Senior-to-be Craig Lutes helped the Lexington Snipes to an E.I. League tournament championship this summer.
Aug. 19, 2009
NORMAL, Ill. - Hello Illini Fans!
It is about that time again, time leave the adventures of summer behind and get back to the books. It is not all bad, however, because this is also the time to meet back up with teammates and welcome new ones on board. It's a clean slate for us all, and we have a lot to look forward to this season.
I got to enjoy a great summer around home in Normal, Ill. It was a busy few months as I played baseball in the Eastern Illinois League for the Lexington Snipes while also working as an intern in the human resources department of State Farm Insurance Company during the week. I could not have asked for a better summer, both on and off the field. It was the perfect mix of family, friends, baseball, and work.
I got to play with a great group of guys in Lexington this summer. The best GM in the area, Billy DuBois, put together what I hear was the best team Lexington had ever seen. We had some good players, even better guys, and we achieved a lot of success together. We finished with a record of 34-7 and took home the E.I. tournament championship. Most of the roster was originally from the area, so it was fun to play with guys I grew up playing with or against. They are the type of guys I will stay in touch with for a long time (call, text, or leave one if you want...).
It is unbelievable how fast four years will go. It seems like just yesterday I was walking in as a freshman, and I am already preparing for my final year. Though we lost some great players to both graduation and the draft last year, I believe we have the pieces to put something special together this year. I'm sure everyone remembers the fun we had with our big crowds at the end of last season, and we are hoping to carry that over for even bigger and better things this year. We are building a special program at Illinois.
Don't wait until spring to get your fix of Illinois baseball, come out this fall to see our annual Orange and Blue scrimmage that will wrap up fall ball. Thanks again for checking in with our website and we all appreciate your support throughout the season. See everyone at Illinois Field!
Craig Lutes #6