October 21, 2015

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sixteen high school-aged softball teams from throughout the Midwest converged on Southern Illinois earlier this month to participate in a college exposure tournament hosted by John A. Logan College. A total of 45 games were played in less than three days at SIUC, Herrin, and Logan.

The tournament was broken down into two age divisions: 18 and under and 16 and under. There was also a home run derby and trophies were presented not only to the team champions, but runner up and Most Valuable Players.

“The event was designed to attract teams from the Midwest to show off our campus and program,” said Vols softball coach Angie Jilek. “It was also a decent fundraiser for us.”

The Alabama Prospects Gold team, which featured players being recruited by the likes of Southern Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Jacksonville State, won the 18-and –under division. Two of their players gave a verbal commitment to play at Logan next year.

The Indiana Prospects team won the 16-and-under division.

“Some of the travel teams came to our college practice, went on a tour, and met the players and coaches,” Jilek said. “None of this would have been possible without the help of our softball coaching staff, team, SIU head coach Kerri Blaylock, Herrin Unit 4 School District, and Herrin Park District.”

Click here to see photos from the tournament.