Capital Region High School Sports Awards
The State Journal-Register’s Capital Region High School Sports Awards show aired online via YouTube on June 30.
The broadcast event recognized the region’s top student-athletes and can be viewed on the Capital Region High School Sports Awards website.
The SJ-R will publish a special section on Sunday August 1 to showcase the best athletes. Each sport, with the exception of tennis, swimming and diving, will have a winner of the Grande école and Petite école awards in the special section.
An overall winner was selected on the show so that it could be considered for the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards national show, which aired on Thursday, July 15.
Here are this year’s 24 winners for baseball, with 12 designated spots for large schools and small schools.
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GRANDE SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM
SAM ANTONACCI, Sacré-Cœur-Griffon, senior, shortstop
A class 2A selection from the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association, won the Central State Eight Conference batting title with an average of .538 (50 for 93), had 35 runs and scored. marked 52 itself. He finished with eight doubles, six triples, four homers and was 1-2 with eight saves – on eight occasions – with a 0.94 ERA in 22 1/3 innings and 32 strikeouts. against six walks.
NIC CROWE, Sacred Heart-Griffin, senior, third baseman / pitcher
Finished with an average of .402 (43 of 107) and had the 39 best RBI in CS8, 32 runs scored, six doubles, four triples and one homerun. He also gave the Cyclones 14 innings on the mound and went 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
RYNE CRUM, Springfield High, sophomore, first baseman
Led the Senators State Class 3A champions with six homers and 33 RBIs and finished with an average of 0.378 (31 of 82) and 29 runs scored in 31 games.
MITCH DYE, Sacred Heart-Griffin, junior, pitcher
Led the Cyclones with 43 innings pitched and finished 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA. He struck out 45 and walked 18. In a limited time at bat, he managed to hit .348 (16 for 46) with 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
DREW EZARD, Jacksonville, senior, catcher / pitcher / first baseman
Led the Crimsons on average (0.479, 34 for 71), doubles (12), home runs (three) and tied for the team lead in triples with five. He also had a 2.80 ERA and struck out 20 catches in 15 innings. His average was the third best in the CS8.
LUKE FLESNER, Springfield High, senior, outfielder / pitcher / shortstop
An all-state class 3A selection from the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association led the Senators state champions with an average of 0.460 (40 for 87) with 18 RBIs and 40 RBIs. . Was also Coach Jim Steinwart’s favorite pitcher to get out of traffic jams and was 2-2 with a 1.31 ERA in 21 1/3 innings pitched and struck out 21 on catches and two goals on balls. His 24 stolen bases led the league.
BEN HARTL, Springfield High, senior, shortstop / catcher / pitcher
Hit 0.368 (28 of 76) with 25 RBIs, 28 RBIs, a team-high with 13 doubles, three triples and three homers. As a reliever, he had a 1.15 ERA, a 2-0 record with two saves and a 27-to-10 walkout in 18 1/3 innings pitched.
BRANNAN KRAFT, Sacré-Cœur-Griffon, senior, pitcher
Was 7-0 in nine starts and had a 2.37 ERA in 38 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 37 batters and allowed just 16 walks.
NOLAN MCMASTERS, Chatham Glenwood, junior, shortstop
Finished the season 0.394 (26 of 66) averaging 23 RBIs, 28 RBIs and four home runs. He also stole six bases.
SETH PARKINSON, Rochester, junior, shortstop
Hit .381 (24 for 63), struck out just nine times and finished with 14 RBIs, 16 runs, eight doubles and two homers.
ADAM PASSMORE, Springfield High, senior, third baseman / shortstop / pitcher
Was second on the team on average (0.422, 38 for 90), runs batted (29) and runs scored (31) and led the Senators with four triples. He was also 5-0 with a 1.97 ERA. In 32 innings, he struck out 35 and walked 10.
WILL PLATTNER, Chatham Glenwood, junior, wide receiver
He was second in the Central State Eight with an average of 0.500 (32 for 64) and added 28 RBIs and 20 RBIs.
LITTLE SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM
WANDEL CAMPANA, Havana, junior, shortstop
Campana reached .500 with 11 RBIs and 20 RBIs for the Ducks while only striking out three goals with 23 stolen goals.
CONNOR CARTER, Williamsville, senior, pitcher / infielder
Unanimously, the first Sangamo Conference team and Sangamo player of the year, Carter struck out 67 batters in 44 2/3 innings and had a 1.09 ERA and an overall record of 5 -2. The entry from St. Charles Community College also produced a .310 batting average with a home run and 13 RBIs.
WILLIAM DAVIDSMEIER, Beardstown, junior, pitcher
Davidsmeier posted a .500 batting average with 30 hits and totaled 22 RBIs and 13 runs, with four doubles. He also went 3-2 over the mound with 22 hits and nine earned runs allowed. He finished with 50K and a 1.97 ERA.
LANE FUNNEMAN, Pana, senior, pitcher
All-South Central Conference first team and Illinois High School Baseball Coaching Association’s Class 2A, Funneman led the Panthers to their first South Central Conference title in U.S. history. school. He finished 7-0 on the mound and totaled 115 strikeouts in 52 innings. He allowed four earned runs and finished with a 0.69 ERA. He will play at Southwestern Illinois College.
COLE HATALLA, North Mac, junior, pitcher
A first-team All-Sangamo Conference, Hatalla had a .455 batting average and was 4-0 on rubber.
MATTHEW HENDRICKS, North Mac, senior, pitcher
The unanimous first team in the All-Sangamo, Hendricks posted a 0.434 batting average and was 8-1 on the mound.
CONNOR HENNEMANN, Pawnee, senior, shortstop / pitcher
All-MSM Conference First Team and MSM Player of the Year, Hennemann led PHS to a share of the conference title. He was batting 0.458 with 10 RBIs and 14 runs, including one homerun. He also pitched 28 innings with a 3-0 record and a 1.25 ERA, with 39 Ks and five earned runs allowed.
KANNON KIRK, North Mac, senior, pitcher / infielder
First-team All-Sangamo Conference, Kirk tied with Hendricks with a 0.434 batting average and finished 7-0 on the mound.
BO LARGENT, Buffalo Tri-City / Sangamon Valley, senior, pitcher / infielder
All-MSM Conference First Team, Largent averaged .379 with 16 RBIs while poking 48 batters over the mound in 26 1/3 innings. He will play at Quincy University.
DREW MARTIN, Mount Pulaski, senior pitcher / infielder
The Unanimous All-Tomahawk Conference First Team, Tomahawk Player of the Year and Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 1A, Martin led the Hilltoppers to their first appearance in the school history. He went undefeated at 7-0 on the mound, totaling 70 strikeouts and just four earned runs in 37 innings. He also had a batting average of 0.500, 28 RBIs and 28 runs, including five homers. He will play at Heartland Community College.
CORY RONAN, Jacksonville Routt, senior, pitcher / outfielder
All-Western Illinois Valley Conference First Team, Ronan allowed just two earned runs and finished with a 0.57 ERA and 56 Ks in seven appearances. He also had a batting average of 0.419 and will play at the University of Hawaii.
BRANSON SHAW, Havana, senior, pitcher / infielder
Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 1A All-State, Shaw hit 0.489 with 20 RBIs and 16 RBIs. He also struck out 64 batters in 42.2 innings with just 12 earned runs and 16 walks to end the season with a 1.96 ERA and a 5-2 score.