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June 4, 2014 - Spartans Earn Post-Season Accolades - The Elgin Community College Baseball team had several players earn post-season awards after having very successful seasons. Brian Sobieski, a freshman, earned NJCAA Second Team All-American honors, along with First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region honors.  He did so by batting .456 with eight home runs, and 44 RBI's. He also led the country in on-base percentage with a .558 average.  He is the college's 21st baseball All-American that has played for Coach Bill Angelo. 

Dane Burman, a sophomore catcher, earned both First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference honors by hitting .366 with seven home runs and 37 RBI's.  Sawyer Chambers, Troy Dykhuis, and Blake Alexander, all freshmen, earned Second Team All-Conference, while Sawyer was also named to the All-Region Second Team.  Chambers was 6-2 on the year with a 2.25 earned run average.   

May 12, 2014 - Spartans Bow Out of Regional Tournament in Sectional Finals – The Elgin Community College baseball team saw their season come to an end at the hands of Prairie State College in the Region IV sectional championship game by a final score of 12-6.  The Spartans opened the tourney with a 5-4, 10 inning loss also to Prairie State.  ECC then eliminated Carl Sandburg College by the score of 12-4 to get another crack at Prairie State.  Unfortunately, the Spartans ran into a very resilient Prairie State team that broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“It was disappointing that our season ended when it did,” said head coach Bill Angelo.  “We felt that we were good enough to make a run at the Region IV title.  Give credit to Prairie State. They played extremely well against us.  Even though we checked out early this year, the future is bright, with 15 players returning next season, including six starters and our top four pitchers,” he added.  

May 7, 2014 – Region IV Sectionals – The Spartans head into the Region IV Sectionals on a strong note having won 18 out of their last 20 games. The team is entering the post season with confidence and the goal of taking that first big step in qualifying for the NJCAA Division II World Series.

ECC, with a record of 27-17 and the #3 seed, will host #6 seed Prairie State College (24-16) and #10 seed Carl Sandburg College (18-26-1) the weekend of May 10-11 at ECC’s Spartan Field.

On Saturday, May 10 Prairie State will face Carl Sandburg College at 9:00 a.m. At noon, ECC will take on Prairie State, and at 3:00 p.m. the Spartans will play Carl Sandburg.

If all three teams have 1-1 records following Saturday’s action, the highest seed receives a bye while the two other teams will play at noon on Sunday, May 11 with the winner of the game playing the highest seeded team at 3:00 p.m.  If a team is defeated twice, that team is out of the tournament.

If one team is eliminated on Saturday, Sunday’s game, featuring the remaining two teams, will be played at 12:00 p.m. with a Game #5, if necessary, played at 3:00 p.m. 

April 29, 2014 - Games Cancelled - Today's doubleheader against Olive-Harvey College has been cancelled due to rain. 

April, 28, 2014 - Spartans' Winning Streak Up To 13 - The ECC Men’s Baseball team has been playing some very good baseball as of late and have put together a nice run.  During the streak they have beaten some very good teams by getting some solid pitching, defense, and timely hitting.

“The guys have really started playing well," said head coach Bill Angelo.  "They are starting to gel at the right time.  Let’s hope that we can keep it rolling for a deep playoff run.” 

The Spartans have about two weeks left before the opening round of the NJCAA Region IV Sectionals.      

April 3, 2014 - Game Cancelled - Today's game against Highland Community College has been cancelled due to rain. 

March 19, 2014 – Play Ball! – The team will fly to sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina tomorrow for a six day stay at The Ripken Experience Complex.  The complex includes four regulation size baseball diamonds which are designed and named after some of the Major League’s historic ballparks. During their stay, the Spartans will compete against Camden County College, Garrett College, Chesapeake College, the College of Southern Maryland and Frederick Community College.

After the team returns to Elgin, they’ll take on Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, March 29 and Black Hawk College on Sunday, March 30 at Spartan Field.  If the weather and field conditions are favorable, each doubleheader will start at 12:00 p.m. 

