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Hitting Instruction Openings

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:40

Hey Coach Riley,

My name is Connor Powers.  I played at Benet Academy (03-06) & Mississippi State(07-10); I am also a former minor league baseball player (10-13). I'm writing you because I have open time slots for lessons and wanted to see if you had any hitters you wanted to send my way.  I know you have time restrictions and cannot work with players all year round. I give lessons in Romeoville, Illinois at the Quarry Field House (the home of Baseball Institute).

I'm not sure if you remember me from my playing days at Benet so here's a little bit about my hitting background:

- Illinois High School Player Of The Year
- Illinois First Team All State (2005 - 2006)
- Louisville High School All-American (2006)
SEC All Freshmen Team (2007)
College World Series Starter (2007)
MVP Summer League (2007)
Cape Cod Candidate (2008)
Cape Cod Home Run Derby Winner (2009)
11th Round Pick By The Dodgers (2009)
21st Round Pick By The Padres (2010)
338 Batting Average In The Minors (2011)

I've also started a website called which teaches any hitter how to perform at their highest level. I specialize in increasing bat speed, consistency, and confidence.

Let me know if you have any players who would benefit from some extra work this off-season. I have time slots open starting next week. I anticipate they will fill up fast, so let me know if any of your players would like to book a time.

Keep Swinging, Connor Powers

Suburban Life Article - 7/15/2015 - "Glenbard South baseball gains valuable experience during summer season"

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:30

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:06 a.m. CDT


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GLEN ELLYN – In its summer league playoff game July 13, the Glenbard South baseball team showed hitting shouldn’t be an issue come next year.

But some shoddy fielding early in the contest turned out to be the difference in an 11-6 loss against Benet....

“That’s been our M.O. this summer,” Glenbard South coach Mike Riley said. “We struggled to find the right infield combination. But we know what we have to do. We are just inexperienced in a few positions.

“We were pretty fortunate to be strong up the middle last spring, with [Andrew] Wrona at shortstop, Brian Ashe at second, Kyle Carli at catcher and Alex McGimpsey in center. We have to work to get that strong again up the middle.”

The Redwings also knocked the Raiders out of the postseason in the spring. This time around, Glenbard South faced an early 6-0 deficit before scoring four runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run home run from Sean Cooke.

“We have to find a way to beat these guys,” Riley said. “They are in our sectional. Nazareth moved up to 4A, so looking at the sectional we have to get through these guys. They swung the bats really well and they made the routine plays.”

Glenbard South wrapped up the summer with a 12-10-3 mark, though the Raiders started off by going 8-0-2 over the first 10 games.

“That’s when we started falling apart defensively,” the coach said. “The first week and a half, we were fielding everything.

Summer Tournament Bracket

on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 19:57

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Monday, June 15th Game vs. Montini Canceled

on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 12:31

Todays (Monday, June 15th) Summer Game with Montini has been rained out.  

Players should meet at Village Links tomorrow at Noon for a 1 pm double header with West

Top 96 Prospect Camp Information

on Sat, 06/13/2015 - 08:30

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Best of the Midwest Prospect Camp - Aug 15-16

on Sat, 06/13/2015 - 08:23


If you would please take the time to pass along our summer camp/showcase information to the players in your program we at Parkland would be greatly appreciative.  I have attached the flyer for the Best of the Midwest Prospect Showcase we will be hosting August 14 & 15. This camp/showcase is extremely important to our program.  Not only did we recruit 4 players directly from this event last year (many others went on to receive scholarships from other colleges)  it also helps raise important money that covers equipment, travel,  assistant coaches etc.

We have a great group of coaches coming in for the camp portion in the AM  (U of I, U Indy, Western, Eastern, Purdue, Central Michigan, Normal Cornbelters) while the PM pro style showcase will be well attended by many other area schools.

Registration can be completed at

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Daily Herald Article - 6/11/2015 - "The DuPage County All-Area baseball team"

on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:17

Congratulations to Andrew Wrona for being named Daily Herald all-area honorable mention:

Honorable mention: Brett Albaugh (sr., P-IF-OF, Wheaton Academy), Myles Farley (sr., 2B, Downers Grove North), Alex Garon (sr., OF, Naperville North), Luke Greenberg (sr., P-OF, Glenbard North), Peter Hamot (sr., P, Downers Grove South), Connor Hickey (sr., OF, Benet), Trey Jones (sr., 1B, Willowbrook), Justin Kelly (sr., C, Wheaton Warrenville South), Austin Loehman (sr., P, Westmont), Alex Luka (so., 1B-P, Montini), Jason Neville (jr., P, Waubonsie Valley), Michael Nielsen (jr., C, Lake Park), Mike Powers (sr., P, Benet), Jake Radel (sr., 2B, St. Francis), Chris Roycroft (sr., P, Willowbrook), Andy See (sr., SS, Metea Valley), Peyton Seidler (sr., 1B-P, West Chicago), George Swedie (sr., P-SS, Lisle), Tyler Tesmond (sr., OF, Neuqua Valley), Andrew Wrona (sr., SS, Glenbard South).

Complete All-Area Article

Suburban Life Article - 6/10/2015 - "Glenbard South baseball, softball come up short at sectionals"

on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:33

Published: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 4:23 p.m. CDT - By SCOTT SCHMID - 

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GLEN ELLYN - After winning 20 games a year ago with a lot of younger players on the field, Glenbard South returned to the baseball diamond this spring with high expectations.  

The Raiders were able to live up to those high hopes, thanks in large part to senior captains Dylan Brambora, Joey Atkinson, Alex McGimpsey, Dom Fazzari and Andrew Wrona. 

"This was the hardest working senior group I've ever had," Glenbard South coach Mike Riley said. "We had five captains and every one was as good as the other as far as being a captain. They were at everything and they brought great attitudes. They were great leaders all year.

"It's a group that we are going to miss. Last year we were 20-11 and played a lot of young kids. This year, we thought we would have a team that could do some things."

Glenbard South wrapped up the campaign with a record of 23-11 after falling 7-6 against Benet in a Class 3A sectional semifinal at Nazareth on June 4.

Things looked good early as the Raiders plated five runs in the top of second inning. Kyle Carli and Michael Ashe both walked to force in runs and McGimpsey drove in a pair with a single.

But Benet chipped away, scoring two runs in both the second and third frames. Ashe added an RBI double in the fourth to up the margin to 6-4 before the Redwings pushed across single runs in the fourth and fifth.

Glenbard South had two runners on in the seventh but couldn't get the big hit.

Summer Game Added For June 9th

on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:16

The Raiders will open their Summer season Tuesday June 9, 2015 against Wheaton Warrenville South at 2pm.  We will play 2- 6 inning contests.  Tuesday's games are at Glenbard South HS