2013 Herald-News All-Area Baseball Team

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Derek Bangert

Lockport, senior, C

Numbers: .368, 39 H, 8 2B, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 12 R, .736 SLG

Notable: Threw out 32 percent of would-be base stealers; signed with Heartland Community College.

Max Brozovich

Minooka, senior, 1B

Numbers: .431, 44 H, 11 2B, 3 HR, 33 RBI

Notable: Signed with St. Ambrose for football.

Tyler Butler

Plainfield South, senior, RF

Numbers: .440, 48 H, 10 2B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, 43 R, .697 SLG

Notable: Was also a safety on the football team.

Jake Capko

Morris, senior, C

Numbers: .407, 36 BB; hit .486 in conference play

Notable: Voted the Northern Illinois Big 12 East Player of the Year by the league’s coaches; signed with Illinois Wesleyan.

Sam Couch

Joliet Catholic, P, senior

Numbers: 6-1, 64.7 IP, 72 K, 10 ER, 1.08 ERA

Notable: Threw four consecutive shutouts, three in the state tournament.

Trevor Henderson

Plainfield South, junior, P

Numbers: 7-2, 63 IP, 93 K, 24 BB, 1.44 ERA.

Notable: Two-time All-Southwest Prairie Conference pick; helped lead Cougars to school-record 27 wins.

Jake Herron

Joliet West, senior, P

Numbers: 8-1, 68 Ks, 51 IP, 11 ER, 1.51 ERA, 29 H, 23 BB

Notable: 5-0 in SouthWest Suburban Blue Conference for second consecutive year; signed with John A. Logan Junior College.

Larry Holman

Joliet West, senior, CF

Numbers: .370 (34-of-92), .496 OB, 33 R, 11 RBI, 15 SB, 19 BB.

Notable: Averaged one run per game; signed with North Central.

Josh Krueger

Romeoville, sophomore, RF/P

Numbers: .406, 11 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 23R, .656 SLG

Notable: Krueger had three wins with a 2.08 ERA, 34 strikeouts and four walks.

Evan Martens

Lockport, senior, P

Numbers: 10-1, 75 IP, 19 BB, 75 K, 2.05 ERA

Notable: Threw a no-hitter vs. Homewood-Flossmoor; signed with SIU-Edwardsville.

John McNulty

Plainfield South, senior, C

Numbers: .402, 43 H, 14 2B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 28 R, .692 SLG

Notable: Two-time All-Southwest Prairie selection, committed to Coastal Carolina.

Luke Morgan

Lincoln-Way West, junior, SS/P

Numbers: .452, 47 H, 10 2B, 22 RBI, 26 R, .576 SLG

Notable: Also was the Warriors’ relief pitcher with four saves in 13 appearances.

Kurt Palandech

Plainfield North, senior, SS

Numbers: .450, .545 OBP, 33 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 2 HR, 20 RBI

Notable: Voted team MVP; also played football and basketball.

Mike Papierski

Lemont, junior, C/3B

Numbers: .398, 33 H, 9 2B, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 34 R, 11 SB, .614 SLG

Notable: South Suburban Blue Player of the Year; committed to LSU.

Chris Tschida

Joliet Catholic, senior, SS

Numbers: .390, 41 H, 12 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 32 RBI, 44 R, 17 SB

Notable: Signed with Western Illinois.


Tomas Aguilar

Plainfield Central, senior, P

Numbers: 5-4, 50.3 IP, 54 K, 2.36 ERA

Notable: Struck out 14 and allowed no earned runs in the regional title game against Oswego; also had a triple and two RBI.

Quinn Ahern

Joliet West, senior, P

Numbers: 5-2, 50.1 IP, 53 K, 1.53 ERA, 3 SV

Notable: Beat Lockport and Joliet Catholic; will attend Northern Iowa Community College.

Brad Bass

Lincoln-Way Central, junior, P

Numbers: 2-3, 53.1 IP, 72 K, 1.57 ERA, .168 OPP BA

Notable: SouthWest Suburban Blue All-Conference pick; committed to Notre Dame.

Joe Carnagio

Minooka, senior, 3B

Numbers: .333, 36 H, 8 2B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 30 R

Notable: Also quarterbacked the football team.

Nick Dalesandro

Joliet Catholic, sophomore, P/RF

Numbers: 7-2, 55.3 IP, 61 K, 1.77 ERA; .360, 40 H, 26 RBI, 18 R

Notable: Earned win in state title game.

Eric Duzan

Lockport, senior, P

Numbers: 7-1, 472/3 IP, 51 K, 0.44 ERA

Notable: Signed with Prairie State College.

Victor Garcia

Plainfield South, senior, 1B

Numbers: .366, 41 H, 8 2B, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 27 R

Notable: Signed with Texas-Pan American

Jake Godfrey

Providence, junior, P

Numbers: 4-5, 63.1 IP, 67 K, 1.99 ERA

Notable: 1-1 in save opportunities.

Cody Grosse

Joliet West, sophomore, SS

Numbers: .447 (38-for-85) .479 OB, 25 R, 14 RBI, 12 SB

Notable: Struck out only six times.

Jake Latz

Lemont, junior, P

Numbers: 3-1, 44.2 IP, 31 H, 78 K, 1.88 ERA

Notable: Committed to LSU.

Evan Sandmann

Lincoln-Way East, junior, SS

Numbers: .439, 47 H, 7 2B, 24 RBI, 31 R, 18 SB

Notable: All-Southwest Suburban Conference selection.

Zack Thomas

Joliet West, junior, P

Numbers: 4-1, 36.1 IP, 40 K, 2.50 ERA

Notable: Thomas also hit .371 with nine 2B and 20 RBI.

Alex Voitik

Joliet Catholic, senior, C

Numbers: .333, 38 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 22 RBI

Notable: Signed with Holy Cross.

Ryan Weitendorf

Lincoln-Way East, senior, 1B

Numbers: .429, 42 H, 5 2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 18 R, .561 SLG

Notable: Signed with Knox College.

Zach Zyburt

Plainfield North, senior, 2B/P

Numbers: .371, 36 H, 8 2B, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 17 R, .432 OBP

Notable: Also went 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA, 38 K and 8 BB in 541/3 IP.


Grant Davis, senior, Morris, LF; Brian Henry, senior, Morris, P; Cody Caballero, senior, Lemont, P; Brian Jenner, senior, Providence, RF; Nick Sanders, senior, Providence, OF; Frank Kolb, senior, Peotone, 1B; Sean Liaromatis, senior, Wilmington, P/OF; Nick Sramek, senior, Bolingbrook, CF; Steve Waldrop, senior, Bolingbrook, P; Mike Wisz, junior, Lemont, INF; Lucas Jones, senior, Lincoln-Way Central, CF; Tyler Kopp, senior, Lincoln-Way West, OF; John Saffrahn, sophomore, Lincoln-Way West, P; Anthony DiNardo, junior, Joliet West, DH; Phil Kunsa, junior, Providence, OF; Dan Sullivan, senior, Lockport, 1B; Travis Schoonover, freshman, Reed-Custer, P/CF; Brian Bergeson, senior, Seneca, OF/P; Rick Salazar, senior, Plainfield South, SS; Josh Mitchell, senior, Minooka, P; Zach Trusk, senior, Plainfield North, C

Capsules compiled by Tina Akouris.

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