October 4, 2013 – ECC Alumni Sports Day – The 4th Annual ECC Alumni Sports Day will be held on Saturday, October 12. From 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., the Spartans will hold the popular Home Run Derby, and at 11:30 a.m. the Alumni Game will begin. Both events will be held at Spartan Field. Admission is free for the general public. For those former ECC players who wish to participate, the cost is $10 per person, and you will get a specially designed t-shirt. For further information, contact head coach, Bill Angelo, at 847-214-7133.  

August 20, 2013 - Walk On Baseball Meeting Scheduled - There will be a walk on baseball meeting Monday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the main lobby of Building J.  Anyone interested in trying out for the Men’s Baseball team needs to attend this informational meeting.  If you cannot attend, contact Coach Bill Angelo at 847-214-7133 or e-mail him at

April 19, 2013 - Spartans Dominate the Cavaliers of Kankakee Community College - In this classic Region IV rivalry game, the Spartans came out on top in dominating fashion. Right off the bat the Spartans jumped on the board early with two runs, followed up by another two in the next inning. In the third inning, Jake Buhmann hit a three-run homer that sparked a seven run inning. The Cavaliers responded with five runs which would be the only offense on the day for them. ECC then added one in the fourth and three in the 6th inning to seal the deal. The game ended in the 7th inning by slaughter rule, with a final score of 15-5. The Spartans’ offense had 18 hits on the day and defensively had no errors.

The game had many notable offensive players of the day. Robert Smith went 3-for-4 with four runs and an RBI. Jake Buhmann went 3-for-5 with one run, four RBIs and a three-run home run. Andy Kovarik went 3-for-5 with one run, one RBI, and two doubles. Dominick Tatone got the win pitching four innings with no runs allowed. He gave up five hits, had three strikeouts and one walk.

April 16, 2013 – Spartans Sweep South Suburban - ECC got on a roll early against South Suburban College with a four run first inning. After the first, the Spartans spread out the scoring with one run in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th innings. The game ended in a 7-3 Spartan victory. ECC put up eight hits with no errors. Drew Peters had a complete game for the win. He pitched 7 innings, with eight hits, three runs, three strikeouts, and no walks. Ryan Ford had 2-for-4 day at the plate, with two runs, and an RBI. Andy Kovarik also had a 2-for-4 day with one RBI.

In the second game, the Spartans finished the sweep with a 12-2 victory. Kyle Leone went 2-for-5, with two doubles and two runs scored. Jake Perkins got the win and pitched a solid game. He pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four hits, two runs and had seven strikeouts. It took the Spartans seven innings to finish the game, but it ended with an 18 hit barrage. The sweep was a total team effort and has the team rolling in the right direction.  

December 1, 2012 - Sophomore Standout Pitcher/3rd Baseman, Bobby Thorson, Signs Division I Letter of Intent - Bobby Thorson, who was 8-0 with a 2.40 era on the mound last year and hit .374, has signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Campbell University in North Carolina next year. He will both pitch and hit for Campbell, who won 41 games last season and competes in the Big South Conference.

“We are very proud of Bob and expect him to have continued success at the next level," said ECC head coach Bill Angelo. "Campbell is a great program, and I think it will be a really good fit for him. The coaching staff has done a great job there and has that program moving in the right direction. It’s a great next step for Bobby in his baseball career.”

Below is a link to the Campbell University press release.  

June 27, 2012 - Spartan Catcher Matt Stevens Earns Prospect League Player of the Week - Stevens batted a hefty .524 (11/21) with 12 RBIs and three homeruns for the week ended June 24. For the season, he is batting .333 in 13 games (15/45) with seven runs scored, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs and five stolen bases. Matt will continue his playing career at Tusculum College in Tennessee, a Division II national power.

June 13, 2012 – Two Spartans Named All-American – Sophomores Justin Kalusa (Larkin High School) and Matt Stevens (St. Charles North High School) were awarded with NJCAA Division II All-American First Team and Second Team honors respectively yesterday.

