(Front row, from left) Haley Shewmake, Kaylee Hefley, Caitlyn Sellers, Kaylee Griggs and Raven Frank; (top row) Sophia Mondt, Ally Clay, Lauren Kampwerth, Ashleigh Trochuck, Caitlyn Connell and Hannah Rexford; (not pictured) Maggie Bailey. The team is coached by Dave Clay, Denny Frank, Lance Griggs and Darrel Gaudio.
The 16U Illinois Esprit finished second place in the Du Quoin 12-team Freeze Out tournament Jan. 22-24.
After defeating the Champaign Blue Ice Friday night, they suffered their first loss against the Down State Rippers Saturday afternoon. They fought through four games on Sunday outscoring the Black Widows, Team Impact, St. Louis Fusion and Down State Rippers before succumbing in the championship game to the Indiana Gators Elite by one run. Overall, the team outscored its opponents 2 to 1.
The previous weekend, Jan. 15-17, the team captured first place in the Winter Freeze USA/ASA National Qualifying tournament at Rivers Edge in Florissant, Mo., defeating the St. Louis Fusion, Peoria Express, Yorkville Fury and the St. Louis Fusion for the second time. The team scored 39 runs while giving up only 8.
If you would like to find out more about our organization look us up at www.Illinoisesprit.com.