Verona Little League was excited to welcom former UW-Stevens Point and minor league player Justin Jirshele to the hitting facility on February 9, 2017. Justin’s message was working hard to achieve what you want in the future. He also stressed and worked one on one with each player’s hitting stance, swing, and finish. The kids and coaches appreciated Justin’s time and expertise. In 2017, Coach Jirschele, at the age of 27, was the youngest manager in professional baseball for the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Chicago White Sox Single A affiliate team. Coach Jirschele’s older brother, Jeremy, is the head baseball coach at UW Stevens Point. His father, Mike, is the 3rd base coach for the Kansas City Royals.
Verona Little League was excited to welcome hometown hero, former Verona Wildcat, and Minnesota Twin, Ben Rortvedt to the hitting facility in mid January. Ben spent a few hours with the boys stressing the importance of skills and fundamentals centered around hitting. The kids and coaches appreciated Ben’s time and expertise. Not only did he provide some solid fundamental work but he also took a few pitches from Coach Steve Fenrick while the players watched. He ended with signing autographs which ranged from balls to hats. Ben Rortvedt was 4 year varsity starter and 1st team all state catcher in 2015 & 2016. He was drafted 56th overall by the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and this past summer played for the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernals of the Midwest League.
The Verona Orange 8U won their first tournament in Windsor on June 3rd and 4th. They went 4-1 over two days, with wins over Windsor/Deforest Gold and Purple, Columbus and Portage. Pictured from left to right, starting with the front row, are: Michael Bogue, Ryder Blodgett, Josh Hebert, Joseph Christensen, Cason Genin, Emmitt Vukobrat, Nolan Julseth, Asher Grady, Kaleb Oeth and Cooper Blodgett. From left to right, they are coached by: Steve Bogue, Kevin Julseth, Geoff Hebert and Al Genin.
As we prepare for the upcoming season, we’d like to announce a great opportunity to save on all of your baseball gear – and more! Our partner, DICK’s Sporting Goods, will be hosting a 20% discount shop event for all Verona Little League families at their West Madison store on March 18th and 19th. The discount is valid on purchases STOREWIDE – including baseball gear and apparel, running shoes, camping gear, bicycles – you name it! Certain exclusions apply, but are mostly limited to guns, ammo, and some golf brands. If they do not have a product in store that you need, you will be able to order it that day with the 20% discount and receive your product at home in 3-6 days. If your team would like to place an order, they can do so in the store over this weekend and receive the discount. Present the attached coupon or mention Verona Little League at the register to redeem!
Verona Little League 10U baseball team following their championship win this weekend June 18 and 19. They won the Middleton Cardinal Dugout Club Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Winning all 4 games over the two day tournament with wins over Sauk Prairie (34-0), Lodi (13-2), Baraboo (11-1), and Middleton (9-8) in the championship game. Pictured L to R are: Jackson Vilker, Jack DeTienne, Braden Rozga, Aison Jorgenson, Kjeran Hanson, Elliott Lapin, Micah Genin, Dylan Hesch, Sam Marckesano, Josh Mello, and Landen Enlo