May 23, 2020

2020 Season Update....

Hello Players and Parents~
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  I hope this email continues to find all of you and your families safe and well.  As our ideas continue to grow in the hope that there will be baseball for us this Summer, Coach Joe and I still cannot tell you exactly what's going to happen in the next couple of months.  Yes, the Governor has pushed the state to "Phase 3", and started to open many businesses including bars & restaurants, but he hasn't said anything about outdoor sports participation, like baseball. So, Joe and I continue to check-in every week to discuss what new updates tournament organizations are providing in terms schedules, cancellations, new procedures, etc.  Here is what we know so far:
 
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Only one tournament on our current schedule has been cancelled.  Our 6/12-6/14 tourney at Northern Illinois University was scrapped. Our remaining schedule is in tact...so far.  ALTHOUGH....we are hearing thoughts that many tournaments may be shifting dates/days that games will be held to acquire fields and or other reasons.  For example, right now we are scheduled to play in Bloomington/Normal, IL on 6/25-6/28 (Thursday-Sunday).  However, Diamond Sports Promotions (organizer) is considering shifting dates to 6/27-6/30 (Saturday-Tuesday)...which could obviously affect our hotel reservations and people's vacation time.  There are other organizers suggesting similar changes...more weekday games, etc. 
 
Our current schedule still stands at:  Schaumburg 6/18-6/21, Bloomington 6/25-6/28, Chicago Area 7/2-7/5, Elgin Area 7/9-7/12, and Chicago (Kerry Wood Field) 7/16-7/19.   
 
We are also considering possibilities to play in Wisconsin and Indiana (no overnight stays...just over the borders) considering these states are opening faster than Illinois.  
 
Again, our hope is to PLAY!  We promise to keep you updated as schedules become available and any changes to them.
 
SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Joe and I's hope is that all of you are taking care of yourselves, wearing your PPE when needed and keeping to the guidelines of social distancing.  We also recognize perhaps the uncertainties some of you may have regarding "safe play" during this pandemic.  We completely understand your concerns...and so do these tournament organizations.  Our hope is you are all under the mindset of wanting to play baseball again this Summer, but would understand if there are some uncertainties.  Here is what Joe and I are hearing regarding precautions to be taken if and when baseball returns:
  • Masks to be worn (mandatory for umpires and catchers)...including a customized mask as part of our uniforms!
  • Designated home teams and visiting teams...know which dugout you have prior to each game.
  • Sanitizing of dugouts before/after each game
  • No spitting/sunflower seeds in dugouts or on the field.
  • No post-game handshakes
  • Discouraging "high-fives", handshakes, etc.
  • Spectators...no use of stands or spacing required.  Sit in own chairs down foul lines. 
  • Teams requirements to carry sanitizing materials (wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
There are other ideas as well to maintain a safe environment for all players, coaches, and fans attending a game.  But, we hope those of you who might be having concerns, that these measures, and others, would help with those worries.
 
PRACTICE
Now that the Governor will be pushing out "Phase 3" on May 29th (allowing gatherings of up to 10 people/non-related), Joe and I are proposing to put together a practice schedule in the next week or so.  I know many of you are doing as much as you can on your own, but we thought it would help to get you out of your "backyards" and workout with some of your teammates.  These would be OPTIONAL for those available, who are healthy, and feeling safe.  We would take any necessary precautions needed to ensure the safety of everyone!  We will look to hold practices at Friendship Park in Des Plaines and other locations.
 
Thanks again for all you are doing to remain safe and stay in shape during this time.  I hope your high school and college courses went well!  If you have any concerns whatsoever, please reach out to Joe Kalish or myself.  Otherwise, we will be contacting you next week with another update as more information becomes available and a tentative practice schedule.  
 
I am still looking forward to a great Summer season.  Hopefully, we will, again, get through this soon!  
 
GO WARRIORS!
 
Bill Roscoe
Joe Kalish

November 09, 2019

Still looking for a team next Summer?

We are seeking a few more players to fill out our 2020 Summer Tournament Team roster.  If you are a 2020 grad, have the ability to compete at a high level, and interested in playing one Summer, then contact our coaching staff.  Pitching experience a plus.  Catching experience is a need as well.

July 22, 2019

2019 Summer Season a "Step Up"

The Northwest Warriors team officially finished with 21-13 record.  This Summer we stepped up the competition competing in 7 local and regional tournaments coordinated by Team Exposure, Perfect Game, Pastime, and Diamond Sports Promotions. We completed our season in Cleveland, Ohio at the CABA High School World Series. These tournaments provided competition from Illinois as well as 10 other states and Canada whose rosters consisted of several DI, DII, and DIII commits.  

