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Thursday, May 21
Tommy O'Hara 2018 All Region
Tommy O'Hara
Tommy O'Hara (Blues 2014) has been selected First Team "All New England Region" NCAA, D3. Tommy is a Senior at Tufts University.     CONGRATS !    

Monday, July 31

The Norwood Blues swept through five games to capture the 2017 "Around The Horn" Tournament title.  Pool games were won on Friday and Saturday with Jake Greenberg and Isaiah Rivera picking up the wins on the mound.  Sunday began bracket play with a win in  each game needed to advance to the next.  In the quarter final round the Blues beat Wisconsin Elite 9-1 with George Sherman picking up the "W."  In the second game of the day, Cameron Benesch was the pitcher of record in a 4-1 win over the Homestead Ranchers.  The title game matched the Blues against PBA DeMarini.  Matt Willett was the winning pitcher in the 6-1 victory.  Blues pitchers who also contributed to the week's success were Sam Kindle and Tom Kunzer.   Contributing in the line up through out the tournament were Sam Nozicka, Kyle Mitter, Sam Margolis, Jeff Mustari. Jovanni Sanchez, John McHugh, Jack Linforth, Justin Mills, Japeth Bandi, Henry Singer, Jaime Sanchez, Tony Barreca and Isaiah Rivera.    The BLUES conclude the 2017 summer season, year thirty one, with a final tally of 29 Wins, 9 Losses and Three Tournament Titles.   CONGRATS  TO ALL !


Monday, July 10
Blues 2017 Tri State Classic Champions

The Norwood Blues swept through the Tri State Classic with five consecutive wins including a come from behind extra inning title game victory over Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  
After winning three pool games and the "B" pool #1 seed,  the Blues met Hartford in a semi final game.  Shutout through four innings, the Blues erupted for six runs in the 5th inning.  Key hits in the inning came from the bats of Jeff Mustari, John McHugh, Jeff Linforth, Kyle Mitter and Jovani Sanchez.  When the Blues scored an additional four runs in the 6th the outcome was decided.  Key hits in the inning were contributed by Henry Singer, Justin Mills, and Jaime Sanchez.  Gaining the "W" on the mound with a complete game performance was Cameron Benesch.  Pool game winners on the mound were Tom Kunzer and Jake Greenberg in game 1, George Sherman in game 2 and Sam Kindle in game 3.  Saves were acquired by Sam Margolis and Isaiah Rivera.  In the title game the Blues trailed 5-4 heading into the 7th inning but tied the game on a Henry Singer base hit and Kyle Mitter squeeze bunt.  The game was won in the 8th with key hits coming off the bats of Singer, Mills, Joseph Krebs, John McHugh, Jeff Linforth and Jaime Sanchez.  Jake Greenberg was the starter on the mound and Isaiah Rivera gained the win in relief. Japeth Bandi also contributed greatly with his glove.  Earlier in the tournament, Sam Nozicka had contributed much to the offense with several extra base hits including a very long home run on Friday night.  The Blues returned to Chicago with the title and an over all record of 19 wins and 6 losses.  CONGRATS  



Monday, June 12
Blues Capture Title at Top Prospects Showcase 2017

The Blues won four games with out a loss in capturing the title at the 2017 Top Prospects Showcase. The semi-final and final games both saw complete games on the mound; George Sherman in the Semi-final win over Lombard Lightning and Cameron Benesch in the Title game win over the Lou Collier A's. Throughout the earlier stages of the tournament pitching was handled by Jake Greenberg, Isiah Rivera, Sam Margolis, Tom Kunzer, Sam Kindle and Matt Willett.  Position players who all contributed to the title included Henry Singer, Japeth Bandi, Justin Mills, John McHugh, Jeff Mustari, Kyle Mitter, Jovanni Sanchez, Jack Linforth, Jaime Sanchez, and Eddie Sweilem.



Tuesday, July 1
Goebbert 2016 With Tampa Bay

Jake Goebbert (Blues  2005, 2006) was named "Big Ten Player Of The Week" for the fourth time in his three years at Northwestern.  He was called up to the Padres major league roster this June and is currently hitting over .300. Jake has now signed with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2016 season.

Congrats and Best of luck  JAKE !

