Capital Region High School Sports Awards: 24 honorees for baseball
The State Journal-Register's Capital Region High School Sports Awards show streamed online via YouTube on June 30.
The broadcast event recognized the area's best student-athletes and may be found on the Capital Region High School Sports Awards website.
The SJ-R will publish a special section on Sunday, Aug. 1 to highlight the best athletes. Each sport, except tennis and swimming and diving, will have a Large School and Small School award winner in the special section.
An overall winner was selected in the broadcast so they may be considered for the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards statewide show, which aired on Thursday, July 15.
Here are this year's 24 honorees for baseball, with 12 spots designated for both Large School and Small School.
LARGE SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM
SAM ANTONACCI, Sacred Heart-Griffin, senior, shortstop
An Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A All-State selection, won the Central State Eight Conference’s batting title with a .538 average (50-for-93), drove in 35 runs and scored 52 himself. He finished with eight doubles, six triples, four home runs and was 1-2 with eight saves — in eight chances — with a 0.94 ERA in 22 1/3 innings and had 32 strikeouts against six walks.
NIC CROWE, Sacred Heart-Griffin, senior, third baseman/pitcher
Finished with a .402 average (43 of 107) and totaled a CS8-best 39 RBIs, 32 runs scored, six doubles, four triples and one homer. He also gave the Cyclones 14 innings on the mound and was 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
RYNE CRUM, Springfield High, sophomore, first baseman
Led the Class 3A state champion Senators with six home runs and 33 RBIs and finished with a .378 average (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 limited time batting, 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 in average (.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 in 15 innings. His average was third-best in the CS8.
LUKE FLESNER, Springfield High, senior, outfielder/pitcher/shortstop
An Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State selection, led the state champion Senators with a .460 average (40-for-87) with 18 RBIs and 40 runs scored. Was also coach Jim Steinwart’s go-to pitcher to get out of jams and was 2-2 with a 1.31 ERA in 21 1/3 innings pitched and struck out 21 and walked two. His 24 stolen bases led the league.
BEN HARTL, Springfield High, senior, shortstop/catcher/pitcher
Batted .368 (28 of 76) with 25 RBIs, 28 runs scored, a team-high 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs. As a reliever, he carried a 1.15 ERA, was 2-0 with two saves and struck out 27 against 10 walks in 18 1/3 innings pitched.
BRANNAN KRAFT, Sacred Heart-Griffin, senior, pitcher
Was 7-0 in nine starts and carried a 2.37 ERA in 38 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 37 batters and issued just 16 walks.
NOLAN MCMASTERS, Chatham Glenwood, junior, shortstop
Finished the season with a .394 average (26 of 66) and totaled 23 RBIs, 28 runs scored and smacked four home runs. He also stole six bases.
SETH PARKINSON, Rochester, junior, shortstop
Batted .381 (24-for-63), struck out just nine times and finished with 14 RBIs, 16 runs, eight doubles and two home runs.
ADAM PASSMORE, Springfield High, senior, third baseman/shortstop/pitcher
Was second on the team in average (.422, 38-for-90), RBIs (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, catcher
He was second in the Central State Eight with a .500 average (32-for-64) and added 28 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
SMALL SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM
WANDEL CAMPANA, Havana, junior, shortstop
Campana hit .500 with 11 RBIs and 20 runs for the Ducks while only striking out three times all year with 23 stolen bases.
CONNOR CARTER, Williamsville, senior, pitcher/infielder
Unanimous All-Sangamo Conference First Team and Sangamo’s player of the year, Carter struck out 67 in 44 2/3 innings and mustered a 1.09 ERA and 5-2 overall record. The St. Charles Community College commit also produced a .310 batting average with one 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 on the mound with 22 hits and nine earned runs allowed. He finished with 50 Ks and a 1.97 ERA.
LANE FUNNEMAN, Pana, senior, pitcher
All-South Central Conference First Team and Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A All-State, Funneman led the Panthers to their first South Central Conference title in school history. He finished 7-0 on the mound and totaled 115 strikeouts in 52 innings. He gave up four earned runs and ended with a 0.69 ERA. He will play at Southwestern Illinois College.
COLE HATALLA, North Mac, junior, pitcher
All-Sangamo Conference First Team, Hatalla had a .455 batting average and finished 4-0 on the rubber.
MATTHEW HENDRICKS, North Mac, senior, pitcher
Unanimous All-Sangamo Conference First Team, Hendricks posted a .434 batting average and went 8-1 on the mound.
CONNOR HENNEMANN, Pawnee, senior, shortstop/pitcher
All-MSM Conference First Team and MSM’s player of the year, Hennemann led PHS to a share of the conference title. He boasted a .458 batting average with 10 RBIs and 14 runs, including a home run. He also threw 28 innings with a 3-0 mark and 1.25 ERA, with 39 Ks and five earned runs allowed.
KANNON KIRK, North Mac, senior, pitcher/infielder
All-Sangamo Conference First Team, Kirk tied with Hendricks with a .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 posted a .379 average with 16 RBIs while also fanning 48 batters on the mound in 26 1/3 innings. He will play at Quincy University.
DREW MARTIN, Mount Pulaski, senior pitcher/infielder
Unanimous All-Tomahawk Conference First Team, Tomahawk’s player of the year and Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 1A All-State, Martin led the Hilltoppers to their first state appearance in 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 .500 batting average, 28 RBIs and 28 runs, including five home runs. 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 .419 batting average and will play at University of Hawaii.
BRANSON SHAW, Havana, senior, pitcher/infielder
Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 1A All-State, Shaw batted .489 with 20 RBIs and 16 runs. He also struck out 64 on the rubber in 42.2 innings with just 12 earned runs allowed and 16 walks to end the season with a 1.96 ERA and 5-2 mark.