What a memorable Memorial Day weekend!!! The Bridgeport Bombers Club traveled to lovely Sterling Heights Michigan this past Memorial Day Weekend to compete in the nationally ranked USSSA Memorial Day Super NIT to compete against some of the best teams in the country. Players and coaches began to arrive on Friday in preparation for a long weekend. Some families flew and others drove. Throughout the travel many of our supporters sent us best wishes as this small baseball club from the Southside of Chicago was going to compete against the best. Did they really have a chance??
Saturdays games for the 11s opened up well as “The Hammer” Gregus shut the door against the PTC Cobras winning 5-1. In the second game of the day, the team lost in extra innings to the powerful South Oakland A’s 8-7. The team showed a lot of heart as they battled back many times but came up short in the end. In the evening game the 13s opened up against the Lasalle Titans from Canada. Titans were seen laughing as the Bombers were warming up, thinking they had this game in the bag. However, the Bombers came out and run ruled the Titans 12-4 behind the pitching of Thomas and the hitting of all. No one was laughing following the game except Thomas recording 13 strikeouts.
The 13s rose early on Sunday to play Nothing But Baseball a team from Pittsburg. The team continued to play good defense and hit in the clutch. Martin went the distance pitching a great game. In the second game of the day, the Bombers sent Shimkus to the hill against the Muskegon Lookouts. Anthony pitched a gem of a game as the team clinched their pool and a spot in the Elite 8 of the Super NIT.
In the night cap, the 11s needed to win their game against Novi Heat 8-1 to win the pool and secure a spot in the Elite 8. The Hammer was relentless and cooled off the Novi Heat. In the final moments of the game, with the score Bombers 8 and Novi 1, the crowd began to erupt. Security was called in. Fans were seen hanging from the trees, yelling Bridgeport Bombers, PeeWee Herman was even spotted doing his dance on the top of the bleachers. Moms were teary eyed and dads were glassy eyed as the end of the game neared. Some of the 13s came to the game to show their support and cheered loudly. With 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth, the final batter came to bat against the Hammer. Strike one….Strike Two….Strike Three. The crowd erupted as the team charged the mound and all piled on each other. Margaritas were spilled, kisses were exchanged, smiles everywhere (even on Mr. Bertucci), as the team clinched a spot in the Elite 8.
The 11s and 13s both made the Elite 8 with elimination games beginning Monday morning. The 11s playing the same team they beat the previous evening put up a great fight with good pitching, but errors and lack of hitting hurt the team as they lost 7-2. The teams and fans were heartbroken but they all should be proud of the teams finish in their first nationally ranked tournament. I know I am!!
The 13s faced the national powerhouse SEM Pirates from Michigan, a two time state champ. Behind the direction of Coach Ro (major publications rank him one of the top ten baseball minds in the country) the team went to work on the SEM Pirates. The game was a constant battle throughout with Thomas keeping the team in the game with his pitching. Clutch hitting scored much needed run support. The Bombers took the lead in the top of the seventh 6-4 behind the clutch double by Thomas scoring the go ahead runs. Martin came in to try to close the game. Martin struck out the first batter. The second batter reached first on a hit. The third batter also got a hit. The fourth batter grounded into a force play at third. With 2 out and two on, the batter hit a shot to left center, the throw came into third where the runner was dead at third but the umpire called hime safe. As third baseman, Jimmy Ho was seen jumping up and down in disgust and Thomas yelling in disbelief , the runner tried to score from third. With the bench and players yelling at Jimmy Ho to throw the ball home, Ho calmly threw a strike to Viking Mcgurn who blocked the plate and tagged the runner out. No way the umps could call him safe. Bombers Win!! Bombers Win!! They are going to the final four!! The crowd erupted, people were asking who are the Bridgeport Bombers?? Where is Bridgeport?? Hugs were exchanged by all. This will go down as one of the best wins in club history.
With not much gas left in any of the arms, and the team tired out. The Beaver Valley team took it to the Bombers in the Semi-Finals. The team should not be disppointed as they had a great tournament.
Thank you to all the parents and coaches for their support throughout the weekend. To all the mothers/Luce for setting up dinners and making sure the kids and coaches were all fed. JimJohn would like to thank Luce for his contribution to his bank account. Luce would like to send a Hello to his new best friend Bob. Finally, I would also like to thank all the Moms who voted Coach the most desirable to marry.
Do you think everyone knows where Bridgeport is NOW???
Bombers Win Spring Break Classic at HoChunk!!!
After getting rained out in their previous tournament on their way to the championship, the Bombers came back this week in search of some crystal. The team had a bad start losing to Region Nationals on Friday with many errors and mental mistakes. After a calm, insightful talk following the loss, the team came back with an attitude on Saturday beating Palos Red. However, the team looked like they were going to be left out of the elimination round and sent home early on sunday unless they beat the Munster Mavericks 11-0. Well the team came out with a mission and delivered, on Jimmmy Ho's double in the bottom of the fouth to win 11-0. Jimmy Ho had six RBI's and taught the crowd a new dance while displaying a snazzy new necklace. The Bombers made the Semi's!!! The team took their momentum and new found attitude into the semi's and beat the Oak Forest Storm 11-0 behind the pitching of Pat Haynes, the defense, and the hitting and running of all. With the winds hollowing and the wind chill at 4 degrees, the team came out and took the crystal trophy, just before dawn, run-ruling the Minooka Indians 12-3 in the championship behind the pitching of Scott Thomas, and the batting of everyone. Put another crystal trophy in the case!! Yes!!!
The 11 year olds also played in the tournament and were looking to follow a great start to their tournament play where they went 2-0 and looked like they were heading to the championship before rain cancelled the tournament. The 11 year olds had a hard weekend, losing their first two games of the tournament to the two teams that ended up playing for the championship. However, the team showed what they are made of as they beat, the well regarded Homewood Hawks, at the time undefeated. Behind the pitching of Jack Gregus and the hitting of the entire team, the Bombers won 10-3. The 11s are off to a great start at 3 wins and 2 losses.
Management plans to have Jimmy Ho teach his new dance to the 11s in hope that the "Trophy Dance" will bring some luck to the 11s. If not we will all be required to wear necklaces like Jimmy!!
Photos and newspaper articles to come!!
Happy Mother's Weekend...Bombers go 7-0!!!
The Club gave their mothers a great present this weekend as the teams went 7-0 for the weekend. On Friday, the 11s beat a very tough Homewood team behind the "Hammer" Gregus, going the distance. Iozzo and Bustamante both went 2-2, leading the offense for the day. Iozzo had a rocket of a triple into the corner of the diamond. On a fabulous Saturday, the 13s started the day with an 8-7 win over the Romeoville Royals as McGurn and Shimkus hit back to back triples and Pickett driving in Shimkus to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Shimkus came in to close the game in the seventh, ending the game with the gyro ball pitch for a strikeout. The next team up was the Hillside Summitt. The Bombers (13s) cameout bombing scoring 18 runs including a HR by Thomas and a mamouth shot by Martin over the left field fence into the scout seats (High schools coaches have been known to sit here and watch the games). McGrath stayed hot going 3-3 but was spiked while playing right field by what some people say was a leprechan. No one else was in right field expect Mcgrath at the time he was spiked. Please beware of the leprechan in right field. Saturday evening ended with the 11s handling the Hinsdale Heat 21-0 behind all but especially Iozzo who just missed hitting for the cycle. Baran threw a masterful game shutting out the Heat but drew the anger of Coach Baran as he did give up one hit over the four innings. Saturday evening ended under the stars as anticipation for Sundays events began to grow.
Cars, vans, trucks, and trailers began to arrive at the park early on Sunday for the festivities. Baracades were put in to protect the players from the many onlookers. The grills were setup and "Chef of the Year" Herrerra began to cook over 107 pounds of steak, I think was donated by Gibsons. Monica began to boil the lobster tails. Vicky started to cut the cheesecakes. Bertucci began to slice the ribs. Chef Herrera did not disappoint as the Bombers fed all who came. A restaurant critic was in the stands and said the Herrera Steak was "Mouth Watering". Jason estimated attendance at 1,011, a new Donovan record if the count was correct. The 13 year old game had to be stopped many times as the excess crowd flowed into the field. Kids, girls, family, dogs, cats were all over the place. The Bombers(13s) didnt disappoint as they won the Mothers Day opener against the Upper Deck Cougars/Berwyn Bulldogs. The team jumped on the cougars early up 6-0 but could not put them away. The Cougars fought back to tie the game as we went into the botom of the 7th. Devin lead off with a monster triple to Centerfield to put the winning run on third with no outs. After Olmos walked and Martin Struckout. The Chef's Son Herrera came to bat. The suicide squeeze was called. The fans were on the edge of their seats, the gatorade jugs were emptied. Camera's were flashing!! The Chef stopped the grill. His first bunt went foul to the first base side. I think I heard Alejandro say "Shucks". Now what? Well the coaching staff noticed that the third baseman was playing well back of the base and signaled to Herrera to lay the bunt down third. The Chef's son layed down a bunt as perfect as his dad cooking, scoring Pickett and the winning run. The crowd went nuts!!! Chef Herrera yells steaks for everyone!!! The boys with smiles on their faces supplied their mothers with flowers following the game in a very emotional ceremony. The restaurant critic was seen with a tear in his eye.
The 11s invited a new team, Englewood Angels to play at the park. The Angels are just starting out and although the score didnt show it the team played with great enthusiasm. Keep up the hard work. The Bombers won.
In the nightcap, after many many pounds of food have been consumed and containers of liquid consumed, the Mothers day game of the day was to start between the Bombers(11s) and the Burr Ridge Barons. The 11s jumped on the Barons early taking a 7-1 lead after the first inning. However, the Barons put up a fight and rallied to tke the lead 9-8 after 7 innings. The 11s didnt get flustered as the 13s came over to cheer on the 11s. The support helped as Bertucci led off with a single but was doubled off by a line drive shot by Iozzo that almost knocked the pitcher down. It didnt look good as the double play took the noise out of the crowd. Gregus did not quit and smashed a single. Iozzo came into run for Grugus, he was now the tying run with 2 outs. Iozzo stole second and third. Yes, he did look for his mom in the stands after each steal. What a moment. The tying run 70 feet away. Baran came up and walked and he stole second. Now the winning run was on second with Rybski up to bat. Coach Rybski was sweating at first base. He must of asked 75 times what the score of the game was. DJ comes up to bat and smashes a single to center, Coach Baran sends player Baran home to attempt to win the game. The fans were hanging on the fence waiting for the call at home. The throw came in but Barans speed brought him in with the winning run!!! The fans again rushed the field and all piled on Baran. As the 11s finished up a great Bombers weekend with a last inning win. Way to fight to the end!!
I would like to thank all who helped make this a great Mothers Day weekend. I would like to send a personal Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers of the Bombers. They really dont know how lucky they are to have great moms like yourselves. A special thanks to our Chef Herrera, our camerman Bob, Rochelle for providing flowers to the mothers, Bob for lei-ing all the moms and all those who brought something. This type of support seperates our club from many and make belonging to this team an experience that the kids as well as the parents and family will always remember.
Pictures of this wonderful event will be posted by the end of the week. Sorry but I do have to work sometime.
Metal?? Wood?? Doesn't Matter Bombers Win!!
The 13 Year old Bombers won the June Blow Out Wood Bat Tournament at Hochunk Sports Complex. This team continues to build on its success and have added another trophy to the case.
Keep up the great job!! We have alot more games and trophy's to win!!!
Elite Travel Classic Schedule
The schedule for the Elite Travel Classic at East Cobb has been released. Click on the link below or check the calender for games times.
The Bridgeport Bombers Club participated in the Season Tip-Off Tournament at the Ho Chunk Complex. On Saturday, both the 11's and 13's won both of their games setting themselves up to qualify for the Championship on Sunday. However, severe rain Saturday night washed out the games on Sunday.
