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Tryouts for SLT 2015 Teams



Stateline Thunder will be hosting tryouts for its 2015 

travel softball teams. We will be fielding teams in the 10 & 

under (10U) through 16 & under (16U) age divisions, 

(10U, 11U, 12U, 14U and 16U). 18U tryouts TBA – “Like 

Us” on Facebook and watch our website 



WHEN: Saturday July 26th or Sunday August 3rd 

10U thru 12U 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

14U thru 16U 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 


WHO: Players who are 16 years of age or younger as of 

January 1st, 2015. 


*Number of teams and age divisions will be determined after 

tryouts are complete* 



Please RSVP if interested or with any questions to 



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10u with a 2nd and a 1st place finish starting summer out.

May 16-18 Fury Spring Fling

Thunder 10U earned a 2nd Place Finish with a 4-2 record.  The team got off to a great start in the championship game by scoring 4 runs in the first inning but eventually lost 10-8.  Earning wins on the weekend were Cheyenne Handsaker (2), Emmie Nyen and Taylor Greenfield.  Leading hitters were Lauren McCartney (.562 avg) and Kara Erdmann (.529 avg)   


June 8 Freeport Crush Summer Smash

Thunder 10U earned a 1st place finish in Freeport with a 4-0 record and cruising in the championship game to a 13-1 final score.  4 different starting pitchers earned wins while only allowing 1 run for the entire tournament.  On the offensive side of the ball the team got great run support up and down the lineup while averaging 16.5 runs per game.  Great job ladies!!  

13u Tournaments Update, busy season so far.

13U went undefeated in Dells Tourn 12-29,30. went 2-0 in pool play not allowing any runs and were powered by HR's by Olivia Penny(2), Abby Picha, and Hannah Holland. Thunder went on to win Championship 10-8 and qualifying for the USSSA World Series.
13U Started the spring with a trip to the Quad Cities April 4-5 and went 4-2 on the weekend. Started off strong going 3-1 in pool play. Outscored opponents in pool play 25-8 and only had 3 errors in 4 games. Thunder finished 7th in the gold bracket losing to 1st place nationally ranked Heartland Havoc before finishing tourn on a strong note winning 4-3.
13U visited the Illinois Gold one day qualifier on April 12th and went undefeated winning the tourn by out scoring opponents 20-5. It was good to see everyone hit and really put  3 nice games together to dominate.
holding the gold trophy
13U was in Freeport for the Pretzel twist classic the weekend of April 25-27th. Started the tourn on Friday with a win over Extreme Steam. Sat morning provided a clash between 2 Thunder teams with 13U winning 10-2. Finished pool play with a rain shorted 3-1 win overMarengo to earn the right to play for the championship. With a match up between Thunder and Rock Falls the girls really came together for the best showing thus far and dominated the game with no errors solid hitting and a 11-0 win. Girls outscored opponents 24-1.
13U were back at Illinois Gold for the weekend of May 4-5th. Thunder 3-1 in pool play out scoring opponents 25-19 and earning a 2 seed in bracket play. Girls came out on Sunday and won the first game before taking a couple of losses to end the tourn in 5th place.
13U spends Saturday of mothers day weekend playing for mom's and earning 4th place. We were finally able to play in warm weather and spend some time with our Mom's.
13U visits Roscoe for the Fury Spring Fling and starts out tourn strong with an 8-0 win. Thunder ended up pool play 1-2 and was defeated by #1 ranked Havoc. Sun provided a  rematch between Thunder and Havoc with Havoc winning in the first 2 meetings this year. This time the girls came ready and were able to defeat Havoc 8-3 with solid hitting and great defense. We finished the tourn in 3rd place.
13U invades OKC to play in the OKC challenge and also attend all of the 2014 WCWS games. Girls were excited to be able to sit in the Alabama fan section and even made it onto live TV on ESPN. Girls went 2-1-1 on the weekend before being rained out with a 16th finish of 40 teams. The experience was one the girls will never forget.
13U returns from OKC to travel to Rockford for the Illinois Gold Summer qualifier. We ended up 3-3 on the weekend with a 7th place finish. 
13U traveled into Elk Grove for a PGF tourn June 13-15th. Girls started off pool play with a 9-4 win before suffering a tough loss and a tie to get a 6th seed and a matchup with the #1 seed on Sunday. Thunder played well but suffered a 5-2 loss to Elk Grove Heat. 

