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Welcome to Illinois Impact Fastpitch Softball

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 College Exposure Teams - Openings

14u Team - 1 Spot Available for Pitcher/OF/Athlete
16u Team - Pitcher
18u Teams - Catcher and Pitcher

Please Contact Kent Szarabajka at 847-306-1547 for information or to set up a private tryout.

Illinois Impact 2018-19 Highlights

Illinois Impact 14u Wins First Place at The Howling (Fall 2018)

Illinois Impact 14u Takes First Place at The Howling


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 !!

IMPACT SUCCESS (In First 8 Years of Existence) – 14u, 16u, 18u

46 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
20 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

Illinois Impact Players Inspire Recruiting/College Success !!

2019 Players Committed to College Programs Beginning Fall 2019-20

Ashley Gerber - Class of 2019 - Committed to Quincy University (NCAA Division II)
Stephanie Keefe - Class of 2019 - Committed to Marian University
Kate Funk - Class of 2019 - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Stout
Maggie O'Brien - Class of 2019 - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Stout
Megan Croke -  Class of 2019 - Committed to University of Dubuque


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 - 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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