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Welcome to Illinois Impact Fastpitch Softball

2020-21 Tryouts - See below schedule!

2020-21 Tryouts  - See below schedule!

Congratulations Illinois Impact 18u - 5th Place, 2020 Nationals

Congratulations Illinois Impact 18u - 5th Place, NAFA Northern Nationals (28 teams, Gold Division, Record 4-3)

Congratulations Illinois Impact 16u-GP - 3rd Place, 2020 Nationals

Congratulations Illinois Impact 16u-GP - 3rd Place, NAFA Northern Nationals (72 teams, Gold Division, Record 6-2) ...Summer 2020 - Record 25-13-2.....2nd consecutive year with a 3rd place Nationals finish!

Illinois Impact 16u-GP - 3rd Place - Gold Division, NAFA Northern Nationals, 7/26/20

Illinois Impact Tryouts 2020-21

Illinois Impact will hold tryouts for their 2020-21 exposure teams at the 14u, 16u, and 18u levels starting at the end of July (see schedule below).  However, we are available for private tryouts at other times for players wanting to move up to an elite program that has been preparing players for college softball/education for the past 12 years. Contact Coach Kent at or 847-306-1547 for any of our private tryout times.

Please register using link below to give us information about your softball skills and abilities and hopes for your softball experience and future ! .....  You are only required to Attend one tryout, but may attend as many as you desire.  Please arrive 15-30min early for registration and warmups.

Illinois Impact 2020-21 Tryout Schedule (All Held at Trinity International University)

Date 14u 16u 18u
Tuesday July 28 530pm-800pm
Wednesday July 29 530pm-800pm
Thursday July 30 Rain Date - Times TBA
Saturday Aug 1 10am-Noon 1230pm-230pm
Sunday Aug 2 10am-Noon 1230pm-230pm
Wednesday Aug 5 6pm - Private Tryouts 6pm - Private Tryouts 6pm - Private Tryouts
Thursday Aug 6 6pm - Private Tryouts 6pm - Private Tryouts 6pm - Private Tryouts
Saturday Aug 8 10am-11am 1130am-1230pm 100pm-200pm
Sunday Aug 9 Rain Date - Times TBA Rain Date - Times TBA Rain Date - Times TBA

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.

Coach Kent Szarabajka

Illinois Impact Fastpitch Softball

Phone: 847-306-1547

Illinois Impact 2018-19 Highlights

ILLINOIS IMPACT 18U - 2019 NSA WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!  (Head Coach Kent Szarabajka) - Impact won the Eastern “A” World Series in Chattanooga, TN with a record of 6-1, outscoring opponents 58-12.

Illinois Impact 14u - 3rd in NAFA Northern Nationals (out of 104 teams) - Record of 9-2 - Won 6 Straight Elimination Games (5 in one day)

Impact 18u ranked FIRST, Impact 14u ranked 19th in final NATIONAL Rankings

Impact 18u cheers on 14u in NSA State Championship , Prior to Winning the 18u NSA Championship

After recent state and national tournaments, Illinois Impact 18u-KS finished the season ranked NUMBER 1 in the country and in the State of Illinois in latest National Softball Association (NSA) rankings.  Illinois Impact 14u finished the NSA season at NUMBER 2 (14u) in the state and Number 19 (out of 395 teams) nationally.  The 14u team has placed in the top 3 of six tournaments and has a record of 51-24-1 since the fall .  The  NSA National Champion 18u-KS team finished 31-15-1 For the year and 21-11 in the summer.

Illinois Impact 16u Wins 2nd Place at NAFA Midwest Nationals (June 14, 2019)

Illinois Impact 14u Also Wins 2nd Place at NAFA Midwest Nationals (June 14, 2019)

Illinois Impact 18u-KS WINS Illinois NSA North State Championships (june 23, 2019)

State CHAMPIIONS !!  Congratulations 18u Illinois Impact on their NSA North Illinois State Championship!!  With a record of 5-2, Impact outscored opponents 47-14, while winning 4 straight on Saturday to claim the winners bracket and advance to Sunday’s championship games.

