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  • Bridgeport Bombers "The Best Travel Baseball/Softball Club in Chicago"
  • 2007 Triple Crown State Champions
  • 2009 NIML Champions
  • 2005 CABA State Champions
  • 2009 Runner-up CABA State Championship

2015 Bridgeport Bombers!!

 

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Gerardo Esquivel Named Director of Player Development!

July 21, 2014

 

The Bridgeport Bombers Executive Council is excited to announce Gerardo Esquivel has been named Director of Player Development for the Bridgeport Bombers. Gerardo over the past year has worked with the Bombers and demonstrated his great knowledge of the game. In addition, to his college expeience that he brings to the Bombers, the kids love working with him.

Gerardo played four years at Kansas State and was instrumental in his senior year leading Kansas State to a game away from the College World Series. Gerardo was drafted in the 24th round of the 2009 Major League baseball amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs.

The Bombers family is excited to add Gerardo and his experience to a great stable of coaches and instructors.  Most Bomber coaches have won more tourneys in one week than other clubs have won in their entire history.  Gerardo will develop and run practices for the Bombers to ensure correct intruction for our youth.  Gerardo will help in continuing to fill up the trophy case.

"The addition of Gerardo, in conjunction with the return of Sam Palace of the Washington Nationals, gives the Bombers unparallelled instruction in Chicago Travel Baseball." - Pete Shimkus (Founder and President)  

WHO ARE WE............ BOMBERS!!

 

Bomber 11s Runner-up at Nationals!!!

July 27, 2014

 

Bombers 13's NIML Champions!!

July 24, 2014

Bombers Mother/Father vs. Daughter Softball Game!

July 25, 2014

Bombers 11s Runner-up at Oak Park Falcon Fest

July 12, 2014

Bombers 10's Monster of Midway Runner-ups!!

July 20, 2014

Bomber 11's Win GameDay USA Magic Waters Classic!!

July 13, 2014

Bombers 10 & 11's Sweep the Weekend!!

July 6, 2014

 

 

What a weekend!!  The Bombers 10s and 11s showed why they are worthy of consideration for top teams in Illinois sweeping through the weekend undefeated.  What was even better to see was each team and families cheering each other on in between their own games. As seen in the picture, the BomberNation is what a baseball family is all about!!!

Bombers 10's CABA State Champions!!

July 6, 2014

Bombers 11's July Blastoff Champions!!

July 6, 2014

Bombers 13's St. Rita Invitational Runner-ups!!

July 6, 2014

Bombers 10's NIML Tournament Runner-ups!!

July 3, 2014

Bombers 12's Play at Chicago Bandits Stadium!

July 1, 2014

 

 

The Bridgeport Bombers 12s had an opportunity to play the Lemont Indians at the AWESOME Chicago Bandits Stadium!!  What a great time and experience for the kids!!  Where does your team play??

 

 

Bombers 12's Runner-up at GamedayUSA Great Lakes!

June 29, 2014

Robert Zurita Throws No Hitter at Carthage !!

June 28, 2014

 

Robert Zurita of the 15 Year Old Bridgeport Bombers threw a NO HITTER at Carthage in a 3-0 win for the Bombers!!  Congrats and great pitching!!

Bombers 18's win in Notre Dame !!

June 26, 2014

 

The Bombers continued its win streak on Nortre Dame field winning 4-2 against Northern Ohio Canes.  

Bombers 11's Elite Division Champions!!

June 25, 2014

 

The Bridgeport Bomber 11s won the HoChunk Elite Division.  After finishing first in the division and earning the number 1 seed in the Elite playoffs, the Bombers handled Morris baseball in the semis and defeated Rhino Baseball in the Championship.  

Congratulation Boys!!  Hard work does pay off!!

Bombers 11's Runner-up at Gameday USA Music City

June 22, 2014

 

The Bridgeport Bombers 11s came in 2nd at the GameDay USA Music City Super Regional in Nashville Tennessee.  The team swept through pool play in dominating fashion securing the number 1 seed before losing to Hoover Baseball from Alabama in extra innings in the championship game 13-12!

The team fought hard to the undefeated Hoover team rallying many times to tie the game.  However, the team fell one run short but not without alot of effort and sweat (See picture for proof).

 

The team and families had a great weekend in Nashville, even enjoying their own private dining room at Dave and Busters. The Bridgeport Bombers history is filled with trophies but also with great times with the families and kids and this was one of them.

