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Prep baseball: SVM scouts baseball 2013

Amboy Clippers

Coach: Chris Newsome (2nd year)

2012: 11-19, 3-10 Three Rivers

Postseason: Lost 6-3 to AFC in 1A Regional quarterfinal


2 Jason Bontz Jr. C/IF/OF

4 Spencer Johnson Sr. C/IF/OF/P

5 Jackson Sorrells Sr. OF

6 Aaron Hubbell Jr. 1B/P

7 Tyson Powers Sr. C/IF/OF/P

9 Cory Shaw Jr. OF

11Chuck Deininger Sr. OF/P

12 Canaan Ross Jr. IF/P

13 Andrew Klein Sr. OF/P

15 Nate Rinard Jr. IF

16 Drew Fordham Sr. 3B/OF

20 Reece Howell Sr. 1B

21 Taylor Ikens Sr. 3B/P

22 Alex Noble Sr. OF

23 Bailey Appleman Sr. C

Outlook: Newsome says his club is light years ahead of where it was in his first go-round. Hitting savant Tyson Powers hit .483 last season, and Newsome expects Ikens to challenge him for the team batting crown. Factor in seven more experienced seniors and a pitching staff that accounted for 81 percent of last season's workload, and the Clippers expect to do big things.

AFC Raiders

Coach: Greg Cissna (16th year)

2012: 12-16, 5-9 NUIC East

Postseason: Lost 7-0 to Newman in 1A Fulton Regional semifinal


1 Brandyn Ibarra Jr. OF

2 Nick McClanahan Sr. P/IF

3 Paul Rod Sr. P/IF/C/OF

4 Matt Gendusa Jr. P/IF

5 Graye Freeman Jr. P/OF/IF

6 Troy Mairs Jr. P/IF

7 Andrew LeFevre Sr. P/IF/C

8 Tyler Shugars Sr. P/IF

10 Blake Murphy Sr. OF

18 Anthony Gendusa Sr. OF

24 Cody Stahl Sr. P/C

25 Gage Parks Jr. IF

Outlook: Returning seven letterwinners and staring at a tough schedule, the Raiders hope to be among the NUIC's best at the end of the season. Cissna says his team will rely on pitching and defense, while trying to achieve balance offensively. The longtime skipper urges that it all begins with a good attitude.

Bureau Valley Storm

Coach: John Matlick (6th year)

2012: 7-25, 3-11 Three Rivers

Postseason: Lost 8-2 to Princeton in 2A Rock Falls Regional quarterfinal


Bryce Hansen Sr. 3B

Andrew Harshman Sr. 2B

Trevin Kennedy Sr. C/P

McKinley Kruger Sr. SS

Logan Marquez Sr. C/OF

Cody Mattingly Sr. 1B

Josh Merry Sr. OF

Josh Renner Sr. OF

Keaton Wagenknecht Sr. OF/P

Frank Monier Jr. IF

Marty McMahon Jr. 1B

Kyle Rokey Jr. P/UTIL

Colby Wittig Jr. OF

Ryan Lootens Jr. OF

Jeremy Allison Jr. IF

Ryan Young Jr. IF

David Dzurisin Jr. OF

Outlook: All nine seniors saw time last season, seven of them in starting roles Matlick calls his pitching staff one of the best he's had during his BV tenure. The defense will also be solid, but the offense is not going to blow many teams over with its power. If the Storm can get runners on, move them over and bring them in, a resurgent season could be in order.

Dixon Dukes

Coach: Sam Gallucci (3rd year)

2012: 5-28, 2-13 NIB-12 West

Postseason: Lost 9-2 to Rochelle in 3A Yorkville Regional quarterfinal


1 Kelson Spinden Sr. 2B

3/14 Nate Grocke Jr. C/P/OF

5 John Thomas Sr. P/CF

8 Dan Pultorak Sr. P/CF

9 Ryan Dixon Jr. SS/P

11 Jake Tavitas Sr. P/2B

14/3 Brandon Jagitsch Jr. RF

15/27 Cal Jarrett So. P/LF/1B

20 Alex Strumm Sr. P/3B/SS

22 Tevin Johnson Sr. C/P/LF

25 Jared Frey Sr. 1B

NA Sonny Baratta Jr. LF

Outlook: The Dukes will rely on their pitching, most notably the hard-throwing Jarrett. Staying healthy will be crucial, considering the 12-man roster. Gallucci expects consistent hitting from all seven of his seniors and plenty of pop from Thomas, Frey and Pultorak. Speed across the outfield will also be a strength. This is all assuming the teachers strike is resolved this season.

