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Preps

Mustangs, Friars feature improved players on the diamonds

Rising stars key baseball, softball seasons

Many high school players are debuting in the spotlight this spring for area baseball and softball teams – from seniors stepping into leadership roles to underclassmen earning starting varsity jobs.

Anthony Iniquez

School: Morton baseball

Class: Junior
Position: Pitcher/first base
Impact: Iniquez represents both Morton's progress this year and their potential next year. The junior has been a big reason for Morton's improved record, especially in conference. He's hitting .296 overall, but .349 in conference games with 11 RBIs in 15 games. On the mound, he has a 2.69 ERA with 35 strikeouts.

Karina Madera

School: Morton softball

Class: Freshman

Position: Third base

Impact: It hasn't taken long for Madera to become a key player for the Mustangs. As well as playing the hot corner, the freshman has been batting clean-up for Morton. Morton coach Tom Eukovich lights up with excitement at her potential. "She's gonna be a good one," Eukovich said.

Kevin Claffy

School: Fenwick baseball

Class: Senior

Position: Second base

Impact: After receiving sparse playing time as a junior, Claffy is suddenly one of Fenwick's best hitters. He has .378 batting average and a team-high 13 runs for the Friars.

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