Kalusa earned First Team All-American honors after being named to the Second Team in 2011 and was the Region IV Division II Player of the Year for two straight years. Playing centerfield for the Spartans, he finished the season batting .426 with 35 RBI’s, 26 stolen bases, three home runs, 14 doubles, eight triples and had an on base percentage of .479. Kalusa committed only two errors for a .983 fielding percentage. He was ranked 23rd in individual hitting among the NJCAA Division II statistical leaders. Justin finishes his career at Elgin as the all-time hits leader with 173 hits over the two years.

Stevens, the starting catcher for ECC earned Second Team All-American Honors. He was also a First Team Illinois Skyway All-Conference selection and earned Region IV All-Region First Team. Matt batted .386 with 22 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 36 RBI’s and had a fielding percentage of .978. Matt will continue his baseball career at Tusculum College, a Division II powerhouse in Tennessee.

“We are extremely proud of Justin and Matt. These accolades are a testament to their ability and hard work. The both have a bright baseball future ahead of them,” said head coach Bill Angelo.

May 24, 2012 – Spartans Reap Post Season Awards – Two different players on the ECC squad captured the top honor in both Region IV and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. Sophomore outfielder Justin Kalusa was named the Region IV Player of the Year, and freshman third baseman/pitcher Bobby Thorson was named the ISCC Most Valuable Player.

Kalusa finished the season batting .426 with 31 RBI’s, 26 stolen bases, 3 home runs, 14 doubles and an on base percentage of .479. He also did duty as a relief pitcher, pitching 14.2 innings with 13 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.454. Kalusa committed only two errors for a .983 fielding percentage. He was ranked 23rd in individual hitting and 42nd in stolen bases among the NJCAA Division II statistical leaders.

Thorson, who did double duty as a starter and third baseman, was 3-0 and batted .444 in the conference. Overall, he was 8-0 with a 2.40 ERA with 41 strikeouts. In 60 innings pitched, he gave up only 16 earned runs. At the plate, Thorson batted .370 with 34 RBI’s, 11 doubles, two home runs and had an on-base percentage of .476. Thorson was ranked 32nd in individual pitching among the national NJCAA Division II statistical leaders.

Receiving Region IV All-Region First Team honors were Kalusa, Thorson and Matt Stevens. Stevens, a sophomore catcher, batted .386 with 22 doubles, three home runs, 36 RBI’s and had a fielding percentage of .978. Stevens finished the season ranked 28th in the nation in fielding percentage among the NJCAA Division II statistical leaders.

Sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson was named to the Region IV All-Region Second Team. Richardson ended the season with a .393 batting average, 39 RBI’s, 12 doubles, two home runs, and 11 stolen bases.

Earnings honors on the Illinois Skyway Collegiate All-Conference First Team were Kalusa, Richardson, Stevens and Thorson. Matt Kaiser and Jimmy Martin were awarded Second Team honors. Kaiser, a sophomore first baseman, batted .299 for the season with 35 RBI’s, 13 doubles, four home runs, eight stolen bases and had a .987 fielding percentage. Martin, a freshman outfielder for the Spartans, batted .319 with 23 RBI’s, nine stolen bases, and an OBP of .401.

May 14, 2012 - Spartans Bow Out in Sectional Championship – The Elgin Community College baseball team saw its season come to an end on Sunday by losing twice to Kankakee Community College. The Spartans won both games on Saturday beating Carl Sandburg College by the score of 8-0 and then knocking off Kankakee by scoring two runs in its final at bat to win by the score of 5-4. The Spartans were one win away from advancing to the Region IV finals for a 13th consecutive year. In Game One on Sunday, the Spartans lost a 6-5 ballgame in which Kankakee scored the go ahead run in the top of the 9th inning. That loss forced a winner-take-all-game that ended with Kankakee scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win by the score of 5-4. The Spartans ended the regular season at 32-19 overall.

