Augustana senior infielder Jeremy Juhl (Glenbard East) hit .301 this spring and started all 45 games for the Vikings. While the .301 batting average is the lowest of his four-year Augustana career, Juhl hit over .300 all four years, three of which he was a consistent starter.
This season he drove in 24 runs and scored 30 while tying for the team lead with 16 walks. Juhl totaled 176 hits for Augustana, which had a 34-11 record and made a Division III regional.
Andrew Edwards played both ways for Beloit this season. The senior hit .263 in 95 at-bats with 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored as a hitter, but truly made his mark on the mound. He led the Buccaneers in innings pitched (58) and wins (3) while posting a 3.88 ERA with 38 strikeouts in nine starts.
Fellow former Ram Sean Little, a junior third baseman, was a fixture in the Buccaneers’ lineup. Little started all 32 games, the only one on the team to pull off that feat, and hit .248 with 14 RBIs, 15 runs, 11 walks and four stolen bases in 109 at-bats.
Freshman Patrick Walsh (Glenbard East) made 28 starts for Loras College baseball this spring. He hit .223 in 94 at-bats and was fourth on the team with 14 RBIs. Walsh also made six appearances, five starts, on the mound. In 22-1/3 innings he posted a 2.42 ERA with 23 strikeouts.
A number of Chicago area athletes were on the team, including sophomore catcher Danny Fahlgreen (Willowbrook, Villa Park) and freshman Nick Petruzzi (Willowbrook, Lombard). Fahlgren made 33 starts and hit .155 while Petruzzi made two appearances out of the bullpen totaling 1-2/3 innings.
Nick Karakosta (Addison Trail) had a stellar season for Benedictine in his final collegiate season. Karakosta hit .402 with 26 doubles, 50 RBIs and 52 runs scored in 44 games. Karakosta led the team in doubles and RBIs. His standout campaign included a 20-game hitting streak and a first-team all-Northern Athletics Conference selection. Karakosta also was named second-team all-region by D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Cody Mueller (Addison Trail) became a regular starting pitcher for Dominican baseball this season. Mueller, a sophomore, made four starts as a freshman, but upped that to nine this spring. He was second on the team in innings pitched at 58-2/3 and posted a 5.98 ERA with 31 strikeouts.
From the bullpen
Illinois sophomore pitcher Anthony Milazzo (Addison Trail) made eight relief appearances to follow up his 12 appearances as a freshman. He had a 6.75 ERA in 9-1/3 innings. Milazzo currently is playing for the Dodgers in the St. Louis Metro Collegiate League.
Matthew Turk (Addison Trail) closed out his collegiate career with a .226 batting average in 37 games. Turk, an electrical engineering major with an academic all-district award as a junior, was tied for fourth on the team with 14 RBIs. He also scored 14 runs and drew 16 walks in 106 at-bats for the Division-III program.
Katelyn Conenna (IC Catholic, Addison) made three appearances off the bench during her freshman season for Indiana. She scored two runs.
Concordia junior closer Steve Cox (Willowbrook, Villa Park) was an automatic save for the Cougars. Cox was 13-for-13 in save opportunities to set a school record for saves in a season and was third in the nation. He didn’t allow an earned run. He gave up just one unearned run in 16 innings with 20 strikeouts and four walks. His efforts landed him a number of postseason awards: second-team All-Northern Athletics Conference, second-team All-Midwest Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association and first-team D3Baseball.com All-Midwest Region.
Brett Buchanan (Willowbrook, Villa Park), a Webster University junior, was a regular on the mound and at the plate for the Gorloks. Buchanan hit .295 with 19 RBIs, 25 runs and 15 stolen bases at the plate. As a pitcher, he made nine appearances, eight out of the bullpen, totaling 20 innings. He posted a 3.15 ERA with nine strikeouts for the St. Louis-based Division-III school.
Taylor Ryan (Willowbrook, Villa Park), a North Central junior, retained her starting spot at second base for the third year in a row. Ryan hit .266 while starting 46 of the Cardinals’ 47 games. She had 26 RBIs and 33 runs scored. North Central went 35-12 to win the third most games in school history.