Bombers 10's Runner-up at Perfect Game!!

Softball Update....

The 11 team traveled to romeoville this past weekend to participate in the usssa state tournament. The girls are continuing to improve by working hard. Although we fell short, good things happened. Arianna pascente saw her 1st hit of the season.  Mackenzie woods caught all four games throwing her 1st runner out during tournament play at 2nd base. Lexi anaya continued to show her team she is the go to pitcher throwing strikes consistently.frankie bertucci once again was my defensive star. "Frankie continues to improve as our starting 3rd baseman. She is a solid player and finds a way to get the job done. She is learning the importance of fielding a bunt and is working very hard." Next up, swinging cats in west chicgao june 6-7.  

Great Weekend for Bomber girls!!

 
 
The beginning of spring season for 10U Girls softball has started off well.  All the hard work during the winter with Coach & Softball Director Janet Galvin and her staff  Coach Jaicie Botica , Coach Frankie Castagna as well as Coach Lou and Coach Natalie have really helped the girls to get off to a good start for the Bridgeport Bombers Girls 10U program. The girls had their first win in Bombers history in the NSA B Bash Tournament in Kankakee May 3 & 4, 2014 versus the Schaumburg Sluggers. The second game win in the tournament was against the River Valley Rage Widule. The 10U team also had its first couple home runs hit by Daniella Scalise in the NSA B Bash tournament.
 
Sunday May 18, 2014 the girls played in the Rowdie Katz Round Robin in Morris, Illinois.  They won one out of the three games. All three games were close and girls fought to the end.   The tournament also added a special touch in which they awarded an MVP for the opposing team.  For the first game Paige Harenberg was awarded the MVP by Mokena Blast. The second game Vickie Mancine was awarded MVP by the Warrior Wiers. The third game Brianna Perez was awarded MVP by the Rowdie Katz.  The team has been led by outstanding pitching performances by Brooke Metke and Paige Harenberg.  Softball Director Janet Galvin and her staff have done an excellent job of rotating fielding positions so that the girls as well as the parents can learn the game of fast pitch softball to its fullest compliment. We have also had a wonderful following of Bridgeport Bombers parents and friends.  We are looking forward to an exciting summer for the first Bridgeport Bombers 10U Girls softball team. 
 
  
 
MVP’s in Rowdie Katz Round Robin May 18, 2014 in Morris, Illinois
 
Brianna Perez, Paige Harenberg, Vickie Mancine & Jaime Schallor also pictured.
 
 
 
10U Softball Team Rowdie Katz Tournament in Morris, Illinois May 18, 2014
 
The 11's won their 1st game this weekend after a clutch performance by grace dahl. Grace was 3-3 with a base clearing triple. Lexi anaya pitched and only allowed 2 runs. they beat plainfield twisters. In game 2 we faced a formidable opponent in rowdie Katz black who run ruled us. The 3rd game of the day against lisle slammers was certainly in our reach with key defensive plays by frankie bertucci, an a strong battery of lexi anaya and mackenzie woods, who kept the game close. We fell short losing 7-6 after leaving runners stranded in 5 previous innings. Mvp medals were presented to 3 Bombers by opposing coaches. Lexi received one medal and mackenzie woods received 2. Coach Galvin "The girls are improving everytime we get together. They need to continue to build off and work on key fundamentals. I'm excited to see how this team will come together." The 11's travel to romeoville this memorial day weekend to participate in the usssa state tournament.

Bomber 11s GameDay USA Super Regional Runner-up!!

May 4, 2014

The Bridgeport Bombers 11s lost a heart breaker in extra inning to the very good Troy Titans in the GameDay USA Mokena Super Regional Championship game.  The team played very well thoughout the tourney playing Bomber Baseball.

I'm very proud of the boys and they gave everything they had. Each player contributed in one way or another . Was very proud of all the great comments the other coaches gave us. Like I told the Boys, sometimes you need to learn from a loss like this to win something bigger in the future . Plus we are going to Disney now!!

Bomber Baseball , I love it!

 

Bomber 11s Slamfest Champions!!

 

The much talked about Bridgeport Bombers 11s take home their first CRYSTAL of the year with a 9-1 win over the Indiana Playmakers in the Championship game in the Spring Slamfest Tournament at HoChunk.