The weekend was not a total washout as both teams played some great games.
The 11's had their first game of the season versus the Region Redbirds from Indiana. Gregus took the mound for the Bombers and didn't disappoint as he stuckout 8 and threw a shutout in 3 innings to get the win. Gregus helped himself out by going 2-2 with 2 RBIs. Baran closed out the game in the 6th with 2 strikeouts. Baran was also 1-1 with 2 RBIs. Rounding out the hitting was Iozzo going 1-2 with 2 RBIs.
In the second game of the day, the Bombers came from behind to beat the Chicago Braves. With numerous fans, family, teams and coaches watching the Bombers take on the Chicago Braves, the excitement and the cheering was deafening. Rybski took the mound and pitched well going 3 innings giving up 2 runs and striking out 6. The Bombers found themselves trailing 4-2 going into the top of the fifth when the rain came, causing a half hour delay. With the encouragement of the Bomber family, the rain stopped, fields fixed and the game ready to restart. Down 2 runs, the Bombers chipped away with Shimkus walking and stealing a base and Chen knocking him in with the fielder choice. Tension began to build as the bases were loaded with 2 outs and Luce up to bat. The crowd was chanting, the backstop was full of spectators wondering what all the excitement was. Luce, calm and cool under pressure drove a single up the middle, scoring Chen with the tying run. The place went crazy. The Bombers have tied it up 4-4 going into the bottom of the fifth. Baran came in and shutdown down the Braves. In the top of the sixth, Baran led off with a single, Gregus with a double and Rybski loaded up the bases with a walk. Shimkus came to the plate and drove a single to right scoring Baran with the go ahead run. If you thought it was loud before you should have heard the crowd then. The Braves still had their last at bats but Baran was on the mound, he shut them down and struckout the last batter to end the game. It was great to see all the smiles and high fives and hugs following the game. Hot hitter for the tournament: Gregus 4-5 with 3 doubles and Bertucci 3-4 , with a double. What a win!! That is Bombers baseball. Never quit!!
The 13's watched the 11's play and felt the pressure to match the 11's. They did not disappoint. Thomas took the mound and pitched great, going 3 innings, giving up 1 run and striking out 5 for the win. Thomas also continued with the hot bat with a double and 2 RBIs. McGrath's bat warmed up going 2-2. The Bombers ended up winning by run-rule 9-1. In the second game of the day, the Bombers ace, Shimkus, took the mound. Shimkus got the win, throwing 4 scoreless innings and striking out 7. Pickett's bat warmed up going 2-2 and McGrath's bat got hotter going 2-2 with a double Haynes also had a long double. Valdez had the play of the game making a diving catch in right-center field for the third out with bases loaded. The Bombers went on to run-rule the Southside Hitmen 9-0.
What a great day!! On my way out of the complex, a manager said to me I knew your 13's were good but never knew about the 11's. We might have been rained out on Sunday but managers and fans did take notice of our performance on Saturday.
Make sure you check the calender and come out and see two very exciting teams!!
Pictures will be on the website shortly!!
Young Bombers Come Up short
The 11 year old Bombers, many first year travel players, came in second at the June Blowout at Ho Chunk. This team has come a long way since the beginning of the season. Although, you know how I like trophies, a runner-up finish against a tough Milwaukee Angel team and their ace pitcher, is something you should be proud of. Keep up the great work at practice and the Championships will come.
"Party of the Year"
The Second Annual Bridgeport Bombers Fest was a great success. Based on the lack of any beverages or jello left at the end of the night, all the adults had a great time. With so many kids running around with smiles on their faces, the kids had a great time. It was great to hear many of the kids say they wish they were or couldnt wait till they are old enough to be a Bridgeport Bomber. We must be doing something well.
I would like to again thank my Fest Committee: Monica, Michelle, Vicky, and Veronica for all their help. This banquet would not have taken place without your help.
Special thanks to Barb's Balloons and Michelles Family for all their help in decorating. We got so many complements on the hall.
Thank you to all the parents who helped out or brought something to the banquet.
From all the comments that we recieved, it seems everyone liked the introductions and opening movie. Many said it brought tears to their eyes.
The opening will be even better next year as we will have memories to look back on with the new 11s. We will try to incorporate fireworks into the opening next year.
Pictures will be posted to the website soon. Some of you probably dont want to see any pictures.
Well with our opening party over, practices going well, it will shortly be that TIME. What TIME? Ask the boys, I am sure they will say GAME TIME!!
Always remember "This is about the KIDS".
Thank You all for coming and all your donations.
Chairman and Manager
Bombers Go To Arizona
The Bridgeport Bombers 13 year olds went to Arizona for some Spring training. The Bombers played some great teams and finished with a 1-3 record. Although the record didnt show it, the team was happy to be get an early start on the season and work on their games.
The team got to go cart, meet Whitesox and Rockies players, go to a spring training game, watch a practice of the Rockies, swimming, swimming, work on base tans and just plain have fun. Also, the team ate very well as we finished up the weekend with a great dinner with ribs, steaks, and milkshakes for all. This is what the team did, we cant even mention the amount of fun the parents had or what they did!! Did we even play baseball when we were here?
The team would like to send a hello out to the "Revolution". This team was from California and stayed at our hotel. The Bombers and Revolution became friends, terrorizing security at the hotel each day. The two teams met in the elimination round as the Revolution won. What a great team they have. Also, they were very classy after the game.
As you can see this is what the Bridgeport Bombers Traveling Baseball Club is all about. Playing the best teams, visiting different places around the country, meeting kids from different states, and most of all having experiences that they will remember when they get old.
If your a serious player, you have to ask yourself does my club/team have experiences like the Bombers??
Watch for an announcement of a tournament invite the team might accept and the place we might be going. WOW!! This is not on the calender, is classified and currently being reviewed by the Board of Directors of the club.
Pictures have been updated!!!
Bombers Win USSSA St. Rita Slam
The Bridgeport Bombers won the USSSA St. Rita Slam beating the Orland Park Sparks 6-5 in the Championship. The Bombers roled through pool play run-ruling Canaryville and Clear Ridge. In the first round of elimination play the team run-ruled Clear Ridge again.
The much anticipated match up between the Bridgeport Bombers and Orland Park Sparks did not disappoint. The fans were treated to a great pitching match between Martin of the Bombers and Ferry of the Sparks. The score went back and forth with the Bombers taking the lead on a perfectly placed bunt by Herrera. Linares came in to pitch the final three innings to shut the door. It was a total team effort. Special recognition to the infielders as they made all the plays.
Bombers win another tournament!!
The Bridgeport Bombers acquired more CRYSTAL this weekend winning the April Blowout at Ho Chunk. The team as usual started out slow but won their first 2 games assuring a place in the semi's. The friday night jog or the rocking party at Connies on Friday must have woke them up.
In the semi's, the team faced the Oak Forest Storm with Martin on the mound. The final was 14-3. As seen by the score, the team hit and ran the bases well.
In the championship, the Bombers faced the Burr Ridge Barons and jumped all over them in the first inning scoring 6 runs. Behind Thomas, named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, his pitching devastated and confused the Barons. The defense behind Scott was stellar. The team went on to win 9-4.
The team will be at home most the of the weekends in May, so come on out and see what everyone is talking about.
Pictures, newspapers articles, radio spots, and tv interviews to come.
Bombers!! Where are you going this summer???
WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!
Base on the teams finish at the Super NIT in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Memorial Day weekend, the team was offered a bid to compete in the USSSA Elite 24 World Series at Disney World. This tournament is considered one of the most exclusive and toughest tournaments in the country.
By qualifying for this tournament the team has now played in the toughest and most competitve tournaments in the country over the past few years. Including: CABA World Series, Battle of the South, Cooperstown NATC, and Elite Travel Classic. This tournament schedule on top of playing in the elite division of NIML, give the Bombers one of the toughest schedules in Illinois and the country. We might not win them all but we will play ANYONE.
Congratulations to the kids!!!
Little Bombers with Big Hearts Win Slamfest Championship!!!
The "Little Bombers" (11 Year Olds) had a great weekend going undefeated 5-0 to win the July Slamfest Tournament at Hochunk. The tournament had one of its largest number of teams of the year. The team went 3-0 in pool play and was seeded against the Region Redbirds. The "THUNDER" Gregus started on the mound for the Bombers. Spectators from other fields have been hearing about the "Thunder" and came to watch. He didn't disappoint throwing a 1 hitter through five innings and giving up one run. The defense behind Gregus was phenominal as Joey "I", made a Willie Mays over the shoulder grab in deep center field. Joeys outfield partners, Gahagan, Chen and Luce made all their catches in great fashion. The infield of Bertucci, Baron, Shimkus, and ELAAAAAAA Bustamante was spectacular making EVERY play. However, the Redbirds pitcher was tough throwing a great game of his own. The Bombers got on the board with a single down the right field line by Shimkus. He proceeded to steal second base and third base(Set a new single season stolen base record for the Bombers) and was driven in with a sacrafice by Reyes, one of the hottest hitters in the tournament. The run tied the score in the bottom of the 3rd. In the bottom of the fifth the Bombers took the lead. Gregus lead off the inning with a monster mash for a base hit. Rybski hit a hard shot but the pitcher made a nice play to get him out but advance Gregus. Baran came up and ripped a single to center. With men on first and second Iozzo hit a shot to third, which forced out Gregus and Joeys hustle beat the throw to first to prevent the double play. Shimkus came to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Shimkus had a hard fought at bat before drilling a fastball to the fence in right center for a double scoring Baran with the go ahead run. The crowd went nuts. Fans were hugging each other. Even more than usual. With what was estimated to be one of Hochunks biggest crowds of the year, the noise was unbeleivable. The chef making the ribs, stopped cooking and came over to see the excitement. The team went to the top of the sixth with a 1 run lead. Bertucci came in relief for Gregus. Bertucci's fastball was blinding and his junk pitch was DEVASATING!! The first batter hit a slow roler to Baran at short, who ate it up and threw him out. The next batter hit a single to right. The tieing run was on base. The next batter bunted to third, which Luce pounced on and threw out the runner at first. Two out and the tieing run at third!!! The noise level was unbelievable. Parents were seen with tears in their eyes with anticipation. Everyone was standing. Bertucci settled in and threw the GYRO ball. The batter hit a slow roller again to Luce, who scooped it up and threw out the runner. BOMBERS are going to the SHIP!!!
The crowds seemed to grow larger for the championship game between the Bridgeport Bombers and the Chicago Braves. The older Bombers came over to cheer on the young Bombers. Bertucci was given the ball to pitch the championship game. His fastball and GYRO ball continued to keep batters confused as he threw a no hitter through 5 innings. The Bombers got on the board in the second as Iozzo walked stole second and was SACed over to third by Shimkus. Luce came up and drilled a single to score the run. In the third inning, Gahagan ripped a double down the line to start the inning. He stole third and was driven in by a double by Bertucci. Gregus came up and ripped a monster single to left. Rybski came up and hit a clutch base hit to score Bertucci. The Bombers got their last run in the bottom of the fifth, when red hot hitting Reyes got a base hit and stole second. He was advanced over to third by Bustamante and was driven in by a single by Haynes. Out of innings, Bertucci handed the ball to Baran to close the game. Baran as usual was calm in a pressure situation like this and proceeded to close the game for the team. All the Bombers, young and old, rushed the field. BOMBERS WIN THE CRYSTAL!!!
The two games played were some of the best pitched and best defensive games I have seen in a long time. Many spectators and coaches commented to me following the game about the team defense. This is a credit to the kids for their hard work throughout the year in practice. Now you know why we play KNOCKOUT in practice. Also, a special thank you to the parents, family and friends who came to the games and showed their support. We have the best cheering section in Illinois!!! Led by "CHEERLEADER OF THE YEAR" LUCE!!! A special shout out to the Witches of Bridgeport. Congratulations to the team on their championship!!!
