2014 Daily Chronicle All-Area Baseball Team
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
Hiawatha, Jr., shortstop
Indian Creek, Fr., P/IF
Genoa-Kingston, So., pitcher
Sycamore, Sr., pitcher
Sycamore, Sr., third baseman
DeKalb, Sr., catcher
DeKalb, Jr., pitcher
Kaneland, So., catcher
Indian Creek, Sr., P/1B
Kaneland, Jr., pitcher
Hiawatha, Sr., pitcher
Hiawatha, Sr., P/1B
Hinckley-Big Rock, Sr., C/P
Hinckley-Big Rock, Jr., SS
Sycamore, Sr., SS