The teams hard work since January, participating in the proprietary hitting program at Bombers Training Academy, has paid off scoring 40 runs in 4 games with 3 games ending due to mercy rule.  In addition, the teams bunting skills and unorthodox base running had parents scratching their heads all weekend. We wont mention the pitching program that yielded 3 runs all weekend!!

Congratulations to the players for a great effort and I would like to thank the parents for their committment to the Bombers and attending our crazy practice schedule.  It looks like its paying off!  

Pack your bags, get your coolers, dry clean your shirts, fill up the gas tank, this is gonna be a great journey this year!!

 

Chicago is so excited we even had Benny "The Bomber" celebrate our first Championship!!

Bomber 10s Slamfest Champions!!

 

How awesome for a first year team playing together in first tourney to win it!!

Great job men! Great coaching and all the pre-season work in the Bomber Academy is paying off!!

We would like to congratulate the Bombers coaching staff Manager Lawrence, Coach Curtin, Coach Twomey, and Coach Keizer. The early favorites for coach of the year award.

The Bombers Executive Council is very excited about this team from the coaching satff to the players, we thought we found the right mix.  With wnning their first tournament we may be right.

Keep working hard!  

 

MARUCCI!!! Official Bat of THE Bridgeport Bombers!!

 
 
The Bridgeport Bombers would like to announce an agreement with Marucci to be the official bat of the Bridgeport Bombers.  With that being said, we will be offered the opportunity to buy what many say is the best bats on the market today at reduced prices.  
 
This weekend (Feb22-23) and next weekend (March 1-2) we will have demo days so you can try the bats out and pick the one that is right for you.  The BBCOR bats will not be in till next weekend March 1st.  BBCOR are the high school bats. Payment needed at time of order.
 
One cage at the Ultra-Exlusive Bombers Training Academy will be used to allow you to try the bats out and find which one is right for you.
 
Bridgeport Bombers families should have received an email with the prices and a catalog.
 
The Bombers continue to strive to differentiate our club from others. 

 

Bombers Coaches Attend UIC Clinic.

 

The Bridgeport Bombers coaches were invited to attend a coaches clinic organized by the UIC coaching staff this past weekend.  The clinic was great!  The information and drills given to the coaches have already been implemented to help improve our players. The highlight of the camp was a hitting dicsussion led by Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets and a UIC Alum.  However, the highlight of the clinic was seeing Bridgeport Bomber Hall of Famer Ricardo Ramirez helping Granderson with Hitting Clinic. Keep working Rica!!!

The clininc gave us many drills and techniques to work with our players.  The Bombers would like to thank UIC and Curtis Granderson for taking the time out to help us with our player development.

Bombers Wish Sam the Best!!

 

The Bridgeport Bombers family would like to send a big thank you to Sam Palace for working with our kids from November though Janaury.  Sam is leaving us early as he was invited to big league camp with the Washington Nationals.

Sam has been with us for the past three years and his experience and his ability to relate to the kids is the best. Sam has given us some great ideas for training and practice that we have implemented.  Sam is a perfect fit in our BOMBERS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM initiative that was started this year.

We wish Sam the best and will watch his progress this year.  GOOD LUCK SAM!!

Accelerated to Analyze Bombers!!

February 26, 2014

 

With many successful high school and college pitchers, Accelerated has contacted the Bridgeport Bombers to analyze our pitchers. The analysis will be part of a larger study in conjunction with Rush Hospital and Accelerated.  The study will be an attempt to update world famous Dr. Andrews study completed in the past.

The pitchers will be selected by Founder & President Pete Shimkus in conjunction with his coaches.  "This partnership with Accelerated will not only help our players in performance but also will provide key data points for the study that will help all pitchers." - Pete Shimkus

The accelerated video analyis is just another program offered by the Bridgeport Bombers to help our players develop.  The analysis will occur on February 26, 2014 from 5:30-9:30 at the ultra-exclusive Bombers Training Academy. 

Larry Ray Softball Slapping Camp

February 14, 2014

 

Larry Ray will be coming to run a Slapping Camp at the Bombers Training Academy on February 14 from 4-9pm.  We are very lucky to get a coach with his background to come work with kids in Chicago.  

For more information on the camp please contact Janet Galvin (Director of Softball Operations for the Bridgeport Bombers) at jgalvin593@aol.com.