2006 Bombers Season Comes to an End
Cooperstown NATC Invite Letter
The Bridgeport Bombers finished a great season in the Cooperstown Dreams Park “Tournament of Champions”. One week out of the year, the best players and teams across the country assemble to compete in this invitation only tournament. The Bridgeport Bombers ranked in the top third, finishing 27th out of 95 teams. Along with this tournament, the Bombers complete a season where they have won four tournaments, finished second in three, and were runner-ups in the USSSA Governor’s Cup. For a full recap of our season, record, and achievements, look over our website.
Based on the overall success of the Bridgeport Bombers, the club will be starting an 11 year-old team. If you know someone who will be no older than 11 years old on May 1, 2007 and is looking to play competitive travel baseball, come to Donovan Park on September 23, 2006 at 9:00 am for tryouts. Look under the "Handouts" Directory of our website for additional information on tryouts as well as information on the 2007 schedule.
The Bombers would like to thank their sponsors – Hamburg Athletic Association, 11th Ward Democratic Party, Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman James A. Balcer, Hay Caramba, Balloons by Barbara, Old Neighborhood Italian American Club and our anonymous sponsors. For a full list of our thoughtful sponsors look under sponsors in our website directory. Without their help, this season would not have been possible!!
The Bombers would also like to send a special THANK YOU to Pat Townsend for his help with Donovan Park, “Home of the Bridgeport Bombers”.
Last but certainly not least, the team would like to send a big THANK YOU to our Cheerleaders and many fans that attended our games this year. Elite fans for an elite team!!!
Thanks to everyone for making this yet another successful year!!!
Cooperstown Pictures coming soon!!!!
2006 USSSA Governor's Cup State Tournament Runner-ups
The Bridgeport Bombers lost 6-4 to Victory baseball in the Championship of the USSSA Govenors Cup State Tournament. The championship game was the Bombers 4th consecutive game of the day. The Bombers were tired but fought hard against a very good team. The players were exhausted, sweaty, dirty, some injured and gave all they had for four games. The team played some of their best baseball of the season. Although the Bombers didnt win, this is the second consecutive year they have finished as runner-ups, showing that they are one of the top teams in Illinois.
Congratulations on a great tournament!!
Bombers Return From Tennessee
The team returned from Tennesee on Sunday following a great experience in their first out of state tournament this year. The team arrived Friday night in preparation for 3 games on Saturday. The team took in the University of Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt college baseball game on Friday night. The kids had a great time as they got autographs and foul balls.
Saturday started early as the team was in the hotel lobby at 6:30am. The kids as well as parents were amazed by the fields as we got a beutiful day to play on fields that were cut into the mountains of Tennessee. The Bombers played the Gastonia Hurricanes (#8 in the Country by Travelballselect) from Georgia. Our slow start killed us as we made 7 errors and only a couple hits. We were actually leading 4-2, before the Hurricanes turned it on and won 9-4.
Our next game was not any easier as we play Wills Park Storm (#7 in the country). The Bombers finally woke up in this game but still came up short 8-7 following a controversial ending of the game due to a time limit. We only played 4.5 innings.
In our final game of the day the Bombers put it togeather beating the Knoxville Thunder by Slaughter Rule. This is after Knoxville beat Gastonia earlier in the day. The team played its best game of the season in the field turning numerous double plays including a diving catch by Shimkus at SS followed by a throw to 1st from his back to complete the double play.
All in all this was a great experience for the kids. We need to take what we learned from playing some of the best teams in the country back to our games in Illinois.
Highlights of the tournament include: Juwan Martin going 3/6 with 3 RBIs including a 2B and (2) 3B. He also pitched a great first game but didnt get any help from his defense. Victor Sanchez was 2/3 with 5 RBI's including a 3B and a HR. Patrick Haynes had 3 RBIs and pitched a shutout in the final game.
Triples: R.Saavedra, Martin (2), Sanchez
Home Runs: Shimkus, Sanchez
Congratualations to all the Bombers as the team turned it on in the end and had a great time down in Tennessee.
PICTURES HAVE NOW BEEN UPDATED!!! WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK BOB (OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE 2006 BRIDGEPORT BOMBERS) FOR DOCUMENTING THIS HISTORICAL SEASON.
Bombers Slam Ho Chunk July Slamfest
The Bombers continue their winning ways, cruising through Ho Chunks July Slamfest. The Bombers have won 4 tournaments this year to go along with 3 second place finishes. The Bombers won a hard fought game against the Berwyn Bulldogs in the first game. After the first game the Bombers Slammed the MOF Cobra's and Humboldt Park Allstars. In the Championship game the team Run ruled Humboldt Park again to take home the "Crystal".
The Bombers next take their show on the road to Wisconsin to play in the Louisville Slugger "GOT WOOD" Midwest Championship.
Bombers Take Home the Crystal!!!
The Bridgeport Bombers have jumped out of the gates fast winning the Season Opener Tournament at Ho Chunk Sport Complex in Lynwood and coming in second in the Spring Classic at Ho Chuck. The Bombers lost a tough game to the Indiana Playmakers in the championship game on Sunday after beating the Playmakers earlier in the day.
Bombers Win 2006 USSSA Illinois Bronze Top Gun Award
The Bridgeport Bombers have won the 2006 USSSA Illinois Bronze Top Gun Award. This award is based on their play in USSSA events in 2006. The award ceremony will be Dec. 2nd at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg Illinois. Time to be determined.
In addition, Bombers pitcher Anthony Shimkus will be awarded his MVP as the top pitcher in the 2006 USSSA All-Star Game.
The team will have an opportunity to meet Coach Don Cooper and Scott Podsednic of the WhiteSox.
Congratulations to the team for this recognition. The Club continues to recieve recognition as one of the best in Illinois.
The club hopes to continue with their success in 2007 at the 13 year old level as well as the newly created 11 year old team.
Bridgeport Bombers Upset Region National
The Bridgeport Bombers (11s) pulled off the upset of the Region Nationals on Sunday winning 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th. The Region Nationals brought a record of 20-1 into Donovan Park.
"Thunder" Gregus was on the mound and pitched a great game. Bertucci came in to pitch the eighth and mesmorized hitters with his famous Gyro ball. However, it was Bertucci's bat in the bottom of the eighth that proved lethal. With bases loaded and 1 out, Bertucci lifted a high fly ball(yes his dad was yelling why did he swing at that pitch) that was estimated to go 311 feet to right field. The Region right fielder made a great catch. Bustamante on third, tagged, and raced like a bullet home barely beating the throw for the winning run. The team, fans, parents, relatives, Jason, and the coaches rushed the field in excitment.
Many veterans of Donovan Park commented "That was the loudest and most exciting game played at Donovan in many years". The crowd was estimated at 719 fans.
The defense had a great game making many tough plays. A scout at the game commented to the manager that 11 year old Bomber outfield is better than the 13 year olds. The kids hard work at practice seems to be paying off. This is a great bunch of kids with a great dedication to the game.
The grills and spirits were flowing during and after the game. Thanks to all who contributed to the party. There was a spotting of Coach Baran sitting on his cooler at second base by himself at 11pm in the dark mumbling, "I cant believe we won!!"
Many pictures to be posted soon.
Ho Chunk Monster of the Midway Champions
The Bombers showed who the Monster's of the Midway are as they run-ruled their first three opponents in pool play. Followed by a 7-0 win in the semi-finals over Coal City. The shutout was a combined effort by Juwan Martin and Anthony Shimkus coming into close. In the championship game, the Bombers beat their rivals Oak Forest Storm 9-6. In the championship game, the dynamic duo came through again as Juwan closed the game in the seventh following six great innings by Anthony.
The Bombers were led in hitting in the tournament by :
Coleman - 9 hits
Olmos - 8 hits
Hohenadel - 7 hits
Triples: Martin(2), Coleman, Sanchez
Home Run: Shimkus
K-FeD Called up to the Big Show
With injuries and a depleted roster, the club decided to call up Kevin from the Little Bombers to play in the Big Show vs the Illinois Vikings. Kevin didnt disappoint as he got on base twice and tied a Bombers record with 4 stolen bases in a game. His defense in the outfield was spectacular catching everything that was hit to him and showed the strength of his arm relaying the ball into the pitcher (who would have had the runner dead at the plate if he would have not dropped the ball) after a catch of a fly ball deep in center field (estimated at 297 feet). The older Bombers have been making calls and sending emails requesting Kevin stay with the Big Bombers. Kevins possee of girls at the game chanted "KEEP KEVIN HERE" and "WE LOVE KFED" Due to the enormous pressure from the fan base, management is taking it into consideration.....
Young Bombers have nice week!!
The young Bombers had a nice week going 2-0. The Bombers started the week on Wednesday beating the Elmhurst Wildcats 10-5. The game was very sloppy as we made some errors and didnt hit very well. However, practice paid off as we were able to take advantage of some walks and ran the bases well. The defense tightened down at the end of the game. Rybski started the game and pitched fine. Gregus came in to shut the door for the final innings.
On a great Saturday night at Donovan, with the grill going, spirits flowing, and a nice crowd in the stands, the team took it to the Highland Heaters. The team hit, played defense, pitched, and ran the bases great. The Bombers won 13-5. Baran started the game and pitched great to get the win. Elan came in next and pitched well, showing off his knuckleball. Bertucci followed Elan to the mound and devastated the Heaters with his GYRO pitch. Finally the call was made to the bullpen to bring in the thunder and Gregus came in to shut the door. Chen had a great day at the plate going 2-2 with 3 rbi's and Gahagan showed off his speed stealing at will and rapping a double. With the hard work this team has put in at practices and on their own, we can only continue to get better.
Check the calender for our next game. Come out and support the team of the future as they continue to develop. If you dont like baseball come out and have a great time, as the team is known for their great barbeques and after game parties. Just ask the hostess of Connies, as 40 of us piled in one night!!
2007 Triple Crown State Champs
In another long day of baseball, the Bridgeport Bombers were crowned 2007 Triple Crown State Champions.
The day started out with a 10-1 run rule of the Waucanda Rattlers. The game was ended by an estimated 431 foot walk-off home run by Martin. This win advanced the team to the semi's against the Burr Ridge Barons. The game was a great pitching duel as Martin went a strong six innings. The Bombers took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh with a picture perfect bunt by Shimkus down the first base line to score the go ahead run and for a base hit. Thomas and Haynes came in to finish the game.
The championship game the team played the Naperville Reds. This again was a great pitching duel as Thomas and Shimkus went nine innings in a 3-3 tie before the game was called due to darkness and the Bombers were awarded the championship. Mr. Clutch Jimmy Ho led off the 7th with a single and Viking Mcgurn drove in the tieing run of the game.
The pithing staff continues to show that they are one of the best staffs in Illinois. Great work Martin, Haynes, Thomas, and Shimkus!! What would be the best pitching staff be without the best catcher in Illinois. Viking Mcgurn continues to show why he is the best in Illinois, blocking balls, throwing out runners, and recieving the ball game after game.
Rollins and Ripken?? No Coleman and Shimkus!! The duo turned 8 Double plays for the tournament. The two should be a lock for Gold gloves unless the TC umps are voting.
Congratulations on the State Championship!!
Bombers Headed to Cooperstown Dreams Park
The Bridgeport Bombers will be leaving for New York on Thursday August 7th becoming only the second team ever from Bridgeport(2006 Bridgeport Bombers were the first!!) to play at Cooperstown Dreams Park.
August 10th Sunday 7:30am(CST) vs. Teels Ravens (NJ)
August 10th Sunday 12:45pm(CST) vs. Parkway Travel Baseball (MA)
August 11th Monday 10:00am (CST) vs. Timberlane Titans (NH)
August 11th Monday 3:30pm (CST) vs. Southern Main Dawg Pound (ME)
August 12th Tuesday 7:30am (CST) vs. Texas Venom (TX)
August 12th Tuesday 6:00pm (CST) vs. Great Falls Nationals (VA)
August 13th Wednesday 9:00am(CST) vs. Midwest Razorbacks (MO)
The Bridgeport Bombers will have two of our games on Webcam for family, friends, and our cult following to watch our games on the computer. Click on the link below and click on "Live Webcam and Gamecam" register to be able to watch our games.
