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Meet the Cook all-area baseball team

Here are Suburban Life Media's 2014 selections

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CST
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Jake Bartels
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Connor Berek
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Gino Cavalieri
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Tim DalPorto
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Sam Heilenbach
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Tom Hickey
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Bobby Hogan
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Anthony Iniquez
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Will Kincanon
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Peter Minella
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Jack Oremus
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Justin Rodriguez
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Sergio Villalobos

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.

Jake Bartels

School: Nazareth

Year: Senior

Impact: The four-year varsity player was all-state in Class 3A and all-conference this season after posting an 8-1 record with two saves and a 1.49 ERA on the mound. He also hit .355 with a .450 on-base percentage. Bartels will pitch at Western Michigan next year.

Connor Berek

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Junior

Impact: Berek emerged as a key two-way player for the Bulldogs and should lead the team next year. He had a 2.51 ERA and a 7-2 record on the mound and hit .351 at the plate.

Gino Cavalieri

School: Fenwick

Year: Senior

Impact: The Friars' starting quarterback proved to be a standout in baseball as well. The all-conference shortstop hit .407 with 18 extra-base hits and 37 runs scored.

Tim DalPorto

School: Nazareth

Year: Senior

Impact: The Kent State recruit capped off his four-year varsity career as an East Suburban Catholic all-conference shortstop. He hit .350 with four home runs and 28 RBIs.

Sam Heilenbach

School: Lyons Township

Year: Senior

Impact: The Wisconsin-Whitewater bound two-way player hit .419 with 12 extra base hits, 21 RBIs and 24 runs scored at the plate. On the mound, Heilenbach was 6-3 with a 2.42 ERA to be an all-conference pick.

Tom Hickey

School: Lyons Township

Year: Junior

Impact: Hickey was one of the surprises of LT's season. Still relatively new to pitching, the big right-hander was 8-1 on the mound and the Lions won all six of his conference starts. Hickey had a 0.97 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 65 innings.

Bobby Hogan

School: Fenwick

Year: Senior

Impact: Hogan shares a last name with Fenwick coach Dave Hogan, but isn't related. He still did the name proud by hitting .398 with 18 extra-base hits, 33 RBIs and 33 runs scored to earn all-conference honors.

Anthony Iniquez

School: Morton

Year: Senior

Impact: The Mustangs' two-way player was key both on the mound and at the plate. He struck out 67 in 60 innings on the mound with a 3.30 ERA and hit .303 with 10 extra-base hits.

Will Kincanon

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-state two-way player and all-area MVP posted mind-blowing numbers. He had a 0.91 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings on the mound and a .486 batting average with 13 doubles and 29 RBIs.

Peter Minella

School: Nazareth

Year: Senior

Impact: Minella, a Western Illinois recruit, posted a 1.36 ERA in 56 1/3 innings for the Roadrunners this season. He finished with a 6-2 record and added a save.

Jack Oremus

School: Lyons Township

Year: Junior

Impact: Oremus didn't begin the season as a full-time starter, but earned the leadoff spot in the order soon enough. The second baseman hit .350 and was an all-conference player.

Justin Rodriguez

School: Fenwick

Year: Junior

Impact: The junior catcher proved to be an invaluable player for the Friars. As clean-up hitter Rodriguez hit .398 with 17 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs to help Fenwick win its first sectional title.

Sergio Villalobos

School: Morton

Year: Senior

Impact: Villalobos exploded at the plate this season, hitting .372 with 10 doubles and six home runs to drive in 28 runs and score 31. He also stole 17 bases and had a 2.80 ERA as a starting pitcher.

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Fenwick: Kevin Forde, Kristian Meyer

Lyons Township: Sam Cybulski, Charlie Harrigan, Max Larsen

Morton: Nick Campanile, Luis Rivera

Nazareth: Matt Flach, Ryan Kramer

Riverside Brookfield: Justin Agne, Xander Catrambone, Brian Kulaga

St. Joseph: Luke Daughenbaugh

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