Thank you to all the Senior Parents for their help this weekend at the Firecracker Classic.
To John and Karen Bevenue no words can express our gratitude in all that you do in organinzing the concession stand for the tournament and the entire season!
And a huge thank you to Tyler Rybicki, Corey Muendlein and Zach Rakowski who worked Friday and Saturday preparing the field for each game. Also, special thanks to Derek Hoppe, Randy Hoelscher, Matty Kloesterman, Ben Hankammer and Andrew Konya for their help preparing the field.
All of the above efforts combined is why the Whitey Herzog Site is the BEST place to play!
Parker Beine signs with Jeff Co
News-Democrat March 6, 2014
Belleville West senior Parker Beine may soon realize his goal of pitching at the Division I level, but for now he understands that a strong junior college program could help him get there.
Beine, a hard-throwing right-hander who has been clocked as high as 88 mph, recently gave a verbal commitment to Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.
Southwestern Illinois and Lake Land were among the other junior colleges interested in Beine, while Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Illinois also showed interest.
"The big attraction with Jefferson is their track record," said Beine, who earned second-team News-Democrat All-Area honors last spring. "They were No. 2 in the nation two years ago and they've been to back-to-back Junior College World Series appearances (2011 and 2012). They've sent quite a few kids to pretty big Division I colleges, too."
The Vikings were 36-16 last season and won their seventh straight Midwest Community College Athletic conference title.
Beine was 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA last spring as a junior, leading the Maroons in appearances (17), innings pitched (55 2/3) and strikeouts (49).
College Round Up
Kane Sweeney Morehead State University had four more hits against Murray State University. He also had a pair of RBI's and walks.
Adam Bauer SWIC continued his torrid hitting. Adam was 5-11 with a walk and a double in the Blue Storms three losses against Lakeland.
Aaron Meyer Missouri State University was 1-2 with an RBI, double and a walk.
Tony Kossina McKendree University started the 2014 season with a bang. Tony went 6-14 with 2 RBI's and a pair of walks in the Dunn Hospitality Classic.
Sweeney Named to Preseason All-OVC Baseball Squad
Former Hilgard Kane Sweeney has been named Preseason All-OVC. Read article at:
Tentative Field and Pools for the 2014 Southwestern Illinois Firecracker Tournament Announced
Tentative Field and Pools for the 2014 Southwestern Illinois Firecracker Tournament Announced
The tentative field and pools for the 2014 Southwestern Illinois Firecracker Tournament have been set. In its third year, the tournament again features a strong group of teams.
The Hilgards are excited to welcome the following teams to Whitey Herzog Field:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Both Texarkana and Ballwin played in the Belleville pool in 2012. This will be the third time each team has participated.
The new comers to the event include, Mattoon who handed the Hilgards one of their regular season losses last summer and Morgantown Post 2 who will make the nearly 10 hour trip to Belleville.
The Hilgards posted a 6-2 pool record in the two previous tournaments and a 6-3 overall record as they fell in the semifinals to Jefferson City in 2012.
The other two pools which will be played at Alton and Fairview Heights include the following:
Alton- Alton IL, Bryant AK, Eureka Mo, St. Charles MO, Jerseyville IL
Fairview Heights-Fairview Heights IL, Jefferson City MO, West Ofallon MO, North Little Rock AK, Washington IL
Both the 2012 champion, Jefferson City, and 2013 champion, Bryant, will participate in the 2014 tournament.
The tournament runs July 4th through July 6th.
Senior Legion Announces 2014 Tournament Trips
The Senior team has confirmed their two tournament trips for 2014.
The Hilgards will be attending the 5th Annual Rods Sports A’s Tournament in Blue Springs, Missouri the weekend of June 13 – June 15. The Senior team previously faced the host, Blue Springs, in 2012 during tournament play in Wheaton, Illinois. In addition to pool play and potential championship round games, the team will play an additional game with both Blue Springs, Missouri and Great Bend, Kansas during the trip.
In addition, the Hilgards will play in the Eugene Pate Post #265 Invitational in Evansville, Indiana the weekend of June 26 – June 29. The Seniors competed in this tournament last summer beating the Indiana State Champions and faced the host, Eugene Pate, in the semifinals. The tournament includes five pool play games as well as potential championship round games. See the host team’s website at http://patebaseball.com/.
Hall of Fame Dinner 2014
Saturday January 25th the Hilgards celebrated their annual Hall of Fame dinner. Whitey Herzog was again able to attend the event. We cannot thank him enough for his continued support and involvement with American Legion Baseball and the Belleville Parks Department. He has been and continues to be a strong supporter of these groups and their causes The event was emceed by Gary Gansmann and featured a question and answer session with Whitey and Greg Marecek, presentation of each of the three 2013 Hilgard teams including the Junior 1 team that won the 2013 Junior Legion State Tournament, recognition of the 2013 Senior Legion award winners, and induction speeches by the 2013 Hall of Fame class.
Award recipients for the 2013 summer included:
Bob Groom SABR Heritage Award: Atlee Champion
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees included:
Al Alberter : Hilgard Player from 1973 – 1975
The Hilgards would like to thank everyone who attended the event. We would also like to commend each of the 2013 teams on great seasons and congratulate the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees.
Bellevile To Host 2014 Junior State Tournament
The Hilgards are excited to announce that Belleville has been selected as the host site for the 2014 Junior Legion State Tournament. As host of the 2014 tournament, Belleville will participate in the event. It will be the third consecutive season that Belleville has qualified. Junior 1 finished second and first in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Tournament play will be the week of Monday August 4th, 2014. In each of the last two years, eight teams have participated in the tournament.
