VILLA PARK – Willowbrook's baseball team was third in the West Suburban Gold last year with a lot of key seniors.
Despite the losses to graduation, coach Vic Wisner thinks the Warriors still have enough pieces to contend in the Gold again.
Senior pitchers T.J. Case, a Division I recruit bound for High Point, and Jake Cady, committed to NAIA Campbellsville, give the team a pair of quality pitchers at the top of the rotation. Cady will also be a big part of the lineup, along with seniors Mike Rothmund and Brian Johnson. Rothmund is a big, powerful first baseman headed for Illinois-Springfield.
Seniors Tyler Vavrek and Tyler Zunkel, a transfer from York, also have varsity experience. Zunkel brings speed to the leadoff spot in the batting order.
The current junior class won the conference title as sophomores. Talents such as catcher Dom McDonnell, outfielder Trey Jones and pitcher Mike Petruzzi will try to make an early impact.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Pizur had an impressive summer and has the inside track to join Case and Cady in the three-man conference rotation.
"I believe we will be very deep in our pitching department," Wisner said. "I think we could really surprise some people who think we lost so much with last year's team. We will be able to put the ball in play better and run better than we have."
Coach: Vic Wisner
2013 record: 22-11
Jake Cady sr. P/IF
T.J. Case sr. P
Brian Johnson sr. SS
Mike Rothmund sr. 1B
Tyler Zunkel sr. OF