Illinois Gold 18U-BF defended their 2016 Midwest National title and were again crowned Champions of the 2017 NAFA Midwest National Tournament which was held at Harlem Community Softball Complex/Forest Hills Diamonds in Loves Park. Illinois Gold 18U will now head to Bowling Green, KY for ASA Nationals before finishing their season with the NAFA Northern Nationals in Chaska, Minn.
Pictured are, front row, left to right, Emma Kinney, Emily Perkins, Rachel Bonnell, Michaela Spanbauer, Destiny Darmon. Back row, left to right, Taylor Rathe, Ashton Melaas, Madison Morris, Stephanie Anderson, Paige Webster, Morgan Bittner, Courtney Fernette. Not pictured: Morgan Neunefeld. Team is coached by Brian Fernette, Kris Bittner and Jim Rathe.