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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alex Ferguson, Woodstock, sr., PLarkin Hanselmann, Cary-Grove, jr., PEric Luecht, Huntley, sr., PAhren Ludwig, Dundee-Crown, sr., PRyan Wilkening, Crystal Lake South, jr., PCasey Oliver, Crystal Lake South, sr., CMarcus Sargeant, Prairie Ridge, sr., Corner IFAustin Butts, Woodstock, jr., Corner IFRobert Nagel, McHenry, sr., Middle IFGrant Kale, Jacobs, sr., Middle IFJack Glosson, McHenry, jr., OFDanny Vandewalker, Jacobs, sr., OFMatt Tegtmeier, Crystal Lake Central, sr., OFEric Bell, Woodstock, jr., C
Honorable Mention(In alphabetical order)Riley Alvarado, Dundee-Crown, jr., IF-PRob Annan, Crystal Lake Central, sr., OF-PKyle Buresch, Prairie Ridge, sr., OFR.J. Consigny, Hampshire, sr., 3BNick Constantino, Huntley, sr., PAlec Graef, Johnsburg, sr., SS-OFJosh Jandron, Woodstock North, jr., OFBrett Johnson, Dundee-Crown, jr., CKoty Kissack, Marengo, jr., SS-PKevin Kordik, Johnsburg, sr., 3B-PMatt Kozlak, Jacobs, jr.,SSKyle Lavand, Crystal Lake Central, sr., C-PTyler Lewan, Dundee-Crown, sr., IF-PCody Nelsen, Alden-Hebron, jr., OF-PJustin Nolen, Harvard, sr., SS-PJimmy Perkins, Cary-Grove, jr., OF-PMatt Piechocki, Harvard, sr., OF-PSal Rodriguez, Marian Central, sr., 1B-DHKolton Rominski, Marian Central, so., SS-PRyan Sargent, Jacobs, jr., OF-PTrey Schramm, Hampshire, jr., SS-PAndrew Splitt, Cary-Grove, sr., 1B-PLogan Streit, Harvard, so., OF-PMatt Sutherland, Cary-Grove, jr., 2BDustin Thelander, Prairie Ridge, jr., CCorte Trebacz, Marian Central, sr., C-OFJustin Vogel, Marengo, sr., 1B-PBrian Wells, Richmond-Burton, sr., SS-P
– Compiled by Joe Stevenson