SLT Thunder representing at the Women's Softball College World Series.

Great video of SLT players on ESPN during the College World Series, check out the video on the Facebook page, cannot get the video to work on here.

10u brings home the 2nd Place Trophy at the Illinois Gold Spring Qualifier 5/3-5/4 !

Thunder 10U went 5-2 on the weekend and brought home a 2nd place Trophy losing to Stateline Fury in the Championship game 14-9.  The team went 2-0 during pool play and earned the #2 seeding for the bracket play.  10U had 4 different winning pitchers on the weekend including a strong performance behind Kara Erdmann against the Fury in pool play and a perfect game from Taylor Greenfield in the playback rounds.  Cheyenne Handsaker was named Defensive MVP for her great play during the pool play rounds.  Offensively the team was led by Reese Coon (Offensive MVP) who batted .692 with 8 homeruns and over 20 RBI's.  Adding to the offense for the weekend was Payton Meier (2 Homeruns and 2 doubles) and Tori Plowman, who each hit .500 along with Taylor Greenfield who hit .473 including 13 runs scored.  Congratulations ladies on a successful tournament. 


10u 2nd Place Illinois Gold Spring Tournament

10u Recap of 4/25-4/27 - 3rd Place at Pretzel Twist Tourney

Thunder 10U went 2-1 on the weekend and brought home 3rd place at the Pretzel Twist Classic. In Pool play action the team was 2-0 earning a #2 seed for bracket play.  The team fought valiantly in the semifinals but came up short in a 2-0 loss to eventual champion Sterling Steam.  Winning pitchers on the weekend were Kara Erdmann and Taylor Greenfield.  Leading the way offensively was Greenfield (.629 avg), Emmie Nyen (.600 avg), and Mckayla Riemer (.429 avg.). 

10u Results from 4/19/2014

The 10u split the 4 games of the round robin tournament
4/19 Round Robin (2-2)
Thunder 7 Sterling Steam 8
Thunder 19 Amboy Rage 6
Thunder 7 DSA2K3 2
Thunder 0 Bordertown Bandits 11
10u 4/19/2014

New section - The Players do more than just softball

This section is for any accomplishments that your player might have acheived, other sports they might play, ect that we can highlight that is NOT softball related showing they are more than just softball player.  Things that might be highlighted are grades, awards, other sports, well really just anything that might show how they are more than just a softball player.  Feel free to email these to the board so your players can get recoginized for their NON softball accomplishments by Thunder.

Thunder players making making a great showing in High School.

Samantha Hughes and Morgan Robb both Sophomores in high school are making their presence known, Hughes with Freeport and Robb with Orangeville are showcased in the Freeport Journal Standard.


Finger Injuries don't slow down Morgan Robb.

Freeport Pitcher Samantha Hughes Adjusting Quickly.


Click on the above links to read the articles about 2 of our 16u players, interesting enough Samantha is a Pitcher and Morgan is a Catcher.


Congratulations Ladies. 




12U Thunder Runners Up at Season Opener in West Chicago

Saturday 4/12/2014

Game one Elk Grove Heat, Thunder wins 4-3 

Game two 10-0 loss to Algonquin Aces

Game three 6-5 win over St. Charles Comets, with a two run homer by Jenna Green to end the game  


Sunday  4/13/2014

Started day with a 9-1 win over Bridgeport Bombers 

Game two 4-3 win over Devils Fast Pitch 

Championship Game with Algonquin Aces—Rain and wind and a handful of injuries, the Thunder went six innings tied. The game went into an International tie breaker situation and Thunder loses by one in a tough fought game. Second place earned medals and a bat each girl will sign. Very proud of how hard each girl played all weekend.


12u 2014 first tournament runner up



Thunder Wins 13u Artic Roundup 2 USSA Qualifier

On December 29th and 30th Stateline Thunder 13U was in action at the Arctic Roundup 2 USSSA Qualifier in the Wisconsin Dells. As the temps were a frigid -15 below outside the play was hot inside. The 1st game was against the Falls Angels, Thunder was clicking on all cylinders winning 11-0. Thunder continued the same level of play the 2nd game for a repeat of 11-0 against the Rock River Stix. Kelsey Thatcher, Katie Nevdal and Hannah Holland provided solid pitching and the rest of the team played a great "D" behind them and behind the plate.


