UIC baseball seniors Tyler Detmer and Jeff Boehm were recently honored for their performances during summer league play. Detmer was named to the Jayhawk Baseball League's First Team, and listed as one of the Jayhawk's top 10 prospects by Baseball America, while Boehm earned the 2014 Midwest Collegiate League's Most Valuable Player.
By now, the whole city -- even the country -- is behind Jackie Robinson West, the South Side Little League team that captured the U.S. championship title and battled for the world crown. But the team has no bigger fans than UIC Athletics, Flames baseball and Curtis Granderson, UIC grad and Major League player.
The UIC baseball team received a stellar outing from Jack Andersen and defeated Milwaukee, 5-3, at Curtis Granderson Stadium. UIC swept the Panthers for its third Horizon League series sweep of the season. The Flames' victory over Milwaukee was their eighth straight.
While most Major League Baseball players used the All-Star break to relax, UIC Hall-of-Famer and current New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson took advantage of the free time to host his Grand Kids Foundation All-Star Camp on Wednesday afternoon. More than 100 little leaguers participated in the event which was housed at the newly constructed Curtis Granderson Stadium on the campus of UIC.
UIC Head Baseball Coach Mike Dee finalized the Flames' 2015 roster with signing of three players on Tuesday afternoon. Noah Masa (RHP, 5-8, 170), Danny Riley (C, 5-11, 195) and Connor Ryan (RHP, 6-1, 175) join fellow newcomers Trevor Lane, Jake Dahlberg, Connor Rolain, Rob Calabrese and Austin Batka to make up the 2015 recruiting class.
UIC first-baseman Jeff Boehm, who will be a senior for the 2015 season, was named Most Valuable Player of the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game on Wednesday (July 9). Boehm cracked a two-run homer in the first inning to help the South squad jump out to a 3-0 lead. Boehm's blow over the left-field wall helped the South defeat the North by a final score of 10-3.