HERALD-NEWS ALL-AREA BASEBALL TEAM
Brad Bass, Lincoln-Way Central, Sr., RHP
Will pitch at Notre Dame ... Was drafted in 33rd round by the Cubs.... Four-year varsity starter ... Went 4-2 with 0.83 ERA ... Allowed 21 hits and 24 walks while striking out 49 in 33 2/3 innings ... All-SouthWest Suburban Red ... Coach Scott Gardner: "Brad was a four-year varsity starter and leader on the mound. He led the team in many pitching categories."
Nick Dalesandro, JCA, Jr., OF/RHP
East Suburban Catholic Player of the Year ... Prep Baseball Report second-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 3A all-state ... Hit .409 with seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 28 RBIs ... Went 7-1 with one save and a 1.39 ERA in 55 1/3 innings ... Allowed 36 hits and struck out 74 ... Committed to Purdue ... Coach Jared Voss: "Nick is a great athlete and a versatile all-around player. He potentially could be drafted as an outfielder, pitcher or catcher next year."
Drake Fellows, JCA, So., RHP
Pitched big games and went 6-1 with one save and a 0.63 ERA .... Allowed 33 hits and struck out 77 in 55 2/3 innings .... Already committed to Vanderbilt ... Standout on basketball team that reached the 3A sectional final ... Coach Jared Voss: "Drake exploded onto the scene this spring. He is a big-time prospect the next two years."
Mike Formella, Lockport, Sr., RHP
Went 7-2 with 1.26 ERA ... Allowed 47 hits and 24 walks while striking out 64 in 61 innings ... Went 5-0 with 0.37 ERA in SWS Blue title run ... All-SWS Blue ... Will pitch at Concordia ... Coach Andy Satunas: "Mike's only losses this year were to Lincoln-Way North 2-1 and to Providence 4-3. The Porters would not have had the success we had without Mike's leadership on and off the mound."
Cody Grosse, Joliet West, Jr., SS
Prep Baseball Report third-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 4A all-state ... Hit .505 with .593 on-base percentage ... Had 11 doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs and 45 runs ... Was 13-for-14 in stolen bases ... Struck out twice in 123 plate appearances ... Coach John Karczewski: "Cody is the ideal leadoff man and for the second straight year led the SWS Blue with a .533 average. He was the spark plug that kept us going. At only 5-7, 145 pounds he plays like a heavyweight. He is a definite Division I prospect."
Trevor Henderson, Plainfield South, Sr., LHP
Will pitch at Ball State ... Four-year varsity player ... School's all-time strikeout leader and one win shy of all-time record ... Threw two no-hitters ... Went 4-4 with 1.52 ERA ... Struck out 92 in 57 2/3 innings ... All-Southwest Prairie ... Coach Phil Bodine: "Trevor was as dominant as any pitcher I have ever coached. He was a tough-luck pitcher, especially this year because we couldn't score runs. He is a coachable young man."
Phil Kunsa, Providence, Sr., RF
Prep Baseball Report second-team all-state ... All-Chicago Catholic Blue ... Hit .359 with 12 doubles, one triple, 11 homers and 46 RBIs ... Hit 18 homers over two seasons ... Recorded six assists from right field while making one error ..,. Will play at Middle Tennessee State ... Coach Mark Smith: "Phil was a two-year starter in right field and our cleanup hitter for two years. He has good power."
Jake Latz, Lemont, Sr., LHP
Pitched Indians to 3A state title ... Prep Baseball Report Player of the Year and IHSBCA Class 3A all-state ... Went 10-0 with a save and 0.23 ERA ... Will pitch at LSU ... 11th-round draft pick of Toronto Blue Jays ... Coach Brian Storako: "Jake went almost the entire season without allowing an earned run. He had an unbeaten record against tough competition all season."
Luke Morgan, Lincoln-Way West, Sr., SS/RHP
Prep Baseball Report second-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 3A all-state ... Hit .376 with seven doubles, three triples, four home runs and 26 RBIs ... Went 7-0 on the mound with 0.50 ERA ... Allowed 12 hits and 15 walks in 42 innings while striking out 54 ... All-SouthWest Suburban Red ... Will play at South Alabama ... Coach Jake Zajc: "Luke led us all year on the mound, on offense and on defense. He is up there with the best overall baseball players in Illinois."