   Thunder played to a 7 - 0 lead in the Championship game, but the Falls Angels had revenge on their mind. They fought their way back to 7 - 4 late in the game. Thunder played solid defense the final inning to seal the victory. The ball had plenty of pop this weekend with 3 girls ( Olivia "O" Penney (3), Abby Picha (1) and Hannah Holland (1)) hitting a total of 5 home runs over the fence.


   Congratulations on a nice tournament victory to end 2013.

Fundraiser at Jimmy John's

April 28, 2014

Come out and support SLT at Jimmy Johns's.



Stateline Thunder Alumni List

A Stateline Thunder Alumni Hall of Fame page has been added with a link inside of the page to see all players who have been with Stateline Thunder over the years.  If anyone see's someone missing please contact the board at:  It would be nice to be able to have all former players on this list.


We are very excited about our 2014 seasons and can't wait to get started.

In 2014, Stateline Thunder will have teams in the 10U, 12U, 13U, 14U, and 16U age divisions.


Stateline Thunder is proud to announce the addition of Casey Coon to our 2014 coaching staff. Casey will head coach our 2014 16U team along with her sister Lynsey and mother Monica as assistant coaches.

Coon was a 2005 graduate of Freeport High School with 4-Time All-Conference honors including a NIC-9 MVP before becoming a Blackhawk Brave for her first two years of college. As a Freshmen and Sophomore, she was an All-American pitcher and earned All-Conference, All-Region, and National All-Tournament Team honors. She transferred to Upper Iowa University after her sophomore year where she played NCAA softball throughout her junior and senior years. 

In her 2009-2010 season as a senior, she started 36 of 36 games, batted .407 with a .542 slugging %, .485 on base %, and a .984 fielding %. She led her team in at bats, stolen bases, total bases, runs scored, and hits, and earned All-Conference honors.

Coon's assistants, her mother and sister, are also softball pedigree from the area. Monica Coon was Head Softball Coach at Highland Community College until 2013, after being an Assistant Softball Coach from 2006 to 2010.

Lynsey Coon was also a 4-Time All-Conference selection as a Freeport Pretzel. She went on to play softball for Highland and at Ashford University in Clinton, IA and earned All-Conference honors all 4 years as a catcher.

Casey and her family have been helping Stateline Thunder since 2009 by occasionally giving private instructions to players within the program. Their knowledge of the game will not only be an incredible asset to her team, but to the program as a whole.

The Coon name has been synonymous with softball in Northwestern Illinois and Stateline Thunder is proud to add Casey, Monica, and Lynsey to our program.


The weekend of June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd was the USSSA Illinois State Tournament for Stateline Thunder's 10U and 12U teams. The weather brought its own Thunder on Friday and Saturday causing rain delays for the whole tournament but the 10U and 12U teams brought the BOOM all weekend long and both brought home hardware.

The 10U team earned a 3rd place finish with a 4-2 record. They outscored their opponents 29-10 in their 4 wins and Emma Norton and Reese Coon were named to the All-Tournament team. Brycelynn Smith was named Offensive MVP of the tournament and best of all, Stateline Thunder 10U was chosen for the Sportsmanship Award by the tournament directors.

The 12U team improved upon their 5th place finish in 2012 with a 4th place finish this year. They got off to a slow start in pool play and were the #3 seed out of their pool but came alive in the double elimination bracket by winning their first two games against #1 seeds from other pools. A loss to the eventual state champion team knocked them down into the bottom half of the bracket where they won another game against another #1 seed to make the final four teams. They were eventually knocked out of the tournament by the 2nd place team in the state. Hannah Holland and Abby Smith were named to the All-Tournament team.

Congratulations to both teams on being 1 of the top teams in Illinois.


SLT 12U & 14U teams were able to earn undefeated tournament records May 31st thru June 2nd in Oregon, WI. Both teams were the #1 seed coming out of pool play and maintained their winning ways all the way through their bracket and championship games.

The 12U team won their championship game 5-4 and 14U won their championship by a score of 11-5.

Great job to both teams!



All three Thunder teams were in action June 8th and 9th in Morrison, IL in a USSSA Qualifier. The 10U team started the winning trend by going 3-0 in pool play and earning the #1 seed going into the single elimination bracket.

Thunder 12U and 14U teams also followed suit by earning perfect 3-0 records in pool play and the #1 seed in their respective brackets.