 

We started out our season by winning the Battle by the Lake Tournament at Carthage College.  Qualified for bracket play in 4 of the next 5 tourneys.  Then, at CABA World Series, qualified for bracket play, upset the #3 Seed, and finished 6th out of 44 teams...a tremendous achievement considering we were down to 11 players due to injury.  Their determination, efficiency on the mound, and clutch hitting allowed them to defeat many teams with twice as many players.  For that....I APPLAUD THE PLAYERS AND COACHES FOR A JOB WELL DONE! 

 

Secondly, statistically this team met many of their personal goals and those of the coaches and I set out for them.  As a team, we hit .302, with an On-Base Percentage of .391.  We had 258 total hits and scored 173 runs in 32 games (avg.  7.6 hits and over 5 runs a game).  Of our 258 hits, about one-fourth of them were extra base hits...including 48 doubles.  Pitching was exceptional throughout the season.  Out of 206.2 innings pitched, we achieved a team ERA of 3.45 with 170 Ks and only 78 walks. These are all exceptional statistics and reasons why this team had the success it did this summer!   Again for that....WELL DONE PLAYERS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS! 

 

Offensive Leaders:

BA: David Roscoe 0.466, Josh Periaswamy 0.374

Hits: David Roscoe 41, Josh Periaswamy  34

2B: Joe Kalish 10, David Roscoe 8

3B: David Roscoe 4, Josh Periaswamy 3

HR: Joe Kalish 1

RBI: David Roscoe 26, Joe Kalish 26

SB: Bobby Balzano 27, Ismail Abassi 12

Pitching Leaders:

ERA: Brennan Rieman 2.21, Josh Periaswamy 2.69

IP: Joe Kalish 45.1, Periaswamy 39.0, Rieman 31.2

Wins: Kalish 3, Rieman 3

SO: Periaswamy 44, Rieman 26

  

Thirdly, we just wanted to acknowledge all our family and "fans" for following us from game to game whether in person or on GameChanger.  Your support certainly did not go unnoticed!  Whether it was your cheers when we scored, bags of Skittles brought to the dugout, or "disagreements" with an umpire's call...you were heard loud and clear! The players certainly feed off your encouragement and made them better players just knowing you care.

In conclusion, thank you so much for making this such a memorable season!   Not only did these young men perform on the field, they were that much better off the field. Working with intelligent, coachable, and competitive players provided us with a rewarding experience that we will always remember!   My hopes for those with the goal to play college ball, is that the college coaches in the stands saw the type of players I know we have!  For our seniors, GOOD LUCK with your college careers.  It was a pleasure watching you play. 

GO WARRIORS!

Warriors Coaching Staff

June 16, 2019

Warriors Tourney Hopes Washed Away!

Warriors tournament hopes to win a 2nd straight were washed away this Father's Day weekend.  Warriors racked up a key victory to open the tournament against a quality opponent, Prestige Baseball.  We then followed up the next day with a dominating 9-0 performance versus LITH Thunder thanks to Rieman's CG pitching performance including 6 Ks.  Our third game was a slug fest.  We lost a back-and-forth battle to Illinois Indians West 13-10.  Warriors scored 10 runs on 13 hits (Abassi 3 for 3), but it wasn't enough to get the victory.  Overall, the Warrior offense took another step forward accumulating 28 runs on 33 hits in the three games.

 

Offensive leaders continue to thrive including: Roscoe BA: 0.619 (13 for 21, 13 RBIs), Balzano BA: 0.500 (9 for 18, 11 SBs), Periaswamy BA: 0.455 (10 for 22, 10 RS), and Kalish BA: 0.412 (8 for 19, 6 RBIs + 5 BBs). Pitching is being led by Rieman ERA: 1.27, 10 Ks and Periaswamy ERA: 3.00, 11 Ks.

June 09, 2019

Warriors Win 2019 Season-Opening Tournament

NW Warriors open its season 4-0 winning the 17U Battle by the Lake Tournament at Carthage College in Kenosha! The team had solid pitching from Periaswamy (1-hitter) Rieman, Garr, Patel, and Kalish. Outstanding offensive performances by:

Roscoe 8-12, 2-2B, 3B, 8 RBI

Periaswamy 6-11, 7 RS

Saini 4-11, 2-2B

Balzano 4-8, 6 SB

Kalish 5-11, 3 RBI

Perri 3-6, 4 BB, 4 RBI

Total team effort!

