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Premier Girls Fastpitch Softball Since 1990

The Crush Tidal Waves Fastpitch presents the 

2016 NAFA Midwest NIT Spring National Qualifier Tournament

Date:    April 29th – May 1st

Ages:     10U 12U 14U

Class:  Open 


Lions Park

7057 Silver Lake Rd

Cary, IL 60013

Algonquin Road School

975 Algonquin Rd

Fox River Grove, IL 60021

Maplewood School

401 Krenz Ave

Cary, IL 60013



Games: 4 game guarantee, double elimination (weather permitting) 

Teams:   max 12 teams per age level 

Information: No gate fees, Umpire decision is final, Continuous batting order/free substitution for pool play, NAFA rules for bracket play. 

Rainout policy: No games played = full refund less $75 admin fee, One game played=50% refund, Two games played=no refund 


  1. Contact Scott Fisher at or 847-652-3710 to reserve your place. 
  2. Registration fee: $425 – Make checks payable to Crush Tidal Waves Softball 
  3. Complete the registration form (PDF below) and mail the form and registration fee to: 

Crush Tidal Waves Fastpitch Softball 

Attn: Scott Fisher – Tournament Entry 

219 Midlane Dr 

Crystal Lake, IL 60012 

Spots are first come first serve. Reservations are held with contact for 7 days. If check is not received, the spot may be made available to the next team on the waiting list. 

Bandits Hitting Clinic

We had a great turnout for the Bandits Hitting Clinic hosted by The Crush Tidalwaves.  A big shoutout to Amber Patton and Tammy Williams for helping all participants learn what it takes to be a better hitter.

2015 Year in Review

The first year of the merger of the Cary Crush and Crystal Lake Tidal Waves creating the Crush Tidal Waves was a major success. Twelve teams ranging from 10U-18U with 140 players comprised the organization.  CTW teams played in forty-one championship tournament games in 2015 winning twenty-two of them.  Teams qualified for Nationals in PGF, USSSA, ASA and NAFA.  At Nationals, CTW teams had one champion, three 2nd and one 5th place finishes.  We hosted a successful fall 10U-18U fall and 10U-14U spring tournament.  In January, Randy Schneider from the University of Wisconsin coaching staff presented a fundamental skills clinic and college recruitment talk.  

 The 10U team led by Mike Johnson finished first in two USSSA and one NAFA tournaments.  They placed second in a PGF qualifier in Roselle.  They had a top three finish in the 10U USSSA Northern Illinois State Championship and qualified for Nationals in USSSA, NAFA and PGF.  A great year for a first year team.

 Scott Fisher's 12U team had an amazing year.  Playing in ten tournaments they won eight championships and had one 2nd and a 3rd. They qualified for Nationals in USSSA, NAFA and PGF.  The team was the USSSA 12U Northern Illinois State Champs and NAFA 12U Northern National Champs.    

 The 12U team managed by Chuck Horsheit had a 2nd place finish at an open tournament in Vernon Hills.

 The 13U team coached by Mike Johnson placed 5th at the NAFA 14U Northern Nationals in Minnesota.  They also took 4th at a NAFA 14U Qualifier and 2nd at an open Vernon Hills tournament.

 Kurt Farnam's 14U team won 1st place at the Wisconsin Dells and a 3rd place at the USSSA 14U Fury Spring tournament.  They placed 2nd in two USSSA and one NAFA tournament.  They qualified for Nationals in USSSA and NAFA. 

 The 14U team managed by Ryan McDillon captured two 1st place trophies by winning the open Palatine Stingray tournament and a NAFA qualifier in Cary.  They qualified for the NAFA Northern Nationals. 

 Neil Moravick's 14U team had two 2nd place finishes.  One at the NAFA qualifier in Cary and the other at the open Palatine Stingray tournament.  They qualified for the NAFA Northern Nationals.

 Jim Summaria's 15U team played in seven tournaments and made it to the championship game in each one.  They placed 2nd at the USSSA 16U Heritage State Championship in Joliet, the NAFA 16U Midwest Nationals and the 16U NAFA Northern Nationals.  Their championship game at the 16U PGF College Showcase in Salem, WI was streamlined live online.  They qualified for USSSA, NAFA and PGF Nationals.

 The 15U team led by Joey Finke had three 3rd place finishes on the year.   

 Frank Gurgone's 16U team placed high in five tournaments.  They won the NAFA McHenry Heatwave 16U B Bracket and won the consolation bracket at a USSSA NIT.  They had two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd.  They qualified for the NAFA and USSSA Nationals.

 Brian Isola's 16U team played in five tournament championship games winning two of them.  One NAFA and one ASA.  They placed 2nd at the USSSA 16U A Northern Illinois State Championship, a USSSA qualifier and the PGF/ASA Sparks regional tournament. They qualified for Nationals in ASA, USSSA, NAFA and PGF.  

The 18U team led by coach Phil Hempen finished in the top three in five tournaments.  They took 3rd place at two USSSA tournaments and one NAFA tournament.  They captured 1st place at the USSSA Storm Dayz and placed 2nd at the NAFA 18U Midwest Nationals. They qualified for Nationals in USSSA and NAFA.

Openings: 2015-2016 Crush Tidal Waves

10u - Mike Chmiel - One Position Player
11u - Mike Johnson II - Roster Full
12u - George Fickas - Roster Full
13u - Scott Fisher - Pitcher / Utility
14u - Mike Johnson I - Roster Full
14u - Becki Edmondson - Position Players
16u - Phil Hempen - Pitcher / Utility
16u - Neil Moravick -  Roster Full
16u - Jim Summaria - Roster Full
16u - Joey Finke - Pitcher  / Inf
18u - Brian Isola - Inf
18u - Frank Gurgone - Roster Full


We are very excited to announce the 2015-2016 Crush Tidal Waves coaches!  We have many well respected coaches in this line up as well as coaches that have led teams to STATE and NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.  2015-2016 looks to be another great year!

To schedule a private tryout contact Mike Johnson: or 847-722-3349 


2015-2016 Trophy Case

10u - Mike Chmiel

  • 1st Place - ASA Roselle Rockers Fall Classic 

11u - Mike Johnson II

12u - George Fickas

  • 1st Place - Marengo Fall Frenzy Tournament
  • 1st Place - NAFA IL Gold Qualifier

13u - Scott Fisher

  • 2nd place - 2015 NAFA Midwest NIT Fall National Qualifier

14u - Mike Johnson l

  • 1st place - 2015 NAFA Midwest NIT Fall National Qualifier

14u - Becki Edmundson

16u - Phil Hempen

  • 2nd Place  - USSSA Lisle Slammers Fall Bash
  • 3rd Place  -  USSSA Belvidere Blasters Fall Bash

16u - Neil Moravick

16u - Jim Summaria

16u - Joey Finke

  • 3rd Place - Winter Classic Tournament - NAFA National Qualifier

18u - Frank Gurgone

  • 2nd Place  - USSSA Lisle Slammers Fall Bash

18u - Brian Isola