Illinois Impact is an elite regional travel softball organization with four college exposure/showcase teams comprised of nearly 60 players from 34 High/Middle Schools in Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties in Illinois and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.......Teams are formed each year after tryouts held at the beginning of August. Teams are formed at the 14u, 16u, and 18u levels based on the results of the tryouts. Visit our TEAM PAGES for RECRUITING PROFILES on Impact players.......Illinois Impact goals including winning and challenging players to play against the best. Visit our pages detailing our HISTORY OF GROWTH AND SUCCESS at these high levels.......More importantly, Illinois Impact also strives to develop players who will excel as students, athletes, and leaders in the community and on the college campus. See our page detailing collegiate ALUMNI IMPACT PLAYERS EXCELLING on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
Illinois Impact Fastpitch Softball
Impact 14u Wins 2nd Place at Appleton , June 2019
Illinois Impact’s 2nd Place finish at the Appleton Rockers Kickoff Classic was filled with exciting comeback finishes as they won 5 of 7 games, including 4 in a row to reach the championship game. Impact is now 30-16 on the year.
In pool play, Impact won 2 of the three games in comeback fashion - 8-1 over the host Appleton Rockers, and 3-2 over the Elgin Heat. In the first round of elimination play, Impact beat Menasha 4-3. In the quarterfinals, Impact scored 7 in the final inning of a 2-2 game to advance to the semifinals 9-2 over Pirate Fastpitch.
In the semis, Impact defeated Preble Hornets 5-3, coming from down 3-2 to score 3 runs in the final two innings, before falling to Polar Bears Black 6-1 in the championship game.
Lesleigh Reimers controlled the circle, going 5-1 in 6 starts, striking out 26 in 32 innings with a 3.06 ERA. Impact’s defense committed just 11 errors in 7 games, with all nine fielders making spectacular plays throughout the tournament. The offense had contributions throughout the lineup with game winning/tying hits in close games provided by Brooke Goyings (3), Tessa Peterson (2), and Reese Pozen.
Illinois Impact took 3rd Place in the USSSA Qualifier, Rockers Rockin’ Summer Spectacular with a 2-seed after pool play and a 3-1 overall record. In pool play, Impact outscored opponents 15-3 with Impact pitchers Riley Hanrahan, Tatum Danielewicz, and Lesleigh Reimers each notching a win and striking out a combined 13 and walking 1 with a perfect 0.00 ERA.
Illinois Impact 14u Takes First Place at The Howling (NSA), Oct 2018
The Illinois Impact Fastpitch 14u softball team won The Howling, an NSA Fastpitch Softball World Qualifying Tournament, in Kankakee on October 20-21. The team posted a 6-1 record and won 4 games on the final day of the tournament to capture first place.
The team begin the final day championship run with a walk-off triple by Madeleine Kiel to beat the Indiana Bulldogs 6-5. Impact then dominated the final 3 games by a combined score of 22-6 over the tournament’s top three seeds, with an 8-3 final game victory. Impact used a relentless offense (.343 team batting average), a stifling defense, and the pitching of Riley Hanrahan (3-0, 1 Save) and Lesleigh Reimers (1-0) to complete the final day’s 4-game sweep.
The team’s Manager, Neal Kahalnik said, “You could see in their eyes after we took the second elimination game that confidence grew and the girls wanted this. They played together, focused on being patient at the plate, consistently ripped the ball, and played almost errorless ball, all with relentlessness in miserable weather conditions.”
18u takes 2nd Place in Howling tourney. 7 games in 30 hours.
IMPACT SUCCESS (In First 8 Years of Existence) – 14u, 16u, 18u
47 Tournaments With 4th Place Showing or Higher
100% of 2018 Impact Graduating Class Signed to College Softball Progs for 2018-19
20 Alumni Played/Playing in College - Click Here to See Our Alumni Playing in College
6 Top-10 Finishes in National Tournaments
5 Top-7 Finishes in State Tournaments
21 1st or 2nd Place Tournament Finishes
Growth from 15 Players in 2010 to 70 Players from 25 High Schools in 2018
27 HS Players Earned All-Area/All-Conference Honors in 2017 or 2018
Class of 2019 - Signed to Play Intercollegiate Softball
Grace Bradley - Committed to Carroll University
Megan Croke - Committed to University of Dubuque
Kate Funk - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Stout
Sarah Gallivan - Committed to Trinity International University
Ashley Gerber - Committed to Quincy University (NCAA Division II)
Stephanie Keefe - Committed to Marian University
Lily Kelly - Committed to Trinity International University
Maggie O'Brien - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Stout
Class of 2019 - Plan to play Club Softball
Julia Zaucha - Northeastern University (Boston)
Evan Garrett - University of Oregon
Class of 2019 - Front - Stephanie Keefe, Lily Kelly, Ashley Gerber, Megan Croke, Kate Funk..... Back - Julia Zaucha, Evan Garrett, Coach Kent, Haley Gajewski, Grace Bradley, Maggie O'Brien .....Not Pictured - Sarah Gallivan
Tiffany Kirk - Univ of Wisconsin -Superior
Nicole Pieper - University of St Thomas (MN)
Kelly Beck - Univ of Wisconsin - Stout
Annie Morelli - Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Breanna Adams - North Central College
Brooke Heraty - Trinity International Univ.
Jon'nah Williams - Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Hannah Gentry - Trinity International Univ. (Not Pictured)
8 Impact Players Sign to Play in College in 2018-19
All Area Teams
Grace Bradley - Grayslake Central (All State, 3rd Team)
Brooke Heraty - Grayslake Central (All State, 3rd Team)
Nicole Pieper - Vernon Hills (All State, 3rd Team)
Stephanie Keefe - Lake Zurich (All State, 3rd Team)
Julia Zaucha - Lake Zurich (Hon Mention), (All State, 3rd Team)
Breanna Adams - Mundelein
Maggie O’Brien - Stevenson (Hon Mention)
Amanda Byrne - Maine West (Hon Mention)
Haley Gajewski - Lake Zurich (Hon Mention)
Chloe Garofalo - Bradford HS (Kenosha, WI) - Southeast Conf, Hon Mention
Lauren Waiss - Case HS (Racine, WI) - Southeast Conf, Hon Mention
Over 40 Illinois Impact players and parents joined together to pack meals for hungry children around the world.
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