2007 Season Highlights
Hobbs Bronze Medalists -The Gems came in third at the annual Roy Hobbs Women's World Series.Full tournament recap
Welcome New Gems -We started our fall season on September 8 and we were pleased to see nine new faces at our first practice. They joined with the veterans for some fielding and hitting driless before everyone split into two teams of 12 and played a little scrimmage. Of course, we took pictures.
Gems on TV! -The Gems were mentioned during the WGN broadcast of the Cubs-Dodgers game on Labor Day. Please note that even though we were mentioned during a Cubs game, we still have plenty of White Sox and other team's fans on the Gems, so don't let the fact that you don't bleed Cubbie Blue keep you from joining us.
Turtle Rocks Champs! - Congratulations to the Turtle Rocks who defeated the Comets to capture the first MSL Women's Division title. In the consolation game, the Riveters topped the Redbirds. Thanks to all the players who came out for our first season. Championship pix | Consolation pix
New Pix! - Lots of photos from the last regular season MSL games on Saturday, August 11, the August 18 Comets vs Riveters playoff game and Smilin' Anne's Wedding.
Gems Second at Tournament - The Gems reached the finals of the Can-Am Spirit of Sportsmanship Tournament, falling to the Royal York Cardinals 6-3. The Gems went 3-1 in pool play behind the strong pitching of Jenn Z (1-0, 6K, 4H, 0R) and Jen S (2-0, 12K, 6H, 4R). The Gems outscored their opponents 31-10, banging out 34 hits and drawing 16 walks. The second-place finish was the best ever by a Gems team at a tournament. We'll be back next year to take the title! Congratulations to teh Royal York Cardinals and thanks to the Detroit Women's Baseball League for putting on the tournament. pix
MSL Opening Day
- The long-awaited day had finally arrived. Unphased by a few rainclouds, 45 women took to the baseball field in Rolling Meadows on June 3 with enthusiasm and a sense of accomplishment. The inaugural season of this women's baseball league began with a doubleheader for the Comets, Turtle Rocks, Redbirds and Riveters. MSL president Larry Kolcz and Chicago Gems general manager Amy Schneider said a few words before player introductions and the singing of the national anthem. Kolcz threw out the first pitch. The four teams were also proud to welcome Mabel Holle, who played third base for the South Bend Blue Sox in 1943 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, on which the movie A League of Their Own was based. A few drizzles sprinkled the field in the first game, in which the Turtle Rocks defeated the Comets, but sunshine prevailed later on in the Riveters' victory over the Redbirds. Behind the scenes, a dedicated crew fixed up a barbeque sponsored by the Gems. Thanks to all the cooks, volunteers, and the opening day committee for making this event such a success. pix | program
A Little Press
- The Gems and the new MSL Women's Division were featured in the March 29-April 4 issue of Time Out Chicago. Check out the article.
BWI Tournament Recap - The Gems defeated the Crush 7-0 in their first game of the EWBC BWI Diamond Classic
The Gems jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, and that's all they needed, as Taz threw a compete game shutout; she also drove in the first run of the game and got two hits. Leadoff hitter Annie, did her job, getting on base all four times, stealing five bases and scoring two runs. Jenn Z ripped a bomb that went for a triple and drove in two with a single. In the second game, the Gems and Yankees took a 4-4 tie into the 7th, thanks to the fine pitching by Jenn and Joelle and a team effort at the plate, led by Taz and Annie who each had two hits. The Yankees'leadoff hitter got on and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. The Gems played very well, especially considering these were the first games of our season. Sunday started a little rough, as the Gems had not one but two really bad innings against the Thunder. On the bright side, Jenn S, Jill and Annie made their Gems pitching debuts and looked pretty good. The Gems dropped the second game to the eventual tournament winners the Philadelphia Liberty, but played much better baseball. Thanks to the EWBC for hosting a well-run tournament. pix
- Our Beer Night Fundraiser at Spin this past Saturday was a roaring success. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. Over $1300 was raised. We can now buy some bats, helmets balls and catcher's gear for the new teams. Photos
- After the second tryout on April 1, the Turtle Rocks, Comets, Redbirds and Riveters formed their teams. We're looking for a great summer of baseball. Photos
- We had another fun night of baseball on Friday, March 23. We took over TWO buildings. The larger space alowed us to do some serious fielding and we looked sharp. The post-practice snack was tasty, too.
- Our second "winter warmup" was a blast! New and familiar faces practiced their fielding, throwing and hitting skills for two hours on March 9 and got pumped about the upcoming season. We are gonna loook SHARP on the diamond. Photos
First Tryout a Success!
- Twenty-six women got up early on the morning of Saturday, March 3 to tryout for the new women's league. Managers from all four teams - Turtle Rocks, Comets, Redbirds and Riveters - observed the players as they showed their stuff on the field, at the plate and on the pitcher's mound. The Gems and MSL are pleased at the turnout and are looking forward to our second tryout on April 1 and playing a summer of baseball. We're still looking for players, so come to our March workouts and get ready for April 1! If you want to play baseball, here's your chance. Photos
Winter Warmup Fun
- Twenty women ventured out into the cold Friday night for a 90-minute slice of spring at the Gems' "Winter Warmup" recruiting event on February 16. Note that the only braving of the cold was going from door to car, since we played baseball inside. Veterans and rookies alike practiced their hitting and fielding while we got to know each other a little better and got pumped for the upcoming season. A special thanks to the folks at Glenbrook Sports Academy for allowing us to use their facility for this event.
Winter Kickoff a Success
- The 2007 Gems Winter Kickoff held on January 20 was a great way to
start the year. Players received instruction on baseball conditioning,
arm care, throwing mechanics and fielding fundamentals. If we all
continue to put into practice what we learned, the summer shouldn't
feature too much aspirin, Icy Hot, wild throws and fielding errors. A big thanks to all the players, especially the newcomers, that attended. Photos