Chicago Bandits VS.

Windy City Thunderbolts

face off in Battle of the Sexes matchup will be June 23, 2014



 


 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits and the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League are proud to announce a “Battle of the Sexes” fastpitch softball game at Standard Bank Stadium (14011 Kenton Ave) in Crestwood, Ill. on Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m. to allow fans to view batting practice.

The exhibition game will be the first time since 2011 that the Bandits have participated in this popular event. They’ve packed local minor league ballparks throughout the area during these games are excited to bring this great event to
the Southside at the Thunderbolt’s home park.
Members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) since 2005, the Bandits roster has boasted some of the best softball players in the world including two-time Olympian and former NPF Pitcher of the Year, Jennie Finch. The Bandits currently hold a 3-1 record against the men from various professional baseball teams.

The Bandits don’t take these games lightly and play them with extreme intensity. Bandits General Manager, Aaron M. Moore, knows how competitive these games can be. “We’re looking forward to the Battle of the Sexes game against the Thunderbolts,” said Moore. “We’ve had great success in the past with these games and we’re looking for that to continue. The Thunderbolts run a first-class operation and it’s going to be an exciting game.” Thunderbolts General Manager, Mike Lucas, is well aware of how special this event is to have on the Southside of Chicago. “We’re excited to host the Bandits,” said Lucas. “They have an elite franchise in the NPF. Our goal is to welcome a new demographic of fans to Standard Bank Stadium. Everyone in attendance, from the players and staff to the fans, are going to be in for a fun evening.” More
information about the Battle of the Sexes game against the Thunderbolts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Windy City Thunderbolts 2014 season go on sale Monday, March 3 at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets online, visit wcthunderbolts.com or call 708-489-2255 to order.

Chicago Bandits 2014 home opener is set for Saturday, May 31 when the Bandits host the Akron Racers at the Ballpark at Rosemont. Single-game tickets for all 2014 home games, including the home opener will go on sale Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m.

For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit us on the web at www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-722-6348.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Windy City Ice News



 

We will be extending our tryouts due to the expansion of three new teams at the 16U, 15u and 14U level. Due to the
“great” numbers of softball players that came out, we only need a player at each level to finish our teams. The Ice Organization is fielding 9 teams this year. 
 



 

*** A pitcher at the 16U, and 15U level***

 

 

***The 14U and 16U is looking for a Catcher***

 

 

We will be holding private tryouts, so please call Bill Graffeo at

 

708-829-4411.

 

 

UK & Bradley Welcomes Ice

 

Windy City Ice takes a  road trip to University of Kentucky to participate in their Prospect Camp. Two  freshman, six sophomores and three juniors attack the new softball complex at  UK. All the girls were at their best through the entire camp. They were at the top of their game, which allowed them to shine on the field. This put  their efforts at the top of 89 girls that were there. As a matter fact  they did so well that Coach Lawson invited them to come to the next camp which  will have a 30 girl limit. The UK Lady Wildcats took a liking to the Ice  players and made them feel right at home. The players and coaches gave the  girls great advice which allowed them to perform even better throughout the two sessions. All this allowed them to give their best at the plate and in the  field while doing all the different drills. After the camp was over, we drove  around the big and beautiful UK campus. We finished up at the bookstore  and then we headed to the hotel took showers. We went out and had a  great Mexican meal and a lot of fun conversation. We finally decided we had  enough for one day, so we went back to our rooms and crashed for the  evening. 

 

We then got up early the next morning had  breakfast and took road trip to Bradley University. There we met Coach Chris  Malveaux who took us around campus. I think the girls were very impressed with  everything at Bradley from the alumni Hall down to the quad. The athletic  building was something to see with all its bells and whistles. We ended the tour  at the softball field where Coach Malveaux gave his little talk about the love of the game. He told the girls he will be coming to see our teams at the St.  Louis showcase II the first week of November. He also plans on doing a camp for  the Ice organization in October. All in all I think these 11 girls had a great  weekend and put 960 miles under their belt along with the belly buster  burgers from the Burger Barge in Peoria.

 

The girls and I want to give a big thanks to  Laura Graffeo and Patrick Haase for chaperoning this Ice event.

Windy City Ice Coaching Staff

 

 

10U Coaches Mike Richy and John Mangan

 

12U Coaches Randy Justin, Mike Justin and John Conway

 

14u Black Coaches Mike Izzo & Larry Roberts

 

14U Blue Coaches Lee Serritella, Bill Stanley, and Matt Ward

 

15U Coaches Rob Gaskin and Tom Malloy

 

16U Coaches Todd Swaw, Ken Fahrforth and Melissa Stoch

 

16U Coach Fred Barrios

 

16U Coaches Bill Graffeo, Patrick Haase, Jason Scott, and

       Bob Mackrola

 

18U Coaches Kevin McCutcheon and Joe Drew

 

 

Windy City Ice 16U Rocks ASA Northern National

Windy City Ice 16U Invades Rochester, Minnesota for the ASA "A" NORTHERN NATIONALS. They compiled an 8 - 2 record and finished in fifth place out of 67 teams. This was a great team effort in all aspects of the game. The pitching was outstanding lead by Courtney Schwenkel, Annalisse Scott and Lauren Stoch. The girls gave up 22 runs, 18 were earned runs giving them a team ERA of 1.8 while throwing 4... shutouts. One of the most memorable games of the weekend was thrown by Annalisse Scott. She pitched a gem of a game for our third win Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bats 3 to 1. This propelled us to one of the final 8 teams left in the tournament. The defense played stellar behind these pitchers. Jenna Haase caught all 10 games.  She did a remarkable job behind the plate, framing pitches and blocking balls and the icing on the cake was throwing out would be base stealers.  The outfield consisting of Samantha Berghoff, Keagan Helson, Erin Schaffrath, and Kayla Izzo made the spacious green outfield look like a tiny playpen. Any ball hit into the air had little or no chance of finding any open green space. These girls were on the top of their game with communication and superior effort.  I can't recall a tournament where a group of outfielders played so well the entire weekend.  The left side of the infield had two Shepard Astros who took charge of the infield, lead by Skylor Hilger and her ESPN moments in every game. The hot corner was patrolled by Breanna Graffeo. She made mincemeat out of would be bunters and slap hitters all weekend long, not to mention picking off hot shots to her left and right. The right side of the infield was a pair of Oak Forest Bengal girls, Alyssa Kolecki, and Taylor Sterkwitz. They formed a brick wall that nothing could get threw! They made all their plays seem routine because of their silky smooth efforts.  A final note for the weekend was the girls offensive production. You may recall the girls giving up 22 runs in the tournament, while the ICE bats produced a mere 60 runs over the 10 games. I could go on and on about each player and their solid at bats.  Each girl had moments at the plate throughout the entire tournament with their monstrous, big time, come through hits. The girls seem to thrive when there were two outs and the chips were down coming up with big time RBIS. Well that's the best I can paint the picture for this weekend and how this team brought HOME the hardware!
I want to personally thank all you young ladies for all your efforts, hard work and outstanding attitude throughout the whole weekend! You have made the Windy City Ice organization very very proud!!

Windy City Ice

New for 2013-2014 season Ice Fastpitch will become the new Windy City Ice

The Ice organization has been around and very strong for 17 years. We are adding the Windy City name to represent our area on a national level.  The goal of our organiztion is to get our young players recognition all over the nation.  As many great coaches say "Let's step it up" and that is our goal and commitment to all atheletes and families in our organization.

New for 2013-2014

We are lookin to secure teams in the 10u 12u 13u 14u 15u 16u 18u and are looking for interest in a 23u team.  We have quality coaches for all age levels.  We are also looking to put together a spring team for those 8th graders and other players that choose not to play high school ball.   

Welcome to the Ice Fastpitch Softball website

Ice Fastpitch is an "A" travel softball organization. In 2014 the ICE organization will begin it's 18th season with teams at the 10u,12u,14u,16u and 18u age groups. The Ice teams consist of young ladies who have committed themselves to playing the game of softball with the goal of playing Jr. High, High School, and eventually College softball. The coaching staffs of all the ICE teams pride themselves on developing the girls' softball skills, game knowledge, strong work ethic, positive attitudes and sportsmanship.

 

The goal of our organization is to provide a safe and productive environment that enables young ladies to learn and apply the principles of teamwork, discipline,  dedication and sportsmanship.  We facilitate the development of strength and character in every girl that participates. Participation in our organization is open to all girls that want to compete at the highest levels of "A" travel softball.

 

The Ice organization will also work collectively with your daughter and family to receive the exposure she needs to find a College or University that coincides with her area of education and at the level of competition she would excel in as a college softball player.

 

All ICE Fastpitch teams look forward to a 2012 season full of tough compitition and fun.

COACHES CORNER

Coaches Corner:  

 

The Ice Fastpitch organization has secured practice times with private hitting coach Bill Casey and pitching coach Amanda Scott to work with Ice players. Both of these coaches are at the top of the list as instructors in the Chicagoland area.

 



ICE Fastpitch Softball is looking for qualified coaches at all levels.  If you are interested in helping coach a team, please let us know at board@icefastpitchsoftball.com

Ice Fastpitch goes to the Carrie Underwood concert

Thank You President/Coach Bill Graffeo. The Girls had a Blast!!!

Ice Teams Proving To Be A Force Every Weekend

Ice Teams Have A Strong Fall

Congrats to Ice 12u, 14u and 16u teams with thier top finishes and bring home National bids to Sunnyvale Ca, Rochester MN, Chattanooga Tennessee, Bloomington IN, and Kissimmee FL. The Ice teams have been pounding the dirt with several top finishes in ASA, PGF, NSA, USSSA and College Exposures.  Keep up the great work Girls you made us proud. 

Practice Games

If you have a fastpitch softball team and would like to get together for a practice game, please go to the Ice Teams page and send us an email to the appropriate manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Fastpitch Softball It's Away Of Life.

"Winning isn't everything, attitude is"
"Softball is for everyone. Fastpitch is for athletes"

"It's not how good you are. It's how bad you want it"

"Winners are born, Champions are made"

"Softball, it's more than just a game"

"If you don't play Fastpitch, don't say you play softball"

"If you face a worthy opponent acknowledge their skills and show them yours"
"When the game is over, leave it on the field"
"Attitude is everything"

To contact any of the Ice Fastpitch managers, go to the Ice Teams page, you will find their contact information there.