The Suburban Life All-Area Baseball West Team features players from Glenbard North, Glenbard South, Glenbard West, St. Francis, West Chicago, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South.
[Lake Bachar, Wheaton North senior]
Along with playing good defense in right field, Bachar went 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 73-2/3 innings pitched and was selected as the Co-Pitcher of the Year in the DuPage Valley Conference. Offensively, he hit .342 with seven doubles, three home runs and 35 RBIs (second best on the team).
[Tom Colletti, Wheaton North senior]
Having missed virtually all of his junior season due to injury, Colletti's return to the lineup this year was a major storyline for the Falcons. Slotted into the No. 2 spot on the pitching staff, this senior went 7-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 51-2/3 innings pitched. He also hit .320 with a team-high 40 RBIs from the clean-up spot.
[Will Cornwell, Glenbard South junior]
Though he cooled off late in the year after hitting over .600 for a portion of the season, this junior still had an outstanding campaign for the Raiders. Along with handling the catching duties, the left-handed hitting Cornwell batted .434 with 12 doubles and a team-high 32 RBIs.
[Jake Cousins, Wheaton Academy senior]
This senior posted a 3-3 record with an ERA of 2.65 this spring, striking out 60 in only 39-2/3 innings of work. At the plate, Cousins hit .313 with five doubles, 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs and struck out only five times on the season.
[Luke Domask, Glenbard West junior]
In his first year on varsity, this junior did a great job of setting the table for the Hilltoppers. Hitting in the leadoff spot, Domask finished with a .381 batting average while compiling 14 stolen bases. A West Suburban Silver all-conference pick, he also played good defense in center field.
[Matt Frawley, Glenbard North senior]
This senior missed a couple of weeks on the mound late in the season but was still named Co-Pitcher of the Year in the DuPage Valley Conference. He finished with a 5-1 record, compiling an ERA of 1.47 while striking out 55 in 43 innings of work. At the plate, Frawley topped the team with 25 RBIs while hitting .289 with four homers.
[Ethan Gasbarro, Glenbard South senior]
Featuring a fastball in the mid- to upper-80s, this senior posted a 2.05 ERA as the Raiders' staff ace, striking out 72 in 58 innings. Gasbarro also was a major contributor at the plate, batting .398 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
[Eric Giltz, Wheaton Warrenville South sophomore]
This sophomore made quite an impression this spring, leading all Wheaton Warrenville South starters with his .358 batting average. The center fielder totaled seven doubles, one triple and a team-high five home runs while adding 32 runs scored and 19 RBIs. He also stole 12 bases.
[Ryan Kent, Wheaton North senior]
A fixture at the top of the line-up for Wheaton North, this senior ended his outstanding high school career in fine fashion. The solid center fielder batted .347 with eight doubles, 17 RBIs and team-highs in both runs scored (39) and stolen bases (20).
[Brandon Kressner, Glenbard North senior]
Playing in all 31 games this spring for the Panthers, this shortstop finshed the season with a .364 batting average and .475 on-base percentage. Kressner tallied 11 doubles, two triples and one home run while scoring a team-high 26 runs and driving in 19. He also topped the team with nine stolen bases.
[Johnny Peltz, Wheaton North senior]
Hitting No. 3 in the Falcons' lineup, this senior led the team with 141 plate appearances. Peltz finished the spring with a .336 batting average, 11 doubles, three home runs, 33 runs scored and 21 RBIs. He also stole nine bases and made a smooth transition from third base to shortstop.
[Jack Petrando, St. Francis senior]
A major reason behind the Spartans' runner-up finish in Class 3A, Petrando contributed both as a pitcher and hitter. The right-hander went 7-1 on the mound with a 1.80 ERA in 39-1/3 innings. At the plate, he batted .353 with six doubles, 22 runs scored and 21 RBIs.
[Ryan Storto, Glenbard North senior]
A rare-three sport athlete, Storto ended his high school career in style. Playing first base for the Panthers, Storto hit a team-high .396 while also contributing nine doubles, two triples, a home run, 23 runs scored and 15 RBIs. He also struck out just six times in 111 plate appearances.
[Jason Sullivan, St. Francis sophomore]
One of the top sophomores in the area, Sullivan proved his worth this spring. Along with his duties at shortstop, he went 8-2 as the ace of the pitching staff, striking out 59 in 74 innings. Offensively, the sophomore batted .333 with three doubles, 25 runs scored and 14 RBIs.
[Mike Zajac, West Chicago senior]
Though his final record on the mound might not show it, Zajac was one of the top pitchers in the DuPage Valley Conference this spring. Zajac posted a 2.98 ERA in 61 innings, allowing 60 hits while striking out 66. At the plate, he had two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs.