruisers with 3 hits. Christina Gillis, K'ya Burton and Julia Hayes paced the Cruisers with 2 hits each. Burton had 3 rbi's and Gillis 2 rbi's.

CRUISERS LOST TO OREGON SILVER BULLETS 0-2

Maggie Gillis had 2 hits for the Cruisers

CRUISERS LOST TO THE TEXAS STORM  1-5

Amanda Nelson had 2 hits for the Cruisers. Nikki Caicedo doubled. 


 

 

 

CONGRATS CRUISERS NICE JOB AT SPARKS 2011 PUMPKIN FEST

MICHIANA CRUISERS GOLD   5

ILLINOIS TREVIANS               2

Amanda Nelson pitched 9 strikeouts for the Cruisers Jenn Woolard hit a grand slam.

Taylor Hansen homered.  Christina Gillis and Nikki Caicedo each doubled.

 

MICHIANA CRUISERS GOLD   3

ELMWOOD PARK                        1

Jenn Woolard and Amanda Nelson combined to pitch 8 strikeouts.  

Christina Gillis , K'ya Burton and Taylor Hansen paced the Cruisers with 2 hits each.

Amanda Nelson tripled.

SUNDAY GAMES CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

 

 


Orland Park Sparksege Exposure(July 21-24,2011)

 

Michiana Cruisers Gold    3     Ohio Wolpack   1   

K'ya Burton homered for the Cruisers. Shelby Jones pitched a 2 hitter, with 5 strikeouts.                          

Michiana Cruisers Gold   4      Illinois Bash  3   

Taylor Stoltz and Maggie Gillis lead Cruisers with 2 hits each.

RAIN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNING

   Oakpark Windmills 7        Michiana Cruisers Gold  5  

Christina Gillis pounded 3 hits. Bethany Stoltz and K'ya Burton had 2 hits each.                       

                        

 

SUMMER 2011 SCHEDULE

ASA Gold Territory Qualifier(June 17-19, Bloomington, IN);

Premier Girls Fastpitch Qualifier(June 23-25, Indianapolis);

TNT College Showcase Classic(June 29-July 3,Quakertown, Pa);

Orland Park Sparks College Exposure(July 21-24,Elgin, Ill.);

ASA Gold Nationals( July 24-30, San Diego, Ca)

Premier Gold National Championship(July 31-Aug. 6, Huntington Beach, Calif.)

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ON GAMES NOVEMBER 20, 2010:

The Batbusters Surf City Games are canceled today due to rain, but our team will instead be using the batting cages of USA Athletics at 2:00 PM so that college coaches can still see our skills today. Their cages are at 2499 Willow Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755, 20 minutes from Huntington Beach.

Our schedule for the remainder of other games is below:

All games are at Huntington Beach Sports Complex:

Friday Nov 19

4:00 PM Lake Breeze (ML) v. Michiana Cruisers Gold, Field 5

5:30 PM Lake Breeze (Bi) v. Michiana Cruisers Gold, Field 7

Saturday Nov 20, Field 1 all games Rain out, see us at batting cages noted above

1:15 Artesia Punishers v. Michiana Cruisers Gold

4:45 Michiana Cruisers Gold v. USA Athletics

6:30 Michiana Cruisers Gold v. SGV Velocity

Sunday Nov 21, Field 1 all games

8:00 AM WA Acers v. Michiana Cruisers Gold

9:30 AM Pasttime Gold v. Michiana Cruisers Gold

 

  2010 SPARKS PUMPKIN FEST ELGIN, ILLINOIS

Saturday, Oct 2 11:00am Cruisers vs Homer Hawks Gold

                         3:30pm Cruisers vs Elwood Park Tigers

Sunday, Oct. 3 8:00am Cruisers vs Northern Illinois Lightning

                    12:30pm Cruisers vs Warren Wave

Elgin is Central Standard Time.  Elgin Sports Complex is located at the corner of McLean Boulevard and Sports Way.
 

 2009 Fall-Winter Exposure Invitational Tournaments:

  • Ball State Exposure Invitational Tournament & Team Camp
  • Homer Hawks Invitational Exposure (Chicago - Elgin, IL)
  • Orland Park Sparks Invitational Pumpkin Fest (Orland Park, IL)
  • Rising Stars Invitational Exposure (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Oct 
  • OC Batbusters Surf City Invitational Exposure (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • Central Michigan Indoor Classic, (Central Michigan University)
  • Rising Stars Invitational Exposure (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Jan - tentative
  • Indiana Univ Indoor Classic (Bloomington, IN) Nov or Feb  
2010 SUMMER we will again attend these: 
  • Boulder Independence Day Invitational Exposure (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Orland Park Sparks Invitational Exposure (Chicago - Orland Park, IL)
  • **Also will attend Gold Sector & Regional Qualifiers, goal - Gold Nationals!!
  • Others still to be added 

 __________________________________

 CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PAST PLAYERS:

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to these past players for Cruisers, all of whom have gone on or will be going on to play in college:

 Darcy Sapp  '11  -   Purdue University

Shelbie Jones  '11  -  Marian University

Carlie Miller  '11  -  Hesston College

Shannon Stephan  '11 -   Manchester University

Ashleigh Blovsky  '11 - Davenport University

 Kara Boyd '09 - Fairleigh Dickinson University

 Maria Gillis '09 - Indiana University, Indiana 

Jessica Martinez '09 - Indiana University

Sarah Patterson '08 - Central Michigan University

Tara Buchanan '08 - Kankakee Valley

                                                Western Michigan University

Angela Gillis '08 - Saint Mary's College

Ashley Gates '08 - Northern Kentucky University

Alex Dunfee '08 - Southern Indiana University

Jaimee Works '08 - Indiana University

Ashley Ellis '08 - Chipola College, FL

Megan Olson '08 - Purdue University North Central

Alexa Jack '08 - Lake Michigan College

Jessie Creakbaum '08 - Tiffin University

Cricket Fisher '08 - Kalamazoo

Nichelle Sandivol '08 - Cisco College, Texas

Alli Catanzarite '08 - Indiana Tech

Michelle Bendewald '07- Western Michigan University

Morgan Hackman '07- Parkland College

Libby Romstadt '07 -Wabash Valley College

Heather Collison '07 - East Texas Baptist University

 

For game schedules & full results, see "Tournaments" at the left.  ___________________________________

2010 Sparks Summer Showcase

Elgin, Illinois 18u

Michiana Cruisers Gold 9 St. Louis Spirit 6      Taylor Stoltz had 3 hits for the Cruisers.

Michiana Cruisers Gold 4 New Lenox Lightning 4      Bethany Stoltz had 2 hits. K'ya Burton Homered

Michiana Cruisers Gold 3 Miami Valley 2     Taylor Stoltz, Bethany Stoltz, Christina Gillis and Maggie Hildebrand had 2 hits each.

Michiana Cruisers Gold 4 Chicago Outburst 4    Bethany and Taylor Stoltz with 2 hits each.

Michiana Cruisers Gold 0 Michigan Compuware 2

Michiana Cruisers Gold 7 Illinois Bash 3   Taylor and Bethany Stoltz with 2 hits each.

Michiana Cruisers Gold 1 Illinois Chill 7   Christina Gillis had 2 hits for the Cruisers

 

Congratulations on the MANY SUCCESSES for the Fall 2007 Season so far --  Record 19-6-2 after Cal OC Batbusters, Rising Stars, Orland Park, Homer Hawks, Ball State & Central MI Invitationals!!  Cruisers beat 3rd & 33rd placed 2007 Gold National teams at Batbusters/Surf City, undefeated at Rising Stars, won pool at Orland Park!!

  • Cruisers OVER NJ Breakers Gold, 20-0 (January)
  • Cruisers OVER Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold, 2-1 (January)
  • Cruisers OVER AZ Pride Golds, 3-2 (January)
  • Cruisers OVER MI Batbusters, 5-0
  • Cruiseres OVER MI Breeze, 6-1
  • Cruisers OVER MI Waterford, 2-0
  • Cruisers OVER MI Farwell, 10-0
  • Cruisers OVER Cal Choppers, 3-2 (2007 3rd Place Gold)
  • Cruises lose to Worth Firecrackers, 5-2 (2007 Gold National Champs)
  • Cruisers OVER NW Glacier, 2-1 (2007 33rd Place Gold)
  • Cruisers lose to NW Lady Sharks, 1-2
  • Cruisers OVER Cal Breeze, 3-0
  • Cruisers lose to So Cal Pumas, 0-2 (2007 13th Place Gold)
  • Cruisers lose to Cal Raiders, 2-5 (2007 33rd Place Gold)
  • Cruisers OVER FL Gold Coast Hurricanes Gold, 2-1 (2007 3rd Place Gold)
  • Cruisers OVER FL Caloosa Lightning, 5-1
  • Cruisers OVER Canada Mississauga Tigers, 1-0
  • Cruisers tie Pennsylvania East Norriton Heartbreakers, 5-5  
  • Cruisers OVER Illinois Oak Park Windmills, 9-0  
  • Cruisers OVER Indy Dreams, 1-0
  • Cruisers OVER Illinois Barrington Hurricanes, 7-1
  • Cruisers OVER Orland Park Sparks, 4-3
  • Cruisers lose to Minnesota Blizzard, 6-4  
  • Cruisers OVER Homer Hawks Gold, 2-1
  • Cruisers lose to Beverly Bandits Gold, 5-3 (2007 17th Place Gold)
  • Cruisers OVER Lemont Rockers (Oz), 3-0 (ended early due to rain)
  • (Cruisers rainout with New Lenox Lightening)
  • Cruisers OVER Midland Magic, 4-1
  • Cruisers OVER IN Earthquake Gold, 8-1
  • Cruisers OVER ECI Dynamite, 8-0
  • Cruisers tie Indy Dreams, 2-2 (but we got them the 2nd time, at Orland Park!) 
Congratulations, Girls, for 2006-2007 Achievements --
  • Silver Runners-Up for 2007 Toledo Great Lakes ASA 18U A/Gold Invitational/NFCA Exposure of 44 teams!!  Great job!!
  • And for the great job at Orland Park Sparks, placed 2nd in pool, record 4-2 against some tough teams!
  • Congratulations on being accepted into the 2007 Boulder Independence Day Invitational!!
  • Qualified for 2007 "A" Nationals at first qualifier attended!!!
  • Further Congratulations -- after successful competitions playing at the Gold level for exposure tournaments, the team was officially declared ASA "GOLD" Summer 2006 onward!!
Way to go, your hard work pays off!! _________________________
See Tournament schedule, at left, which is always revised as schedules are received.
__________________________________
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our 2007 Seniors who played for Cruisers who have ALL BEEN SIGNED!!! --MICHELLE BENDEWALD, 2007, who signed with


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* Maggie Gillis * Kirsten Wiesinger * Olivia Fahlman * Tegan Murphy *

* Paige Douglas * Anna Irons * Annelyse Soisson * Bailey Clark *

* Geordin Craun * Taylor Kauser * Frankie Rider * Monica Martin *

* Daina Ball * Soledad Garcia * Desiree Maholmes *




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