April 16, 2012 – Coach Angelo Reaches 500 Wins – When ECC defeated Morton College 12-1 in Saturday’s doubleheader opener, a very special milestone was reached by head coach Bill Angelo. It was his 500th career win as the Spartans’ skipper. The ECC men’s baseball program has been a model of consistency with Angelo at the helm. In his 15 years as head coach, Angelo’s teams have averaged 33 wins a year, gone to five NJCAA Division II World Series, won 12 Sectional championships, five Region IV titles and five District titles.

Stated Coach Angelo, "I am very proud of the accomplishment. I look at it as a tribute to all of the great players that we have had come here to play baseball. A lot of student-athletes have put their heart and soul into this baseball program, and that's the special part of all of this."

February 28, 2012 – Three Spartans are Moving On - Coach Bill Angelo announced that three Spartan baseball players have already made their school choices for next season. Ryan Richardson has decided to play next season for Michigan State University. Richardson will be this year’s starting shortstop for ECC. Matt Stevens, the Spartans catcher, has decided to attend Tusculum College which is a Division II powerhouse located in Tennessee. Also moving on is Liam Pegg, a sophomore pitcher. He will be headed to Roosevelt University.

“We are extremely proud of these three men,” stated Coach Angelo. “We are confident that they will all do a great job at their future schools.”

June 9, 2011 – NJCAA All-American – ECC outfielder Justin Kalusa capped off his 2011 season by being named to the NJCAA Division II All-American Second Team. Kalusa’s stats are impressive. He finished the year with a .424 batting average which ranked him 36th in the nation among NJCAA DII hitters. Add to that his .465 OBP, 4 homeruns, 6 triples, 13 doubles, 25 stolen bases (29th ranking in NJCAA DII) and pitching duties in 54 games, and you can see why he is an All-American.

June 1, 2011 – All-Region Team – The post season accolades continued for the Spartans with outfielder Justin Kalusa being named the Region IV Player of the Year and an All-Region First Teamer. Teammate Brady Renner was also recognized for his contributions on the field by earning All-Region First Team honors.

All-Region Second Team honors were awarded to pitchers Andy Grunewald and Craig Lipp. Both contributed in a big way to the Spartans’ successful season with their performances on the mound.

May 31, 2011 – All-Conference Team –
The Illinois Skyway Collegiate All-Conference Team was named, and ECC has five representatives. Earning All-Conference First Team honors were outfielders Justin Kalusa and Brady Renner and pitcher/outfielder Craig Lipp. Honorable Mention was given to outfielder Tom Roth and pitcher Andy Grunewald.

In ISCC games, Kalusa hit .388, Renner .342, Lipp .326 and Roth .310. On the mound, Grunewald was 3-0 and Lipp was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.40. 

May 17, 2011 – Spartans Earn 12th Consecutive Sectional Title - The Spartans, with their three wins in the Region IV Sectional tournament held at Spartan Field on May 13-14, have advanced to the Region IV Finals. The Sectionals started off smoothly for ECC on Friday with a 5-0 win over Sauk Valley Community College followed by a 9-4 win over Morton College.

Saturday’s title game against Morton, however, was another matter. The Spartans found themselves down 11-0 in the 3rd inning. They mounted a tremendous comeback by chipping away at Morton’s lead and then scoring 5 runs in the 7th inning to tie it. Morton scored a run to take the lead, but ECC tied it right back up. In the bottom of the 9th, Justin Kalusa scored on Brady Renner’s two-out single giving the Spartans a 13-12 win.

