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Aurora-Elgin area baseball preview for 2024 season

St. Charles North continues its ascent from junior varsity to rising prospect, followed by Yorkville, Burlington Central and Bartlett.

Top 10 Teams

1st St. Charles North (25-9-1)

Even though the North Stars are young, they reached the 20-win goal again last season. Parker Reinke And keatonHis sophomore brother will be a key cog this spring. Josh Caccia in front of the shooting team Colin Ryder And Jackson Spring Provide experience at the plate.

2.Yorkville (15-18)

Foxes loaded with star power with four-year varsity pitcher Simon Skroch (in Minnesota) leading and prominent Nate Harris (Kentucky) moves to the outfield and increases the pitching load. Kam Yearsley He’s also coming off a monster season at the plate.

3. Burlington Central (20-17)

Rockets may be the most experienced team in the region after four years of varsity players BradyGilroy, A.J. Payton And Michael Person. Basketball star and standout catcher as the pitching staff returns all but 10 homers from last season jake johnson also behind the plate.

4. Bartlett (20-16)

The young but experienced Hawks are preparing for their breakout season. Josh Colaizzi And Brandon PelzTwo of the best sophomores in Illinois will make significant contributions. Brendan Campbell (Minnesota-Duluth), Ryan Renella (Concordia Chicago), Robby Stankus (Loras) and Colin Swaley (Elgin) they all decided to go to college.

5. Hampshire (19-17)

left handed people Anthony Karbowski (Lousiville) and Jack Schane Return to the lead shooting team. The hard-throwing young Karbowski and the crafty Schane give the teams a different look. Dominic Borecky (Winona State) leads the offense on a team of six three-year varsity players.

6th St. Charles East (27-5)

Saints lose a lot of firepower from team that advanced to regional finals, including New York Mets draft pick Jake Girl. Youth Joey Arend But (Xavier) keeps the pitching staff and plays the outfield. New coach Derek Sutor was appointed to replace retired coach Derek Sutor Just Asquini.

7. Oswego East (24-12)

It was a historic season for the Wolves, who were one win away from reaching state after winning the sectional title against rival Oswego. Much of that firepower is gone, but many future college players return, including first baseman/pitcher Jackson Petsche.

8.Oswego (26-12)

Except for the senior first baseman. Ben HernandezThe Panthers are young at the position. senior shot Noah Mottet And Nick Tickling They will still be helpful as Southwest Prairie tries to repeat as West champions.

9. Batavia (19-17)

Ace jack watson I graduated but Nate Nazos The anchor returns to the shooting team. star point guard Ryan Boe while providing power in the first stage Jacob Aseltine And Ryne Forest He also returns offensively. three sports star Charlie Whelpley Returning to baseball after a hiatus.

10. Geneva (14-20)

Vikings have one of the best midfields in the region with a star playmaker Nate Stempowski at defender and Sam Seikora in the second stage. Bryce Breon And Seth KisnerLast season’s top pitching duo returns to lead the roster.

Joey Arend

H. Rick Bamman / Beacon News

St. Charles East’s Joey Arend (4) throws a shot against York during the Class 4A South Elgin Regional semifinals on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Judson’s Hoffer Field in Elgin. (H. Rick Bamman / The Beacon-News)

25 Players to Watch

  • Joey Arend, St. Charles East, junior, pitcher/outfielder.
  • Carson BantzWest Aurora, senior, third baseman/pitcher.
  • Daniel BastidasMetea Valley, senior, infielder.
  • Josh Caccia, St. Charles North, senior, pitcher.
  • Josh Colaizzi, Bartlett, sophomore, outfielder/pitcher.
  • Jack CozziSt. Edward, senior, outfielder.
  • Gavin DuranHarvest Christian, senior, shortstop.
  • Brady Gilroy, Burlington Central, senior, shortstop/outfielder.
  • Nate Harris, Yorkville, senior, outfielder/pitcher.
  • Nolan HooperYorkville Christian, junior, pitcher/infielder.
  • Anthony Karbowski, Hampshire, junior, pitcher.
  • Martin LedbetterHinckley-Big Rock, junior, pitcher/catcher/first baseman.
  • Nate Nazos, Batavia, senior, pitcher.
  • Keenan OldaniSouth Elgin, senior, third baseman.
  • AJ Payton, Burlington Central, senior, first baseman/pitcher.
  • Brandon Pelz, Bartlett, sophomore, pitcher/shortstop.
  • Michael Person, Burlington Central, senior, pitcher/shortstop.
  • Jackson Petsche, Oswego East, senior, first baseman/pitcher.
  • Keaton Reinke, St. Charles North, sophomore, outfielder/pitcher.
  • Parker Reinke, St. Charles North, senior, outfielder.
  • Simon Skroch, Yorkville, senior, pitcher.
  • Jackson Spring, St. Charles North, senior, shortstop.
  • Nate Stempowski, Geneva, senior, shortstop.
  • Parker VioletKaneland, senior, infielder/outfielder.
  • Kam Yearsley, Yorkville, senior, outfielder/pitcher.

Paul Johnson is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.

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