If you are interested in participating in the event or have suggestions, please contact a legion coach directly, use the comment feature on the website, or send an email to email@example.com.
SEASON WRAP UP
The Hilgards have completed another very successful summer of American Legion Baseball. The three teams posted a combined record of 84-36-2.
Compiling a record of 31-14, the Senior team won the District 22 South regular season crown, won the District 22 South Tournament, and finished 3rd at the Fifth Division Tournament. During the regular season, the Seniors defeated teams from 6 states including both the Illinois and Indiana state champions as well as the Arkansas state runner up.
Hot from start to finish, Junior 1 put together a fantastic season going 37-6-1. The team won the District 22 regular season, the District 22 Tournament, the Fifth Division Tournament, and the State Tournament. During the regular season, Jr 1 beat teams from 4 states. The team's impressive playoff run featured a perfect 11-0 record.
Improving all summer long, Junior 2 engineered a strong campaign finishing with a 16-16-1 record. Riding a strong finish to the regular season winning 7 of their last 10, Junior 2 continued this play in the playoffs and finished 3rd in the District 22 Tournament. This team comprised of nearly all freshmen competed with teams composed of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
To have such successful seasons requires talented players, dedicated coaches, and supportive parents. Eight of the nine volunteer coaches this past summer were Hilgard players. A special thanks goes out to each of our coaches who spent countless hours to make each team's season a success. We would also like to thank the parents for their continual support of their own child, his teammates, and all the program's volunteers.
As is the case year in and year out, each of the Hilgard teams enjoyed enormous fan support. We would like to thank the parents, grandparents, siblings, extended relatives, friends, former players, and fans of American Legion Baseball who attended the games this past summer. A special thanks also goes out to the Left Field Lunatics who brought energy, showmanship, and smiles to many of our faces.
The 71st season of Hilgard baseball featured strong performance on the field and enjoyed tremendous community support. We are thankful for both and hope the 72nd season in 2014 features more of the same.
State Championship Photos
JR 1 photos are now in the photo gallery. More will be added.
STATE CHAMPS! JR 1 WINS IT ALL
The Hilgards JR 1 Team led by manager Corey Muendlein won the programs first junior state title with a 10-0 white washing of Moline. After suffering a heartbreaking loss in the championship game last year the world is right again!
Read details of the game on BND in Sportswriter Norm Sanders article.
Paris Beacon News
FIFTH DIVISION CHAMPIONS
JR 1 PHOTO GALLERY
Photos from the JR ! Hilgard's Fifth Division action are in Photo Gallery.
More pictures added from Sunday's game.
2013 JR 1 TEAM PICTURE
2013 JR 2 TEAM PICTURE
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Hilgards Beat Fairview to Stay Undefeated in Playoffs
Finally getting a beautiful night to play the Hilgards started slow against Smithton but pulled out a 5-3 win at Whitey.
The Hilgards offense was in full swing on Wednesday night at Fletcher Field in Collinsville.
Behind the complete game pitching of lefty Bryce Richter (3-1) the Higards defeated Aviston 2-0 Richter's strong effort halted Post 58's two game losing skid. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Brendan Saak making his first start of the season went 5-1/3 strong innings against West O'fallon, MO in a 5-3 victory.
In what is sure to be the first of several battles this season between the two clubs Post 58 headed over to Fairview Heights for the first of their District 22 contests. And as usual the game was a nail bitter.
Hitting the road for the first time this year Post 58 traveled to Smithton to renew their District 22 rivalry
It was a beautiful lazy Saturday morning and early afternoon at Whitey for the Hilgards doubleheader. Unfortunately the Hilgards
Spencer Piquard throws no hitter for Belleville Jr 1 in 9-0 win over Alton.
Matty Klosterman continued his dominance on the mound on Monday night against Fairview Heights in a 9-2 victory.
It was a rainy night at spacious Whitey Herzog Field as Parker Beine (1-0) made his first Senior start for the Hilgards
The Junior 1 Hilgards are becoming used to batting in the top half of the inning as they traveled to Bethalto for their 7th game away from Whitey in 8 total games.
After a long layoff due to the persistent rain the Hilgards finally were back on the field at Whitey. Bryce Richter (2-0) turned in another sterling effort in the 4-1 victory. His two hit performance was enough to overcome a sluggish effort by Post 58.
Josh Davinroy led the Hilgards to 4-0 win over Fish for the second time in as many nights.
The JR 1 Hilgard's hit the road to Festus, MO and ran over the Missouri powerhouse recording a 14-5 win. The 'Boys dropped a dozen first inning runs on 3 hits
Marty Klosterman decided that he would take over in all phases of the game Sunday afternoon. Klosterman threw a complete game (6 innings) shut out against Ozarks Missouri while going 2-2 with 2 base hits and 2 walks. Klosterman struck out 7 and walked three and only surrendering three hits
Bryce Richter(1-0) threw 6-2/3 innings of scoreless ball before a bloop single into rightfield ended his shutout bid. However, his pitching was magnificent in leading the Hilgard's to a 7-2 win in the openning game of Sunday's doubleheadrer against House Springs, MO.
Rosters were announced for PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase.
The 2012 Hilgard Award winners were announced at the Annual Whitey Herzog Field Project Dinner and Auction. A crowd of over 250 welcomed the award winners and new Hall of Fame Inductees.
Past Team Pictures
If you have any pictures of past years teams and would like to share them we would like to have them. Your pictures will be added to the Past Teams Page.
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