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Meet Suburban Life Media's 2014 south all-area baseball selections

Players from Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers North, Downers South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont, Lisle and Westmont make up team

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:37 a.m. CDT
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Joe Becht
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Don Buonavolanto
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Kevin Coppin
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Charlie Donovan
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Ryan Haff
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Jake Latz
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Zach Moran
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Mike Papierski
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Joe Provenzano
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Danny Spinuzza
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Zac Taylor
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Chris Whelan
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Mike Wisz

Summer baseball is already in full swing, but it's not too late to look back on the stars of the spring season. Here are some of the top players from local schools that comprise the 2014 baseball all-area team.

Joe Becht

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Impact: The Santa Clara-bound shortstop played with relentless energy and finished the year with a .432 batting average, 25 RBIs and a team-high 42 runs scored. Was named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association all-area team.

Don Buonavolanto

School: Hinsdale South

Year: Senior

Impact: The Hornets' defensive centerpiece at shortstop got it done both in the field, where he played nearly flawlessly, and at the plate, where he was a key cog in the lineup. Will continue his career at Northern Illinois.

Kevin Coppin

School: Lisle

Year: Senior

Impact: The Lions' co-captain was also their leading hitter. The IHSBCA all-area team member batted .438 with 28 runs scored and 35 RBIs, all team highs, and he struck out just eight times on the spring while playing solid defense at shortstop.

Charlie Donovan

School: Westmont

Year: Junior

Impact: The Sentinels' shortstop hit for average (.500) and power (six home runs, four triples, 47 RBIs), and could fly around the bases (50 runs scored). The Michigan recruit was an IHSBCA all-state selection in Class 2A.

Ryan Haff

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Impact: Central's shortstop was in the heart of the lineup all season and hit .396 with 28 RBIs and a team-high 40 runs scored. After the season, he was named to the IHSBCA all-area team.

Jake Latz

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: To say that this senior lefty had a dominant season is a bit of an understatement. Latz allowed just two earned runs on the season, compiling a perfect 10-0 record. Working 62 1/3 innings, he yielded just 30 hits while striking out 114.

Zach Moran

School: Westmont

Year: Senior

Impact: Moran earned Westmont coach D.J. Cocks' trust and emerged as the Sentinels' staff ace. He was the victor in the Sentinels' supersectional win and started the state semifinal game. Went 7-2 with a save and a 1.50 ERA.

Mike Papierski

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: Along with providing stellar defense behind the plate, this senior switch-hitter was a main cog in the Indians' offense. The LSU recruit batted .410 with 12 doubles, three triples and eight home runs to go along with 30 RBIs and 42 runs.

Joe Provenzano

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Impact: Switching positions from third base to shortstop didn't hinder Provenzano's offensive production. The IHSBCA all-area team selection and three-year varsity starter hit .462 with 38 runs scored and 21 RBIs.

Danny Spinuzza

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Impact: At the plate, Spinuzza was solid with a .389 average, 15 runs and 20 RBIs. On the mound, he was sparkling with an 8-2 record, 1.60 ERA and just 20 walks issued in a team-high 61 innings pitched.

Zac Taylor

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Impact: The spark at the top of the Mustangs' order, Taylor stole a team-high 32 bases this season; he was only caught twice. He batted .387 with 40 runs scored, and on the mound he went 8-1 with a 1.86 ERA.

Chris Whelan

School: Benet

Year: Senior

Impact: A repeat pick on the East Suburban Catholic all-conference team and an IHSBCA all-state selection in Class 3A, the Bradley-bound Whelan hit .434 with 26 RBIs and 31 runs scored.

Mike Wisz

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: Headed to the University of Houston, this senior put up monstrous numbers for Lemont. The shortstop topped the team with his .471 batting average and he also contributed 10 doubles, five home runs, 38 RBIs and 37 runs. –

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Benet: Joe Boyle, Connor Hickey

Bolingbrook: Tuf Borland, Demarco Mong

Downers Grove North: Matt Bohanon, Ray Greco

Downers Grove South: Danny Oriente, Chris Pedrak, Ryan Taylor

Hinsdale Central: Austin Butler, Mike Johnson

Hinsdale South: Mike Mullaney

Lemont: Jake Terrazas, Charlie Wright

Lisle: Cliff Krause, George Swedie

Westmont: Tommy Franczak, John Kelly

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