Monday August 11th:
10am (CST) vs. Timberlane Titans(NH)
3:30pm (CST) vs. Southern Maine Dawg Pound (ME)
You can follow our journey through one of the best baseball experiences a kid can have at the link below:
We promise to bring back many pictures and memories that we will all cherish for a lifetime!!!
New Dress Code for Bridgeport Bombers
With the policy to bring back the SPARKLE to the Bridgeport Bombers, we are designing new jereseys, pants, hats, jackets, and bats, gloves, crocs, tents, Lucky Brand Jeans, Prada shirts, and magnets. We will have custom team spikes. The board met very late last night and although the vote was close we will have a dress code for all away tournaments. We need all parents and players to go out and purchase shirts as seen in the picture above modeled by Board Member and coach Kenny Baran and Bridgeport Bombers Hall of Famer Kevin Shimkus.
The SPARKLE is coming back!!!
Bombers is more than Baseball, its an experience.
Being a Bridgeport Bomber is more than baseball, its about the memory's you will remember the rest of your life.
The picture above is just one expample of the many experiences our players and coach's have as part of being a Bridgeport Bomber.
As Coach Rybski reminds all everyday, "Being a Bomber is a privelage, not a right!!"
Bridgeport Bombers 5th Annual Banquet
March 14, 2009 – 06:00 PM
The Bridgeport Bombers would like to announce the date of our Annual Bridgeport Bombers Banquet for March 14th, 2009 at 6pm at Delasalle. This event has grown significantly over the past few years to the point where Delasalle ran out of tables last year for people wanting to attend.
The banquet is mandatory that all players and families attend this event. However, you dont have to dance. We will have food,drink, and music for all. At the event we will announce all players and coaches to a spectacular laser, light, smoke and music show. We will announce new inductees into the "Bridgeport Bombers Hall of Fame". Speeches will be made. We will laugh and cheer!!
Our eagerly anticipated picture slideshow recapping the 2008 season(yeah I bet your smiling now)will be shown. See the actual pictures that Bridgeport cant stop talking about!! Our highly successful Split-the-Pot raffle winner will be announced this night. Tickets for this raffle will be available in January. We will have raffles, prizes, and a few other surprises to make this an event you wont want to miss. We are currently in the early stages of planning this event so additional details will be sent as we get closer. Also, if you have any ideas to make the event better please send me an email and I will pass your suggestions on to the Bridgeport Bombers Elite Executive Planning Committee.
MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!
"Dont worry about people talking about you, worry when they stop" - Mom
"Play with Passion, Show your Swagger" - Valdez
"Blah,Blah, Blah" - Luce
"How many trophies do you have??" - Rybski
"Defense wins championships, let's throw some leather." - Nowak
Bombers are BLESSED!!
Many believe that to be on the Bridgeport Bombers you are blessed. On Sunday March 29, 2009 the Bridgeport Bomber Family attended mass togeather in preperation for what many are saying is the "Most Exciting Year of Baseball EVER"!! Parking was hard to find as Nativity of Our Lord Church was packed. The Bombers Players and Parents filled most of the church in anticipation of the "Baseball Blessing" from Father Dan. Bombers Players -Kyle Olson, Kevin Shimkus, and Frankie Ramundo were chosen to bring up the gifts.
At the end of the mass the Bombers players rose and Father Dan delivered a wonderful blessing to the players. The church was electrified following the blessing. The ten year olds were giving high five's to the 14s, the 12s were shaking hands of the 13s, parents and grandparents were hugging and all are now ready for the season.
We thank everyone who came out. The club received many compliments that it was great to see all these kids togeather in Church. It was a great way to show our commitment to the neighborhood, not only on the baseball field but around Bridgeport. After all, WE ARE, WE ARE, The BRIDGEPORT BOMBERS!!! HAY HAY HAY!!
The VP, SVP, Big P, and the AVP's all lit candles to show that the SPARKLE is back!!!
Thank You to Father Dan and the Nativity of Our Lord Parish!!!
Now teams not only have to deal with the tremendous amount of talent on the field, they need to deal with a little extra help from above.
Where will the Bombers be next??
THANK YOU ONIAC!!!
The Bridgeport Bombers are very thankful to all its sponsors and recently was invited to the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club (ONIAC) as they offered to make us breakfast.
We would like to thank CAPTAIN D and his crew for serving somewhere around 300 people (based on Luces count) a wonderful breakfast.
ONIAC has been one of the Bombers longest running and most gratuitous sponsors. This organization continues to treat us well, inviting us to walk with them in the Columbus Day parade last year to having breakfast for us this year. This is a great organization that has the kids in mind.
The players, parents and board member would like to thank them for their continue support. You are guys are the best!!!
Bombers ROCK the Dome
The young Bombers(10s) playing in the inaugural Bo Jackson Dome Tournament started out slow losing to the Humboldt Heat 12-6. However, the second game of the evening was very different. With the team down 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Bison Carcelli got on base with a double. Up to bat came Mariano Scalise who hits a rocket off the HomeRun wall to tie the game!! The noise in the dome was deafening and Brian Luce was not even there. Going into the bottom of the sixth still tied, Christian Katalinic got on base with a double and up to bat comes Mr. CUB himself, Vince Arredia. Considered by many publications one of the top 20 ten year olds in Chicago. Would probably be top 5 but he is a Cubs fan. With the crowd biting their finger nails, Vince comes up to bat and knocks in Bison with a double. If you thought the noise was loud before the place erupted!! This is the type of NO Quit attitude that is a trademark of the Bombers and the young Bombers are catching on early. Congratulations on your first win and lets get many more!!!
Come out and see this great young team!!!
Bombers Clash in High School
On April 15th, we had an event we have never seen before, Bombers playing against each other on the high school field. At the Freshman level, Bomber Hall of Famer Jimmy Hohenadel, playing for Loyola High School bested Bomber Hall of Famer Matt Olmos and Matt Ramirez as Loyola won 11-0. Jimmy had a triple in the game. However, the sophmores had a different story.
Bombers Hall of Famers Pat Haynes, Anthony Shimkus, and Scott Thomas as freshman playing on the sophomore team beat Loyola 6-2. Pat Haynes went the distance on the mound pitching a great game and going 1-3 at the plate. Scott Thomas continued to rake going 4-5. Anthony Shimkus was 2-4 with 2 RBIs. The "FAB THREE" continue to perform well at the sophmore level with the sophmores curently only losing 1 game.
It was great to see all the Bombers perform well at the High School level. What was great to see is after the game they all got togeather to see how each other is doing. What friendships were made as Bombers will last forever. The Club wishes them all the best.
Bombers Swing the Wood and Win May Blowout Championship!!!
The team that many coaches have begun to talk about showed why we are hearing so many whispers. The Bombers(14s) won the HoChunk May BlowOut Wood Bat Championship!! This was a club effort as some 13s got the call up and contributed to the Championship. Called up from the 13s were Rybski, Gomez and Baran. James Baran became an instant favorite of the players in the dugout with his ability to get on base. In the Championship game he even stole home!! The callups seperate us from many clubs giving kids an opportunity to execel at a higher level.
The 14s were led by phenom Ferguson. Pitching and winning the championship game and coming just short of hitting for the cycle. Taco Valdez continued to impress with his gold glove and bat at the plate.
Can you imagine what this team will look like when they get their high school players back?? Can this team make a run at the legendary 2007 Bombers team?
The coaching staff would like to thank all the supporters that came out to our game. HoChunk staff would also like to thank all the moms who set a record for the most number of beers consumed in a tournament.
The Sparkle is definately back as the newest trophy shines in our Trophy case!!!
Bombers WIN May Slamfest Championship!!!
What a great weekend of baseball!! The Bridgeport Bombers(13s) win the May Slamfest Tournament at HoChunk.
Entering the tournament the Bombers first opponent was the OP Magic(Witek) who beat us earlier in the season. With our ace on the mound, Ricardo pitched a gem of a game allowing only 2 runs as the Bombers won the first game of the tournament 4-2.
The team then headed to one of their favorite restauarants "HOOTERS" to eat dinner togeather. Baran set the record for the most glasses of coke consumed in one sitting. Ricardo took many pictures with the Hooter girls. The parents laughed and just had a great time. A team that eats togeather wins togeather!!! Thanks to the SVP for picking up the bill!!!
In the second game of the tournament the Bombers faced the OP Magics Elite team who also beat us earlier in the year. Many at Hochunk said this was one of the best pitched games they seen in years as the Bombers won 1-0 but were no-hit. With agressive and smart base running the Bombers manufactured their one run. To offset the no-hitter by the OP Magics pither, "THE FRANCHISE" Ferguson pitched a one-hitter. Defense was also superb duirng the game.
Knowing that we needed to win our third game of the tournament, the Bombers came out bombing putting up 7 runs in the first inning and going on to run-rule the St. Charles Knights 17-4. Superb hitting thoughout the game as Shimmy-Shimmy "COCO Pops" was a home run short of the cycle. Poluha was outstanding on the mound limiting the Knights.
Making the semi-finals the team now faced the Chicago Cobra's. With the teams ace on the mound, Ricardo, the Bombers run-ruled the Chicago Cobra's 9-0. Ricardo was AWESOME on the mound, throwing a 2 hitter!! Star of the game was Luce with a base hit driving in two runs with bases loaded!!
The Bombers now headed to the championship game against the Oswego Panthers. The Bombers sent fireball thrower Sechrist to the mound to pitch us to the crystal. Mike did not disappoint going 6 1/3 innings and giving up only 2 runs. As Mike came off the mound he was greeted to a loud standing ovation for his great effort!!! Coming in to close out the game was Ricardo. Carelessly he strolled to the mound, picked up the ball, threw a couple of warm up pitches then proceed to get the next 2 players out to close out the game and add another piece of Crystal to the already overflowing trophy case.
This was a great weekend of baseball as we saw great pitching, phenomenol defense, agressive and smart base running, and timely hitting. This is what being a team is all about. All contributed in one way or another and that is what makes this championship so great. Coach Baran even waved the "no eating in the dugout" rule as kids feasted on hamburger, fries, and many chicken tenders during the games. What was even better to see was the fun the kids were having. Each making up their own cheers throughout the games and keeping each other up and just plain having fun. The team did vote that Luce's cheer that he made up was the best. The Hochunk staff loves when the Bombers attending their tournaments as we add some noise and excitement to the tournamnet but most importantly fun.
Three of our players were recoginized as "Stars of the Tournament" by Hochunk staff including Ricardo, Ferguson, and Sechrist. Congratulations to them. I wonder what high school they are going to??
A special shout out to our coaches Baran, Rybski, and Nowak for a great job. These three guys have spent many hours of their time practicing this team trying to get them ready for the season and for the next level of baseball. You guys have done a great job and the trophy sitting next to you recognizes what you are doing and the time you have put in is paying off. Keep up the great work and I am proud to have you three as Bridgeport Bombers Coaches.
Coaches keep up the great work, players keep practicing, and lets go have some fun in Michigan. Dont forget to bring your cheers and the trailer for your ATV and CRYSTAL!!
Bombers WIN Gameday USA Wisconsin State Games Championship! THREE TIMES!
The entire club traveled to Wisconsin Dells this weekend to enjoy each others company, go on the waterslides, and play some baseball. Little did we know we would be making history this weekend. No not the number of YagerBombs the 10 year old parents drank this weekend but the number of championships won. For the first time in GamedayUSA tournament history, one club won championships at 3 different age groups. The 12s, 13s, and 14s were all winners. The 10s came close but were upset in the seminfinals. Congratulations to all the players and coaches!!
