Here are 5 breakout high school baseball players from the Peoria area

Wes Huett
Journal Star

The regular season is done for the Peoria area's Class 3A and 4A high school baseball teams, and the postseason began this week.

Here are some players from Peoria and Mid-Illini Conference schools who have outpaced expectations to help propel their teams to the IHSA postseason. None of the players listed below appeared on our preseason list of top baseball players. Stats are as of last week, and the players are listed in alphabetical order.

Here are five breakout baseball players in the Peoria area for 2022:

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Tyler Bishop, Washington

The senior two-way player is committed to Illinois Central College. He is batting .361 with a .451 on-base percentage, 35 hits, eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 41 RBIs. He is 4-0 with a save as the No. 3 arm behind Bradley recruits Easton Harris and Gus Lucas. Washington (28-5, 14-0), which finished fourth statewide last season, capped the first unbeaten Mid-Illini Conference season. It opens the postseason Wednesday as the top seed in the sectional complex, facing off against No. 8 Notre Dame at Metamora.

Caleb Diver, Dunlap

The junior right-handed pitcher and designated hitter recovered from an injury last season to become a pitching contributor and the Eagles' most consistent offensive threat. Diver batted .386 with five doubles, 13 RBIs and a .493 on-base percentage. Diver was 2-3 on the mound, with a 2.26 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 43 innings — teaming with another surprise pitching contributor in freshman Jaxson Tresenriter. The freshman was 3-3 with a save, with 46 strikeouts in 30.1 innings and a 2.32 ERA, showing flashes with strong showings like a shutout against Pekin and six innings vs. Metamora. The No 9-seeded Eagles (10-17) ended their season Monday with a 7-3 loss to the hosts at the Galesburg Regional.

Nick Hainline, Richwoods

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound lefty pitcher is 4-1 with an ERA of 1.72 and 66 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. The Triton College commit is allowing batters just a .167 average this season. Richwoods (14-13) is seeded No. 6 in the sectional complex and opens the postseason Wednesday at the Metamora Regional against the No. 3-seeded hosts.

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Ashton Horchem, Limestone

The senior shortstop and outfielder is batting .370 with 23 walks and 22 stolen bases in all games. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Frontier Community College commit is a lefty hitter with an "aggressive swing, natural lift ... pull-side approach and line-drive contact," according to Prep Baseball Report. Another breakout Rocket is righty pitcher Cole Thomas. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has a 1.96 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24.2 innings in Mid-Illini play. Limestone (5-17) is seeded No. 7 in the sectional complex and opened postseason play Monday with a 16-1 win over No. 9 Peoria High. The Rockets now face No. 2 Morton on Wednesday.

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Tate Roley, Morton

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior is committed to Bradley. The left-hander entered last week 7-2 this season with a 1.03 ERA for the Potters (26-7). Another notable member of the pitching staff is 6-4, 195-pound sophomore Tanner Spangler, who is 4-2 with 82 strikeouts and 22 walks. Morton, which finished second in the Mid-Illini at 10-4, is the No. 2 seed in its sectional complex and hosts its own regional, opening with a semifinal game Wednesday against No. 7 Limestone.

Wes Huett is Journal Star sports editor. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @WesHuett.