Monday, August 1
Blues End Of Summer Classic 2016 Champion
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The Blues 2016 summer season ended with a title game  4-1 "W" over the Marengo Scorpions for the "End Of Summer Classsic" tournament title.  Tournament games were all played at Aviator Stadium in Loves Park, IL.  The Blues earned the top prize bouncing back from a disappointing walk off loss a few hours earlier.  In the title game, Jake Greenberg went the distance, limiting the then undefeated Scorpions to one run.  Pitching chores were well handled earlier in the tourney by Ryan Miller and Noah Stern.  Major contributors on the field and to the offense included; Eli Mercado, Jovanni Sanchez, Robert Vargas, Jaime Sanchez, Gianfranco Sorrentino, Kenny Serwa, Justin Cisneroz, Sam Reichert, Fred Fitte, Chris Huerta, Japheth Bandi, and Larry Wold.    Great Finish   CONGRATS !

Monday, July 18
Blues 2016 College Exposure Invite Champion
The Blues came away with the 2016 College Exposure Invite title with a 4-3 win over the Wisconsin Silver Sluggers in a game played at Carthage College.  The Blues were a perfect 4-0 for the weekend.  In a late Saturday night game the Blues faced an early 8-0 deficit which would have spelled elimination. The come back featured big hits up and down the lineup and a walk off base hit from Eli Mercado.  Timely hitting came all weekend from the bats of Jovani Sanchez, Robert Vargas, Gianfranco Sorrentino, Trevor Heinlein, Chris Huerta, Sam Reichert, Justin Halpern, Justin Cisneroz, Japheth Bandi and Jaime Sanchez.  On the mound, the major contributors to four wins were Noah Stern, Jake Greenberg and Fred Fitte.    CONGRATS  !

Monday, August 3
Blues Sweep to 2015 Around The Horn Tournament Title

In their summer 2015 finale the Blues won five straight games to capture the Around The Horn Tournament title.  In their opening pool games, played at the University of Wisconsin Parkside the starting and winning pitchers were Zach Kaloustian and Christian Ruiz.   Both threw complete game shutouts.  In the Quarter final game Jovanni Sanchez was the starter and pitcher of record with the "Save" going to Mitch Goll.  The Semi final sterter and winner was Blake Kons with a complete game effort.  Going to the mound in the Title Game was Kenny Serwa who got the "W" with help from Mitch Goll, who got the last four outs and his second Save in the tournament.  Bracket games were all played at Carthage College.  On the final day's Semi and Final round; Sam Reichert had three hits, two base on balls and two sacrifice hits, Kenny Serwa had two hits and two base on balls, Joe LaCivita had two hits, Drew Thomas had two hits, Chris Huerta had four hits and a base on balls, Paul Cappetta had a hit, two walks and mutiple stolen bases. The left side of the infield, Eli Mercado and Kevin Garcia played flawlessly.  The two catchers; Angel Comas and Justin Halpern did a great job of handling the pitching staff all week.  David Hochstadt hit the ball hard all week and Robert Vargas had several key hits earlier in the tournament.   

The Blues concluded the 2015 season with Six Tournament Titles and a record of 33 Wins, 5 Losses, and 1 Tie.  

Monday, July 27

After an opening game loss, the Blues won five straight to walk away with the Fielders' Choice Wood Bat Tournament Title at Aviator Stadium in Loves Park.  On the mound large contributions came from Jake Andrews, Jovanni Sanchez, Zach Kaloustian, Christian Ruiz, Blake Kons the starting and winning pitcher in the title game, an 11-4 win over Team Illinois, and Mitch Goll who earned a "Save" in the final.  The Blues offense and defense depended upon contributions from Kevin Garcia, Eli Mercado, Robert Vargas, David Hochstadt, Chris Huerta, Austin Wills, Drew Thomas, Sam Reichert, Angel Comas, Justin Halpern, and Jovanni Sanchez.  Joe LaCivita had a particularly outstanding tournament.  In several games the Blues battled back from early deficits; earning a 5-4 win over Hard Knox after trailing 4-0 and in the final after trailing 3-1 and 4-2.