Bridgeport Bombers Headed to College World Series!!!
June 11, 2009
The Bridgeport Bombers 13 and 14 year olds will be heading to Omaha,NE on June 10th to compete in the Triple Crown Slumpbuster Tournament. The tournament is the World's Largest Youth Baseball Tournament!! In 2008, 37 States were represented: AZ, AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WY.
2008 featured 462 Teams from 37 States
The event will feature:
~ College World Series games for team/families to attend
~ Fundamentals Challenge (Team Skills Event)
~ SlumpBuster Bonfire (To rid players of hitting slump)
~ College Exposure opportunity for 14 Year Old players
~ 4 Game Minimum
Click on TOURNAMENTS link on the left for additional information.
This will be a great time and an EXPERIENCE for all to remember!!
"Play with passion, show your swagger" - Bridgeport Bombers
2009 13 Year Old NIML Champions!!!
The 13 Year olds began a 7 day stretch of games on Monday in the NIML League Tournament. This tournament contained teams from the Elite and Major divisions of NIML. The team didnt play well in pool play but was good enough to go 2-1 and advance to the semi's to play the number 1 seeded Triple Crown Titans. Behind great defense and superb pitching of Ricardo Ramirez the team held off the Titans and knocked out the number 1 seed, 5-3.
Going into the championship who do the Bombers get to face, our friends from Indiana and always tough Region Redbirds. This was going to be a battle. The crowd was as electric as it could be with the two best and largest fan bases in NIML. Tournament director Pell commented at the trophy ceremony how he enjoyed watching and listening to the fans. With Sechrist on the mound, he delivered a performance to remember. He limited the Redbirds only a couple hits.
As coach Matt always preaches, DEFENSE, the team threw some leather. With the great defense and Sechrists new GYRO ball, this was a recipe for another championship. The team played great and everyone contributed in one way or another.
Great job coaches as Rybski actually knew the score when asked, Matt supplied the fire to keep the team going on a long hot night, and Coach Kenny called a great game of pitches!!
Another piece of crystal that we will all cherish!!
Keep up the great work!! On to Orland!!
2009 14 Year Old CABA State Championship Runner-up!!!
The Bombers were trying to add another CABA State Championship trophy to their collection but fell short in the championship game to the Pastime Prospects. The Bombers started out pool play beating the nationally ranked Chicago Whitesox Academy team, Indiana Breakers and Indiana Playmakers. In the semi-finals the Bombers battled a tough Michiana Knights team and held on to win 4-1. In the Championship game the team ran out of gas in the heat and was beaten by a very good Pastime Prospects team.
Congratulations to the team, you all played very well.
Ripken Welcomes Bombers to Myrtle Beach!!!
July 19, 2009
The Ripkens welcome the Bridgeport Bombers 13 year olds to Myrtle Beach. The team will be going down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to compete in the Ripken Experience. The tournament runs from July 19-24th,2009.
This one-of-a-kind youth baseball complex is centrally located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Professional fields, beautiful grounds, easy access to beaches, shopping, dining and more... The Ripken Experience - Myrtle Beach is a true destination for baseball players and families.
The Ripken Experience gives players, coaches and families a unique opportunity to enjoy tournament baseball while visiting a top vacation destination. Summer Tournaments include:
Six-game minimum at this world class complex
Teams will stay at the Myrtlewood Villas luxury condominiums
All Access Pass for each team member - unlimited access to mini golf, water parks, Par 3 courses, NASCAR Speed Park & more!
Special Gifts for each player and coach
Click on the link below to find out more information on the Ripken Experience.
This experience will be one additioanl experience you will add to your collection just by being a Bridgeport Bomber. Remember: "Success is a journey not a destination". Also, Some dreams come true some dont but keep on dreaming.
Bombers Head to Cooperstown!
The Bridgeport Bombers Club have sent another team to Cooperstown Dreams Park. The team heads for New York and will arrive on Friday to expereince the dream many baseball crazies will never see. Considered by many the ultimate baseball experience! Where does your Club get to go??
Here is the schedule below:
**Sunday Aug.2 11:00am(EDT) Field #8 vs. Lynnhaven Wahoos (VA)
Sunday Aug.2 4:30pm(EDT) Field #18 vs. OK Jammers (OK)
Monday Aug.3 8:30am(EDT) Field #15 vs. Chaska Hawks (MN) **Monday Aug.3 7:00pm(EDT) Field #6 vs. Houston Slam Green (TX) **Tuesday Aug.4 1:45pm(EDT) Field #1 vs. Bellefontaine Chiefs (OH) **Tuesday Aug.4 7:00pm(EDT) Field #6 vs. Boston Blackjacks (MA)
The games with an "**" next to them above will be on webcam and can be watched from your computer. Click on the link below, click enter park, then click on Dreamspark TV at top of screen to register and watch the 2009 Bridgeport Bombers on your computer. Remember times above are eastern time which is one hour ahead of Bridgeport time.
The 14 year old Bombers bring home the first of many anticipated trophys for 2010 by winning the HoChunk May Blowout Wood Bat Tournament. The championship game was a thriller and a pitchers duel as the Bombers edged Top Tier 3-2 in extra innings. Maldonado pitched a gem going 7 innings before being relieved in extra innings by Abdullah. The Top Tier pitcher pitched a phenomenol game keeping the Bombers in check. However, the Bombers pulled the game out in extra innings. Top Tier had a man on third in the Top of the eighth, with a wild pitch, the runner from third attempted to score. However, with Nowak behind the plate and his cat like reflexes, hustled to retreive the ball, scampered back to home plate dove elevating his body off the ground and tagged the runner out at home!! The crowd erupted!!! Good thing there were fences or we could have had a mad rush on the field. Abdullah then shut them down striking out the third batter. Going into the bottom of the eighth the Bombers had a runner on third with DJ Rybski up to bat. No worries the crowd knew Rybski was up. With 2 strikes on him and the deafening sound of the crowd, Rybski ropes a stinger over the right fielders head for the winning run!! The crowd went crazy!! Parents from other teams that were watching our game were even jumping up and down!! What a game!! What a night!! HoChunk even had sour cream for the mini tacos!! Click on PICTURES below for more dramatic life changing photos!!
As was heard by a few following the game, the Bombers are entertaining!!
Great job Coach Baran, Rybski, and Nowak!! Kids played great!!
Bridgeport Takes Over the Dells!! Win the Crystal!!
Was anyone from Bridgeport not in Wisconsin Dells this weekend??
Congratulations to the Bombers (13s) who took home the crystal this weekend. The 13s have battled all week, with defections, new management, poor officiating, coaches getting thrown out of tourney, extreme heat, and long lines at the water slides to come home with the trophy. Remember kids, coaches, and parents, if it came easy, the win wouldn't be as sweet.
A special thank you and congratulations to my coaches: Scalise, Thorpe, Knusta, and Verta. You guys did a great job under very stressful conditions. Keep up the great work! These kids love to play baseball!! Parents make sure you continue to give your full support. You were all great this weekend!!
As for the rest of the club, I know you were disappointed in not winning crystal, but are young teams 9s and 11s played great playing an age group up. I am proud of the way you played against older kids and this experience will go a long way during the season. Keep up the hard work!!
Special welcome to Danny Mancari for playing in his first tournament of the year with the Bridgeport Bombers. The team loved having you in the dugout and way to help the team out with those couple hits!! You will always be a Bomber!!
Sorry I did not get around to seeing everyone but from what I heard you all had a great time! This club has a great group of parents, super kids, and a bright future. I couldn't be happier!!!
Why would anyone want to play anywhere else??
Bridgeport Bombers Theme Song
In true Bridgeport Bombers fashion, the Bombers have a theme song. The song was introduced to the world at the Bridgeport Bombers Banquet and was cheered to a standing ovation. If you werent at the banquet, you must play in the suburbs.
It's the sunflower seeds... hot day in the sun
Turn a double play....a home run
A knuckle curve....a shot down the line
A diving catch.....gets you every time
Its kids on a blanket in the grass
Its travel baseball....a freaking blast
It's the Bridgeport Bombers, as a matter of fact
Look out now.....there on the attack
Grab your seat, listen up ya'll
This song about travel baseball
Wonderful team, that you did join
Yes it cost a hefty coin
It started here, in the neighborhood
named it Bombers, like they know they should
Shimkus, Haynes, chubby Mexican dude
Made it work, and included you
The group got larger as, the years passed
The stories grew, to an incredible mass
I'll mention a few, if you will partake
They're all true, make no mistake
We went to the Dells, to ride the slides
Grama Rupke took a header, to our surprise
The coppers were called, to a place we stayed
I broke a fence, got evicted that day
An Indian lady, appreared from nowhere
Her teeth were black, and so was her h..a..i..r
It's the sunflower seeds... hot day in the sun
Turn a double play....a home run
A knuckle curve....a shot down the line
A diving catch.....gets you every time
Its kids on a blanket in the grass
Its travel baseball....a freaking blast
It's the Bridgeport Bombers, as a matter of fact
Look out now.....there on the attack
Its Shimkus, never intimidated
till he was cuffed, and incarcerated
Its Gahagan with, no body fat
hope he retired, his drinking hat
Coach Rybski, if you see him run
Unless you, want to hear about his son
Ass cracks..sexual intimidation
Coach Kenny...clothing violations
Mini tacos, rib tips, a whole lot more
a wonder you're ass, fits thorugh the d..o..o..r
Lococo's mullet gone, aint that great
The ump yelled at Pass, get away from the plate
It's the sunflower seeds... hot day in the sun
Turn a double play....a home run
A knuckle curve....a shot down the line
A diving catch.....gets you every time
Its kids on a blanket in the grass
Its travel baseball....a freaking blast
It's the Bridgeport Bombers, as a matter of fact
Look out now.....there on the attack
We played in many tournaments, seen alot of things
Won alot of trophies, got some rings
Carolina, Oklahoma, Detroit City,
Coppers town a blast Kalamzaoo was shitty
Games in the afternoon, games at night
Using Mapquest, what a fright
Practice in one hour, ending up three
They say you wont be punished, the field you'll never see
It's crossing the white lines, tightening up the laces
Its grabbing the field, protecting the bases
This song is almost over, I hope its not forgotten
We do this for our kids, their spolied r..o..t..t..e..n.
It's the sunflower seeds... hot day in the sun
Turn a double play....a home run
A knuckle curve....a shot down the line
A diving catch.....gets you every time
Its kids on a blanket in the grass
Its travel baseball....a freaking blast
It's the Bridgeport Bombers, as a matter of fact
Look out now.....there on the attack
Bombers Fall Short in Championship Game!!
The Bridgeport Bombers(14s) had a great run at the HoChunk June Blowout wood bat tourney falling to the Indiana Playmakers in the Championship game 2-1.
In a great pitching duel,the Bombers threw Ricardo Ramirez on the mound who went 5 innings and Maldandando pitched phenominal in relief.
Losing 1-0 inthe top of the 7. Nelson got a hit, stole second, then stole third and on the overthrow to third scored. However, the Bombers could score no more and lost in the bottom of the seventh.
Crowd at Hochunk was loud as usual. What a great game!! Bombers continue to add to their trophy case!! Medals, Trophy's, Crystal, OH MY!!
Bombers Put on Show at Notre Dame
The Bombers had the opportunity to play on Notre Dame's field and did not disappoint. The Bombers faced the highly ranked Michigan Elite team on the beautiful field of Notre Dame. What an experience!
