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13u South with the Runner-Up Finish at USSSA One-Day WS Qualifier!
Apr 18

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13u South brings home its first hardware as a member of the Rhino Baseball. 

The team, which is in it's first year with Rhino Baseball took home a runner-up finish at the USSSA One-Day Eggstravaganza WS Qualifier. 

Fully expect these boys to "show 'em the horn" many more times this year. 

Other notes from the weekend:

- 10u North: Went 2-0 in pool play at the Line Drive Invitational giving up only 4 runs and scoring 36. Bracket play to be played at a later date due to rain/field conditions. 

- 13u North: Went 2-0 in pool play at the Line Drive Invitational scoring 18 runs and only giving up 1. Same as above for bracket.

- 8u: Solid win over Lockport Vipers

Nice weekend boys!

Both 10u Teams Have Impressive Weekends!
Apr 11

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Both 10u North and 10u East had impressive weeekends!

10u East took hom the 'ship at the USSSA Around the Horn tourney in Indianapolis going 5-0 and beating Powerhouse Phoenix in the championship game. 

10u North finished with a runner-up at the USSSA Battle of the Rankings Global NIT. Boys lost a tough 4-3 game in the championship against Pro Player. 

Couple of other notes from the weekend:

- 13u North stepped up an age level and lost in the semifinals of the 14u Team Exposure Pitcher's Paradise tourney. 

- Both 7u teams won against 8u teams in the Sunday League. 7u South threw a 1 hitter in their 9-0 win. 

Great job to all teams!

Dan Pokorski Commits to Carthage College!
Apr 11

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Dan Pokorski, a 2017 UTIL from Lockport Township HS, has verbally committed to Carthage College!

Dan is a big bodied 1B/OF who has untapped potential in his bat. Over the offseason Dan worked hard to improve his game and quietly went about his business. 

While at Carthage, Dan will be coached by Augie Schmidt IV who is in his 30th season as head baseball coach. In those 30 years he is 867-390-5. Coach Schmidt has been named the ABCA/Diamond Sports NCAA Division III Central Regional "Coach of the Year" nine times.  

The Carthage baseball team plays at a beautiful complex named after their head coach. 

Last season the Red Men went 19-22  including 11-10 in conference. This season they are off to a 12-9 start and 5-3 in conference. 

Very excited for Dan and his opportunity to continue his baseball playing days. 

 

Robert Lewis Commits to Cornerstone University!
Apr 04

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Robert Lewis, a 2017 CI/RHP from Aurora Christian HS, has verbally comitted to Cornerstone University!

Long and lengthy, Robert has high upside physically. He can play both corner positons and also has a chance to contribute on the mound. 

Robert's story and journey is one that we are very proud of. Just this year Robert came to the program with no college looks and just coming off of an arm injury. He attended the majority of our weekend classroom sessions where we went through the recruiting process with players. He took it to heart and started to take his future by the horns. 

"I probably wouldn't have emailed anyone without those sessions" Robert said. He goes on by saying, "I wouldn't have committed without the Rhinos..."

At Cornerstone, Robert will be coached by Chuck Lowitzki who is in his first year at the NAIA program. Coach Lowitzki has already turned the program around by nearly matching last years wins total of 19 in the first month of the season. 

The Golden Eagle play at a beautiful facility that resembles many high end Division I programs. The facilities include indoor batting cages, fantastic visual surroundings, brand new locker rooms and coaches offices. 

Very excited for Robert as it is a great fit for him, especially being a Christian centered University. 

Congrats!

Rhino Teams Starting Up the Season!
Apr 04

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The youth Rhino teams in Illinois are beginning to start their playing seasons. 

The boys have gone through intense training since September and are now tranfering that out on the field. 

A big congrats to 10u North, 10u East and 12u North as they all have already taken home hardware early in the season. 

10u North were champs of the Sparta Dome Spring Classic!

10u East were Runner-Ups at the Rosemont Dome Tournament!

12u North took home 1st place at the Prep Baseball Report Early Bird Preseason Classic!

Since the inception of the program in 2013 Rhino teams have brought home 90 Tournament Championships and 74 Runner-Up finishes.

Congrats boys, many more to come!

REPtheRHINO

Jake Hutchinson Verbally Commits to Roosevelt University!
Feb 28

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Jake Hutchinson, a 2017 catcher from Brother Rice, has verbally committed to Roosevelt University!

