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Daily Chronicle's Baseball All-Area Team

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

FIRST TEAM

Matt GodinskySycamore senior, pitcher/right field

A two-way player, Godinsky was the Spartans' top pitcher, run producer and solid defensive presence as a right fielder. The Daily Chronicle Player of the Year and Grinnell recruit developed his game with a steadfast work ethic that led to a .367 average, seven home runs and 39 RBIs. As a pitcher, Godinsky was 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 51 innings.

"Matt earned all his baseball accolades," Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. "He was always the first player to show up and the last to leave practices and games."

John HopkinsKaneland, junior, pitcher

When Drew Peters went down with an injury, Hopkins slid right in and became the ace of the Knights' pitching staff. A model of efficiency on the mound, Hopkins helped lead Kaneland to its first outright Northern Illinois Big 12 title. 

"When Drew got hurt we lost the winning pitcher from the Class 3A 2011 title game," Kaneland coach Brian Aversa said. "John was awesome all year for us. He kept his pitch count down, which saved the bullpen because he could be counted on for a complete game."

Mitchell JordanSycamore, junior, third base

Every tool to be an outstanding player is at Jordan's disposal. The Sycamore junior, already a power-hitting athlete who has great instincts on the bases and is a slick-fielding third baseman, still has room to grow for his senior campaign after hitting .361 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs this year. 

"All the talent is there for Mitchell on offense and defense," Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. "He can still get better if he works this summer to lose the upper cut in his swing. He'll sacrifice a few home runs but will hit 100 points higher and be an even more dangerous player."  

Brian SislerDeKalb, senior, second base

For four years Sisler has been a rock in the Barbs' lineup. The Northern Illinois recruit led the Barbs to a semifinal upset of Class 3A regional host and defending state champion Kaneland. Sisler hit .342, had 23 RBIs and led the Barbs with 32 runs.

"Brian is always in a play and forcing the action," DeKalb coach Jake Howells said. "He's always on base and making things happen. He's provided middle of the order consistency."

Trenton SopkoDeKalb, senior, catcher

Catching every game couldn't slow down the University of DuBuque recruit. Sopko led the Barbs with a .376 average, had 32 RBIs and was 9 for 9 in stolen bases.

"As a catcher Trenton is involved in every play," Howells said. "His experience always showed up and he always played with high energy."

Mitch RuhHinckley-Big Rock, junior, catcher

A two time unanimous All-Little Ten Conference selection, Ruh hit a robust .526 with 31 runs and 34 RBIs. 

SECOND TEAM

Cory Bradburn, Hinckley-Big Rock, senior, pitcher/outfieldWill Corn, Hiawatha, freshman, first baseTom Fox, Kaneland, senior, third baseNathan Haacker, Sycamore, sophomore, first baseJeremy Karasewski, DeKalb, senior, pitcher/outfieldJake Razo, Kaneland, senior, right field

HONORABLE MENTION

Ray Barry, Kaneland, senior, outfieldTyler Heinle, Kaneland, senior, catcherDillon Martenson, Indian Creek, junior, pitcherDanny Petras, DeKalb, junior, center fieldDavey Scholz, Sycamore, junior, left fieldTrevor Storck, Kaneland, senior, pitcher

– James Nokes, sports@daily-chronicle.com

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