8th Annual Schaumburg Flyers High School Baseball Classic Presented by Easton Sports

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The 2008 Schaumburg Flyers High School Baseball Classic presented by Easton Sports is scheduled to take place April 3-5 at Alexian Field in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Northern League Schaumburg Flyers, a tenth-year professional baseball club will once again provide Alexian Field for the three day event. The Flyers Classic will showcase eight high school programs from the state of Illinois.

Baseball America's #28th and #41st ranked teams highlight this year's Flyers Classic. The #28 ranked Prairie Ridge Wolves will take on highly regarded Joliet Catholic on April 3rd at 7:00 PM. The Wolves are lead by Coastal Carolina recruit, TJ Swank and Kansas State recruit, Nick Martini. The Hilltoppers ranked #18 in the state of Illinois according to the Truth Prep Baseball Report feature senior OF/LHP, John Ruettiger, a signee at Arizona State. Co-host H.D. Jacobs is scheduled to open the Classic with a game against Wheaton-Warrenville South at 4:30 PM on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Eagles are led by led by Heartland Community College-bound Matt Igara, a senior OF while the Tigers feature Iowa-bound Nick Brown, a senior RHP.

Another doubleheader is slated for Friday, April 4th. Co-host Schaumburg High School will take on Baseball America's #41st team in the nation Neuqua Valley in the afternoon game at 4:30 PM. The Saxons feature senior C, Dominick D'Agata, a signee at Purdue. The Wildcats are the IHSA defending state champs and are lead by Ian Krol, a junior LHP and senior RHP, Geoff Rowan. The field is rounded out by Lyons Township & highly ranked St. Charles North. Those two schools will meet on Friday night at 7:00 PM. The Lions are led by Brian Lorenz, a senior RHP/OF. The North Stars, PBR's #3 ranked team in the state feature Illinois State recruit, senior OF, Jake Thorton and senior LHP, Danny Jimenez. St. Charles North also feature other D1 recruits like Northern Iowa-bound Brian de la Torriente, a senior RHP/SS and Western Michigan-bound Sam Weinberg, a senior RHP.

An action packed day of baseball will conclude the tournament on Saturday. Consolation games will occur simultaneously at H.D. Jacobs High School and St. Charles North High School, beginning at 1:00 PM. Alexian Field and Schaumburg High School will conduct semifinal bracket games also at 1:00 PM. At 4:00 PM, the 5th place game will be played at Alexian Field while the 3rd place game unfolds at Schaumburg High. The tournament championship game will take place at 7:00 PM on Saturday at Alexian Field.

Dominick D'Agata, a 2007 Area Code Games participant heads the prospect list with fellow Saxons' Steve Mahler, Mike Mistrata, Matt Mistrata, Andy Brandt, George Kalousek, Dan Launhardt, and Dave Compitello; Golden Eagles' Matt Igara; North Stars' Jake Thorton, Brian De La Torriente, Zach Hirsch, Sam Weinberg, Brandon Nothnagel, and Ryan Richardson, and Danny Jimenez; Widcats' Ian Krol, Mike McKinley, Geoff Rowan, Travis Weldon, and Jordan Williamson; Wolves' TJ Swank, Mike Heesch, Sam Zagone, Nick Martini, Don Baran, Bobby Martin, David Mitroff, and Nolan Jacoby; Lions' Brian Lorenz, Ed Viliunas, CJ Esposito, Ryan McMillin, Chas Straface, Brad Winklet, Fred Larson, Don Cizek, Assem Chataut, Pat Hayes, Mike Stockwell, and Brian Lehman; Hilltoppers' John Ruettiger, Steve Kazak, AJ Piese, Mike Nelson, Brian Budzinski, Nate Minarich, Nate Ratajczak, and Joe Cernegel; Tigers' Nick Brown, Nick Egan, Dustin Quattrocchi, Nick Novasad, Tom Marsh, and Mike Olp.

Tickets to all Alexian Field games are available at the gate for $3.00. Alexian Field is located a few miles west of I-290 & Thorndale and just off the Elgin-O'hare Expressways Irving Park Road exit at 1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Detailed stadium directons are accessible at flyersbaseball. com. For more information, please call Tournament Director, John Sarna at (847) 658-2504. Cliff Doll from selectyourphoto. com will be on hand to take professional photographs of all action. This year's raffle proceeds will be donated towards the Loyola Academy press box fundraiser.

This year's Flyers Classic is sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, Sign-A-Rama of Carpentersville, Hayden's Athletic, Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago, the Truth Prep Baseball Report, and the Daily Herald.

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