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Illinois NSA

Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Robbie Carr
Reddick, Illinois
Inducted December 1, 2012

Robbie Carr from Peotone, IL now 46 years old resides in Reddick, Illinois. He attended Peotone High School where he played basketball and baseball. Robbie received all conference and all area honors in both sports before graduating in 1984 and went on to play one season of baseball with KCC. Robbie is married to Dawn Beasley and has a daughter Corrinne which just finished a successful season as a pitcher with Prairie State in the fast pitch softball program. He is a member of Local 265 sheet metal union.

Robbie started his softball career at the age of 16 when he was asked to play in the Early Bird Classic tournament by a local Peotone team. Robbie ended up playing many years with that Teresa Pizza team which would win multiple state championships in 1990 & 1997 where Robbie was placed on the all-tournament team.

In 1998 he began playing softball with various teams in all sanctioning bodies Robbie was well known for his defensive abilities in the outfield and his strong ability for hitting to any field. In 2002 Robbie joined CanDo Metals, a powerhouse NSA Class C team and played with them until 2008. CanDo Metals focused on NSA which allowed to Robbie play with Hall of Famers like John Wojnowski and Terry Speed. CanDo Metals won many tournaments in 2005 including the NSA C State where he was named to the all-tournament team. CanDo Metals also finished second in the NSA Super C World Series Tournament in Indianapolis. Robbie Carr playing with Block Law/Sharp Sports as they won the Master State Tournaments in 2005, 2006 and 2007! He was also named to the all-tournament team in those tournaments.

Robbie said, “I would like to thank my family and teammates for all of their support through the years as we know without them none of this is possible.  I dedicated my younger life to softball and now get to enjoy watching my daughter start her career in slow-pitch softball!”

Andrea Hildebrand
Kankakee, Illinois
Inducted December 1, 2012

Andrea Hildebrand has been playing slow-pitch softball for about 20 years.  She played in many leagues for both women’s and co-ed teams including Kankakee, Peotone, Joliet, Frankfort and Bourbonnais. Andrea’s most recent accomplishment was with Z FARMS who won the 2012 NSA Women’s Illinois State Championship in Waukegan. She was named to the all-tournament team. Over the years she made several all-tournament teams in her career. In 2011, Andrea played for ZFARMS as they placed 4th in the NSA Women’s World Series held at Athens Sports Complex in Lexington, Kentucky.

In 2010, Z FARMS finished 5th in the NSA Women’s World Series in KoKomo, Indiana. Andrea has played in 12 NSA World Series from 2001 to 2012.

In 2007 and 2005, Andrea played with Manteno Pool & Spa and won two more state championships. She also played several years with powerhouse Belcher Construction taking 3rd in the NSA State Championship in 2001 and 2002.

“I love playing softball and I thrive on all the competition” Andrea said. “Tournaments are my favorite because they are so competitive. It does end up taking a toll on your body. The older I get plus all the surgeries I have had, makes it a much longer time to recuperate! But I wouldn't take it back for anything and I still enjoy playing.”

Andrea said, “It’s a great honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, especially since there are so many tremendous ball players. Thank you for the recognition, also thanks to my teammates, coaches and great friends I have made over the years, because without them this could have never happened.”

John Kramer
Mokena, Illinois
Inducted December 1, 2012

John Kramer has been married to Kristin for 21 years and they have 2 sons, Matthew (17) and Jacob (10) and one daughter Bailey (13) and live in Mokena, Illinois. John played Football, Basketball and Baseball at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Illinois, earning All Conference honors in Baseball in 1980 and 1981.  Upon graduating, he earned a baseball scholarship to play at Chicago State University.  John played four years earning All CCAC honors in 3 seasons. He started playing slow-pitch softball in 1982 and played competitively until 2008.

John played with some of the best players and best teams and in Illinois softball history including Belcher Construction, KA Softball, Mid America Concrete, Tron Piping, Kluevers Snap-On, Joe Black, Rip-City, Hahn Industries, Kens’ Beverage and Hurricanes. John played with NSA teams that won 9 NIT’s, 6 State Championships, 4 World Championship and finished in the top 4 in 5 Super World Series. While playing NSA he was named MVP 3 times, All Tournament 7 times, All State 6 times and All World 4 times.

John believes that “the camaraderie and confidence in each other contributed the most to the team success we achieved over the years. “ Highlights in his NSA softball career include: finishing second in the 1997 NSA Class A World Series in Warsaw, Indiana to Gasoline Heaven from New York, winning multiple NIT’s in 2003 & 2004 with KA Softball and winning the 2004 NSA 40 and over World Series with Tron Piping in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

One of his most exciting memories was in 1994 at St. Claire Park, Illinois when his team Mid America Concrete stormed out of the loser’s bracket, winning seven games on Sunday to claim the NSA Class B World Series Championship! John also found time to coach his children in basketball, baseball and softball! Now he enjoys watching his son Jacob play football, his daughter Bailey play AAU basketball and his son Matthew play varsity baseball at Lincoln Way North High School.