Built like a rock and also a very good wrestler Jake has the exact mentality behind the dish that any coach would want. He is a hard nosed player and plays the game the right way. 

Jake has the chance to hit it out of the park every time he swings it. As a catcher he is a solid blocker that keeps the run game in check with quick transfers. 

At Roosevelt, Jake will be coached by Steve Marchi. The first ever Head Baseball Coach for the Lakers, Coach Marchi is in his 7th year at the helm. 

Last season Roosevelt went 22-22 overall and 13-16 in the CCAC conference. 

Jake will be joining Rhino alumn Alvin Perez and Jacob Barlev at Roosevelt.

The Lakers play at Standard Bank Stadium which is also home to the Windy City Thunderbolts, a Frontier League team. 

Roosevelt was a top choice to attend for Jake. He plans on going into engineering as a major. 

Very exctied for you Hutch! 

Congrats!

Jordan Jackson Verbally Commits to Missouri Western State!
Feb 27

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Jordan Jackson, a 2017 UTIL player from Bolingbrook HS, has verbally committed to Missouri Western State!

Jordan is a physical player who stands at 6'1" and 210 pounds. As a junior, Jordan hit 8 HR at Bolingrbook while also hitting .418 and was 10/10 on stolen bases.

For his size Jordan is very athletic and can play multiple positions including 1B, 3B and RF. He can also pitch as he is in the mid 80's. 

Jordan will be coached by Buzz Verduzco who is in his 18th season as head coach at MWSU, a division II program. Coach Verduzco came from Washington State where he was the primary recruiting coordinaotr for the Division I program. Overal Coach Verduzco has a 501-368 record and has seen three of his players selected in the MLB draft. 

MWSU recently completed a $7 million spring sports complex which includes an all turf infield and lighting for the baseball field. They also have a $10.3 million indoor sports facility that is also home to the Kansas City Chiefs training camp during the summer. 

Jordan will be joining Rhino teammate Cody McArthur at Missouri Western State. 

Great for Jordan and very excited for him and his family. 

Congrats!

DJ Studniarz Verbally Commits to Millikin University!
Feb 15

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DJ Studniarz, a 2017 3B/2B from Lockport HS, has verbally committed to Millikin University. 

DJ has a quiet confidence about him and goes about his business. He has the chance to play both 2B and 3B, depending on need. At the plate he has a bit of pop in his bat and tends to find the barrell. 

While at Millikin, DJ will be coach by Brandon Townsend. Coach Townsend has been the head coach since 2013. 

Since arriving at Millikin, Coach Townsend has turned around the program in terms of wins. He has also seen tremendous success in the classroom by his players. The last two years the baseball team has seen the highest GPA out of any male sports at Millikin. 

Playing in the CCIW, Millikin will play the likes of North Central, Illinois Wesleyan, Augustana and Carthage. 

Very excited for DJ and his family. 

Congrats!

Brandon Diedrich Verbally Commits to Dominican University!
Feb 14

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Brandon Diedrich, a 2017 MIF/RHP from Neenah HS, has verbally committed to Dominican University. 

New to Rhino Baseball this year, Brandon started to receive a lot of college interest. He has an athletic build with more room to add. In the field he is smooth with ability to change arm slots depending on where the ball takes him. On the mound he has a whippy arm and controls the strike zone. 

Brandon will be coached by Steve Hardman at Dominican. Coach Hardman has been at the helm of the Stars since 2011. Coach Hardman was a pitcher in his day and played at NIU.

The stars play at the $17 million Schaumburg Boomers Stadium which is home to the Frontier League team. 

Very excited for Brandon and his family. The Stars are getting a good one. 

Congrats!

Hunter Murawski Verbally Commits to the University of St. Francis!
Feb 01

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Hunter Murawski, a 2017 UTIL player from Reed Custer, has verbally committed to the University of St. Francis. 

Just this past year Hunter helped Reed Custer to a state championship title. On the field he is a "jack of all trades" type player who can pitch, catch and play multiple spot in the field. 

With a tall and lengthy frame Hunter has a lot of room to add additonal size. He also has a loose and whippy arm which with additonal size he could see an added jump in velocity. 

Hunter will be coached by Brian Michalak at St. Francis. Coach Michalak is in his 6th season as the head coach of the Fighting Saints. St. Francis is also Coach Michalak's Alma Mater. 

In 2014 and 2015 Coach Michalak was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He hold a career recrod of 258-231-2 in the last 5 seasons at USF and 5 years at North Central College. 