Eastland Cougars

Coach: Weston Burkholder (4th year)

2012: 17-18, 8-6 NUIC West

Postseason: Lost 1-0 to Newman in 1A Fulton Regional championship


3 Nick Simpson So. SS

4 Clayton Ruter So. OF

5 Devin Hartman Jr. 2B

8 Matt Keppen Sr. OF/P

9 Josh Virelli Sr. 3B/2B/C

10 Austin Weaver Jr. OF

11 Ramsay Truckenmiller Jr. C

12 Zack Randecker Fr. OF/P

14 Marshall Fink Jr. 1B/P/OF

15 Cayn Boeke Sr. OF/2B

17 Chase Giedd So. 1B/P

22 Ty Hartman Sr. OF/P

24 Jacob Reuscher So. C

51 Austin Young Sr. 3B

Outlook: If there's one team that doesn't mind Mother Nature delaying spring events, it's Eastland, whose boys basketball team was the last one standing in the Sauk Valley after a trip to state. Also, Burkholder's numbers are down a bit. For the second straight season, Eastland will not field a fresh-soph team. Ergo, staying healthy will be crucial, if the Cougars want to ride their team speed and chemistry deep into the postseason.

Erie-Prophetstown Panthers

Coach: Jason Orman (12th year)

2012: 13-21, 9-5 Three Rivers

Postseason: Lost 8-6 to Morrison in 2A West Carroll Regional semifinal


2 John Scanlan Sr. OF/P

3 Koby Kuhnen Jr. OF

4 Brandon McCullough Sr. OF

5 Austin Meadows Jr. SS/P

6 Adam HayesJr.P/OF

8 Seth CadyJr.OF

9 Ethan HowardJr.IF/P

10 Lucas PiercesonSr.OF

11 Carter AmesSr.3B/P

12 Rivor GageSr.OF/2B/P

15 Zach HartSr.CF/P

17 Dalton PattonJr.OF

21 Kyle ColemanJr.3B

22 Kenneth Cole Jr. 1B/P

23 Austin Gerlach Jr. 1B

25 Caleb Scanlan Sr. 3B/P

32 Zach Inskeep Sr. C/OF

35 Owen McConnell Jr. 1B/P

44 Christian Carder Jr. 1B

Outlook: The Panthers have lined up another grueling nonconference slate in order to be well-equipped for their two primary goals: winning the Three Rivers title and playing as deep into the postseason as possible. Orman calls Morrison the TRAC team to beat until someone knocks them off. Three Panther pitchers return with significant varsity experience, but the staff is otherwise lean. Thus, pounding the zone and making batters earn their hits will be crucial.


Coach: Kyle Zick (5th year)

2012: 21-15, 10-4 NUIC East

Postseason: Lost 10-7 to Morrison in 2A West Carroll Regional championship


1 Ethan Groom So. P/OF

2 Jonah Drake Jr. P/SS/2B

3 Calvin Barbee Jr. P/2B/OF

6 Andrew Beasley Jr. P/2B/OF

7 Brett Carlson Sr. C

8 Brayden Wierzycki Jr. P/OF

12 Jacob Poffenberger Jr. OF

14 Robert DeVries So. SS/2B/P

20 Nick Ludwig Sr. P/1B/3B

22 Jordan Ludwig Jr. P/OF

24 Dylan Bushman Jr. P/1B

34 Sam Vincer Sr. OF

42 Travis Cunningham Jr. OF/DH

44 Nathan Schneiderman So. P/1B/OF

50 Colton Meyer Sr. P/3B

52/13 Jacob Cunningham So. P/3B

Outlook: Only Meyer and Ludwig are returning starters, the latter boasting the lowest ERA on the staff the last two seasons. Carlson started about one-third of the games in 2012 and will be joined by a bevy of young, talented players counted on to fill key roles right off the bat. Zick sees lots of upside on his pitching staff, as well as a rare opportunity in having two talented lefties (Buschman/Schniederman).

