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SVM previews 2014 Baseaball regionals

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:24 a.m. CDT

2A Bureau Valley

When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Where: Bureau Valley H.S., Manlius

Teams: No. 1 Hall (19-4), No. 2 Princeton (12-12), No. 3 Erie-Prophetstown (11-12), No. 4 St. Bede (7-12), No. 5 Bureau Valley (2-13), No. 6 Riverdale (1-11)

Players to watch: Skye Behrends, Princeton so. 1B; Ethan Duttlinger, St. Bede sr. 1B; A.J. Gaeta, Hall jr. P; Ethan Howard, Erie-Prophetstown sr. P/IF; Nolan Milroy, Riverdale jr. SS; Ryan Young, Bureau Valley sr. IF/P

Outlook: The Erie-Prophetstown Panthers are no strangers to making surprise runs in the postseason. While Hall is the favorite, longtime E-P coach Jason Orman always seems to push the right buttons at the regional.

Favorite: Hall

Darkhorse: Erie-Prophetstown

SVM prediction: Erie-Prophetstown

Advancement: Winner to Morrison Sectional vs. Stillman Valley Regional winner, 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28

2A Stillman Valley

When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Where: Stillman Valley High School

Teams: No. 1 Byron (24-4), No. 2 Newman (14-9), No. 3 Stillman Valley, No. 4 Morrison (16-5), No. 5 Oregon (7-17)

Players to watch: Frank Bailey, Stillman Valley sr. OF/P; Trevor Bolin, Newman jr. P/1B; Joey Brackemyer, Morrison P/OF: Jack Fleeger, Byron sr. C; Matt Murray, Oregon sr. P/OF

Outlook: The Tigers are loaded with senior talent and good pitching. While they are the favorites heading into the regional, there is not a weak team here. Oregon, the No. 5 seed, has key parts left from a supersectional run a year ago. Morrison also is one of the top teams coming out of Three Rivers North.

Favorite: Byron

Darkhorse: Morrison

SVM prediction: Byron

Advancement: Winner to Morrison Sectional vs. Bureau Valley Regional Winner, 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28

2A Warren

When: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Where: Warren High School

Teams: No. 1 Warren-Stockton (22-1), No. 2 Forreston-Polo (15-11), No. 3 Winnebago, No. 4 West Carroll, No. 5 Pecatonica-Durand (11-10)

Players to watch: Andrew Beasley, Forreston-Polo sr. 3B/2B/P; Colton Broshous, Warren-Stockton sr. P/IF; Josh Finley, Winnebago sr. OF/P; Shaun Magill, West Carroll sr. SS/2B/P; Hunter Wenstrom, Pecatonica sr. C

Outlook: Warren-Stockton is loaded and coming off an NUIC West championship. The Forreston-Polo Cardinals are young and capable of making some noise. Otherwise, look out for Winnebago, which has had to rumble with some tough Big Northern West teams this season.

Favorite: Warren-Stockton

Darkhorse: Winnebago

SVM prediction: Warren-Stockton

Advancement: Winner advances to Morrison Sectional vs. Westminster Christian Regional winner, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 28

1A Fulton

When: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Where: Fulton High School

Teams: No. 1 Fulton (11-14), No. 2 Eastland, No. 3 Indian Creek (13-3), No. 4 AFC (5-15), No. 5 Milledgeville (8-10)

Players to watch: David Boehne, Indian Creek jr. P; Kameron DawTyne, Milledgeville sr. OF/P; Chase Giedd, Eastland jr. P/1B; Bret Gittleson, AFC jr. IF/OF/P; Ethan Jones, Fulton sr. SS/P;

Outlook: This could be a slugfest between the top three seeds at this regional, and Milledgeville at No. 5 could be a sleeper. The Steamers have a good 1-2 pitching punch in Jones and Devon Ballard. Eastland is a team that has a couple trophies in the case to prove that they know how to win. Indian Creek is a wild card that has been playing really well this season.

Favorite: Indian Creek

Darkhorse: Eastland

SVM prediction: Eastland

Advancement: Winner advances to Lena-Winslow Sectional vs. Galena Regional winner, 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 28

1A Putnam County

When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Where: Putnam County H.S., Granville

Teams: No. 1 Putnam County (18-10), No. 2 Amboy (6-19), No. 3 Paw Paw, No. 4 LaMoille-Ohio (2-12), No. 5 Earlville

Players to watch: Tim Clark, Amboy jr. SS/P/C; Harold Fay, Putnam County sr. P; Jake Lucas, LaMoille-Ohio jr. P; Nick Siemers, Paw Paw sr. SS/P; Hunter Stiles, Earlville so. P

Outlook: Amboy should compete for the crown at this regional, with Putnam County being the biggest obstacle. If the Clippers want to advance to the sectional – also hosted by Putnam County – they'll need good pitching and play more consistently on defense.

Favorite: Putnam County

Darkhorse: Amboy

SVM prediction: Putnam County

Advancement: Winner advances to Putnam County Sectional vs. Grant Park Regional winner, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday May 28

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