The Region IV championship tournament will be held on May 19-21 at McHenry County College’s ballpark in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The schedule is as follows:

Game #1 - May 19 12:00pm Elgin Community College vs Black Hawk College
Game #2 - May 19 3:00pm Kankakee Community College vs Madison Area Technical College
Game #3 - May 20 9:00am Loser Game #1 vs Loser Game #2
Game #4 - May 20 12:00pm Winner Game #1 vs Winner Game #2
Game #5 - May 20 3:00pm Winner Game #3 vs Loser Game #4
Game #6 - May 21 12:00pm Winner Game #4 vs Winner Game #5
Game #7 - May 21 3:00pm (If necessary)

March 31, 2011- Elgin Baseball Ranked #1 in Region IV and 10th in the Country - The Spartan baseball team earned some early season respect with their 10-0 start to the season. They are currently the #1 ranked team in the region and 10th ranked team in the country. The NJCAA releases its Division II poll every other Wednesday.

“ We are happy to get some attention, but we have a long season ahead of us and the region is very strong this year, said Coach Angelo. “ We are playing good baseball right now, and we are going to keep working hard to make sure that it continues.”

March 28, 2011 - Elgin Baseball Goes 9-0 on Spring Trip to South Carolina and Runs Record to 10-0 - The Elgin Community College baseball team took their annual trip south this year to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They played at a first class facility called the Ripken Experience.

“It was a great baseball environment for our players to be able to compete at,” said Coach Bill Angelo.

The team excelled at the facility winning each and every one of their games. On Day One, they beat two quality baseball teams in Mercer County College and Lackawanna College, who were listed as others receiving votes in the most recent NJCAA Division II Poll. Over the next five days, the Spartans defeated Lakeland College from Ohio, Jamestown College of New York, Garrett College from Maryland, Ancilla College of Indiana and the #3 ranked team in the country, Parkland College. The Spartans open up region play on Friday, April 1 at home against Kishwaukee College.

June 1, 2010 - Post Season Honors - The Spartans had three players on the squad earn All-Region honors. Named to the Region IV All-Region First Team was pitcher Anthony Campanella. Infielder Cory Hodge and outfielder Dan Scahill were named to the Region IV All-Region Second Team.

Illinois Skyway Collegiate All-Conference First Team awards were given to ECC catcher Alex Mullendore, outfielder Tom Roth, shortstop Cory Hodge, and outfielder Dan Scahill. Earning Honorable Mention honors were pitcher Anthony Campanella, first baseman/catcher Steve Dujka, first baseman Ryan Lesner and outfielder Matt Revelle.

May 24, 2010 - Region IV Tournament Results - The Spartans fell one win short of making a trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series. Losing to Kankakee Community College 7-1 in the first round of the Region IV Finals, ECC staged a hard fought comeback to win their next three games and stay alive in the tournament. They defeated Oakton Community College 11-4, beat Kankakee in their second meeting 9-2, and thumped Madison Area Technical College 17-2. That last win meant it would be ECC against Madison in the Region IV championship game. The heat and lack of a deep bench took their toll on the Spartans, and Madison took the title with a 20-7 win.

February 2, 2010 - Three Spartans Named as Top Junior College Players in the Country – Anthony Campanella, Cory Hodge, and Dan Scahill were all named as top players in the country by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in their January issue. Anthony was highlighted as a top right handed pitcher and Cory and Dan received their accolades for shortstop and outfield respectively. All three are coming off of extremely successful freshman seasons and will be keys to the Spartans’ success this year.

June 10, 2009 - Spartans Recognized for Achievements - While the Spartans didn’t make it to their sixth consecutive NJCAA World Series, having been defeated in the Region IV tournament by Kankakee Community College, many individual honors were bestowed upon ECC players. Named to the NJCAA All-American Third Team were catcher Austin Licon and infielder Greg Stolzenburg. Licon, solid behind the plate with only two errors for the season, batted .413 with 43 RBI’s and 6 home runs. Stolzenburg, ranked 9th nationally among the NJCAA Division II individual hitting leaders, batted .479 with 38 RBI’s, 4 home runs, 19 doubles and 11 stolen bases.

