2012 DSP Champs

Fox Valley Royals 18U win the DSP World Series!

July 29, 2012–The Fox Valley Royals 18U team won the prestigious DSP World Series in Bloomington-Normal IL compiling an 8-0 record on their way to this championship. The DSP World Series featured 52 teams from around the country with the top teams from Illinois participating. In the championship game the Royals defeated the Knights of Under Armour from Saint Louis, MO 9-5 to capture the title.


Royals 18U win Line Drive Invitational Qualifier

June 20, 2012–The Royals 18U team betas Illinois Express (6-2), Rockford Hitmen (7-1) Illinois Red (7-1) and the Illinois Royals (10-1) in the championship game.


Hunnicutt selected in MLB Draft!

Ray Hunnicutt, 2012 graduate of Burlington Central, was drafted on the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles.  See complete story.

UPDATE: Signs with Orioles
Hunnicutt heads to Sarasota, FL in the Rookie Gulf Coast League (see story)


Congrats to Royals Named to Daily Herald All-Area Teams:

John Brodner, Matt Brandys, Trevor Swaney, Matt Brancato, Kevin Grudzinski, Ray Hunnicutt, Zach Ranney, Alex Doty, Mark Roberts

 In addition, Matt Brancato was named All-Area Captain and Mid-Suburban League Player of the Year.  


Royals 18U win DSP Dekalb Invitational

July 8, 2012–The Royals 18U team won the DSP Dekalb Invitational beating the McHenry Hurricanes 8-3 in the quarter finals, the Carol Stream Cougars 13-10 in the semi-finals and then the Kane County Phantoms 12-0 in the championship.


JULY 2011 Royals Finish in Top 6 of the 17U CABA World Series in Cleveland, OH

Congratulations to the 17U Royals who for the second straight year finished in the Elite 8 of the CABA World Series–this year in the top 6 finishers.  The tournament featured 64 teams from around the country. The Royals went 6-0 in pool play and advanced to the Final 16 bracket (a double elimination tourney). The Royals were finally knocked out by powerful Bergen Beach, who went on to win the championship of the tournament.  Bergen Beach, from Brooklyn, has many famous alumni including Josh Hamilton, Alex Rodriguez,     Johnny Damon and Todd Helton.

The Royals offense lead the charge, hitting an amazing .401 as a team against generally outstanding pitching. Seven players hit over .400. The Royals out hit their opponents 106 to 59, averaging 8 runs and 11 hits per game. Royals pitchers limited opposing hitters to a .283 average and held opponent to 3 runs or less in 6 games, including two shutouts. The team finished the season with a record of 24-11-1.

Royals finish 3rd in Univ. of Michigan Tourney

June 25-The Royals went 5-2, losing in the semi-finals to the Indiana Prospects to finish 3rd in the 42-team University of Michigan Great Lakes Tournament.

Royals take 2nd in Seminoles Slugfest          

June 12 —Royals pitching allowed only 12 runs in 5 games, taking 2nd place,losing in the championship game 6-5 to the Mac N Seitz Indians from Kansas City.

Royals Win DSP Concordia/Judson Tourney          

June 6-The Royals hit .398 as a team, outscoring their opponents 26-7 and went 3-0 to win the DSP Tournament.  

Trevor Swaney to play for Wright State



Congratulations to 4-year Royal Trevor Swaney  (Wheaton Academy, Class of 2012) on his scholarship to Wright State University.


Kevin Grudzinski heads to Holy Cross

Congratulations to 4-year   Royal Kevin Grudzinski (Hoffman Estates HS, Class of 2012 on his commitment to play at Holy Cross.

See article in Daily Herald


John Brodner commits to Wright State


Congratulations to 4-year Royal John Brodner (St. Charles North, Class of 2012) as he commits to Wright State University.tg-wsu3


Josh Jyawook heads to Heartland


Congratulations to Josh Jyawook (Fremd HS, Class of 2012)  as he commits to Heartland Community College.heartland


Alex Doty commits to Western Illinois


 Congratulations to Alex Doty (Elgin HS, Class of 2012) as he commits to Western Illinois University.WIU

Jason English Commits to Roosevelt

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 Congratulations to Jason English (Fremd HS, Class of 2012) as he commits to Roosevelt University. AlthleticsLogo

Matt Brandys to play for Stetson University


 Congratulations to Matt Brandys (Geneva HS, Class of 2012) as he commits to Stetson UniversityC139_HattersLogo