Illinois Impact 14u - 3rd Place at Illinois NSA North State Championships (June 23, 2019)

3rd in State!! - Illinois Impact 14u took 3RD PLACE in the Illinois NSA North State Championships, with a 5-2 record, outscoring opponents 61-19.  This is Impact’s 6th straight top-3 finish of the year and they raised their overall record to 40-19

Illinois Impact 18u-LG Wins Michigan NSA Summer Sizzler Championship (June 16, 2019)

Congratulations to Illinois Imoact 18u-LG on their Michigan NSA Summer Sizzler Championship. The team came together and played great all weekend.

Illinois Impact 14u Takes 3rd Place at

Huntley USSSA Swingin’ Into Summer  (June 16, 2019)

Congrats 14u Impact!! - 3rd Place at Huntley Red Rockers Swingin’ Into Summer USSSA Qualifier!! 5th straight Top-3 Finish of the year and a 35-17 record.  Led the tournament, scoring an average of 5.8 more runs than opps and allowing just 1.7 runs per game. Next Up - NSA State.

Illinois Impact 14u Takes 2nd Place at

Appleton Kickoff Classic  (June 9, 2019)

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.

Impact 14u Captures 3rd Place at USSSA Roselle Rockers Rockin’ Spectacular (June 2, 2019)

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 Wins First Place at The Howling

(Fall 2018 - NSA Qualifier for 2019 Nationals)

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.”

Impact 18u-KS Also Earns Hardware, Taking 2nd at Howling

18u takes 2nd Place in Howling tourney.  7 games in 30 hours.

Illinois Impact =

Tournament Success !!

Student/Athlete Honors

Assisting Scholar/Softball Athletes Achieve Their Dreams

IMPACT SUCCESS (In First 9 Years of Existence) – 14u, 16u, 18u

53 Tournaments With 4th Place Showing or Higher
100% of 2018 AND 2019 Impact Graduating Classes Signed to College Softball Programs
20 Alumni Played/Playing in College - Click Here to See Our Alumni Playing in College

10 Top-10 Finishes in National Tournaments



7 Top-7 Finishes in State Tournaments
27 1st or 2nd Place Tournament Finishes
Growth from 15 Players in 2010 to 70 Players from 25 High Schools in 2018/2019
31 HS Players Earned All-Area/All-Conference Honors in 2017 , 2018, and/or 2019

Illinois Impact Players Inspire Recruiting/College Success !!

2019 Players Committed to College Programs Beginning Fall 2019-20

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


Class of 2018!!!

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

8 Impact Players Sign to Play in College in 2018-19

High School Awards - 2019

Grace Bradley, Grayslake Central HS (All-State, Area, Conf, Academic) 
Sarah Gallivan, Grant Comm, HS (All-State, Area HM, Conf, Academic)

Ashley Gerber, St Catherine's HS (All County, Conf, Academic)
Julia Zaucha, Lake Zurich HS (All Area, Conf, Academic)
Megan Croke, Lake Zurich HS (All Area HM, Conf HM, Academic)
Haley Gajewski , Lake Zurich HS (All Area HM, Conf, Academic)
Stephanie Keefe, Lake Zurich HS (All Area HM, Conf)
Amanda Byrne, Maine West HS (All Area, Conf)
Emily Freedman, Stevenson HS (All Area HM)
Kennedy Stoffel, Grayslake Central HS (All Area HM)
Lauren Waiss, Case HS (All County)

Kate Funk, McHenry Comm HS (All Conf)
Maggie O'Brien, Stevenson HS (All Conf HM) 

High School Awards - 2018

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)

All-Conference Selections

Chloe Garofalo - Bradford HS (Kenosha, WI) - Southeast Conf, Hon Mention
Lauren Waiss - Case HS (Racine, WI) - Southeast Conf, Hon Mention 

Illinois Impact Program - Community Impact

Thanksgiving 2018 Service Project

Over 100 Illinois Impact players, family members, and coaches joined together to help pack and deliver Thanksgiving food to over 1000 Chicago area families as part of the Basket Brigade!!

Basket Brigade of Suburban Chicago

Thanksgiving 2017 Service Project

Over 40 Illinois Impact players and parents joined together to pack meals for hungry children around the world.

Feed My Starving Children

Illinois Impact Fun !!!


2nd Annual Candlelight Bowling Night - November 2018

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