ECC had five players named to the 2009 Region IV All-Region First Team. Earning this award were Zach Blanchette, Curtis Hudson, Austin Licon, Dan Scahill, and Greg Stolzenburg. Blanchette, an outfielder, was ranked 2nd nationally in stolen bases, 38th in batting average, and 40th in on-base percentage among all NJCAA Division II players. Blanchette racked up 48 stolen bases in 49 attempts, batted .438 and had an OBP of .524. Hudson, a starting pitcher, had a record of 7-1, an ERA of 3.13 with 51 strikeouts in 46 innings.Outfielder Dan Scahill batted .398 with 44 RBI’s, 4 homers, 19 doubles, and 14 stolen bases.

Region IV Second Team honors went to Brad Allen, Kyle Horvath and Jim Van Syckle. Allen, an infielder, was ranked 42nd nationally among the NJCAA Division II stats leaders with an on-base percentage of .523 and was ranked 50th in individual hitting. He batted .431 for the season with 6 home runs and 33 RBI’s. Horvath, a designated hitter, batted .408. His 59 RBI’s placed him 37th nationally. Pitcher Jim Van Syckle had a record of 7-1 with 42 strikeouts in 41 innings.

Two Spartans were recognized for their flawless glove work. Receiving the Region IV Rawlings Gold Glove Team award were Curtis Hudson and John Creely. Hudson and Creely, a catcher, were errorless in the field.

Illinois Skyway Collegiate All-Conference First Team honors were awarded to Allen, Blanchette, Licon, Scahill, Stolzenburg and Van Syckle.

On the academic side, Brad Allen, Dan Glade and Travis Saville received the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Academic All-Conference Award. To be given this award, student-athletes in the Skyway Conference must have completed 48 hours with a GPA of 3.0.

May 12, 2009 - Sectional Champs - The Spartans found themselves in familiar territory on Saturday when they took the Region IV Sectional title for the 10th year in a row by defeating Morton College 9-5 and 11-8. In the opening round of the Sectionals, ECC bested Sauk Valley Community College 12-0 (5 innings). ECC now advances to the Region IV Finals which will be hosted by Highland Community College on May 14-16. Four teams will be competing for the championship; Kankakee Community College, the College of Lake County, ECC and Black Hawk College. If the Spartans can come out on top, it will mean they will be making their sixth trip in a row to the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Region IV Championship Tournament @ Highland CC – Freeport, IL

5/14 Game #1 Kankakee vs Black Hawk 12:00pm
5/14 Game #2 ECC vs Lake County 3:00pm
5/15 Game #3 Loser Game #1 vs Loser Game #2 9:00am
5/15 Game #4 Winner Game #1 vs Winner Game #2 12:00pm
5/15 Game #5 Winner Game #3 vs Loser Game #4 3:00pm
5/16 Game #6 Winner Game #4 vs Winner Game #5 12:00pm
5/16 Game #7 (If necessary) 3:00pm

January 16, 2009 - Elgin Ranked #2 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll - For the fifth year in a row, the Elgin Community College baseball team will start the season as one of the top five teams in the country. The Spartans are the only team in the NJCAA that has qualified for the World Series each of the last five years. This year’s team is poised to earn a sixth consecutive trip to the NJCAA DII World Series and a shot at a national title. The Spartans are also the highest ranked team in Illinois. They will start the 2009 campaign on March 6th in St. Louis, Missouri. “I feel like this year's group is as good as any team I’ve had, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish,” said head coach Bill Angelo.

July 29, 2008 - Former Spartan Signs with Oakland A's - Mike Benacka, who played for ECC in 2004 and helped the team earn their first ever berth at the NJCAA World Series, has signed a professional baseball contract with the Oakland A's organization. Mike has reported to the Stockton Ports of the California State League, which is two steps away from the major leagues. Prior to his signing with the A's, Mike spent the last two seasons playing for the River City Rascals in the Frontier League which is a professional independent league. His statistics were simply amazing this season for the Rascals. He averaged two strikeouts per inning and only allowed one earned run prior to being signed by Oakland. The Spartan baseball family wishes Mike continued success as he continues his path to the major leagues.