With many teams now in the Bombers organization, this team continues to remind me of how special they are. As some of the parents just hoped we would make it through 7 innings against this highly regarded Michigan team, the team stepped out of the dugout and said "Let's hit". After a huge hit by Taco Valdez, the Bombers were up 4-0 after 1. The Michigan team continued to parade out player after player 6'1" and above. The Bombers threw Showtime Shimmy who didn't disappoint and put on a show striking out 10 in 6 innings with a devastating changeup and curve ball. Michigan players after the game said they have never seen anything so DIRTY!! I wonder if this is why scouts were asking for contact info? The defense was phenomenal as Strock took one off the chest at first base, got the ball tagged first and threw to second for a key double play of the game. The Bombers received a hit or got on base from every player in their lineup. This is a TEAM!! The boys continued to fight every inning. In the sixth inning, the manager decided to make a pitching change, must to the dislike of the parents, the crowd, the scouts, and Shimmy. However, what would the Shimmy and Haynes show be without seeing Haynes. Haynes was working on fumes as he closed the previous game for a victory, but he didnt care, we were playing at Notre Dame. Showtime!! Haynes came in with the game tied and shut them down in the 7th. Wow what a game! The scouts began to come out of the press box and watch this game closer to the action. The Bombers came out in the 8th and put 3 on the board, with another big hit from Taco Valdez, who's kid is that?
We go the the bottom of the 8th up three. This Michigan team was not going to quit though and put 2 on the board to cut the lead to one and loaded the bases with 2 outs!! Did Haynes have enough gas to finish off this team? Can a bunch of kids from the southside of Chicago hold on to beat a team recruited from an entire state?? What do you think? Ground ball to Shimmy at short, under hand throw to Taco at second, GAME OVER!! Parents, scouts, coaches players, tournament director said that was a game to remember!!!
The picture above does not show justice to the kids effort! All were filthy dirty, sweaty and tired but they didnt die, they won!! High five to VIKING Mcgurn who caught 2 consecutive games in 90 degrees!! BEAST! This team continues to remind me why the Bridgeport Bombers are so special!! I just wish every player, coach, and parent had the opportunity to sit in the dugout and watch these kids put on a show. These 11 kids are special!! Shimmy and Haynes are just DIRTY!!
Thank You to the best group of parents in the organization. My camera and gatorade man Ruben and his lovely sidekick Marlene, Team Mom Vicky who made her first game, Mrs. Shimmy, VERN!!!,Hyman and the lovely Ronda, the bodacious and super hot Michelle, the Jordan family, Javier Celios and even PAPA Doria came to the games and wasnt too loud! Without great parents and dedication to your sons, we would never have been able to have this experience.
A special shout out to Gary Strock from the coaches and players to get well soon!! We need you back in the dugout!!
I just want to thank my players for continuing to give me memories I will remember forever!! Its good to be a Bomber!!
Bridgeport Bombers Visit Sparty and Take Home Crystal!
The Bridgeport Bombers 14s and 16s continued their summer tour of colleges by playing in the USSSA Battle at the Capital in East Lansing. The teams and parents had a great time visiting the MSU campus. Many parents voted this the trip of the year as fun continued to flow every single day and night!
The 14 year old Bombers put on a great display of baseball on the weekend going 4-0-1 in pool play and advancing to the Championhip game against JTB from Michigan. Although the Bombers fell short in their quest for the Championship, we need to give credit to an awesome JTB team. One of the top hitting and fundamental teams we have seen this year.
Offensive play of the tourney went to Baran who somehow got a suicide bunt down holding the bat over his head as the team tried to pitchout. Defense play of the tourney went to Kevin Shimkus who made a bare handed grab in the hole between short and second, wheeled to first to get the runner. Plays of the tourney were chosen by Team Commentator Doria.
Overall this was a great experience for the kids visited what I believe is one of the nicest stadiums in the midwest.
Congratulations to the 14s, Coach Rybski, Coach "Crabby" Kenny, and Coach Nowak on a great weekend!! Additional photos from the weekend can be viewed by clicking on the PHOTOS directory on the left hand side.
I know many coaches visit our website to get recommendations for tourneys to go to. I would NOT reccomend this tourney to managers. The tourney director is very hostile, bitter, and angry. Communication in this tourney was poor. For more info please email me. I would reccomend TriplePlay tournaments who also runs a tourney at MSU instead of USSSA.
In memory of Gary Strock Sr.(1963-2010)
Its with a sad heart to let you all know one of the Bombers family has passed away. Gary Strock, coach of the 17s, died on Friday Dec.10th. Although Gary was with the Bombers for a short time, his time with us was memorable. Gary was our GPS when we were lost, our scorekeeper in the dugout, and the master of every baseball rule known to man. Gary volonteered to help at every Bombers event just because he wanted to help. In the times we live in now, when everyone wants to know what is in it for me, Gary just wanted to help. We not only lose a special person for the Bombers, but someone who didnt think twice about helping wherever he could.
As you can see from the obit below that Gary's giving doesnt stop with his death as he continues with memorials to Delasalle.
Gary you will be missed!!
The link below has pictures of Gary with the Bombers.
Funeral Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. from Beverly Ridge Funeral Home, 10415 S. Kedzie Ave. to St. Symphorosa Church, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment private. Proud member of Carpenters Local #13. In lieu of flowers, memorials to DeLasalle institute Scholarship Fund, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616 appreciated. Visitation Tuesday, 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. 773-779-4411
HoChunk Season Opener - 2nd Place (10s)
The 10 years olds, led by first year manager Steve Burrows brought home the first crystal of the year (actually was a medal) coming in 2nd place in the Ho Chunk Season Opener!! Congrats to the 10 year old team!
The 11 years olds, led by first year manager Nick Calace brought home the second crystal of the year (actually was a medal) coming in 2nd place in the Ho Chunk Tom Pell Memorial!! Congrats to the 11 year old team!
The 11s were the only age group that won the Presediential Pizza party. President Shimmy offered pizza to all teams that bring home the crystal.
The 11s had their pizza party following a recent home game at beautiful Armour Park. President Shimmy along with all the parents and kids had a great time.
Bring home some more crystal and we will have more pizza!!!
The 9-12s played in the GameDay USA Golden Dome Showdown this past weekend. Although we did not bring home any crystal, the boys and parents brought home many great memories.
In the picture above some of the young Bombers came out and watched the 17s play on Notre Dame's field. The coach of Notre Dame took a picture with potential future Irish.
One reason to be a Bomber "The Experience"!!
Bridgeport Bombers/Southside Rage Challenge Announced
June 18, 2011
The Bridgeport Bombers President Shimmy and Southside Rage President Verta are happy to announce the First Annual Bombers/Rage Challenge.
The challenge will be on June 18th at Armour Park. The schedule is as follows:
Southside Rage (9s) Vs. Bridgeport Bombers (9s) - 10am
Southside Rage (10s) Vs. Bridgeport Bombers (10s) - 12:30pm
Southside Rage (11s) Vs. Bridgeport Bombers (11s) - 3:00pm
Southside Rage (14s) Vs. Bridgeport Bombers (14s) - 12:00pm
Southside Rage (12s) Vs. Bridgeport Bombers (12s) - 3:00pm
So get your lawn chair, cooler, camera and bag of seeds. Tell your friends and family and insignificant others. This is going to be a great day of baseball and fun!!
Many high school coaches are expected to attend to watch a great collection of some of the best young talent on the Southside of Chicago!!
Who knows we might see a politician or 2?
The 17 year old Bombers visited Michigan State this weekend and had a blast! The Bombers finished 3-1 and missed the championship round by 1 run. Bombers were youngest team in tourney. The Bombers put on a great show in front of the college coaches. In addition, the boys had a great time visiting the campus and took in many frat parties while there! The parents had an OK time too?
Click on link below for recaps from the games as well as pictures.
One reason to be a Bomber "Get invited to frat parties."
Bombers Visit Purdue
The Bridgeport Bombers (17s) continued their college showcase tour by participating in the Pastime LIDS Bulls Purdue Freedom Classic. The team played games at Wabash College and St Josesph College in front of many scouts at the five games they played.
Haynes throws 2 hitter as Bombers win first game 4-0. In the game Haynes and Valdez both homered. Mcgurn made numerous great plays at 1B.
In the second game, Matt Ramirez was given the teams first game ball for his pitchng performance facing one batter and striking him out.
Ricardo threw a gem in the third game as the Bombers won 6-2. Rica's changeup kept the Travelers off balance and the Bombers great defense continued to make plays.
In the 4th game at Wabash College in front of many scouts, Anthony Shimkus continued his scoreless innings streak of 16 innings pitched as the Bombers won in extra innings 1-0. Shimmy racked up 9 Ks and made 6 defensive plays displaying his ability to field his position. In the bottom of the 8th Henry Rodriguez lead off with a double. Chris Jordan then followed with a perfect bunt between the pitcher and third baseman, the pitcher then bobbled the ball and overthrew the first baseman. The winning run scored from third. This was in front of a large crowd of fans and scouts who applauded afer the game to both teams for a well played game.
Overall the Bombers continue to perform well in front of the scouts. The defense was stellar with no errors in the tourney with great Outfield play by Henry, Olmos, Reynolds, and Matt Ramirez. Shimmy,Haynes,and Ricardo Ramirez continue to draw interest from colleges.
Bombers(15s) CABA State Championship Runner-up
The Bomber(15s) put on a great show this weekend in the CABA State Championship. With 22 teams competing for the Championship trophy,the Bombers finished pool play 2-1 and made the final 8. In the quarter final game the team faced the #2 seed Cangelosi Baseball who was undefeated in Pool play. A team with unparrelled practice facilities and the ability to draw kids from all over Illinois versus a group of kids who just love to play baseball and train in the back alleys of Chicago. With the odds of beating Cangelosi baseball at 400 to 1, the Bombers took the field to try to pull an upset. After 2 innings, the score was 8-8 as both teams came out swinging. Rica Ramirez hit 2 HRs to put Cangelosi on their heels. One HR was measured at 408, with a wood bat. The pitching settled down. The team had clutch hitting to drive in a few runs in the late innings by Billy Luce and Kevin Shimkus. After 3 Bombers pitchers, the team went to Rica to close the game out. Rica threw the Hoyne Park Changeup to keep Cangelosi ACES off balance and closed the game out. Many around the park could not believe the upset occurred. Stunned faces all-around!!
Well the Bombers made the Semi's but face another challenge as we were matched against the Whitesox Academy who beat us earlier in pool play and let us know it. How can a bunch of alley kids compete against a team that trains at a beautiful facility in Lisle with some of the best instructors in the land? Early vegas line was 750-1. The cubs have a better shot to win the world series than us advancing. Well the Bombers decided to throw Rica, who again mesmerized the Whitesox with the Hoyne Park Changeup and the defense behind him had a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, the Bombers loaded the bases. The team beginning to feel the fatigue. Many struggling dragging their bat to the plate. The white pants were all dirty and sweat was dripping down all the tired faces. However, up came to bat Xavier Sanchez with bases loaded. Barely able to stand due to fatigue the Whitesox pitcher threw a fastball right down the plate. With all the energy he had left, X swung and smashed a drive to deep left field and as the left fielder watched it go out of the park (396 feet), the crowd went crazy!! A walk off grand slam!! Bombers run-rule the Whitesox 8-0 in five innings. Fans poured out of the bar to see what all the noise was. The fans could not believe what happened. The Bombers do it again and pull off the upset!
In the championship game the Bombers faced a very good team the Schaumburg Seminoles and a great pitcher. The Bombers running on empty came up short 8-3 and finished as runner-ups in the 2011 CABA State Championship.
What a great team effort. I have been watching Bombers games for 8 years and this day was one of my favorites. All the Bombers contributed to the wins. They gave everything they had. A bunch a kids from the alleys of Chicago versus the world. You have to love a great underdog story.
Congrats guys!! See you all in Michigan for the pizza Party and more great baseball.
Bombers(10s) Team Exposure - Runner up
The Bridgeport Bombers (10s) kicked off July with a 2nd place finish in Bourbonnais, IL at the Team Exposure-Pitcher’s Paradise Tournament. The Bombers started the weekend facing a tough Lincoln Way Yellow Jackets squad. Behind the solid pitching of Tom Coates and Anthony Arredia, and the bats of Coates, Niko Anaya and Rocco Arcieri, the Bombers went toe-to-toe with the Yellow Jackets, exchanging leads back and forth all six innings. Neither team deserved to lose, which is exactly what happened when the time limit was called with the teams tied at 9-9.
