2014 Daily Chronicle All-Area Baseball Team

FIRST TEAM

Will Corn
Hiawatha, Jr., catcher

Added patience allowed Corn to post his most impressive season. Opponents know the Southern Illinois recruit's hitting prowess and try to avoid his prodigious power. Yet, he stayed selective until he found a pitch he could drive. The Hawks' No. 3 hitter had a .579 batting average, five home runs and 43 RBIs. 

"Will matured a lot as a hitter," Hiawatha coach Sean Donnelly said. "He didn't try to do what the other team wanted him to do."

Nathan Haacker
Sycamore, Sr., catcher

The 2014 Daily Chronicle Baseball Player of the Year  was first-team All-Northern Illinois Big 12 East and the Sycamore Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He managed the Spartans' deep pitching staff, shut down the opponent's running game and tied the school record with 10 home runs. The Bradley recruit relishes a challenge and could post better stats as a Division I player.

"Nathan has proven over and over that he hits hard-throwing pitchers well," Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. "He has to potential to be even better next year."

Anthony Holubecki
Kaneland, So., pitcher

With an explosive fastball, Holubecki had 72 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched. He allowed only 21 hits and was 5-3 with one save and a 1.27 ERA. The Notre Dame commit still has two more seasons to develop his secondary pitches. 

Cooper Vinz
Sycamore, Sr., first baseman

Opposing defenses had to make a play to get Vinz out. The Sycamore senior had only five strikeouts in 120 at-bats. He had a .420 batting average, six home runs, 14 doubles, two triples and 45 RBIs. His RBI total was one short of the Spartans' record. 

"For a period of time this season I thought Cooper was the best hitter I'd ever coached," said Cavanaugh, who has been the Spartans' coach for 17 seasons. "He hit good pitches. bad pitches. Even when he made an out, it was a loud out the defense had to earn."

Colan Treml
Sycamore, Jr., pitcher

For 20 postseason innings, opposing hitters couldn't solve Treml. The rubber-armed starter became the Sycamore ace as the season wore on and threw a no-hitter against Kaneland in the Class 3A Rochelle Sectional title game.

"Next year Colan might have an expanded role," Cavanaugh said. "He could double as a shortstop and pitcher. He's going to be on our front line and will be counted on to be a leader."

SECOND TEAM

Nick Doolittle
Hiawatha, Jr., shortstop

Trevor Guerra,
Indian Creek, Fr., P/IF

Brady Huffman
Genoa-Kingston, So., pitcher

Cole Nelson
Sycamore, Sr., pitcher

Mark Skelley
Sycamore, Sr., third baseman

THIRD TEAM

Patrick Aves
DeKalb, Sr., catcher

Austin Hop
DeKalb, Jr., pitcher

Joe Laudont
Kaneland, So., catcher

Chris Pickwell
Indian Creek, Sr., P/1B

Nick Stahl
Kaneland, Jr., pitcher

HONORABLE MENTION

Taylor Edwards
Hiawatha, Sr., pitcher

Mike Mercado
Hiawatha, Sr., P/1B

Jake Ryan
Hinckley-Big Rock, Sr., C/P

Dutch Schneeman
Hinckley-Big Rock, Jr., SS

Michael Swanberg
Sycamore, Sr., SS