June 18, 2008 - Spartan Awards - Befitting of a team that goes to the NJCAA World Series, numerous Spartans earned post season honors. At the top of the list were Andrew Burkett and Trevor Rutkowski who were named to the 2008 NJCAA All-American First and Second Teams respectively. Burkett, a pitcher, ended the season with a 9-2 record, an ERA of 2.58 and 74 strikeouts against 17 walks. Third baseman Rutkowski hit .388 for the season with 2 homers, 19 doubles, 42 RBIs, and 7 stolen bases.

Adding to his All-American honors, Andrew Burkett was also named as the Region IV All-Region Player of the Year and an All-Region First Teamer. Joining him on the First Team were Trevor Rutkowski, and outfielder Kyle Standridge. Standridge hit .326, with 32 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. All-Region Second Team honors were awarded to Bryan Mason (.376, 35 RBI's and 20 SB's) and outfielder Matt Wietlispach (.358, 25 RBI's, 18 SB's and 3 HR's).

Shortstop Bryan Mason was named to the NJCAA DII World Series All-Tournament Team. In the three World Series games that ECC played, Mason hit .620 with 7 RBI's, 2 stolen bases and was flawless in the field.

The Spartans had nine players named to the 2008 Illinois Skyway All-Conference Team. Bryan Mason was named the conference's MVP. First Team honors went to Andrew Burkett, Trevor Rutkowski, Kyle Standridge, pitcher Jim Van Syckle (7-3, 42 K's) and outfielder Matt Wietlispach (.358, 25 RBI's, 3 HR's, 18 SB's). Named to the Honorable Mention Team were catcher Austin Licon, outfielder Matt Revelle and catcher Ben Vincent. The ISCC Baseball Coach of the Year was Spartan skipper Bill Angelo.

June 10, 2008 - Elgin Takes 5th in NJCAA College World Series: The Elgin Community College Spartans’ Baseball team gave it everything they had in pursuit of the school’s first national title. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be, and the team ended up coming in fifth place at the National Tournament.

ECC started off the series with a bang beating the defending national champions, Longview Community College out of Summit, Missouri 7-4. Andrew Burkett (9-2) continued his dominance on the mound throwing eight strong innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs. Bobby Diebold came in to pick up his fifth save of the year giving up no hits. Offensive leaders for the Spartans were Matt Wietlispach (2-5, 3 runs, RBI, with a double), Kyle Standridge (3-4 run, RBI) and Trevor Rutkowski (2-4, double).

In the second game, Elgin played 2006 national champions Louisiana State University-Eunice who happened to also win this year’s NJCAA World Series. The Spartans participated in what was said to be one of the best games ever at the NJCAA World Series in Millington, Tennessee. The Spartans played their hearts out but came up short losing 14-12. The game was a constant back and forth contest. Matt Wietlispach continued his great tournament going 4-5 with three runs and two RBI. Bryan Mason also went 4-5 with two runs and four RBI. Trevor Rutkowski added a two run double. Matt Revelle went 2-5 with an RBI. Greg Stolzenburg went 2-5 with an RBI and a run and Austin Licon went 1-2 with two runs and an RBI. Josh Downing started the game throwing six innings giving up nine hits, five earned runs and striking out four.

In the elimination game, the Spartans were beat by Monroe Community College out of Rochester, New York 10-8. This is the second year ECC has been eliminated by Monroe. Wietlispach went 2-4 with three runs and a double. Bryan Mason went 3-5 with two RBI’s and a run. Matt Revelle went 2-3 with two runs and an RBI with a double. Ben Vincent went 2-4 with an RBI and Greg Stolzenburg added a two run hit. Starting pitcher Jim Van Syckle threw 5.1 innings giving up 10 hits and six earned runs. Jim took the loss finishing the season at 8-3.

The Spartans ended their season with a record of 36-12 and being the only NJCAA team that has made five straight appearances at the World Series. “This year’s team really did a great job of playing to their potential. They did our school proud! It was truly an honor to be a part of this group,” said Coach Angelo.

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