Prep baseball all-area team

Ben Cilano

Prairie Ridge, jr., P

Cilano was 6-1 with a 0.78 ERA for the Wolves, who finished fourth in the Class 4A state tournament. Cilano allowed two hits and no earned runs in his first 12 postseason innings. He finished with 63 strikeouts in 622/3 innings and only seven earned runs allowed.

Adam Kalish

Huntley, sr., P

Kalish started the season as closer, where his submarine throwing motion confounded hitters. He picked up four saves before he became a starter and went 6-0 with a 0.78 ERA and a WHIP of 0.89. He struck out 38 batters in 55 innings and walked only 14.

Mike Kaska

Richmond-Burton, sr., P

Kaska was a strikeout machine in many games, finishing with an 8-1 record and 1.58 ERA. He whiffed 83 hitters in 53 innings and allowed 26 hits as the Rockets won the Big Northern Conference East Division title. Kaska plans to pitch for D-III Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Reilly Peltier

Jacobs, sr., P

Peltier led the area with 85 strikeouts in 611/3 innings and finished 7-2 with an 0.91 ERA for the Golden Eagles, who won their second consecutive regional title. Peltier was brilliant in the sectional semifinal as he allowed one hit and struck out 10 to beat Hononegah, 7-1. He will pitch at McHenry County College.

Collin Ridout

Johnsburg, sr., P

Ridout is the Northwest Herald Player of the Year after posting a 10-0 record with 70 strikeouts in 56 innings and a 0.75 ERA. He hit .394 with six homers and 29 RBIs for the Skyhawks, whose 18-15 record tied for second-most wins in school history. He will play at Heartland Community College.

Mark Skonieczny

Huntley, sr, C

Skonieczny hit .378 with two home runs and 33 RBIs to help the Red Raiders win the FVC Valley Division outright. He is a repeat first-team selection and had a .988 fielding percentage with three errors. Skonieczny will play at Illinois.

Tommy Kiriakopoulos

Huntley, sr., Corner IF

Kiriakopoulos hit .345 with a home run and 27 RBIs as the Raiders’ first baseman. He was a crucial run producer from the cleanup spot for the FVC Valley champions. Kiriakopoulos will play at D-III Augustana.

Cody Freund

McHenry, sr., Corner IF

Freund played third base, catcher and pitched for the Warriors and is a repeat first-team selection. He hit .267 with 16 RBIs and 28 runs scored. Freund, a fourth-year varsity player, was 2-2 with a 2.26 ERA. He will play at D-I Chicago State.

Matt Sullivan

Huntley, sr., Middle IF

Sullivan is another repeat first-team selection after hitting .419 in the No. 2 spot and scoring an area-best 40 runs. Sullivan drove in 24 runs, hit one home run and was one of the best defensive shortstops around. He will play at D-I Chicago State.

Dean Christakes

Cary-Grove, sr., Middle IF

Christakes led the area with 36 stolen bases and was caught only five times. He hit .367 with two homers and 17 RBIs while playing shortstop for the Trojans. Coach Don Sutherland gave Christakes the green light whenever he wanted to steal. Christakes will play at D-III University of Chicago.

Mike Borst

McHenry, jr., OF

Borst hit .380 with two homers and a team-high 30 RBIs for the Warriors. He also led the team with 30 runs scored. He had 49 hits and led McHenry with 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts.

Austin Covers

Prairie Ridge, sr., OF

Covers was a major contributor on offense and on the mound for the Wolves, who finished fourth in the Class 4A state tournament. He hit .282 with one home run and 27 RBIs, and was 3-1 as a pitcher with a 1.45 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 382/3 innings. Covers struck out nine in seven innings of the Wolves’ 1-0 regional championship victory over Grant.

Paul Wille

Crystal Lake South, sr., OF

Wille hit .368 and drove in 18 runs for the Gators while hitting in the No. 3 spot. He scored 22 runs and stole 18 bases in 21 attempts. Wille, who did not commit an error as South’s center fielder, will play at McHenry County College.

Ben Murray

Jacobs, sr., Util.

Murray led the Golden Eagles with a .389 average hitting in the No. 2 spot and had one homer and 17 RBIs. He was second on the team with 25 runs scored. He plans on walking on at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.

Second Team

Alex Ferguson, Woodstock, sr., P
Larkin Hanselmann, Cary-Grove, jr., P
Eric Luecht, Huntley, sr., P
Ahren Ludwig, Dundee-Crown, sr., P
Ryan Wilkening, Crystal Lake South, jr., P
Casey Oliver, Crystal Lake South, sr., C
Marcus Sargeant, Prairie Ridge, sr., Corner IF
Austin Butts, Woodstock, jr., Corner IF
Robert Nagel, McHenry, sr., Middle IF
Grant Kale, Jacobs, sr., Middle IF
Jack Glosson, McHenry, jr., OF
Danny Vandewalker, Jacobs, sr., OF
Matt Tegtmeier, Crystal Lake Central, sr., OF
Eric Bell, Woodstock, jr., C

Honorable Mention
(In alphabetical order)
Riley Alvarado, Dundee-Crown, jr., IF-P
Rob Annan, Crystal Lake Central, sr., OF-P
Kyle Buresch, Prairie Ridge, sr., OF
R.J. Consigny, Hampshire, sr., 3B
Nick Constantino, Huntley, sr., P
Alec Graef, Johnsburg, sr., SS-OF
Josh Jandron, Woodstock North, jr., OF
Brett Johnson, Dundee-Crown, jr., C
Koty Kissack, Marengo, jr., SS-P
Kevin Kordik, Johnsburg, sr., 3B-P
Matt Kozlak, Jacobs, jr.,SS
Kyle Lavand, Crystal Lake Central, sr., C-P
Tyler Lewan, Dundee-Crown, sr., IF-P
Cody Nelsen, Alden-Hebron, jr., OF-P
Justin Nolen, Harvard, sr., SS-P
Jimmy Perkins, Cary-Grove, jr., OF-P
Matt Piechocki, Harvard, sr., OF-P
Sal Rodriguez, Marian Central, sr., 1B-DH
Kolton Rominski, Marian Central, so., SS-P
Ryan Sargent, Jacobs, jr., OF-P
Trey Schramm, Hampshire, jr., SS-P
Andrew Splitt, Cary-Grove, sr., 1B-P
Logan Streit, Harvard, so., OF-P
Matt Sutherland, Cary-Grove, jr., 2B
Dustin Thelander, Prairie Ridge, jr., C
Corte Trebacz, Marian Central, sr., C-OF
Justin Vogel, Marengo, sr., 1B-P
Brian Wells, Richmond-Burton, sr., SS-P

– Compiled by Joe Stevenson

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