Monday, July 20
Blues Prevail In 2015 College Exposure Invite

In a marathon final day the Blues won four games to capture the College Exposure Invitational Title. Having to complete pool play and bracket Semifinals and  the Title Game on the same Sunday the Blues needed to win four straight, all on the same day.  Mission accomplished as Mitch Goll earned the "Save" in both the semifinal and the 11-10 championship game win.  Blake Kons was the starter and pitcher of record in the semifinal and three others; George Karavidas, Zach Kaloustian and Jake Andrews contributed on the mound in the final.  Also seeing mound action in key pool games were Chris Ruiz, Mason Lopez and Kenny Serwa.  Providing much of the offense and defense throughout were; Paul Cappetta, Kevin Garcia, Eli Mercado, Robert Vargas, David Hochstadt, Joe LaCivita, Austin Wills, Drew Thomas, Sam Reichert, Angel Comas, Justin Halpern, George Karavidas, Kenny Serwa and Chris Huerta.       CONGRATS


Monday, July 13

After a first game loss, the Blues proceeded to win four straight and walk away with the Tri State Classic title.  Genoa City, who defeated Norwood in the opener, was the opponent in the title game.  George Karavidas was the winning pitcher in the complete game effort.  The wins on the mound in pool play were credited to Chris Ruiz and Jake Andrews, who threw a complete game two hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the host Watertown team. The winner on the mound in the semi final was Zach Kaloustian with a complete game  win over Milwaukee RBI.  Game three in pool play saw a bottom of the 7th, walkoff base hit credited to Ken Serwa  which allowed the Blues to advance to the semi final round.  Also conributing to the offense  all week were Drew Thomas, Austin Wills, Joe LaCivita, Paul Cappetta, Robert Vargas, Chris Huerta, Justin Halpern, Andy Hayes , Sam Reichert, David Hochstadt and George Karavidas.  Blake Kons was the Blues opening game starter on the mound and Kevin Garcia's  middle infield glove work was  outstanding all week.       GREAT  JOB !

Monday, July 6
Blues Leave Waukegan With 2015 Holiday Tournament Title

The Blues won five straight games to win the 2015 Fred Gordon Memorial Holiday Tournament.  Norwood swept three games in pool play; with wins over Genoa City, Grayslake and Morton Grove.  The semi final saw the Blues defeat Zion and the title game was a rematch with the Mustangs of Morton Grove. The game was tied at two at the end of seven innings.  The California Tie Breaker was then used for the extra inning(s) and the Blues erupted for five runs in the top of the eighth.  The Mustangs scored two in the bottom of the inning resulting in a 7-4 Blues win and the title.  Pitchers of record in the tourney included; Blake Kons in the opener, Jake Andrews, Chris Ruiz and Kenny Serwa ending up with two decisions including the "W" in the title game.  George Karavidas earned the "Save" in the finale.  Recording multiple hits in the title game were Austin Wills and Chris Huerta.  Also recording hits in the decisive eighth inning were Drew Thomas, George Karavidas, and Eli Mercado.  Others contributing all week to the success were Angel Comas. Kevin Garcia, Paul Cappetta, Joe LaCivita, Robert Vargas, Sam Reichert, Michael  Jahnke, Justin Halpern and Andy Hayes.    CONGRATS 


Monday, June 22
Blues Capture "Top Prospect Invitational" Title
The Blues bounced back from a first game 1-0 loss to win four straight and the 2015 "Top Prospect Invitational" played at Carthage College.  Wins on the mound went to Kenny Serwa, Jake Andrews, George Karavidas and Blake Kons in the title game.  In game two against Milwaukee RBI, the Blues scored two in the bottom of the 7th for a "walk off" 5-4 come from behind win.  Kenny Serwa's home run tied the game and Kevin Garcia's double drove in the winning run. The Blues then defeated the Lakeside Cardinals 7-4  In the semi final the Blues defeated the Madison Sluggers 11-3 and in the title game shut out the Prairie Ridge Wolves 5-0.  Multiple hits in the final were notched by Sam Reichert, Chris Huerta and Joe LaCivita.  LaCivita's hits included a double and home run.  Also contributing greatly on the final day were Austin Wills, Eli Mercado, Paul Cappetta ,Justin Halpern, Andy Hayes and Michael Jahnke.

Monday, June 15
Blues Open 2015 With Wins and Rain
The Summer Slugfest saw the Blues win their first two games and then run  into a weather shortened tournament.  The Blues prevailed over the Longshots by a score of 4-2 and Kane County 6-2.  Friday's game and Sunday's games were the victims of weather related cancellations.

Sunday, January 27
Jake Romano Named 2015 All MAC Team Defense
Jake Romano

Jake Romano (Blues 2010,2011,2012) was selected Mid America Conference Pre-Season "Freshman of the Year". He has now at the close of the season been chosen "MAC Freshman of the Year" Jake , a three year Blues player, is now a Junior outfielder at Miami of Ohio and was chosen to the MAC "ALL Defense Team" having played the entire season without an error.  His offensive numbers were: BA .296, OPS .826, Runs 44.   Great Work Jake !

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