Kelly Norris Jones rounds the paths
Yes, baseball in January. On Tuesday, I got word that the Illinois Baseball team was practicing at Illinois Field so I grabbed the Canon and got out to shoot some photos.
Two hurlers that the Illini will depend on in the 2012 season: Kevin Johnson and Nick Chmielewski
It was good to see former Illini Casey McMurray on the sidelines watching over the progress of the 2012 squad. Casey is finishing up classes and coaching a traveling team.
More photos of Tuesday’s practice at the IBR photo gallery.
While the Illini were practicing, news is out that the staff has recruited two more infielders for the 2012-13 class. Both are Illinois suburban products.
Richie Gorski, IF
6-2 // 185 // R/R // Fr. // Streamwood, Ill. // Streamwood HS
Zack Kolakowski, IF
5-10 // 175 // R/R // Fr. // Inverness, Ill. // Fremd HS
The Illini continue to be deep in the infield which is never a bad thing. As an added bonus, Gorski can pitch (he went 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA for Streamwood in 2011). Both recruits can hit, of course. Gorski hit .405 in 2011. Kolakowski batted .342. K-man has a bit of speed, too with 10 stolen bases.
A little over two weeks away till opening day!