On Sunday, Thunder 10U made quick work of the semi-final game with a 15-0 victory. In the Championship game, it was a rematch of a close 3-2 win for Thunder in pool play against Sterling Steam. This time, Thunder would leave no doubt and went on to get the win by a score of 7-1.

The team had a batting average of .452 for the weekend and oustcored their opponents 44-4 with the help of strong pitching and a no-hitter on Saturday and perfect game on Sunday.

Thunder 12U and 14U also earned their 1st place finishes but, unfortunately, they were not able to win them in traditional fashion. With only the 12U and 14U championship games left to be completed and during the 1st inning of the 12U Championship game, mother nature unleashed enough rain to shut down the tournament after the fields became unplayable.

The tournament director was forced to go back through pool play and complete bracket games to consider head to head matchup results and to calculate runs scored vs. runs allowed. After all numbers were in, SLT 12U and 14U teams were declared champions of their divisions thus giving Stateline Thunder a total sweep of the tournament.

SLT 12U outscored their opponents in pool play 31-5 and the 14U team put 29 runs on the board while only allowing 4.

Their performances during pool play paid off and earned them the tournament sweep.


Stateline Thunder's 10U team competed in a USSSA Qualifier in Roscoe, IL on May 18th and 19th. Their 5-1 record and 2nd place finish at the tournament earned them more points, more power rating, and qualified them for the USSSA World Series at the end of the summer.

Their only loss in the tournament came in the championship game against a team they had beaten earlier in the tournament. The game was close through all 7 innings but SLT couldn't get passed third base and lost the game 3-0 after giving up 2 unearned runs in the 1st inning.

However, more points and more power rating with their successful weekend earned them a #2 ranking in Illinois for power rating and #3 for points. 

Even more impressive is SLT 10U's #24 ranking in the entire United States for USSSA power rating.

Congratulations to all SLT 10U players and coaches on the incredible accomplishment.


The weekend of May 4th and 5th was a busy one for SLT's 10U and 12U teams. They were both competing in a USSSA Qualifier in Davis Junction, IL.

Saturday, May 4th started bright and early for the 10U team with their first game at 8am against the Jr. Warriors from McHenry at Don Schmidt Fields. SLT played them tough all game but came up short by 1 run with a 2-1 loss in pool play. In their next game with Cary Crush, Thunder got back to their winning ways with a 5-1 win. In bracket play Saturday afternoon, they would be paired up with Cary Crush again and this time, SLT added an exclamation point to the win with an 11-0 victory to move them on in the winner's half of the double elimination bracket.

Sunday morning's first matchup would offer a chance for revenge against the McHenry Jr. Warriors but SLT would come up short again with a 5-2 loss. Now moved down into the bottom half of the bracket, SLT would have to beat the Beloit Screamers to have a chance to get into the Championship game where they would have to win twice like they did in Freeport to win the tournament. However, the Beloit Screamers edged out SLT this time in a 4-1 game. Their win would put them in the Championship game against McHenry. The loss would put Stateline Thunder 10U in 3rd place for the tournament but 1 position away from earning an automatic bid to the USSSA National Tournament.

Emma Norton from SLT's 10U team was voted Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the tournament after pitching 7 innings, only giving up 1 earned run on 2 hits, and having 12 strikeouts during pool play. Thunder's pitching core had a combined weekend total of 3 earned runs in 27 innings with 40 strikeouts. SLT 10's record for the season is 15-5.

SLT's 12U team was in action at Davis Junction where their first game would match them up against the Joliet Dirt Devils. The game was close but some keys plays in the field would cost SLT the victory with a final score of 9-6. In their second game, SLT would come back with a new focus and drive and get a big win against Illinois Gold by a score of 16-7. The 1-1 record in pool play would earn them the #2 seed in their pool after winning the tie breaker over Bureau County Blaze. 

In bracket play, SLT would face off in the first round against Big Dogs Invasion who they hadn't beaten yet this year. SLT's bats were hot and their defense was strong. Big Dogs took an early lead but SLT chipped away with a run here and a run there. Eventually, they would take a 2 run lead late in the game and the defense would hold strong to earn the 5-3 victory.

In the second bracket game for SLT 12U, they would matchup against the Oak Park Windmills. Again, SLT's defense was playing tough but the Windmill's bats proved to be too hot in this game. The loss put SLT into the bottom half of the bracket where their next game would be against Sterling Steam on Sunday morning at 8am.

SLT was pumped and ready right away Sunday and came out hot with an 8-4 win over Sterling and an 8-4 win over Kishwaukee Valley Storm. The next round would put them up against Bureau County Blaze. At this point in the tournament, only 6 teams were left from the original 12. The game was close and SLT played tough but Bureau County edged them out 5-4 to knock SLT out of the tournament with a record of 4-3 for the weekend and improving their season record to 19-9.


All three Stateline Thunder softball teams were in action at the Pretzel Twist Classic softball tournament this past weekend at Read Park in Freeport, IL. A beautiful weekend welcomed teams from Marengo, Oswego, Freeport, Dakota, Peru, Mendota, Amboy, Belvidere, Sterling and Stillman Valley. 

All three teams played amazing softball all weekend long and earned a tournament record of 15-2 for the SLT program. 

The 10U team was 7-1 on the weekend with their only loss coming in a 1-0 pitcher's duel. They only allowed 6 runs all weekend and didn't allow a single hit on Saturday. The sole loss forced them to come through the bottom half of the bracket to get back to the Championship game where they defeated the Sterling Sharks not once, but twice to become Pretzel Twist Classic Champs.

The 12U team was 4-1 on the weekend wth their only loss coming in pool play. They were the #2 seed after their loss to Marengo but won a rematch in bracket play to make it to the championship game where they would have to face Marengo for a third time. In the championship game, Thunder took an early 8-1 lead but the game was far from over after Marengo scored a few runs here and there to get back in the game before Thunder locked them down defensively to capture the 8-7 win and title of Pretzel Twist Classic Champs.

The 14U team was 4-0 on the weekend despite having to play with 8 players in their Sunday morning game to get into the championship. With only 2 outfielders and having to take an out everytime the 9 spot in the lineup was up to bat, Thunder held off the Amboy Rage for a 2-1 victory. In the championship game, they would face Amboy again but this time Thunder would have a 9 player roster and managed to get the win 4-2 and complete the sweep of the Pretzel Twist Classic.

So far this season, Thunder has won every division of every travel softball tournament hosted in Freeport as the 12U team also won the Freeport Stix Slugfest 12U tournament held on April 20th and 21st at Read Park in Freeport.


Pretzel Twist Classic Photo Album


The weather this past weekend was cold, but Stateline Thunder’s 12U team was hot while earning a 5-1 record in the Freeport Stix Slugfest 12U tournament. 

The Stix Slugfest 12U tournament on April 20th and 21st in Freeport at the Read Park Fourplex attracted teams such as Express Fastpitch – Stillman Valley, Big Dogs Xtreme – Machesney Park, Lil’ Wahoos – Dakota, Bison Outlaws – Loves Park, Grayslake Pride – Grayslake, Freeport Stix – Freeport, Stateline Thunder – Orangeville, and Illinois Gold – Davis Junction.

Thunder players from Freeport, Orangeville, Warren, Forreston, and Thompson outmatched Express Fastpich and the Bison Outlaws in pool play while losing their sole game to Big Dogs Xtreme. The 2-1 record in pool play earned them a #2 seed in their pool and matched them up against Lil’ Wahoos from Dakota in the first round of the bracket on Sunday morning.

Both teams took the field at 9:00am with temperatures around 40 degrees and wind gusts of 15mph. Stateline Thunder took the win with a 13-5 score and moved on to the second round against Express Fastpitch where they also won, 11-6.

In the Championship game, Stateline Thunder was matched up against the Bison Outlaws from Loves Park. A huge first inning put Thunder in the lead 7-0 and they would never look back. After big hits and solid defense from all Stateline Thunder players, they outscored their opponent 16-4 to earn the title of Champion.

2013 Stateline Thunder Roster:

Josie Bunker – Freeport

Dharma Heidenreich – Warren

Hannah Holland – Orangeville

Tia Clark – Orangeville

Amaya Bouvia – Freeport

Abby Smith – Freeport

Emma Aljets – Thompson

Maddie Cahoon – Orangeville

Abby Picha – Freeport

Kirsten Kiper - Freeport

Courtney Timm - Forreston


Stateline Thunder 12U is coached by Mike Smith, Tony Picha, and Delbert Bunker.


2013 Stix Slugfest 12U Photo Album


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