With temperature reaching the high 90’s when the afternoon affair versus the Crunch kicked off, the 10’s looked like they wanted some air conditioning and cool refreshments, and quickly fell behind 9-1 after 2-1/2 innings. Whether it was some cold Gatorade or promises of an Anaya pool party for a win, we will never know, but the Bombers finally awoke in the bottom of the 3rd and put a 7-spot on the board to get right back in the game. The time limit looked like it might do the Bombers in as they got to the 5th inning still trailing by a run and the time limit fast approaching. Needing to get out of the inning quickly, Tom Coates struck out the first 3 batters of the Crunch lineup in lightning speed to give the bats a chance. Coates led off the bottom of the 5th with a base hit, and stole 2nd to put the tying run in scoring position. Needing just a base hit to tie the game, Arredia decided to take matters into his own hands and took a 1-0 fastball deep over the CF fence to give the Bombers their 1st lead of the game, 10-9. The Bombers couldn’t muster any more runs and with 2 minutes before the time expired, the Crunch got the 3rd out to give themselves a chance. With 2 outs, the Crunch had the tying run 65 feet away, and the go-ahead run at 2nd. After a 10 pitch at-bat, the Crunch delivered a base hit to left field that looked like it would give them the lead back. Joey Burrows had other ideas though, and came up a fired a bullet to Dominic Bertucci (catching his 11th inning of the day), who stood tall and applied the tag to the fast approaching Crunch runner for the 3rd out, keeping the game tied at 10. The 10’s were not going to be denied and quickly loaded the bases after another Anaya base hit, and walks to Billy Murrihy and Arcieri. Bertucci showed great plate discipline and got the walk-off walk and the Bombers went home winners 11-10 to cap off their biggest comeback of the year. Every Bomber contributed in a great TEAM win.
After going undefeated Saturday, the Bombers secured the No. 2 seed and faced off against the Crunch again, who were determined to make up for the heartbreaking defeat the day before. The Bombers jumped to a 4-0 lead, but the Crunch fought and clawed back into the game, cutting the deficit to 4-3. The Bombers were determined to reach the final, however, and put 3 insurance runs up in the bottom of the 5th before Coates closed the Crunch out again to give the Bombers a 7-3 win a berth in the championship. The Bombers faced the Northwest Indiana Shockers in the championship, and the 10s simply ran out of gas against one of the top 10U travel teams in the area, who dispatched the Bombers 10-0 for the championship. The Team Exposure 2nd Place finish was the 10’s second runner-up trophy this year and showed the kids just how good they can be when they want to be.
Bombers(12s) NIML Champions
Bombers(9s) Team Exposure Champions
Here is a personalized recap of the 9U Bombers weekend !!!! Started out Saturday morning playing The Illinois Indians. The Bombers started Mighty Matt Kappel on the mound. Kappel set the Indians down 1-2-3 in the 1st and then the Bombers came to bat and put 7 runs on the board.. Safe to say the rout was on. Bombers win by slaughter rule 11-1. The 2nd game of the day saw the Bombers take on the Tinley Park Bulldogs. After a lil bit of lunch, 100's of bottles of water and Gatorade and some time spent in the shade, ( Thanks Billy Woods for the tent.) The Bombers were ready to get after it again. As in the morning game. Kappel set them down 1-2-3 in the 1st and the Bombers came to bat ready to make some noise. They didn't dissapoint. 8 runs in the 1st inning of this game and another rout was on. Bombers win by slaughter rule again. 13-1. Big hits by Fasula, Kramer, Passarelli and Kappel led the Saturday charge. Strong pitching efforts by Kappel, Minecci, Surma, Stegmiller, Gadomski and Fasula led the way. So with 2 wins on the day the 9U Bombers for the 1st time had advanced to the Championship of a Tournament. Sunday came along and the Bombers might have got caught looking ahead a lil bit. The Bombers took on an Illinois Celtics team that was hungry for a win. The Bombers came up on the short end of the stick in this one 16-10. Were they looking ahead ?? Only The Bombers know. But now it was Championship time. A rematch with the Tinley Park Bulldogs was the matchup. The game started out with the Bombers in a 3-0 hole in the 2nd inning. The whispers had started in the deepest reaches of the Diamond Sports Complex in Bourbanais. CAN PASS WIN THE BIG ONE ????? Doubts were everywhere. A mini rally started and the Bombers tied it up at 3 in the 4th. Bulldogs went back up 4-3 in the 5th. Just when the 9U's were feeling down and out. Here came the spark that they needed. The 10U Bombers wouldn't let them fail to win it all. The cheers and the chants started and then all the older sisters joined in. The dugout was electric and then it began. Base hit by Stegmiller. Hit by Passarelli. Hit for Kappel. Screaming liner for Kramer. And the cheers got louder. Solid single for Byrnes. One hop monster shot off the fence for LoCoco. Gadomski opposite field hit. Fasula with a screamer to left. Minecci with a bloop hit. Nemanius with a drive that just falls out of the reach of the centerfielder. Surma with a seeing eye single. Now the dugout was deafening and the rout was on. When the 5th ended the Bombers were leading 16-5. The coaches stayed with the hot hand on the mound: Mikey Pass !!!!! Lil Pass didn't dissapoint. The Bombers closed out the Championship Game with the unconventional 1-5-4-3 double play. BOMBERS WIN !!!!! BOMBERS WIN !!!!! The joy on those boys faces and the smiles from ear to ear were worth every January practice. Every cold April Game. Every frustrating early season moment. And every ounce of sweat that came out of these boys on this weekend. I think I speak for Coach Pass and Coach Anthony when I say: WE WATCHED SOME BALLPLAYERS THIS WEEKEND !!!!
Bombers(11s) NIML Championship - 2nd Place
Bombers(14s) Visit Notre Dame
Bombers(12s) Team Exposure - Runner up
Bombers(10s) GameDay USA Ace of Diamonds - 2nd Place
Bombers(14s) GameDay USA Ace of Diamonds - 2nd Place
Bombers Strut Off into the Sunset
The game was over, the kids packed up their bags. Picked up the water bottles and put the baseballs in the bucket. A team that was created 8 years ago, will no longer wear red and black. We won't see The Olmos strut to the outfield, the "Viking" McGurn behind home plate. We won't see Henry running to the game with his jersey hanging out. I will miss the craziness of Jordan asking every inning what position I am playing. I don't know if I have seen a player that loves baseball, the true game of baseball more than Jordan.
The kids, now men, have gathered around the bucket for the final speech of the season and the final speech they will hear as a Bomber. I had a great speech planned. " This was a great season, one of my favorites, and one that I will never forget." As my brain searched for the next word, my heart began to break and tears began to fill my eyes. I just remembered this will be the last game I have the privilege to watch, coach, and enjoy the Shimmy and Haynes show.
It kinds of ironic, the last inning, Shimmy with nothing left in his arm wanted to pitch the last inning to his friend Haynes. Haynes suited up and caught the last two innings. I heard Haynes yell to Anthony, don't throw a curve ball, I can't block that shit. Anthony laughed. The other team thought they were nuts. What the other team didn't know, is the 2 have played together for over 9 years. Playing in Arizona, New York, Florida, Michigan,Georgia(East Cobb), against the best teams in the country. It's easy as a manager to win 500 games and 50 trophies when you have a foundation of Shimmy and Haynes.
As the 2 go on to play college baseball, the memories I have with them I will cherish. As I finished crying, I began to feel better. I realized I will have something no one else will. The opportunity to share 8 years of baseball memories, on the field and off the field, with two boys that have grown up to be role models for the younger kids. Jordan then poured the ice bucket over me, to end the season.
I have so many people to thank. Vicky Haynes for being team mom and making sure everyone had a ride and will be at each game. Ruben Ramirez, ended up being our third coach, team mom, driver of many, photographer, and the man with the cooler. Veronica Olmos, one of the original moms, who put up with my shit for 8 years (You did a great job raising Matt, he is a great kid!). Monica for letting me vent about all the crazy parents and for helping me keep balance and everything in perspective.
I look forward to coaching 50/50 Matt Ramirez, Mr cheerleader, Reynolds, Tony Taco Valdez, Rica, the next great Bomber, Ramirez, one more year! Hope to see you all back next year.
Tony Valdez, has coached with me all these years, never missing a game. We have had a lot of fun and laughs. Looks like we have one more year! Chris Haynes, although not here, I know you are watching from above, we created an experience that everyone wants to be part of ( Also, your son has turned into one hell of a player, but I am sure you know that watching from above.)
So as I turn the next chapter in my book, I am looking for that next Haynes and Shimmy. Could that be Kappel or Galvan or did I see the coming of the next Shimmy this weekend. As I have said to you all in the past enjoy your time with your kids now, before they leave the nest.
Man I love the Bombers!!!!
Bombers(12s) August Tipoff Champions
Bombers(12s) NIML Open Tourney Runner-ups
Haynes Committs to Western Michigan
Bridgeport Bombers Hall of Famer and one of the originals has committed to Western Michigan. Pat has given us some great memories over the years. The Brideport Bombers were created to give Haynes the opportunity to better his game and show others outside of Bridgeport just how good he is. I guess the Bombers worked, based on his committment. Pat was one of the key players that has put the Bombers on the map.
The Bridgeport Bombers family wishes Pat the best of luck. President Shimmy will never forget all the great memories he has of Haynes and looks forward to watching him play at Western Michigan and BEYOND!! Just remember to keep in touch.
Your dad I am sure is very proud of you, just remember to look to the sky's in Western Michigan and he will be watching every game!
BOMBERS FOREVER!! FRIENDS FOREVER!!
Shimkus Commits to Southern Illinois
The journey started at Mcguane park with tee ball at age 4, off to the Whitesox Academy with great instructors such as Justin Stone, to tournaments in Florida, Arizona, East Cobb, New York, Tennessee, Michigan, and of course here at HoChunk with the Bridgeport Bombers. The journey then continued to Delasalle with great coaching and better friends in Coach Bridich and Coach Nall and the great experiences Anthony has had there and will continue to have for one more year.
The journey now takes Anthony to Southern Illinois to be a Saluki. Anthony has committed to play for Southern Illinois in one of the best baseball conferences, The Missouri Valley.
Anthony is one of the Original Bridgeport Bombers and Hall of famer. He was the winning pitcher for 3 state championships for the Bombers. He is one of the reasons the Bombers are well recognized today.
However, the news is bittersweet. The Shimmy and Haynes show together for eight years is nearing the end. One off to Western Michigan the other off to Southern Illinois. Considered one of the winningest tandems in Illinois baseball. They have one high school season left and then will go their separate ways. Do you think these two have one more State championship in them? Will they meet in Omaha? Or face each other someday in the "Show"? Having watched these guys for many years, I would not bet against them.
Bombers must not be to bad having 2 home grown players commit to play Division I baseball.
Bombers Forever! Friends forever! My son forever!
Click on link below for Article on Anthony's Committment
The 7th Annual Bridgeport Bombers Banquet was a great time for all! With one of our biggest crowds of all time at 868 people, the banquet hall was PACKED!!
The donated pizza's from the Bailey family came in handy as the kids arrived to the banquet hungry. The lobster and shrimp were gone before many even arrived. The hall was half full of people before the doors opened at 6pm as parents, family's and players were excited for the show to begin!!!
The sweet table became the sweet room as we continued to get donations from around the city. Thank you to all that brought sweets. We had more sweets than at an Italian wedding.
The fun began in the foyer as the President had the traditional handing out of the uniforms. It was like Christmas as the kids were so excited to get their jerseys.