Mike Papierski, Lemont, Sr., C
Will play at LSU ... 16th-round draft pick of Toronto Blue Jays ... Prep Baseball Report second-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 3A all-state ... All-South Suburban Blue ... Switch-hitter who hit .410 with 12 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 30 RBIs ...Coach Brian Storako: "Mike is the top catcher in the state. He allowed 11 stolen bases during the regular season while throwing out 10 runners. He drew 24 walks in 112 plate appearances during the regular season and still hit .400 with power."
Dylan Rosa, Providence, Sr., 1B/3B/RHP
Herald-News Player of the Year ... Prep Baseball Report first-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 4A all-state .... Hit .413 with 11 homers, 14 doubles, two triples and area-best 55 RBIs ... Had string of key hits in Celtics' run to 4A state title ... Was 4-2 as a pitcher with 2.42 ERA ... Team MVP ... All-Chicago Catholic Blue ... Will play at Kent State ... Coach Mark Smith: "Dylan matured this year into a very good hitter. He was our best player."
Kyle Strepek, Plainfield North, Jr., LHP/OF
IHSBCA Class 4A all-state .... Went 9-1 with 1.64 ERA ... Struck out 85 and walked 15, a ratio of nearly 6-to-1.... Hit .347 with seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 25 RBIs ... All-Southwest Prairie ... Coach John Darlington: "Kyle hits in the middle of our lineup and drove in a good part of our runs. He also was one of the top pitchers on a team that went 28-9."
Zack Thomas, Joliet West, Sr., LHP/OF
All-SouthWest Suburban Blue ... Hit .444 with a .563 on-base percentage ... Had four doubles, two triples and 24 RBIs ... Stole 10 bases ... Struck out three times in 119 plate appearances ... Went 7-2 with one save and a 1.14 ERA ... Threw two no-hitters, a one-hitter and three shutouts ... Allowed 28 hits and 23 walks in 55 1/3 innings while striking out 70 ... Will play at Chicago State ... Coach John Karczewski: "Zack's knowledge of the game separates him from most and it shows on the field. He is a tireless worker and fearless competitor."
Neal Tyrell, Minooka, Sr., SS
Prep Baseball Report third-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 4A all-state ... All-Southwest Prairie ... Hit .417, scored 35 runs in 32 games from leadoff spot .... Struck out eight times in 127 at-bats ... Had 10 doubles ... Will play at Lewis ... Coach Jeff Petrovic: "I have never seen a smarter player. Neal is really, really hard-nosed and smart. A lot of pitchers dominate games, but rarely do you see a position player who dominates games the way Neal does. He was a terror on the base paths. He is a special player, for sure."
Jovany Urbieta, Plainfield East, Sr., 3B
Team MVP ... All-Southwest Prairie ... Hit .400 with 11 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 31 RBIs ... Has full scholarship to Lake Land College ... Coach Adam O'Reel: "Jovany was our leading hitter and played a great third base. He always seems to come up with the big hit. He is one of the best players to come through East."
Mitch Vogrin, Minooka, Sr., RHP
Prep Baseball Report second-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 4A all-state ... went 9-0 with one save and 1.15 ERA ... Allowed 33 hits and 22 walks in 67 innings for a WHIP of 0.821 ... Struck out 85 ... Will pitch at Illinois State ... Coach Jeff Petrovic: "People don't realize what a tough kid Mitch is. He is the type of kid you want in the lineup every day. That's why we had him in the outfield when he wasn't pitching. He was a dominant pitcher this year. In all the games he pitched, we never felt like we were going to lose."
Mike Wisz, Lemont, Sr., SS
Prep Baseball Report second-team all-state and IHSBCA Class 3A all-state ... Struck out twice in the regular season while hitting .480 ... Finished at .478 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and team-best 38 RBIs ... South Suburban Blue Player of the Year ... Will play at Houston ... Averaged almost 20 points per game in basketball last winter ... Coach Brian Storako: "Mike led our team in every offensive category."
Charlie Wright, Lemont, Sr., P
Pitched in teammate Jake Latz's shadow and was nearly as effective ... Faced some top teams all year, including Oak Forest three times, and finished 8-1 with two saves and a 0.91 ERA ... Beat Metamora in state semifinal to send Indians into title game ... Will pitch at Joliet Junior College ... Coach Brian Storako: "Charlie was our No. 2 pitcher but would have been No. 1 on many teams."