Coach Elexis Swartzentruber
My name is Elexis Swartzentruber. I am a sophomore at Heartland Community College studying Criminal Justice and playing softball. I was born and raised in Bloomington Normal and have yet to leave. I attended Normal Community High School, where I hold several softball records which include: most doubles in a season (16), most homeruns in a season (10), best average in one season (.516), and the most homeruns in a career (21). My senior season I was the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Playing for the Heartland Hawks I ended my freshman year with a .471 average, 57 RBIs, and 9 homeruns. I had .987 fielding percentage only making two errors all season in 43 games. For the Heartland Hawks I was All Region First Team, and All Conference First Team. I also played for several travel teams around Illinois including Midland Magic, Central Illinois Diamondstorm, and Lincoln Chill. I have given hitting lessons to several girls and have assisted at almost every junior high team in Unit 5 such as Kingsley Junior High, Chiddix Junior High, and Evans Junior High. I love to share the passion I have for the game with younger girls and teach them everything I know. I love seeing the girls I help succeed and enjoy the game just as I did at their age. Ultimately, helping girls achieve personal and team goals, while enjoying the game we all love is what I strive to do every day.
Coach Jake Sale
COLLEGE & HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
• Parkland College Closer 2012-2014
• Illinois State Relief Pitcher 2014-2016
• Top 5 in ISU history for single season appearances (31)
• Fastball up to 94 MPH
• Midwest Collegiate League All Star (2x)
• Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All Star
• Played in Northwood’s League in final summer
• A member of the IHSA All-State team in high school
Coach Mark Demboski
I enjoy helping girls improve their hitting skills and reach their potential. The game is just more fun, when girls are hitting the ball hard, putting it in play and getting hits. As a team we start out working on improving your girls mechanics. Recognizing the pitch location and the correct contact point. Next I talk about how to improve the mental side of the game. being a good teammate, how to relax at the plate and how to play with confidence. next we learn how to prepare for what it takes to be a successful player. I was a high school softball coach for 13 years, a junior high coach for 20 and a travel coach for 15. I work worth girls of all levels and enjoy helping them improve their game and achieve success.
Brad is one of the finest coaches I have seen here at Batter Up. If you are serious about furthering your athletes chances of playing college ball, I highly recommend Brad. Brad played in the pros for many teams in his career.
Coach Brad James
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Playing baseball is a passion of mine, and has been for more than 38 years. I am a catcher that has played baseball at many levels including high school, college, and semi-pro. In my high school days, I played for Springfield High School in Springfield, IL, earning all-city and all-conference honors. From there, I played at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield where I was a region XXIV first team designated hitter, and a participant on the World Series team that placed 5th nationally in 1993. A baseball scholarship followed to Gulf Coast NAIA powerhouse Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. The fall of 1994 brought me to Illinois State University (ISU) where I made the team as a walk-on. ISU is where I studied physical education, and obtained a Bachelors in Exercise Science and Coaching. My playing days continued after college in the Midwest Suburban League for the Waukegan Mudsharks,where I earned the league’s MVP award in 1998 until a torn rotator cuff ended my competitive playing days.
My coaching career started as an assistant coach to the Springfield Pride in 1991. This was a team of high school age boys where I was the pitching, catchers, and hitting coach. I was a coach for the Pride for 4 years. As I started to have a family, I coached my own sons’ teams from 1999 to 2009. I have also assisted my wife in coaching my twin daughters’ softball teams since 2007.
I enjoy passing on my knowledge and love for the game of baseball to those who want to keep progressing to the next level. Whether it be making a team or being paid to play, I know what it takes to get you there, and will do my best to help you.
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