July 27, 2018

2018 Campaign A Success

 Warriors finished the 2018 Summer season with an 18-5-1 record!  Unfortunately, Mother Nature got the best of us not allowing the NW Warriors to complete their season on the field.  The Warriors last tournament finished with a 2-1 record and being held out of the bracket play rounds.  However, the players and coaches are proud of what they accomplished this year.  Their accomplishments included 3 Tournament Championships (Carthage College Invite, Kerry Wood Invitational, and Cincy Flames Summer Classic) and 4 total semi-final appearances.  

Players, once again, exceeded the coaches' expectations and goals set forth for them as a team and individuals prior to the Summer.  Offensively, the team batting average was .320 with an OPB of .423.  The Warriors had more walks than strikeouts...97 vs. 85.  And, of the 167 hits as a team, nearly 25% were for extra bases.  The team was led by Mason Perri (.459 BA), Jack Burriesci (.372 BA) and David Roscoe (.350 BA).  Defensively, the coaches preached "expecting the baseball and knowing what to do with it once it's hit to you".  As a result, the Warriors only made 35 errors in 24 games with a fielding percentage of .945.  Pitching...our pitchers were around the plate and kept us in many games.  We had 2 sub-80 pitch, complete game shutouts by David Roscoe and Joey Kalish.  The team ERA was 3.51 in 147.1 innings pitched, including 109 strikeouts by 7 different pitchers.  David Roscoe led the team earning three wins in the 3 Tournament Championship games and with a 0.851 ERA in 24.1 IPs (3 earned runs).  Joey Kalish was 2nd on the team with a 2.17 ERA in 32.1 IP including 29 strikeouts.

The coaching staff would like to thank everyone for their time, patience, and support throughout the Summer.  Your cheers, jeers, and encouragement was certainly recognized and appreciated!  We are a better team because of all of you!  

Here's to a hardworking off-season building on our successes and correcting our faults.  We are looking forward to our players getting stronger, smarter, and maintaining that "no quit" attitude to become better players and even better people.  Next season is expected to be even better than this year.  GO WARRIORS!

NW Warriors Coaching Staff 

July 15, 2018

Warriors 3-Peat!

Warriors win Kerry Wood Invitational Sunday evening!  Defeated Illinois Lions in the Semi-Final game with a 9-run inning to cap off a 10-3 victory...nine consecutive batters reached base.  Kalish and Periaswamy combined pitching efforts for the victory.  In the title game, Warriors scored 4 runs in the 1st inning on the way to a 8-2 triumph over Next Level Baseball.  Roscoe pitched 5 strong innings giving up only 1 run on 3 hits.  Balzano got the last 6 outs to seal the win.   Perri led the way offensively with 5 RBIs.  This tournament win gave the NW Warriors back-to-back-to-back tournament wins! 

July 01, 2018

Warriors go Back-to-Back!

NW Warriors secure 2nd tournament bracket championship in a row in Cincinnati, OH.  The Warriors prevailed in the wood bat tourney, 16U Cincy Flames Summer Classic defeating the Indiana Expos 3-2 in the title game @ Miami (OH) University.  Roscoe pitched 6 2/3 innings getting the win, while Kalish came in to get the last out and the save.  The team went 5-2 overall, including a 4-0 record in bracket play beating teams from Canada, NY, IN, and OH.  Offensively, the team came up with clutch performances by Roscoe, Kalish, Perri, Rieman, Saini, and Watson.  Every player played a role in securing keys wins both with their bats and gloves.    

June 24, 2018

Warriors win Carthage College Invite!

NW Warriors win their first tournament of the 2018 season at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.  The team recorded a 5-0 record including a 2-0 shutout in the championship game.  Roscoe pitched a 74 pitch, complete game 2-hit shutout to secure the championship over the GRB Rays.  Warriors pitching staff dominated the tournament with 3 shutouts and only 9 total runs given up.  

June 18, 2018

Warriors make Semi-Finals of St. Viator Showdown!

Northwest Warriors earned #1 seed in Arlington Heights behind strong pitching performances by Joey Kalish #25 and David Roscoe #21.  Kalish pitched a complete game shutout in game one of the tournament and Roscoe followed it with a 1-earned run performance.  Warriors had notable offensive performances to go along with the pitching.  The team was led by Perri #7 with 5 hits (including 2 doubles), Roscoe with 5 hits (HR and 2 doubles), Kalish with 4 hits (2 doubles), and Burriesci #8 with 3 hits and 3 stolen bases.  

August 01, 2017

Warriors First Season a Success!

The Northwest Warriors team officially finished with 16-7-1 record.  We won the Summer Hope Tournament, were Runners' Up at Carthage, made it to 4 Semi-Finals, and a Quarter Finals appearance.  We played meaningful games on Sunday in every tournament we entered with one exception...and Mother Nature ruined our chances perhaps there as well at St. Viator.  This is extraordinary achievement considering this was a first-year team, put together over a few months during the fall/winter, in which most of the players never played with each other.   However, putting our record aside, I can honestly look at each player and see that they are better ball players today than when I met them for the first time during the winter...which is our goal all along.  We want to see our young men grow as players and people with the hopes of having them aspire to whatever level of play they set their minds to.  For that....I APPLAUD THE PLAYERS AND COACHES FOR A JOB WELL DONE! 

