Golf: Outing to benefit Lemont High School baseball program
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 13, 2014 8:28PM
Lemont High School baseball coaches pose at last year's golf outing fundraiser with benefits going to improve the varsity baseball field. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 15, 2014 5:32PM
Brian Storako is pretty honest when it comes to analyzing his golf game.
The Lemont baseball coach won’t be making the PGA Tour any time soon, but he is far from a duffer out on the links.
On Saturday, Storako will get a chance to show off his golf game. The Lemont baseball program will host a golf outing and accompanying dinner with silent auction and raffles at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont.
“I’m OK, but I have my moments,” Storako said with a laugh. “I’m not good, and I’m not bad, necessarily, either.”
This will be the second annual outing for Storako’s program, with the funds raised going to the program, especially improving the varsity baseball field at the Lemont athletic complex at 131st Street and Bell Road.
Last year’s golf outing/fundraiser went toward installing a brick backstop at the field. The Indians also had plans to install a press box behind home but simply ran out of time.
The Indians picked up where they left off, with the press box construction beginning early in August and expected to wrap up by the end of the month.
“Anything we raise goes toward equipment and working on the field,” said Tony Terrazas, a member of the Lemont Baseball Dads Club. “The backstop and the new netting, we moved it up so it’s not a football field away from home plate.”
More than the visual the new field features, Storako hopes the golf outing brings the program, current players and alums, a little closer.
“Last year we had about 95 golfers, so we want to do as many things as possible to get the community involved with our families, the youth programs, all our alums,” Storako said. “We want to promote that community atmosphere as much as possible.”
In June, Lemont won its first state baseball championship, defeating Sacred Heart-Griffin 2-1 in the Class 3A title game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. The Indians went 35-5 in 2014.
Pitcher Jake Latz and first baseman Mike Papierski, both LSU commits, were drafted in June’s major league draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It was a work in progress of many years of work,” said Storako, who led the Indians to the title in his second year at the helm. “It’s a tribute to the kids staying in town and playing together.
“It starts with the parents, the youth programs, and it was great for everyone.”
Tickets are available for Saturday’s event, both the golf outing and the dinner and silent auction. Contact Terrazas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The weather forecast is up for grabs, but Terrazas is hoping for the best.
“We’re hoping the golf gods will cooperate,” Terrazas said with a laugh. “It’s a great time with a unique group of families who really get along and are very welcoming.”