Fulton Steamers

Coach: Jayme Farrell (1st year)

2012: 10-18, 2-11 Three Rivers

Postseason: Lost 7-2 to Eastland in 1A Fulton Regional semifinal


2 Logan Schaver Sr.

4 Paul Velasco Jr.

5 Weston Jones Sr.

6 Kody Crosthwaite Jr.

8 Seth Sanderson So.

9 Colin Tichler Sr.

11 Austin Manon Sr.

12 Matt Dail Jr.

15 Gunner Decker Sr.

18 Cody Huff Jr.

20 Devin Kuehl Jr.

22 TJ Huizenga Sr.

23 Devon Ballard Fr.

24 Nick Fish Sr.

25 Jace Williams Sr.

26 Ethan Jones Jr.

34 Jack Reed Jr.

Outlook: The first-year skipper Farrell sees his team being in a lot of games, thanks to its defense. The difference in winning those close games will be inexperienced players stepping up with timely hitting. Jones will be starting for the third straight season as a junior. He and Huizenga were second-team all-conference selections in 2012.

Milledgeville Missiles

Coach: Kyle Knutti (3rd year)

2012: 2-22, 1-13 NUIC East

Postseason: Lost 10-0 to Fulton in 1A Fulton Regional quarterfinal


1 Devin Biller Jr. OF

6 Caleb Skoog Jr. C/P

7 Harrison Schmidt Fr. IF/P

8 Blake Kappes So. IF/P

10 Andrew Wiersema Sr. OF

11 Kameron DawTyne Jr. IF/OF/P

12 Jordan Harris So. IF/OF/P

14 Martin Johnson Jr. OF

17 Keagen Murray So. IF/OF

20 Harrison Jakobs So. OF/P

21 Baily Queckboerner So. C/OF

22 Anthony Rizzo Jr. OF

25 Bryce Palmer Jr. IF/OF

30 Garrett KnessSo.C/OF

32 Kody GearyFr.IF

33 Zach HerinJr.IF/P

50 Doug WilliamsSr.IF/P

54 Caleb Molenda So. OF

Outlook: With nine returning letterwinners, the Missiles could markedly improve after Knutti started several underclassmen the past two seasons. He's putting an emphasis on defense and being competitive in every game. With Biller moving from the top of the order to the middle, look for him to post big power numbers after posting a .536 OBP in 95 plate appearances in 2012.

Morrison Mustangs

Coach: Ben Sondgeroth (3rd year)

2012: 25-8, 12-2 Three Rivers

Postseason: Lost 12-0 to Richmond-Burton in 2A Morrison Sectional semifinal


1 Danny Willis Sr. SS

2 Alex Volckmann Sr. 2B

4 Kollin Burn Jr. 2B

5 Triston Houzenga So. OF/P

6 Connor Duncan Sr. OF/P

7 Mason Sitzmore So. IF/OF/P

8 Joey Brackemyer Fr. OF/P

9 Kyle Meurs Sr. OF

10 Brock Deter Sr. 3B/P

11 Nate Pfister Sr. OF

12 Andrew Connelly Sr. C

13 Alex Fischbach Sr. 1B/P

14 Bill Lee Greul Jr. 1B/OF/P

22 Jamie Harden Sr. 3B

Outlook: The Mustangs have a unique corps of senior leadership. Pitching will be a strength; look for Brackemyer, a southpaw, to have an immediate impact. Losing Blake Blean for the season hurts, but there's still plenty of speed to burn in this lineup. Some timely hitting, and the Mustangs could find themselves in the sectional mix again.

Newman Comets

Coach: Tom Wilson (6th year)

2012: 19-12, 10-4 Three Rivers

Postseason: Lost 8-2 to Somonauk in 1A Lena-Winslow Sectional semifinal


1 Quincy Coomes So. P/IF/OF

10 A.J. Sharp Jr. IF

11 Matt Wagenecht So. P/IF/OF

12 Logan Whitman Fr. C/OF

13 Brandon Burke So. P/OF

15 Garrett Stringer Fr. OF

21 Andrew Burke So. P/OF

22 Michael Ely Jr. P/IF/OF

23 Hunter Schultz Fr. OF

24 Max Oswalt Fr. C

25 Sean McCormick Sr. P/IF

26 Trevor Bolin So. P/IF/OF

27 Colin McGinn Sr. IF/OF/P

28 Ben Jarvis Jr. OF

29 Victor Francque Fr. OF

30 Alex Buhler So. P/IF

31 Kyle Moore Sr. C

32 Shayne Allen So. P/C/IF

33 Quinn Harrison So. OF

42 Dillan Heffelfinger So. P/IF

Outlook: Losing outstanding left-hander Ryan Olson to graduation will be tough to overcome, but the Comets return the bulk of their starting lineup. Last year, Newman surprised some with its success after a breakthrough hoops campaign. One year later, the Comets face a similar challenge.