 

Larry Ray's BIO:

A 30-year veteran of coaching, Larry Ray returns for his 21st year as top assistant to Mike Candrea at Arizona.

This will be his 11th-consecutive season after a five-year hiatus during which Ray guided the University of Florida softball team through its inaugural four seasons.

With Mike Candrea on leave to coach the U.S. Olympic team in 2008, Ray - in his second stint as interim head coach - accomplished the feat that had eluded his 2004 club: earning a trip to Oklahoma City for the Women's College Word Series. In the Tucson Super Regional, Ray conquered the team that had dealt him a punishing blow in the `04 Tucson Regional, Oklahoma. A 5-2 victory in deciding game three sent the Cats back to Oklahoma City for the 20th time.

Eight years ago, Ray led Arizona to a sparkling 55-6 record and a Pac-10 Championship. The Wildcats' 53-4 regular season record is one of the best in program history, as UA has lost less than four regular-season contests just twice since the NCAA adopted fastpitch softball as a championship sport.

During his 2004 season as head coach, Arizona's offensive attack took on Ray's emphasis of finding a way on base and blazing through the base paths, 60 feet at a time. Arizona's 129 stolen bases remain its highest tally in the category since 1998. In fact, the `98 team's 136 swiped bags are the only higher team total in the program's 25-year history.

Between his work at Florida and the two campaigns at Arizona, Ray holds a 265-131 (.670) career record in six years of competition as a head coach.

A renowned instructor of slap-hitting, Ray's tutoring has coached some of the best slappers in collegiate softball history. His guidance of Caitlin Lowe helped the four-time first-team All-American land the role of leadoff hitter for the U.S. Women's National Team

Another one of Ray's acclaimed slappers, Autumn Champion - the 2004 national batting champion - completed her eligibility with the fourth-highest batting average in Arizona history. During the 2006 campaign, Champion became just the seventh player in program history to accumulate 300 hits in a career. Of her 314 base knocks, only eight went for extra bases.

That's the beauty of Ray's craft - opponents know what's coming and they still can't stop it. This was no more evident than in Oklahoma City during the 2006 Women's College World Series. Among Lowe, Champion and Adrienne Acton - Arizona's three slappers - the trio compiled a .344 batting average over six games against the nation's best pitchers.

Perhaps even more telling than the fact that Ray's pupils scored 15 of UA's 24 runs, is that they reached base on a combined seven infield errors by opponents flustered by the prospect of yet another infield single.

Before returning to Arizona in 2002, Ray established the UF program and guided the Gators to a 169-106 record in his four years of competition. Florida made the post-season tournament and was ranked in the Top 25 in two of the four years during his tenure.

UF's 1998 campaign brought Ray considerable regard. Ray led Florida to a 47-22 season, claiming the Southeastern Conference regular-season title, the SEC Eastern Division title and earning the Gator's first-ever trip to the NCAA Regional Championships. For his efforts, Ray earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. After a year of recruiting and developing team processes for the new Florida program in 1996, Ray led the Gators to a 42-25 inaugural season record (16-8 SEC) in 1997, including a third-place finish in the SEC Eastern Division and a trip to the SEC Tournament Championship game. Florida also split with nationally ranked rivals Florida State and South Florida and defeated No. 12 Oklahoma State, while playing a challenging schedule that included five Women's College World Series teams.

 

 

Bombers Training Academy - "Train with a Purpose"

Bombers Development Program Released!!

 

 

 

The times and dates for the Bombers Development Program have been added to the calender by age group.  The Bombers Executive committee is making it a priority this year to improve its player development program.  As you can see from the amount of practice time alone, our club will move to the head of the class.  

The first week of practice we will be taking quantitative measurements on all our players that will be saved in a player profile for each of our kids.  These measurements will then be taken again the first week of April, prior to our first games.

All practices and development will occur at the ultra-exclusive, state of the art, Bombers Training Academy.

The Beginning of Bombers Softball!!

Bombers Headed to Cooperstown Dreams Park

The Bombers have received their invite to attend the Week of August 2nd to Cooperstown DreamsPark. 

The Bridgeport Bombers twelve year old team will be the 8th Bomber team (2006, 2008,2009, 2011,2012,2013(2)) that will attend the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament.

For those that dont know about the Tournament it is considered the greatest expereience for a 12 year old player. The Bombers past teams that went there still rememeber the fun that they had and considered that one of their greatest trips of all time. Over 3,000 teams get turned down a year to attend Cooperstown Dreams park. The Bombers cherish their invite every year.

