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2015 Sparks Tryouts

   Each tryout will be conducted at the Bo Jackson Dome our indoor facility.  17130 Prime Blvd, Lockport, Il 60441.  Please do not request individual tryouts as it is not fair to all players.  Please wear a shirt with your name on it and wear shorts as it will most likely be hot in the dome.  Players should tryout for their grade age not the birth eligible age.  Tryouts will be split into 3 days.  Day 1 will be for pitchers and catchers.  Day 2 will be the hitting portion and day 3 will be infield and outfield portion.  Sparks fees for 9u-14u will range from $1800 to $2000 this season. Cost for 15u-17u will range from $1500-$1700. Price includes the dome use and all the off season training along with our new weight room.  Price also includes all your games etc.  Uniforms are seperate for first year players.  All tryout participants must register online on our website.  Form is located in the right hand corner of this page.

 

Tryouts dates and times

Attend all three days do not attend day 1 if you dont pitch or catch.  We have openings for players at all age levels we are looking for high end ability type players.  We are not looking to replace current Sparks will players of the same ability level.  Players must be stronger players than our current guys.  Current Sparks should attend the tryout.  Please do not wear Sparks gear at the tryout.  

9u tryouts the players that made team have been contacted.  Any 9u player that would like a private tryout should email kevinsefcik@sbcglobal.net.  We still have 3-4 spots remaining.

10u tryouts are completed and all players that made the team have been contacted.

11u tryouts are completed all players that made team have been contacted.

12u July 21st 5-6:30 Pitchers and Catchers

12u July 22nd 5-6:30 Hitting

12u July 23rd 5-6:30 defense and running times

13u July 21st 6:30-8:00 Pitchers and Catchers

13u July 22nd 6:30-8:00 Hitting

13u July 23rd 6:30-8:00 defense and running times

14u July 21st  8:00-9:30 Pitchers and Catchers

14u July 22nd 8:00-9:30 Hitting

14u July 23rd 8:00-9:30 defense and running times

15u,16u,17u July 28th 5:00-8:00 Pitchers and Catchers

15u,16u,17u July29th 5:00-8:00 Hitting

15u,16u,17u July 30th 5:00-8:00 defense and running times

18u will not have any tryouts this year. 

 

2014 Illinois Spark Major League Draft Choices

Sam Travis 1b Providence High School Indiana University 2nd rd Boston Red Sox

Mark Payton of, St.Rita and University of Texas 7th rd New York Yankees

Jake Latz LHP Lemont High School 11th rd Toronto Blue Jays

Matt Trowbridge lhp Providence High School, Central Michigan U 13th rd Baltimore Orioles

Ian Tomkins c 14th rd Kansas City Royals

Charlie White of University of Maryland 21st rd Chicago Cubs

Jake Godfrey RHP Providence High School 21st rd Atlanta Braves

Mike Hollenbeck c Joliet West and Illinois State University 23rd Chicago White Sox

Kevin Reiher c Parkland Junior College 24th rd Atlanta Braves

Zach Lewis rhp St. Laurence 33rd Pittsburgh Pirates

Brad Bass rhp Lincolnway Central 33rd Chicago Cubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Sparks College Commitments

2014 Jake Shepski.............................Notre Dame
2014 Mike Kornacker................................Purdue
2014 Jake Latz..............................................LSU
2014 Brad Bass.................................Notre Dame
2014 Bryan Pall.....................................Michigan
2014 Jake Drada.......................Western Michigan
2014 Brad Wood..........................Northern Illinois
2014 Joe Jumonville....................Northern Illinois
2014 Luke Morgan..........................South Alabama
2014 Nate Soria...........................Xavier University
2014 Dylan Rosa.....................Kent State University
2014 Eric Luecht............................Lewis University
2014 Tim DalPorto...................Kent State University
2014 Jake Terrazas....................St. Louis University
2014 DJ Rybski...................................Indiana Tech
2014 Chris Delgadillo........Indiana U/Purdue U at Fort Wayne
2014 DJ Lee............................................Richmond
2014 Neal Tyrell................................Lewis University
2014 Aaron Donald.....................South Suburban (JC)
2014 Phil Kunsa...................Middle Tennessee State
2014 Kevin Mampe...................University of St. Francis
2014 Erik Eggert........................St. Xavier University
2014 Marko Boricich................................Penn State
2014 Ian McGinnis..........................Illinois Wesleyan
2014 Nick Bruns...........................Prairies State (JC)
2014 Justin Davis.......................Denison University (OH)
2014 Carter Snyder..................................Trinity (CT)
2014 Mike Wagner.....................Alleghany College (PA)
2014 Pat Michalak....................University of St. Francis
2014 Jake Godfrey............................................LSU
2014 Nick Nowak........................St. Xavier University
2014 C.J. Pakeltis.........................MacMurray College
2014 Zach Speaker...................University of St. Francis

2014 Nicko Kutsulis...............Carthage College
2015 Jack Szott.........................Western Michigan
2015 Kyle Shimp..........................University of Iowa

2015 Marty Bechina.....................Michigan State
2016 Mike Massey.........................................Illinois


Click here for a complete list of past college commitments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparks Players currently in Professional Basball
click on link for player stats

TJ McFarland AAA Baltimore Orioles
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcfartj01.shtml

John Ruettiger AA Baltimore Orioles
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=ruetti001joh

Tony Zych AA Chicago Cubs
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=zych--001ton

Mike Foltynewicz AAA Houston Astros
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=foltyn001mic

Kyle Stroup A Boston Red Sox
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=stroup001kyl

Casey Crosby AAA Detroit
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=crosby001cas

Kyle Kaminska
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=kamins001kyl

Seth Blair AA St. Louis
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=blair-001set

Dietrich Enns A  New York Yankees
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=enns--000die

Mike McQuillan A Washington Nationals
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mcquil000mik

Justin Ringo A St. Louis
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=ringo-000jus

Sam Travis A Boston

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=travis000sam

Mark Payton A New York Yankees

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=payton001mar

Matt Trowbridge A Baltimore

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=trowbr000mat

Ian Tomkins A Kansas City

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=tomkin000ian

Charlie White A Chicago Cubs

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=white-012cha

Mike Hollenbeck A Chicago White Sox

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=white-012cha

Kevin Reiher A Atlanta Braves

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=reiher000kev

 


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