2016 Jr. High All-STATE – Baseball / Softball

Hello !

On behalf of my husband and I and especially my daughter, we’d like to “THANK YOU” for selecting my daughter to partake in this inaugural event ! This entire experience has been awesome for our daughter. Thank you also for choosing her to throw out the first pitch !  That was such and honor for her !

Nancy, Larry and Abby Bukantis – Ottawa Shepard


Thank you Barry! The tournament was put together very well. This was our second year here and way to take it up a notch.  It was a pleasure ending our fall Jr high season, at your facilities. Rance met some great people and he  always enjoys playing “the turf”.


Mark & Jill Bryant Parents of Rance Bryant – Schlarman Academy


I enjoy shooting girls softball, and, thanks to the Umpires allowing me on the field, I was able to get Great Shots from shooting on the field.  There’s no way that I could get these kind of shots from thru the fence. You have a very nice facility for softball and baseball, it was a fun weekend and one could not have asked for better weather.

Best Regards,

Bill Miener – Father of Sam Meiner from Highland


I would  like to say that my girls loved Coach Jamie Martin (Team W.Central), he worked hard with the girls and had fun with them too.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and I can’t wait to see this program excel in the future years to come.

Thanks – Zoe and Zaylei Evans’ mom, Kandice Kunkel – Winchester


Thank you so much for adding softball this year and for allowing me to coach the East team. I truly had an awesome experience and the girls were so great! I can’t wait to watch this tournament grow and to hopefully coach again in the future. Thank you again!

Christine Dickerson – Coach of the East Team – Softball


I think overall the weekend was an amazing experience for the girls. I think it was a big success and Tinley was honored to play.

Thank you and have a great day,

Autumn Risinger – Mattoon


This was the first time boys got picked from our school to attend the all state showcase and our boys had so much fun.    They made it to state and brought home 4th and to attend this and go into championship game 4-0 was a big accomplishment for the boys.   Thank you Lenz field for a great weekend

– Chrissy Freitas – Bourbonnais UGC


What an awesome experience this was for my son. Everything was extremely organized and well put-together. Excellent competition and most of all the boys had a great time thank you again for your hospitality It was greatly appreciated.


Bob Zoelzer – Edwardsville Lincoln


Great tournament weekend for the 8th grade teams that I watched. No teams were stacked with players and they all seemed very well balanced.  This was our first time playing in this event and we had a great time getting to see some of the top middle school talent from across the state.

-Brett Johnson – Germantown Hills


I think this weekend was a great experience for all of the athletes. It was great to see kids that compete locally against each other – team up to play that broader scope of players. We visit Lenz Field often for tourneys and always great facilities to play on.

-Lisa Colon – Collinsville


This is our second year attending this event.  It has been a great experience for both of my sons.  The All State Showcase was very well organized and provided a perfect opportunity for my son to meet new people and play some baseball.
Thanks again.

– Gregg Bradshaw -Pekin-St. Joseph’s

2016 Elite All-Stars / Showcase

Good morning all.

Just wanted to send you a big thank you for all of your efforts to put this together once again. Communication from Barry was first class!
All of our “new” parents were very complimentary of the facility and how smoothly everything went. Great time once again!

Thank you!
Mark Galyean – Head Coach Indiana Nitro


Hi all,

Thank you for a great weekend at the 4th Annual Stand Up to Cancer Elite All-Star Showcase .  It was organized and well run.  The facilities are first class and we absolutely had a great time.

Thanks again for a wonderful few days

Eric and Sean Menzel


Hi guys,

Great tournament down here this week.  Thoroughly enjoying myself and I know are teams are loving it.  Looking forward to coming back next year with all the teams!

Greg Blaesing



Thank you and great job this weekend.  Our families were completely satisified and thought everything was great.


Tim Clark – Head Coach 12U Missouri


Barry, just wanted to say thank you for choosing me to coach the 9u all star team from Central Illinois, I know my players, parents and coaches all had a great time.

Hayden Powers Central Illinois Swing/ Easton


What a great weekend for Khi as he played in the Elite All Star Showcase in JACKSONVILLE, Illinois. Khi was the only kid from MS to be apart of the game. Not only did he play with some of the best 11 yr old in the Midwest he made friends for life. Special thanks to Lenz Field for all the great hospitality and for inviting him to be apart of this Great event.

Shaune-Chenelle Holiday

Week Day High School Games 2013

Alex and Tom-

Thank you both very much for allowing us to use your fields last night. Seems like it has become our home away from home. Betting we play more games there than any school outside of Jax. Always consider it a privilege. We love your place and all the amenities. Has been a huge help with all the lost games due to weather here in Springfield. Thank you both very much again.

Jim S.

ASA October 6-7 12U & 16U Softball 2012

“Damian; I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for the wonderful tournament that you put on last weekend.  We loved Lenz Field and look forward to coming back again!!!”

-Lynne Stevenson Knox County Crush 12U

1st Annual Central Illinois Junior High All Star Weekend October 6-7 2012


“Thank you for orchestrating such a wonderful event……..”

“First class event last weekend…”

-Steve Baumgartner


“Damian;  Thank you for the first class tourney this last weekend.  Everything from the easy parking to the food to the facilities were nice.  The weather was cold but the baseball spirits were high. My son Drew talked about this all the way home, I will talk up your place to all the baseball nation in the area of Lincoln.  Again Thank you”

-Tom Martin


“Damian; I wanted to take just a minute and thank you for the work that you put into this event.  It was a very special time and I know that Hayden absolutely enjoyed himself.  It was a great opportunity for him to play some great baseball with very talented boys and meet some new ones along the way.”

“What a great event,  Thanks again for your work.”

-Tony Bender



My grandson participated, as a player, in The First Annual Central Illinois JH All-Star Showcase and my wife and I attended both days.  I just wanted to drop a quick line to tell you how much we enjoyed the event and to thank you for all the work you must have put in to make it the success it was.  We both had a great time.  It was well organized and things happened in a timely manner.  Keep up the good work and I believe this could become the premier Junior High event of the fall.

Again, thank you for your time and effort.”

-Larry Gerlach


“Hi Damian,

I want to thank you again for organizing this past showcase event.  There was some very good talent on display, and hopefully Brandon can make it back there again next year.


-Keith Olion


“Thanks for an enjoyable time in baseball.  Please keep sending our school info on next years and their after for our kids need to enjoy this type of event as well……..”

-Larry & Tammy Moschenrose