Scott Nelson, Sycamore, senior, pitcher
A Judson University basketball recruit who doubled as the Daily Chronicle Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Nelson worked quick, threw strikes and kept his defense mentally in the game.
“When you throw a lot of pitches in the strike zone hitters want to swing,” Nelson said. “I knew that, took advantage of it and mixed up my location and off-speed pitches.”
Cole Nelson, Sycamore, junior, pitcher
An early 2014 candidate for Player of the Year, Cole Nelson was 7-1 with a save. He had a 1.70 ERA, struck out 56 batters in 66 innings and had only 14 walks. If he commits to fitness like Scott Nelson did last offseason, Sycamore could make another run at a sectional title.
“Any velocity Cole can add in the offseason is going to help,” Spartans coach Jason Cavanaugh said. “He really knows how to pitch. He throws a breaking ball for a strike whenever he wants.”
Mitch Ruh, Hinckley-Big Rock, senior, catcher
A four-year Royals starter and Augustana recruit, Ruh was unanimous First Team All-Little Ten Conference for the third consecutive year and earned back-to-back Daily Chronicle First-Team honors after leading H-BR to a Little Ten title.
Will Corn, Hiawatha, sophomore, catcher/pitcher
Corn Hiawatha with a .508 batting average, 30 hits, 10 doubles and two home runs. He was second on the team with 23 runs and 22 RBIs, impressive stats considering opposing teams had a scouting report in his second season and pitched around him. A unanimous First-Team All-Little Ten selection for the second year.
“Will did a great job of taking what was given to him,” Hiawatha coach Sean Donnelly said. “He was our No. 3 hitter all year and didn’t swing at bad pitches, yet posted great numbers.”
Nathan Haacker, Sycamore, junior, catcher
The best defensive catcher in the area managed an outstanding pitching staff and put up solid numbers. Haacker led the Spartans with a .352 batting average and had a home run and 20 RBIs.
Matt Limbrunner, Kaneland, senior, pitcher/first base
John Hopkins, Kaneland, senior, pitcher/third base
Mike Mercado, Hiawatha, junior, pitcher/first base
Tyler Burger, Hiawatha, senior, pitcher/catcher
Danny Petras, DeKalb, senior, center field
Davey Scholz, Sycamore, senior, left field
Dillon Martenson, Indian Creek, senior, pitcher/outfield
Bobby Treadwell, Genoa-Kingston, senior, pitcher
David Boehne, Indian Creek, junior, pitcher/shortstop
Corey Nelson, DeKalb, senior, pitcher
Jared Johnson, DeKalb, junior, shortstop