Oregon Hawks

Coach: Adam Albrecht (2nd season)

2012: 13-21, 3-9 Big Northern West

Postseason: Lost 15-0 to Rock Falls in 2A Rock Falls Regional championship


Tyler Blume Jr. C/1B

Adam Bettner Jr. C/IF/P

Ian Holley Sr. CF/2B

Matt Murray Jr. P/1B/OF

Alex Cain Sr. P/SS

Paul Rypkema Jr. OF

Luke Ziegler Jr. 1B

Brandon Hitchcock Sr. OF

Joey Rowe Jr. OF/C/P

Sawyer Reynolds Jr. 3B/P

Mitchell Johnson Sr. OF

Ryan Miller Jr. OF

Colton Janco Sr. OF

Dan Grimm Sr. 1B/P

Outlook: The Hawks are relatively young, and only three of their five seniors are returning letterwinners. But several juniors return with plenty of experience, and Albrecht is eyeing some underclassmen who could get called up. Fundamentals on offense and defense are the premier focus at Oregon camp.

Rock Falls Rockets

Coach: Donnie Chappell (14th year)

2012: 26-13, 9-3 Big Northern West

Postseason: Lost 4-2 to Richmond-Burton in 2A Morrison Sectional championship


Cory McCallister Jr. OF

Austin Donoho Jr. IF/P

Steven Armoska Sr. IF/P

Cayden Erickson So. OF/C

Jacob Mammosser So. C/IF

Clay Velazquez Fr. IF/OF/P

Quinton Matznick Fr. LF/P

Eddie Nelson Sr. OF/P

Trace Hippen Jr. IF/P

Logan White Sr. IF

Dallas Jones Jr. IF

Jace Anderson Sr. IF/P

Dustin Hyucke Jr. OF/P

Jonas Robbins Sr. IF

Outlook: The Rockets lost two big pieces in SVM baseball player of the year Brett Chappell and slugger Mitch Giddings, but return five starters – all of them pitchers. Chappell has a very talented staff, but acknowledges that several starters will need to adjust to the varsity level. The Rockets are a speedy bunch. Look for a breakout season from Donoho after he logged lots of innings as a sophomore.

Sterling Golden Warriors

Coach: Robbie Minor (3rd year)

2012: 9-25, 2-13 NIB-12 West

Postseason: Lost 3-2 to Geneseo in 3A United Township Regional semifinal


1 Tanner Morse Sr. SS/P

2 Zach Rehmert Jr. 1B/C/OF

4 David Gottemoller Sr. C

6 Trevor Delgado Sr. OF/P

7 Eldon Oltmanns Jr. P

8 Logan Rippy Sr. P/3B/OF

9 Alex Knickrehm Sr. P/2B

10 Brandon Dennis So. IF/OF/P

11 Kaleb Francque Sr. 3B/P

12 Brady Siegmund Jr. 3B

13 Frankie Perino Jr. SS/2B

15 Rafa Sosa Jr. OF

20 Bryant Lilly Jr. OF/P

23 Peter Haglund Sr. 1B/C

Outlook: The Golden Warriors' strength lies in their pitching, spearheaded by Rippy and Morse. A daunting schedule includes 20 of 35 games on the road. Depth and experience point toward Sterling being competitive in most games and putting more wins in the left column this season.

West Carroll Thunder

Coach: Bryan Kamper (5th year)

2012: 6-28, 2-12 NUIC West

Postseason: Lost 10-7 to Forreston in 2A West Carroll Regional


2 Shaun Magill Jr. P/SS/2B

3 Nick Hughes Sr. P/OF/IF

4 Chris Lawton Jr. IF/OF

7 Aaron Ritenour So. IF

9 Matt Ritchie Jr. 1B

12 Josh Sullivan Jr. P/C/IF

17 Tyler Westerman Sr. P/C/OF

18 Marshall Benters Jr. P/OF

21 Trevor Jones Jr. P/IF/OF

23 Tom Watson Jr. OF/C/IF

Outlook: It's Year 2 of the Thunder's rebuilding project. While the squad is younger than last year's, it also boasts more experience. The pitching staff is very deep, while hitting and defense are liabilities. Obviously, with 10 players on the varsity roster, staying healthy will be paramount.

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