Zach Ranney commits to Adrian College


Congratulations to Zach Ranney (Burlington Central HS, Class of 2012) as he commits to Adrian College.bulldog and logo


Mark Roberts commits to Truman State University


 Congratulations to Mark Roberts (Hoffman Estates HS, Class of 2012) as he commits to Truman State University.bulldogs


Matt Brancato heads to North Central College


  Congratulations to Mark Roberts (Hoffman Estates HS, Class of 2012) as he commits to Truman State University. 4952

JULY 2010 16U Nationals Finish in Elite 8 of the 16U CABA World Series in Marietta, Georgia

    Congratulations to the 16U Nationals who finished an outstanding season by going 7-2 in the 16U CABA World Series in Marietta, GA, to finish in the Elite 8 of the national title tournament. The powerful East Cobb Astros, who produce many MLB-drafted ballplayers each year, won the national     championship by going 11-0 and winning the title for the 3rd straight year.  The 16U CABA World Series is the most prestigious national tournament in the  U.S. with a field of 48 top notch teams from California, New York, Florida, Texas and other states.


The Royals, who had lost only 5 games all season, reeled off an impressive 7 straight wins to start the tournament (including a win over the East Cobb Brewers) with an outstanding hitting attack and superb pitching. With the first 40 teams eliminated, the Royals advanced to the championship round of the Elite 8, but lost two games to be eliminated. The Royals were the only team from Illinois to advance to the Elite 8 and only of two northern teams to make it the Championship round.  The 16U Nationals finished the season with a record of 28-7-2



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57Matt Brancato 6'2 200R/R1B/OF/PSchaumburg, ILClass of 2012 Schaumburg HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
46Matt Brandys6'2 185R/RP/1B/OFGeneva, ILClass of 2012 Geneva HSprofileLink
5John Brodner 6'2 185R/RSS/2B/3BSt. Charles, ILClass of 2012 St. Charles North HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
21Alex Doty6'2 175R/RPHoffman Estates, ILClass of 2012 Elgin HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
22Kevin Grudzinski5'11 170R/RSS/2B/PHoffman Estates, ILClass of 2012 Hoffman Estates HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
23Ray Hunnicutt5'11 175R/ROFSt. Charles, IL Class of 2012 Burlington HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
3 Josh Jyawook6'1 190R/LOF/PHoffman Estates, ILClass of 2012 Fremd HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
24Zach Ranney5'11 190R/RSS/OF/PElgin, IL Class of 2012 Burlington Central HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
11Mark Roberts6'1 170R/RINF/OF/PSchaumburg, ILClass of 2012 Hoffman Estates HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
28Mike Shastany5'10 165R/RINF/PLake Zurich, ILLake Zurich HS/2013profileLinkvideoIcon50
44Brian Sobieski6'1 205R/RCSt. Charles, ILClass of 2013 St. Charles East HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
25Trevor Swaney5'10 175R/ROF/3B/PWheaton, ILClass of 2012 Wheaton AcademyprofileLinkvideoIcon50
33John Swiderski6'2 205R/RC/3BSt. Charles, ILClass of 2012 Geneva HSprofileLink
44Justin Wightman6'1 185R/RPSt. Charles, ILClass of 2011 St. Charles North HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50
10Matt Wisniewski6'1 175L/ROFHoffman Estates, ILClass of 2012 Fremd HSprofileLinkvideoIcon50


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7/4/10-Royals win championship of USSSA Northwestern University Invitational.

6/13/10Royals win championship of Triple Crown Kenosha Classic.

6/21/09-Royals win championship of 16U DSP Midwest Regional Tournament.

14U Royals finish season with a record of 23-8, going 4-6 in the 15U CABA World Series to finish in the top 16, and 19-2 in all other games.

9/1/08Royals go undefeated and win the championship of the Labor Day Blastoff Tournament.

8/10/08-Royals go undefeated and win the championship of the August Slamfest Tournament.
-14U Royals make it to the Final 16 in 15U CABA World Series out of a field of 42 teams.

7/12/08-Royals take 3rd Place in Buckeye Elite Showcase (Columbus, OH), going 4-1, playing two top-20 ranked teams– Columbus Sharks (won 7-6) and SEM Pirates (lost 6-5).

5/12/08-Royals win their opener 4-0 as five pitchers combine for 1-hitter over the Naperville Reds.




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