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Herald-News Baseball All-Area Second Team

Lincoln-Way West's Brendan Sturm rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the bottom of the 5th inning against Joliet West on April 3 at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox.
Lincoln-Way West's Brendan Sturm rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the bottom of the 5th inning against Joliet West on April 3 at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox.

Ty Batusich, Joliet West, C: Batusich possibly can claim the strongest arm in the area from behind the plate, repeatedly gunning down runners trying to steal on him. He also hit .371.

Connor Blake, Plainfield South, IF: Blake was a serious offensive threat for the Cougars, particularly as a run producer, with five home runs and 30 RBIs.

Keagan Bobbitt, Lincoln-Way West, P: Bobbitt certainly made himself a name to watch for future seasons with a very good sophomore campaign that saw him go 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA.

Noah Curl, Reed-Custer, C: Curl had a knack for driving in key runs for the Comets finishing with 30 RBIs on the campaign while providing solid work behind the plate.

Luis Delgado, Romeoville, IF/P: Delgado was a steady infield hand for the Spartans and also provided a consistent bat for the lineup as he hit at a .326 clip.

Conner Dempsay, Wilmington, IF/P: Dempsay was something of a jack of all trades for the Wildcats as he maintained a sub 2.00 ERA (1.98) and hit a solid .304.

Tony Fleischauer, Joliet Catholic, UT: Fleischauer could consistently be counted on to keep the line moving for a balanced and strong Hilltopper lineup. He hit .333 with 25 RBIs on the season.

Logan Graham, Dwight, P/UT: Graham was a major source of power for the Trojans, connecting for 21 extra-base hits including seven homers. He also pitched well, recording 77 strikeouts.

Sam Grushkin, Seneca, P/IF: Grushkin, an Upper Iowa commit, absolutely bashed the baseball walloping nine home runs while hitting .440 on the season.

Robert Farrell, Joliet Central, P/OF: Farrell threw some real gems for the Steelmen and proved very difficult to make contact on as he racked up 69 strikeouts.

Brennan Geers, Providence, IF/P: Geers delivered multiple key hits in the Celtics run to the Class 4A Sectional finals. On the year, he finished with a .325 average and 20 RBIs.

Caleb Hunter, Peotone, P/UTIL: Hunter was a two-way threat for the Blue Devils, posting a solid offensive season (.382 average) and sound work on the mound (5-3, 2.61 ERA, 55 strikeouts).

Cameron Kissel, Plainfield North, UTIL: Kissel was a solid contributor on offense as he put together a balanced campaign that saw him finish the season with a .355 batting average.

Ryan Kraft, Lincoln-Way Central, IF/OF/P: Kraft provided some major thump in the middle of the Knights lineup, accounting for 25 RBIs. He also recorded four wins on the mound.

Ethan Lambrigger, Lincoln-Way East, P: Lambrigger became a very reliable source for innings that proved to be very difficult to plate runs against, as he finished with a 1.43 ERA.

Matt Maloney, Lincoln-Way Central, IF/P: Maloney was a steading influence for the Knights on the infield, but more significantly on the mound, where he recorded a 2.43 ERA and
40 strikeouts.

Joey Morales, Gardner-South Wilmington, P/OF: Morales contributed at the bat with .387 average with 21 RBIs but was more impactful on the mound (4-1, 3.16 ERA).

Anthony Noble, Plainfield Central, P/OF: Noble evolved into a real workhorse for the Wildcat pitching staff after injuries took a hit to their ranks. Noble posted seven wins with a solid 2.41 ERA.

Jacob Overbeck, Morris, P: Overbeck was a pivotal player for Morris as they copped a regional title. That wouldn’t have been possible without the steady work of the Morris ace.

Anthony Perez, Romeoville, IF/P: Perez played a big part in Romeoville’s postseason run, closing out the Spartans upset victory over Lincoln-Way East.

Tylor Phommachannom, Plainfield South, IF/OF/P: Phommachannom was a consistent offensive threat hitting .353 for the Cougars. He contributed heavily on the mound (5-0, 2.37 ERA).

Tyler Pransky, Joliet West, SS: Pransky was a consistent hitter for the Tigers as he was a big part of the second half surge from the Tigers. He finished with a .348 average and 24 runs scored.

Nick Pratscher, Plainfield East, OF: Pratscher was an extreme run producer for the Bengals as he seemed to constant deliver extra base hits (11 doubles, four home runs).

Dean Procarione, Minooka, P: It was an up-and-down season for the Indians, but solid pitching from Procarione was fairly constant as he netted five wins and posted a 2.61 ERA.

Sean Rivera, Plainfield East, IF: Rivera proved to be a very solid table setter for the Bengals, hitting at a .319 clip with 30 runs scored.

Brandon Ruehle, Plainfield East, P/IF: Ruehle was an extremely effective pitcher for the Bengals, one of very few pitchers in the area that consistently maintained an sub-2.00 ERA (1.69).

Brendan Sturm, Lincoln-Way West, C/1B: Sturm was a solid offense threat in the middle of the Warriors lineup. Sturm hit a .366 clip and rapped 10 extra-base hits.

Matthew Wepprecht, Gardner-South Wilmington, IF/P: Wepprecht was a consistent hitter for the Panthers, nearly eclipsing the .450 barrier in batting average (.448) while driving in 34 runs.

Collin Woulfe, Lockport, OF: Woulfe certainly had the knack for the big hit and also the somewhat rare stat, as he led the area with six triples.

Greg Ziegler, Joliet Catholic, OF/P: Ziegler covered a ton of ground in the outfield and was a productive offensive weapon for the Hilltoppers as he scored 32 runs.

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