Homewood Baseball and Softball

Homewood bids farewell to pillar of the community


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Marvin Austin’s funeral on Saturday, April 14, was the first I’ve ever attended that ended with the mourners singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
It was a perfect ending to the celebration of Marvin’s 89 years of life. 

Parades, first pitches launch new youth ball season

Youth baseball programs in Homewood and Flossmoor held opening day festivities on Saturday, April 21, with parades and ceremonial first pitches prior to the first games of the season.

Benetti returns to hometown to help launch new baseball season

Homewood Baseball and Softball (HBS) opened the 2017 season on Saturday, April 22, in the usual fashion, with a big, candy-filled parade and a ceremony to mark the event and honor several local heroes.

Parades Saturday open baseball season

Baseball season officially opens in Homewood and Flossmoor on Saturday, April 22, when little leaguers, baseball and softball players march in opening day parades.
Flossmoor Baseball parade steps off at 8:30 a.m. from Parker Junior High on Flossmoor Road. The route heads east and then north at Brassie Avenue to the Bronco Field at Flossmoor Park. 

A sign of spring: Ballfield clean-up begins

After a soggy week, the weather finally improved, just in time for the first ballfield clean-up day sponsored by Homewood Baseball and Softball (HBS) on Saturday morning.

Volunteers get fields ready for Homewood Baseball opener

Despite the winter temperatures, more than two dozen volunteers were out in force Saturday to prepare the three fields at Izaak Walton Preserve for the start of Homewood’s baseball season.

A coach at heart: 'Marvelous Marv' continues to lead

Marvin Austin has contributed to Homewood in various ways over his long life, as a village trustee, a volunteer firefighter and firefighter trainer, but most of all, Austin has been a coach, helping others reach their potential.

Bats will be cracking for Hart Panthers softball, baseball teams

Students at James Hart Junior High will be taking swings at the baseball as the school’s first organized baseball and softball teams start their season this month.

Flossmoor Giants top Homewood Royal Pains in first Battle for the Viking Helmet

The Flossmoor team won the first girls softball bragging rights game, but organizers said the event was a win all around as the inter-village contest provided excitement for fans and teams.

Who’s got the winning softball team — Homewood or Flossmoor?

The softball senior league championship victors will be decided on Tuesday when Homewood’s Aurelio’s Pizza Royal Pains plays Flossmoor’s Coleman Roofing Giants for the Viking Helmet Traveling Trophy, sponsored by Forever Yogurt.


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