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03/07/2018 12:46 PM -

The Bulls/Sox Youth Academy hosted a Signing Day event in Lisle for the 35 current White Sox Elite baseball and fastpitch travel team members that have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their baseball and softball careers at the collegiate level in the fall of 2018. Additionally, 8 White Sox Elite fastpitch players, from the Class of 2019, have verbally committed to college programs across various division levels. During one year, this is the single largest group of players to commit to play at the collegiate level in the history of the White Sox Elite baseball and fast pitch programs.

“I couldn’t be more proud or happier than I am for all our 2018 College Commits. These student-athletes have exceeded my expectations and made my job extremely meaningful”, said Jim Adduci, Director of Elite Baseball. “I know this is a testament to their parents, their commitment and their dedication to move on to the next level in their academic and athletic endeavors. They have meant a great deal to this program and leave behind a legacy for future Elite players to strive for.”

“We are extremely proud that every member of our 18U team will continue their career at the collegiate level”, said Kathy Young, Director of Fastpitch Operations. “I believe each player found the right fit and is sure to make an impact at their respective universities next fall.”

2019 - National Letters of Intent

FP Alex Mendoza Trinity Christian College

FP Alexis Abruzzo Wayne State University

FP Alyssa Malicki Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (IPFW)

FP Amy Kaniewski University of Indianapolis

BB Andrew Schimmoler Saint Leo University (Tampa, FL)

BB Anthony Calarco Northwestern University

BB Brayden Cortwright Western Illinois University

BB Bryce Moskiewicz University of Pittsburgh

BB Charlie Wood North Central College

BB Connor Graefen Roosevelt University

BB David Ascencio Parkland College

BB Elias Hernandez Harper College

BB Gage Olszak Saint Xavier University

FP Haley Mazon Lawrence Technological University

BB Jack Ferraro Triton College

BB Jake Karczewski United States Naval Academy

FP Joanna Cirrincione Grand Valley State University

BB Jose Sanchez Indiana University South Bend

BB Justin Graves Purdue Northwest

FP Kayla Moky Minnesota State University

FP Kyra Kroll Western Illinois University

FP Madison Christ Robert Morris University

FP Madison Szymanski Pittsburg State University

BB Marcus Gholston Arizona Western College

FP Mia Tran Elmhurst College

BB Michael Dunkelberger Indiana University

BB Nick Fushi Ball State University

BB Owen Waunn DePauw University

BB Patrick Hayes Illinois State University

FP Rebecca Bluder Robert Morris University

FP Sydni Mitchell Trinity Christian College

FP Taylor Herschbach Valparaiso University

BB Tommy Benson IMG Academy

BB Zac Lis Illinois Institute of Technology

BB Zac Styka Washington University (St Louis, MO)


2019 - Verbal Commitments

FP Antoinette Hill Purdue University

FP Chloe Jefferson Illinois State University

FP Erin Kleffman University of Evansville

FP Kaitlyn Sandora St. Ambrose University

FP Lexi Bowdish Butler University

FP Makayla Tsagalis University of South Dakota

FP Mary Jones University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

FP Rachel Martinez Eastern Michigan University


For more information on playing for one of the White Sox Elite baseball or fast pitch travel teams and train to become the next player to reach their potential to play at the collegiate level, visit or call 630-PLAYBALL.

Located in Lisle, Ill., the Bulls/Sox Youth Academy is owned by the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. The Academy runs extensive and fun training programs in basketball, baseball, fast-pitch softball and sports conditioning for boys and girls from beginner to professional. There is an additional Academy location in La Grange. For information on year-round programs and private lessons, visit or call 630-324-8221.

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