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Welcome to MVP Illinois Impact Fastpitch Softball

Illinois Impact has now partnered with MVP Sports and MVP Fieldhouse in Lake Zurich, IL!!!

2024-25 Tryout Information


  • UPDATE 7/9/24 - several spots still open at 18u at all positions

  • UPDATE 7/9/24 - 14u and 16u also hAve plenty slots open, but we are seeing a lot of players at tryouts in these ages 

Come tryout anytime!!!

  • Teams at 14u, 16u, 18u

  • Many openings due to graduations into college ranks

  • included: Membership at MVp fieldhouise

  • elite travel program with 15 years of success

  • private tryouts at time that works for you!!

  • contact us for information and to schedule your tryout

  • Click to EMAIL - Coach Kent Szarabajka - or Call Kent at 847-306-1547 ...
  • ...and/or, please register below and we will contact you to arrange tryout

2024 18u-KS - Champions - NAFA Kickoff - June 2024

MVP Illinois Impact Wins First Tournament of 2024 with 6-0 record

2023 18u-KS - Champions - NAFA Summer College Exposure - July 2023

2023 18u-KS 2nd Place - NAFA Illinois State / Storm Dayz - June 2023

2023 18u-KS - 3rd Place (out of 26) - Top 50 Showcase at Univ of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN - June 2023

2022-23 18u-KS - Champions - Rock The Awareness - Crown Point, IN - Oct 2023

Illinois Impact encourages mental health support for student athletes, training for their coaches/staff, & parity in mental/physical wellness - many great orgs including Hilinski’s Hope Foundation (H3H) @HilinskisHope - See picture of 18u-LG team supporti

18u and 16u Both National Champions @ NAFA Midwest Nationals!

18u National Champs - 5-0 Record, Outscoring Opps 43-4, Team ERA 0.54, Team OPS .951

16u NAFA Midwest Champs, 5-1 Record, Team ERA 2.19, Outscore Opps 27-13

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Congratulations Class of 2022 - College Commitments

Fall 2021 Tournament Highlights

Impact 16u - Comebacks, Thrillers, and 4 Walk-off's Lead to 7-1 Record and Championship in Sept  2021 NAFA Illinois State Fall Tournament

2020-21 Tournament Highlights

Impact 14u Fights to end for SECOND PLACE, Gold Division - NAFA Midwest Nationals

Impact 16u-LG takes 3rd Place in Gold Division of NAFA Midwest Nationals

Summer 2020 Nationals Success!

Congratulations Illinois Impact 18u - 5th Place, 2020 Nationals

Congratulations Illinois Impact 18u - 5th Place, NAFA Northern Nationals (28 teams, Gold Division, Record 4-3)

Congratulations Illinois Impact 16u-GP - 3rd Place, 2020 Nationals

Congratulations Illinois Impact 16u-GP - 3rd Place, NAFA Northern Nationals (72 teams, Gold Division, Record 6-2) ...Summer 2020 - Record 25-13-2.....2nd consecutive year with a 3rd place Nationals finish!

Illinois Impact 16u-GP - 3rd Place - Gold Division, NAFA Northern Nationals, 7/26/20

Illinois Impact 2018-19 Highlights

ILLINOIS IMPACT 18U - 2019 NSA WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!  (Head Coach Kent Szarabajka) - Impact won the Eastern “A” World Series in Chattanooga, TN with a record of 6-1, outscoring opponents 58-12.

Illinois Impact 14u - 3rd in 2019 NAFA Northern Nationals (out of 104 teams) - Record of 9-2 - Won 6 Straight Elimination Games (5 in one day)

Impact 18u ranked FIRST, Impact 14u ranked 19th in final 2019 NATIONAL Rankings

Impact 18u cheers on 14u in NSA State Championship , Prior to Winning the 18u NSA Championship

After recent state and national tournaments, Illinois Impact 18u-KS finished the season ranked NUMBER 1 in the country and in the State of Illinois in latest National Softball Association (NSA) rankings.  Illinois Impact 14u finished the NSA season at NUMBER 2 (14u) in the state and Number 19 (out of 395 teams) nationally.  The 14u team has placed in the top 3 of six tournaments and has a record of 51-24-1 since the fall .  The  NSA National Champion 18u-KS team finished 31-15-1 For the year and 21-11 in the summer.

Illinois Impact 16u Wins 2nd Place at NAFA Midwest Nationals (June 14, 2019)

Illinois Impact 14u Also Wins 2nd Place at NAFA Midwest Nationals (June 14, 2019)

Illinois Impact 18u-KS WINS Illinois NSA North State Championships (june 23, 2019)

State CHAMPIIONS !!  Congratulations 18u Illinois Impact on their NSA North Illinois State Championship!!  With a record of 5-2, Impact outscored opponents 47-14, while winning 4 straight on Saturday to claim the winners bracket and advance to Sunday’s championship games.