 

Secondly, statistically this team met many of the goals the coaches and I set out for them.  As a team, we hit .352, with an On-Base Percentage of .443.  We had 209 total hits and scored 174 runs in 24 games (avg. 8.7 hits and over 7 runs a game).  Of our 209 hits, about one-fourth of them were extra base hits...including 35 doubles.  We also walked more as a team than struck out...90 walks compared to 63 Ks.  These are all exceptional statistics and reasons why this team had the success it did this summer!  Plus, there are so many team highlights that could be mentioned (i.e. Periaswamy's No- hitter, Salemi and Roscoe homers, etc.).  A number of these are included on this website.  Again for that....WELL DONE PLAYERS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS! 

Thirdly, we just wanted to acknowledge all our family and "fans" for following us from game to game whether in person or on GameChanger.  Your support certainly did not go unnoticed!  Whether it was your cheers when we scored, bags of Skittles brought to the dugout, or "disagreements" with an umpire's call...you were heard loud and clear! The players certainly feed off your encouragement and made them better players just knowing you care.

In conclusion, thank you so much for making this such a memorable season!   As coaches, we really enjoyed having an opportunity to be apart of your son's baseball career! This team absolutely exceeded our expectations.  Not only did these young men perform on the field, they were that much better off the field. Working with intelligent, coachable, and competitive players provided us with a rewarding experience that we will always remember!   

GO WARRIORS!

Warriors Coaching Staff

July 23, 2017

Warriors Rained Out from Another Chance at a Title

NW Warriors went to their final tournament seeking their opportunity to play in a 3rd title game.  Unfortunately rain kept them from getting there.  In the 2nd inning of the Semi-Final game, a storm rolled in and washed out the remaining bracket play games.

 

Warriors finished with a record of 2-0-1 in the tournament with key wins over the NT Thunder, Illinois Chargers, and a tie versus Illinois Fuzion (due to time restrictions).

Terrific pitching performances by Balzano, Arnold, Kalish, and Roscoe.  Roscoe's offensive output lead the way for the Warriors, hitting 0.750 (BA) and an OBP of 0.889 with 5 walks.

July 21, 2017

Warriors Announce 2018 Tryout Dates!

Sunday, August 6th           12:00pm – 2:00pm – Friendship Park

Wednesday, August 9th      6:00pm - 8:00pm - Friendship Park

Sunday, August 13th         10:00am - 12:00pm - West Park (If necessary)

 

Friendship Park - 395 W Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018

WestPark - Wolf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60018

July 16, 2017

Warriors make Semi-Finals in the Dells!

NW Warriors fall just short in Semi-Final game after another good run in the Wild West Championships held at Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston, WI.  Warriors lose 6-2 vs. Rhino Baseball, falling just short of reaching their 3rd championship game of the summer.

Key moments:  Saini has a 16 pitch at-bat that ended in a walk!  Roscoe and Kalish pitch Warriors to key wins.   

July 09, 2017

Warriors Runner-Up at Turning Batters into Hitters Tournament @ Carthage College!

Northwest Warriors had a great run falling just short in the championship game.  Saini led the Warriors in the game going 3 for 3, and making some outstanding defensive plays in Centerfield.  The second place finish was accomplished with key wins over Indians Baseball, Rockford Big Dogs, Lemont Indians, and the Northern Knights.

 

Semi-Final game...all 11 players contributed with at least 1 hit. Warriors had 19 hits in all (season high). 

 

Excellent pitching performances by Balzano, Roscoe, Kalish, and Periaswamy...each earning wins in the tournament.

Tournament Record:  4-2

June 25, 2017

NW Warriors make the Quarter Finals of College Exposure Invite @Rivets Stadium!

Shut outs in both pool play games to earn #1 Seed!  Periaswamy and Perri throw complete games.

Key win to reach quarter finals:  NW Warriors 8, Top Tier Nationals 4.  Balzano gets the win.

Roscoe hits 1st home run.

Tournament record: 3-1

June 11, 2017

Warriors win Summer Hope Tournament!  

Warriors defeated TPA Crush 8-0...Periaswamy throws no-hitter! 
Perri, Roscoe, Kalish, and Balzano throw complete games in route to the Championship game.
Salemi blasts 360' home run in the Semi-Final.
Tournament record 5-0.
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