The introductions went well but long as we announced all 110 kids to music, smoke, lights, spotlights, and fire!!(Thanks Ruben)
Following introductions we went into our slide show which everyone loved (Thanks to Ruben for putting it togeather). The slideshow was interrupted as Bomber instructor Sam Palace of the Washington Nationals called in and was put on the big screen to give us an update on his season and say hello to the kids.
The night was then followed by awards the flowing were given out:
TEAM MOM OF THE YEAR: Kelly Calace and Chrissy Luce
THE RUBY: (Named after Ruben Ramirez) for PARENT OF THE YEAR: Mr. Photo Man Gadomki
The HAYNES AWARD (Named after founder Chris Haynes) Coach of the Year: Nick Calace Gene Gazzi Tom Duddleston
The SHIMMY AWARD (Named after Anthony & Kevin) Players of the Year: Fred and Matt Kappell
Following awards, the inductions into the prestiges Bombers HALL of FAME were announced. Inducted this year was:
Matt Ramirez and Scott McGurn
Thank you Matt and Scott for your dedication to the Bombers over the years and we wish you much success as you continue your baseball journey.
The night ended with dancing, celebrating, eating sweets, talking baseball, singing, drinking spirits.
Everyone had a great time but it was even better to see how great a time the kids were having!
The planning group is in place already for next year as we celebrate our 10th year of existence!!
12's Bring Home First Crystal of Season!!!
Congratulations to Manager Nick Calace, Coach Calderon, Steve "The Book" Burrows, the entire 12 year old team and their families in winning the Season Opener this past weekend at HoChunk Sports Complex.
The President had the opportunity to attend the tourney on Sunday and saw great old time Bombers baseball. I LOVE TOURNEY'S!!!!
After the team started the tourney with a tie and a loss, it was a longshot for them to make the semi's. With the final pool play game, they take the team 7 innings to a tie and go into the California rules tie breaker format. The Bombers scored in their top of the inning and shut down the Steelheads in their half of the inning to get the win and more importantly make the semi's.
The team in the semi's played great defense and saw super pitching taking the win versus the always strong Indiana Playmakers.
In the championship, the Bombers came out Bombing and shut the door on the mound and defensively run ruling the West Suburban Wildcats 19-7 to take home the crystal.
What was great to see was EVERYONE contributed to the win. Kids got big hits or made a great defensive play or swiped an important base to score a run. The pitching was great.
WOW!! What a day!! Here you have a team that was one inning away from going home in pool play to winning the whole tournament.
Winner of the parent of the weekend goes to Tucker!!! Congrats!!!
9's Win HoChunk Spring Break Classic!!!
Well it looks like the future is now!! The much talked about 9 year old team came home with the CRYSTAL this weekend at the HoChunk Spring Break Classic. The President was there and enjoyed watching the future of the Bombers. Congratulations to Manager Nemanius, Coach Mosqueda, Coach LePretre, and Coach DeLaurentis, the players and their families!!
I love seeing the faces of the kids when they get their CRYSTAL!!
Bombers beat the undefeated #1 seed West Englewood Tigers 10-3 in the Championship. Great pitching by Jason Krol and once again Billy Le Pretre closed the door. Big hits by Vince De Laurentis and Krol and solid defense by Vinny D., Arturo Mora with a diving catch and Mosqueda and Nemanius. Great at bats by Scalise, Mancine, Cozzi, Sepulveda and Mondt. Outstanding Catching thru the whole tournament by Armani " Rock" Garcia. And Patrick Coates with the guttiest at bat of the game, going to bat with a migraine and hitting a huge double and eventually scoring.
In the semi's the Bombers beat Lou Collier Baseball 5-0 in one of the best defensive games by a Bombers team in a long time. Nate Mosqueda was lights out on the mound working with the rock solid Armani Garcia behind the plate. Billy Le Pretre struck out the side in the 6th to preserve the shutout. Jake Nemanius with outstanding defense at 1st base.
Keep up the hard work boys, I would have your parents start building a trophy case ASAP!!!
MattRam Commits to St. Mary's University, MN
Congratulations to Matt Ramirez who has committed to play for St. Mary's University, MN next year in the MIAC Conference.
Matt was recently inducted into the Bridgeport Bombers Hall of Fame. His dedication and hard work has now saved his dad some money for college.
I don't know if we had a harder worker than Matt. Matt, I have seen grow up over the years as he is my next door neighbor. I wish you the best!! Keep working hard and shooting for your dreams.
I am proud to call you a Bomber!!
Matt is our third Bomber this year to go on to play college baseball. Not bad with all three living within a three block radius.
Bomber FOREVER!! My Neighbor FOREVER!!
15's Finish 2nd in Central Sluggers invitational
The 15 year old Bombers tied a record for the most games played in one day at 4. The team put up a good fight and gave everything they had. When the championship game was over and the Bomber came up just short, based on the sweat, dirt, and tired looks on all the players, coaches, and parent you knew they gave everything they had.
Congrats on a great run. I am sure you will remember this day for a long time.
The 9 year olds experienced their first out of town and out of state tourney and came home with a 3rd place trophy!! Not to bad!! The team enjoyed some college world series games, a little rain but most of all had a lot of fun.
Thoughts from a mom: "I'll start it out with the highlights of the trip for me. Feel free to add your own here. Pool, boys laughing, baseball, pizza party, rain delays, impromptu whiffle ball game with the 16 year old Fike Kansas City team, PAPA COZZI, Team Mom's pool jump, Hillbilly bumper cars, RUMCHATA, Coach Rich's Kleenex, rubber gloves, the Papa Cozzi, Coach Mike, Cliff triangle, College World Series game, Fan Fest and great baseball by the boys."
Again!! TEAM to watch in ILLINOIS!!!
11's Champions at Triple Crown Slumpbuster in Omaha!!
The 11 year old Bombers Traveled to Omaha to take on teams from around the country and see some college baseball.
After a slow start, the team finished strong and came home with the CHAMPIONSHIP trophy!
Congratulations to Manager Lococo, Coach Olvera, Coach Arredia, THE TEAM, and all the parents.
Continue to fill up the immense Trophy Case with more CRYSTAL!!
Ricardo Ramirez Commits to UIC
Bridgeport Bombers Hall of Famer Ricardo Ramirez has committed to University of Illinois at Chicago(UIC).
The Bridgeport Bombers family wishes Ricardo the best of luck. President Shimmy will never forget all the great memories he has of Ricardo and looks forward to watching him play at UIC right in our back yard!! Just remember to keep in touch. The President would also like to thank you for your loyalty over the years as many clubs tried to recruit you.
Ricardo joined the Bombers as a chubby catcher with a bad knee. Through his hard work he has developed and grown into one of the top 2013 players in Illinois.
Ricardo is just another example of a player who stayed with the Bridgeport Bombers Program and developed over the years into a D1 baseball player. If you do some research you will find that it is easier to get into Harvard than it is to play D1 baseball.
BOMBERS FOREVER!! FRIENDS FOREVER!!
9's Rock the Shamrock Win Championship!!
The 9 year old Bombers continued their make history in the storied Bridgeport Bombers Record Books winning the Gameday USA Shamrock Showdown. Bring home more Crystal!!! The Bombers defeated the LEO Storm 7-6 in a great Championship game.
What a great group of kids, parents and coaches!! Congrats from the President!!
What a Party!!!! Bridgeport Bombers Banquet
The Bridgeport Bombers had their First Annual Fund raiser on February 25th 2006 at DeLaSalle High School. Attendance was very good and everyone had a great time. On behalf of my team I would like to thank all that attended, the money raised will go to help offset the cost of the traveling team.
We would like to thank Balloons by Barbara for their decorations. Please go to our sponsor link to get in touch with Balloon's by Barbara if you are planning an event. We got numerous compliments about how nice the hall looked.
It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of Chris Haynes. Chris was Co-founder and coach of the Bridgeport Bombers. Chris was a loving dad to Sarah, Patrick , and Jacob and husband to Vicki. In addition, he was a friend to many. The Bridgeport Bombers will not be the same without him. Many remember him yelling WHEELs!! Wheels!! to the runner as he was coaching first base. What we will all remember him for is his dedication to the kids. Wheather it was picking someone up who needed a ride, coaching, or just sharing a laugh with the kids, Chris was always there. Chris was all about what was best for the kids.
The Bridgeport Bombers will dedicate its 2008 season to Chris Haynes, co-founder, coach, but most of all our friend. In addition, at the 14 Year olds first game of the 2008 season, the team will play without a first base coach in honor of our coach.
There is a saying " You dont know how much you miss someone till they are gone." This is definately the case with Chris.
Donovan Park Field Named after Chris Haynes
The Chicago Park District has named the Major Field at Donovan Park after Chris Haynes - Co-Founder of the Bridgeport Bombers.
The dedication ceremony was on June 14th at 1pm at Donovan Park. This is a great honor for a man who did alot for the community and spent many days at Donovan Park.
Bombers Finish 10 day Tour with Championship
The Bridgeport Bombers (12s) finished an impressive 10 day tour by winning the USA GameDay Battle Creek Freedom Classic.
The 10 day tour started in the Orland Park Sparks Tournament on June 27th where the team advanced to the final day taking 3rd place in a tournament with 24 teams. The following day the team headed into the NIML Elite Tournament at Hochunk where only Elite/Major teams participated, the best of NIML. The team again advanced to the semi finals, where the Bombers were down 5-2 to the Region Redbirds in the last inning and last out. Joey I came to the plate with bases loaded, 2 out and 2 strikes. Joey fouled off a couple pitches before blasting a fast ball over the fence in right field, for a walk-off grand slam. The first in Bridgeport Bomber history. The HoChunk facility went crazy. Although, the Bombers fell to the Naperville Renegades in the Championship, the Bombers were the talk of Hochunk that night. Immediately after collecting our runner-up trophy, the team headed straight to Battle Creek Michigan for a tournament.
All the practice and the games must have done us some good as the team ran through this tournament. Baran came close to tying Jeters record with 12 consecutive hits. The Bombers played up to their name as Rybski and Ramirez were close on Barans tale for the hit record. In addition, due to the number of games played and injuries, the whole team stepped upped and pitched. The new tandem of Gahagan and Shimkus gave much needed rest to our pitching staff. Our wall behind the plate, Nowak caught the majority of the innings with some relief from Jentel. Ramirez pitched the championship game and showed why he is one of the best pitchers. This tournmanet was so great to watch as every player dug deep and contributed.
I am very proud and thankful to all the Bombers players. We played 15 games in 10 days. Took home a first, second, and third place trophies in those 10 days. Some clubs have not even won one trophy this year. The players showed me alot of heart and deterimination. You are a great bunch of kids, I will miss.
Special shout out to my coaches, Baran, Rybski, Jentel, and Nowak. You have worked and built these kids into champions, you should all be proud. Thanks for all your help not only these past 10 days but the year. You are good friends.
Keep up the great work we have alot more baseball left this year. Let's get more crystal!!!
Bridgeport Bombers Walk with ONIAC
The Bridgeport Bombers walked with ONIAC (Old Neighborhood Italian American Club) in the 2007 Columbus Day parade. ONIAC is a sponsor of the Bridgeport Bombers. The Bombers had a great time walking in the parade. The Bombers would like to thank Capt. D and everyone from the Club for their sponsorship, walking in the parade, delicious food following the parade and their continued support.
You can view the parade through the link below. Fast foward to 1:18:45 to see the Bombers in the parade.
Bridgeport Bombers Named USSSA 11 Yearold 2005 Team of the Year
The Bridgeport Bombers were selected USSSA 11 Year Old team of the Year. The Bombers finished ranked #1 by USSSA points in illinois for 2005. The award was a great honor to receive. It was also very exciting to be given the award by Don Cooper the Chicago Whitesox pitching coach. The team was proud to win the award and even more excited to meet Coach Cooper. The Bombers hope to build on their succes in 2005 at the 12 year old level and repeat as "USSSA Team of The Year".