Illinois Impact Players Inspire Recruiting/College Success !!

2022 Players Committed to College Programs Beginning Fall 2022-23

Class of 2022 - Signed to Play Intercollegiate Softball
Teagan Buckley - Simmons University (Boston, MA)

Reese Pozen - Aurora University (Aurora, IL)

More Coming Soon...

2021 Players Committed to College Programs Beginning Fall 2021-22

Class of 2021 - Signed to Play Intercollegiate Softball
Samantha Kass - North Park University
Autumn Grayczyk - University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Madeline Peterson - Carroll University (Wisc)
Shannon Hill - Carroll University (Wisc)
Bianca Gallegos - Rock Valley College
Piper Benedict - McHenry Community College
Skylar Krasinski - McHenry Community College
McKenzie Salazar - McHenry Community College

2020 Players Committed to College Programs Beginning Fall 2020-21

Class of 2020 - Signed to Play Intercollegiate Softball
Kayla Hopkins - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Class of 2020- Not Pursuing Collegiate Softball
Jessica Lea - Carthage College
Kennedy Stoffel - University of Kentucky

2019 Players Committed to College Programs Beginning Fall 2019-20

Class of 2019 - Signed to Play Intercollegiate Softball
Grace Bradley - Committed to Carroll University
Megan Croke -  Committed to University of Dubuque
Kate Funk - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Stout
Sarah Gallivan - Committed to Trinity International University
Ashley Gerber - Committed to Quincy University (NCAA Division II)
Stephanie Keefe - Committed to Marian University
Lily Kelly - Committed to Trinity International University
Maggie O'Brien - Committed to University of Wisconsin - Stout

Class of 2019 - Plan to play Club Softball
Julia Zaucha - Northeastern University (Boston)
Evan Garrett  - University of Oregon 

Class of 2019 - Front - Stephanie Keefe, Lily Kelly, Ashley Gerber, Megan Croke, Kate Funk..... Back - Julia Zaucha, Evan Garrett, Coach Kent, Haley Gajewski, Grace Bradley, Maggie O'Brien .....Not Pictured - Sarah Gallivan


Class of 2018!!!

Tiffany Kirk - Univ of Wisconsin -Superior
Nicole Pieper - University of St Thomas (MN)
Kelly Beck - Univ of Wisconsin - Stout
Annie Morelli - Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Breanna Adams - North Central College
Brooke Heraty - Trinity International Univ.
Jon'nah Williams - Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Hannah Gentry - Trinity  International Univ. (Not Pictured)

8 Impact Players Sign to Play in College in 2018-19

8 Impact Players Sign to Play in College in 2018-19

High School Awards - 2019

Grace Bradley, Grayslake Central HS (All-State, Area, Conf, Academic) 
Sarah Gallivan, Grant Comm, HS (All-State, Area HM, Conf, Academic)

Ashley Gerber, St Catherine's HS (All County, Conf, Academic)
Julia Zaucha, Lake Zurich HS (All Area, Conf, Academic)
Megan Croke, Lake Zurich HS (All Area HM, Conf HM, Academic)
Haley Gajewski , Lake Zurich HS (All Area HM, Conf, Academic)
Stephanie Keefe, Lake Zurich HS (All Area HM, Conf)
Amanda Byrne, Maine West HS (All Area, Conf)
Emily Freedman, Stevenson HS (All Area HM)
Kennedy Stoffel, Grayslake Central HS (All Area HM)
Lauren Waiss, Case HS (All County)

Kate Funk, McHenry Comm HS (All Conf)
Maggie O'Brien, Stevenson HS (All Conf HM) 

High School Awards - 2018

All Area Teams

Grace Bradley - Grayslake Central (All State, 3rd Team)
Brooke Heraty - Grayslake Central (All State, 3rd Team)
Nicole Pieper - Vernon Hills (All State, 3rd Team)
Stephanie Keefe - Lake Zurich (All State, 3rd Team)
Julia Zaucha - Lake Zurich (Hon Mention),  (All State, 3rd Team)

Breanna Adams - Mundelein
Maggie O’Brien - Stevenson (Hon Mention)
Amanda Byrne - Maine West (Hon Mention)
Haley Gajewski - Lake Zurich (Hon Mention)

All-Conference Selections

Chloe Garofalo - Bradford HS (Kenosha, WI) - Southeast Conf, Hon Mention
Lauren Waiss - Case HS (Racine, WI) - Southeast Conf, Hon Mention 

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