Friday, November 9, 2012
The Oak Forest Blue Demons 12-year-old baseball team is holding its annual Smoker Fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the team's trip to Cooperstown, New York, where they will play in a more than 100-team tournament.
The Oak Forest Blue Demons 12-year-old traveling baseball team is planning its annual trip to the baseball promiseland: Cooperstown, New York, and they need the help of Oak Forest residents friends and family. To help cover travel costs, the Blue Demons will hold their annual Smoker Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m., this Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Midlothian Park District, 14500 S. Kostner Avenue. “It costs about $1,000 per player to travel there,” said Tim Graham, who along with the rest of the parents of players on the team, helped organize the event. “That cost includes travel, food and lodging. It's only helping the kids, the parents and other family members don't see any of this.” Graham said that the event, which is 21-and-over only, will …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Post your pictures and video here as the Oak Forest Baseball Association playoffs unfold.
The playoffs are here for the Oak Forest Baseball Association. Click the Upload Photos & Video button to post media! Know the outcome of a game? Email Nick Swedberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with the scores. Or find Oak Forest Patch on Facebook. Sign up for Oak Forest Patch's daily newsletter to stay informed on all the action! Want more local sports coverage?
Monday, May 14, 2012
Players, friends and family are encouraged to come to Standard Bank Stadium on May 17.
The Oak Forest Baseball wants to pack Standard Bank Stadium this Thursday. Association members are encouraging family, friends and teammates to come to the 7:05 p.m. May 17 Windy City Thunderbolts game. They are playing Joliet. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased individually from the concession stands at Ridge or Convent Park Group tickets can be ordered through a team parent. As an exciting bonus, the Association player that sells the most tickets will get to throw out first pitch. Top team sellers will get one of these prizes: meet the players, get autographs, sing the seventh-inning stretch enter in contests, promotions and more. The Thunderbolts are a professional minor league baseball team. For more information, visit the Oak Forest…
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Oak Forest Baseball Association supporters turned out in bunches for an April 14 candlelight bowl to raise funds for the organization. More than 120 people took to the lanes to raise bucks for the ball league.
It wasn't stepping into the batter's box that was on the agenda for the Oak Forest Baseball Association on Saturday night—it was stepping up to the lane. Looking to raise funds to improve fields and add a new scoreboard, and celebrate 60 years of operation, the association took to the lanes at Oak Forest Bowl April 14. For $30 attendees enjoyed bowling, a pizza buffet and the chance to take home some raffle goodies and silent auction prizes. More than 120 people showed their support at the event, said OFBA Speical Events Coordinator Jim Zubrzycki. "We're doing a lot of field improvements this year," he said. "Our main fields are at Convent Park. We're doing a lot of improvements this year, we're putting up a scoreboard this year." Kicking …
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Oak Forest Baseball Association celebrates its 50th anniversary with a candlelight bowling event at Oak Forest Bowl on Saturday, April 14.
The Oak Forest Baseball Association is set to celebrate 50 years of operation with a candlelight bowling event at Oak Forest Bowl on Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include bowling, food and fun. There will also be raffles throughout the night for those in attendance. Bowling lanes are open to up to six people, so groups are welcomed. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Any questions or comments about sponsorship can be directed to events chair Jim Zubrzycki email@example.com. Other deadlines to keep in mind this week: Don't forget to complete the city's strategic planning questionnaire. Administrators need your input for the city's future plans. The deadline is ongoing. Rain barrels are now…
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Join us for a video recap of some of the top sports stories from the last week in Patch's South Chicago Region.
When an inner-city youth team lost of all its equipment in a robbery, the Oak Forest Baseball Association stepped to the plate and provided new gear for the Chicago Hornets. Oak Lawn senior cross country standout Eric Lindelsee was born deaf. He runs without his hearing aid. To begin a race, he watches for the puff of smoke from the starter's pistol. And, then, he's off. The par-3 seventh hole at Palos Country Club is regarded as one of the toughest holes on the course, redesigned in 2004 by renowned golf architect Ken Killian. Pro shop manager Kalynn Banks demonstrates how to play the hole. Kristie Lowell, an Orland Park resident who trains at Tumbling on USA in Mokena, is headed to the World Championships in November. In 1976, Jim …
Friday, August 5, 2011
After hearing of robbery, Oak Forest officials donated equipment to help out an inner-city baseball team in need.
Mike Staunton had seen the impact Oak Forest Baseball Association (OFBA) could make on young kids. His two sons–ages 12 and 10–had both been playing in the league since before they even entered grade school. So, when Staunton heard about an inner-city team in need of baseball equipment, he knew exactly where to go. “We donate a bunch of equipment each year, so this was just a situation that had occurred and we were trying to help out,” said Todd Simon, president of the Oak Forest Baseball Association. It all started when a criminal decided to steal the station wagon of Charles Daniels, coach of the Chicago Hornets baseball team on Chicago's South Side. Daniels stored all of the team’s baseball equipment, including shoes and uniforms, in …
Oak Forest dropped a 7-0 decision to the Homewood All-Stars in play at the Battle of the Burbs baseball tournament, but coach Scott Pickands wasn't too concerned about score.
Coach Scott Pickands is teaching his boys to enjoy the experience of playing all-star baseball. "All the kids played well," Pickands said after the Oak Forest Blue Demons dropped a 7-0 decision to the Homewood All-Stars in recent 8-under play at the Battle of the Burbs tournament. "It's never about winning or losing (at this level). They play hard. "The pitchers did exactly what they are to do. They threw strikes. We had solid defense behind our pitchers. It was a good game.” Frederick Ty Chaney scored the first two runs for Homewood. Colin Duntz was the winning pitcher. He also was named as Homewood's Player of the Game. “He pitched very well and had a few great defensive plays as well," Homewood coach Fred Chaney said. "(It) was a full …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Oak Forest Baseball Association Vice President Rick Septoski talks about the goals of the organization.
During Tim Barry’s run to become Illinois’ career high school leader in home runs and RBIs, the Oak Forest slugger gathered quite a following of youngsters. Many members of the Oak Forest Blue Demons baseball program gathered to watch Barry swing for the fences. Who knows—one of the Blue Demons might be swinging the bat at Bengal Field in the not-too-distant future. The 12-and-under Blue Demons team just finished up the Battle of the Burbs tournament at Convent Park in Oak Forest. Patch had the chance to catch up with Oak Forest Baseball Assocation Vice President Rick Septoski, who shared the association’s goals for the kids involved. “Our goal is to make sure that every kid has a good time, that they learn the fundamentals, that they get …
Friday, June 24, 2011
It was time for drama in the Oak Forest Baseball Association as the postseason kicked into high gear. In the first round, the Sox and Phillies came up winners in action on Convent Field.
Round 1 of the Oak Forest Baseball Association playoffs started on Monday night despite torrential rain storms that came down earlier in the day. Patch was there to capture a few of the most exciting plays. Some teams, like the Rangers and the Cubs, now will have to wait until next year to step up to the plate once again. The Sox and the Phillies, however, lived on to see another day. Check out the gallery and see if you can find your favorite Little League player. Congratulations to all those who played baseball on Convent Field. Now, here's a bit of advice: Take time to swim, play ball on a sandlot somewhere, have a squirt gun fight. Enjoy the rest of your summer boys! Another school year will be here before you know it.