Mike Lopez started playing softball when he was eleven at Mitchell School at Ohio and Leavitt in Chicago. He ran track at Ridgewood High School for four years. In 1987, he started playing Major softball with Sports Station, a team he was honored to play for. They won the ASA Nationals that year. He then helped three other teams win ASA National titles: the Whips in 1989 and 1990; Lettuce in 1992, ’93, ’96, and ’98; and Licorice in 2000. He also helped Lettuce win the USSSA World Title in 1994. He won the batting title at the ASA Nationals in 1989 and 1994. He was an ASA 1st Team All American seven times: 1988, ’89, ’94, ’95, ’98, 2000, and 2003. He was voted to the ASA 2nd Team All-American five teams. Mike and his wife, Maria, have two children – Michelle and Michael. They live in Villa Park, Illinois. Mike gave up the game of softball with a few good playing years left so he could coach his children in softball and golf.