Very excited for Hunter and his family and with committment Rhino Baseball has seen 20 of it's 2017 graduates committ to a college program. 

Congrats!

Aidan Anderson Verbally Commits to Robert Morris for Football and Baseball!
Feb 01

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Aidan Anderson, a 2017 1B/C from Marian Catholic, has verbally committed to Robert Morris University for football and baseball!

Aidan is a leader on the ball field and will most likely be a 1B in college. As you can see in his picture he brings a smile every time he is around you. 

Also a very good football player, Aidan was an all conference player for Marian Catholic High School and will be playing linebacker for RMU. 

AJ will also be joining his Rhino teammate Tyler Suchy at Robert Morris both on the baseball field and football field. 

On the baseball field Adian will be coached by Jason Becker. Coach Becjer is in his 5th season as head coach and has an overall record of 156-102. 

Congrats AJ!

Always keep that smile kid. 

JP Medick Verbally Commits to Hendrix College!
Feb 01

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JP Medick, a 2017 OF from Hinsdale Central, has verbally committed to Hendrix College!

JP is a player with a fantastic frame and a lot of potential. He is a very good outfielder with some pop in his bat. 

In the classroom JP is a high end student. He had mutliple options when it came to continuing his academic and baseball career. 

JP will be coached by Neil Groat who is in his fifth season as the coach of the Warriors. Hendrix is also his Alma Mater. 

In 2015 Coach Groat saw his team beat 4 nationally-ranked teams. He has also been fortunate enough to coach a MLB draft pick. 

JP will be joining Rhino alum Josh Gonzalez at Hendrix. 

In talking with JP he is beyond excited to be attending Hendrix and playing ball there. His parents agree as his mom texted "It's a great fit for him. And thank you and Rhino Baseball for all of your assistance."

Good luck and you have a very bright future agead of you!

 

Rhino Players Show Well at New Balance & Program 15 Great Lakes Combine
Feb 01

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Rhino Baseball players attended the New Balance and Program 15 Great Lakes Region Combine and showed very well. 

Of the 60 players that attended the event at STiKS new facility in Wisconsin, Rhino Baseball had 5 players ranked in the top 10 prospects there. 

1. '19 1B Tyler Brandenburg - Exit velo is 100+

6. '18 RHP Nick Shelton - 6'4" 180lb who is up to 87mph

7. '21 1B/3B Dylan Scafuri - Power LHH

8. '19 SS Matt Watson - Smooth/athletic SS

9. '19 1B Brennan Geers - 6'2" 200lb LHH

The players were evaluated by 3 MLB scout inckuding Butch Baccala who was a MLB scout for 25 years including the Seattle Mariners National Cross Checker. 

Very bright future for allof these players, and all have DI type tools. 

Congrats on the showing gentleman. 

Chris Sheputis Verbally Commits to Lakeland College!
Jan 20

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Chris Sheputis, a 2017 RHP from Romeoville HS, has verbally committed to Lakeland University!

Chris is a strike thrower who understands how to pitch and utilizes movement and change of speeds. 

As a junior for Romeoville, Chris thew 23 innings while only walking 4 and striking out 14. 

Chris will be coached by Mike Bachar who is in his 6th season as head coach of the Muskies. Lakeland is also Coach Bachar's alma mater.

The DIII Muskies play in the NACC against the likes of Marian, Aurora, CUW, CUC, and Rockford.

Chris is not a mid 80's guy but he does understand how to pitch, mixes offspeeds well and locates. If you can do all of those things you can be a successful pitcher and play college ball. 

Very excited for Chris and his family.  

Congrats!

Jake Brnca Verbally Commits to JJC!
Jan 12

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Jake Brnca, a 2017 OF from Coal City HS, has verbally comitted to Joliet Junior College!

Jake is a lefty/lefty who quietly goes about his business and plays hard. Overall, a very good athlete, Jake has also played 1B and pitched but will most likely be an OF in college. 

JJC was on Jake's top 5 list of schools he would like to attend. 

Jake, while at JJC, will be coached by Wayne King who is in his 31st season as the Head Baseball Coach at JJC. Coach King is closing on on his 1050th victory at JJC while also winngin three NJCAA Natonal Championships (1994, 2008, 2012) and three runner-up finishes (1995, 2007, 2015). 

Jake will be coming to JJC at a great time in their history as they just completed a $22.6 million multipurpose facility with a turfed area for indoor practices. 

Very excited for Jake and his family. 

Congrats!