I highly reccomend that you visit the website below for additional details.

Cooperstown Dreams Park


Cooperstown Accomadations

Bridgeport Bomber Trevino Commits to Villanova

 

 

Congratulations to Trevino Rodgriguez and his family on his verbal commitment to Villanova!  Trevino has worked very hard over the past 2 years to develop into a D1 player.  His hard work has paid off!  Looks like the Bridgeport Bombers are turning into a college pitching factory !  

 

Great Job Trev!!

 

 

Bomber's 10U Softball Coaches Announced!!

The Bridgeport Bombers Softball Program is pleased to announce that we have named Alex Garza and Francesca (Frankie) Castagna as Co-Head Coaches for the 2013-14 10u Team. 
 
"The Bombers are excited about having Frankie and Alex as part of our organization." - Pete Shimkus (Founder & President)
 
Frankie Castagna
 
Frankie is a sophomore at Lewis University and is studying to be an Athletic Trainer. Frankie is a member of the Lewis Flyer Women’s Softball, where she is currently an infielder.  Frankie has had a successful softball career. She is a 2012 graduate of De La Salle where she was a member of the Basketball and Softball teams. Frankie is the recipient of many awards and honors during her career at De La Salle. In her senior season, Frankie was selected to the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) all Conference Team, and received the Brother I Austin Award for Academics and Athletics. Frankie was also named the Illinois High School (IHSA) Division I, Do What’s Right Sportsperson of the year award! Frankie formerly played travel softball for the Chicago Rockets and Chicago Outburst. 
 
Alex Garza
 
Alex is currently attending Harold Washington College and is majoring in Criminal Justice. Alex has also had a successful softball career to date. She has been playing softball since the age of five. Alex is a former member of the De La Salle Softball program where she was named to the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference teams during her sophomore and senior seasons. In 2012 Alex was selected to participate in the Chicago Sun-Times All Star Bandits Game. She was a member of the Chicago Rockets Softball team where she played shortstop and outfield.  
 
Frankie and Alex not only excelled on the field, they also excelled in the classroom helping their teammates receive academic awards from the IHSA in 2010 and 2012.
 
The Bridgeport Bombers Softball program is excited to have these young talented coaches. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge, talent and energy to our program.
 
They will be assisting Janet Galvin, The Director of Softball Operations with player development and will be responsible for the weekly practices and tournaments for the 10u team. The Bridgeport Bombers Softball Program welcomes Frankie to its Coaching Staff.
 
Please welcome Frankie and Alex to the Bridgeport Bombers Team!

Janet Galvin-Director of Softball Operations!

August 12, 2013

The Bridgeport Bombers are excited to announce Janet Galvin as Director of Softball Operations.  Janet will be responsible for player development for the softball division of the Bridgeport Bombers.  In addition, Janet will coach our 11U team.

 "The Bridgeport Bombers are excited about the development of our girls softball program and feel lucky to have Janet." - President Pete Shimkus

Janet will also be developing camps and clinics for all to help develop their softball skills.  Camps and clinics will be held at the new Bombers Training Academy (bombersacademy.com).  Watch website for dates and times.

Janet comes to the Bombers after a successful career in both fast pitch and 16” softball. Janet attended Lourdes High School where she participated in a variety of sports. In 2005, she was inducted into the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (CGAC) Hall of Fame.  After Lourdes, she attended Lewis University on a softball scholarship and played softball and volleyball. While at Lewis, she set several records that remain unbroken to this day. At Lewis, Janet was a 3 time MVP, and was selected to the Great Lakes Valley All Conference teams several times. In 1992, she was inducted into the Lewis University Hall of Fame. Janet alsohad a tremendous career playing 16” softball playing for many great teams such as Desparados-Rose n Crown, Shinnicks-Bad Attitude, and Wilson. In 2008, Janet was inducted into the 16” Softball Hall of Fame.  

 

In addition to her stellar playing career, Janet has coached and managed many softball and volleyball teams for the past 30 years.  Janet is the former Director and Head coach of the Chicago Rockets Softball team. Janet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bombers.

 

Janet is currently employed by the City of Chicago. She and her husband, Jim, have two children, James who is studying to be a Chiropractor at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield Missouri and daughter Julie is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, Indiana.

 

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