John said: “I would like to thank all the sponsors including Don & Roger Belcher, Ken Adams, Don Loid, Ken’s Beverage, Kevin Polizzi and Larry Pauly!”

Also, thanks to all of the players over the years, “You guys made it all worth while”.  Finally, John “would like to thank my family, mostly my wife Kristin who NEVER said a word when I traveled out of state for all those tournaments.  Thanks Kristin, I Love You.”

Kevin "Redbone" Kronst
Kankakee, Illinois
Inducted December 1, 2012

Kevin “Redbone” Kronst started his softball career early in the back yards on Bresee and vacant lot of Checker gas station in Bourbonnais. All of the neighborhood kids used to gather and pick up sides to play football, whiffle ball, street hockey and 12-inch softball. Kevin usually played with kids older than him and took some lumps but he was a fighter and always came back up for more. This courage followed Kevin with every team he played for and there were many, many teams. Kevin estimates that he has played for over 70 teams in his 35+ year career. Every weekend and weekday Kevin would find some team and some place to play.

Kevin first started playing organized softball in 1976 with Bourbonnais Brewers. Some of the other teams that followed were: Belcher II, Dam Tap, Midwest Silk Screen, Performance Sports, Superior Silkscreen, Court Street Ford, Belcher Construction, Dominoes, Waterfront, J Denny, CanDo Metals 50+ and Central Illinois Chiefs 55+. Highlights of his career include: in 1988 as player coach with Court Street Ford won D state in Champaign, in 1990-94 with powerhouse Belcher Construction, three 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th place finish in Major AA State and three state championships in the 90’s in the NSA 35 and over. Teams that Kevin played on continued to win state championships in 2004 with Waterfront, 2005 and 2006 with J Denny. He also played on Superior Silkscreen who won the first five KVPD Fall League championships.

Today, Kevin continues to play in the senior softball circuit across the country with other mature players. He has been named to senior state all-tournament teams 6 times. Kevin has slowed down to play only 180 games in 2012.

Kevin said: “I played with many talented teams and great players spanning five decades, but my best teammate was my wife Kathy who accompanied me for over 20 years at almost every game!” Kathy was diagnosed with cancer and passed in 2006.

Robby Lambert
Meritorious Service
Kankakee, Illinois
Inducted December 1, 2012

Robert “Muscle Head” Lambert’s slow-pitch softball career started while playing fast-pitch softball with Sollitt Tap of Beecher. Sollitt Tap was short of players one night so he asked Mark Lewis a slow-pitch player out of Momence to play with them. Mark agreed to play fast-pitch with Sollitt if Robbie would play on a slow-pitch team for him. Lambert then began playing for a local team D & J Tire out of Momence. In doing so, D & J ran across a team a couple times in the finals named Belcher's Construction.

Don Belcher, the late head coach and member NSA Illinois Hall of Fame, took a special interest in Robbie and invited him to be a part of their team. Lambert continued his career with Belcher's from 1976-1998 with great success. He averaged at least 300 home runs a summer and carried a 700 plus lifetime batting average. Belchers won many tournaments during the summers and were tough in postseason notching three AA State championships, three AA State runner-ups as well as two AA Midwest Regional Championships.Some of Robbie Lambert’s accomplishments include:
4 AA Most Valuable Player Awards in AA State Championship
3 AA Most Valuable Defensive Player Awards in AA State Championship
2 AA Most Valuable Player Awards in AA Midwest Regional Championship

Current NSA Hall of Famers, Boo Greenley, Rich Wolman, John Wojonowski, Kevin Kronst and Gerry Gund also played with Belchers during their softball careers. Robbie has three daughters, Gina 34, Lisa 28 and Erica 26 who he values more than anything and his love and dedication for the game of softball will never die!

David Melosi
Highland, Illinois
Inducted December 1, 2012

David Melosi of Highland, Illinois was married to Bobbie in 1977. The Melosi’ s have a daughter Jyl Wallace, two sons Nick and John with four grandchildren - Morgan, Riley, Rome and Cash (and a 5th on the way). Dave started playing slow-pitch softball in 1973. He is still active in softball, playing over 100 games a year with his 40th year in 2013. Dave played for Lenjos for over 30 years as well as Lonzos, B & J Logging, Alton Eagles, Randy’s - 40 over, Mule’s - 40 over, 50 Caliber - 50 over and Marathon Financial. He has played at many parks including Pocahontas, St. Clair Park, Gordy "Mac" McFarland in Troy, O’Fallon, IL and Bridgeton (BMAC).

Dave won 6 MVP state awards and was named to 12 all tournament teams and 6 national all tournament teams.

Dave said, “Thanks to Tim Demetrulias for nominating me! Thanks to the team sponsors: Lenny Rakers, Joe Blunt, Randy Ackerman, Jim Muehlhauser and Glen May! This game could not grow without the sponsors who have the love of the game as we do!” He continued “Softball has allowed me to meet many people who have become much more than acquaintances, but more friends than I can count. Thank you NSA for this honor!”