Baseball: Local players head to Stevenson this weekend
Lyons Township starting pitcher Keith Lehmann will be one of the players representing the Lions at 15th annual Stevenson Showcase. | Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media
P Louis Alcaraz, York
C Brandon Aguirre, Leyden
OF Dom Battaglia, Willowbrook
P Henry Cappel, OPRF
P Dave Cericola, Willowbrook
IF Muta Crusoe, Proviso West
OF D.J. Deolitsis, Hinsdale South
P Adam Dressler, Hinsdale Central
P Brian Glowicki, Downers South
IF Connor Kopach, Downers North
1B Nick Kowalczk, OPRF
P Keith Lehmann, Lyons
OF Mike Lorenz, Lyons
P Mike Marrera, Hinsdale South
OF Cal Moltzan, Willowbrook
P Ivan Nevarez, Leyden
OF Josh Paparone, York
IF River Pitlock, York
1B Tom Prescott, Lyons
IF Kevin Raher, Downers South
OF Matt Reschke, Hinsdale South
C Nick Rybarczyk, Addison Trail
P Bobby Skogsbergh, Hinsdale C.
1B Troy Southard, Downers North
IF Jerry Stoltz, Hinsdale South
C Tyler Ward, Hinsdale Central
Updated: July 15, 2012 2:24PM
Matt Reschke’s very busy summer began Sunday.
The Hinsdale South future senior had just about two days off since final exams ended June 7. This summer, he’ll keep pretty busy as a three-sport athlete about to enter the final year of his athletic career this fall in golf, basketball and baseball.
After playing the outfield for Hinsdale South’s West Suburban Gold champions, Reschke will compete in the first major showcase for college prospects of the summer when he appears Tuesday in the Open Identification Prospect Showcase at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.
The showcase is open to players only from the Class of 2013 and 2014 and is run by Prep Baseball Report, a magazine and website that boasts over 200 subscribers from college programs looking for future talent. On Sunday, Reschke participated in another showcase through the U.S. Baseball Association at Robert Morris College.
On Friday and Saturday, Reschke will join nearly two dozen other players from the West Suburban Conference at the 15th annual Stevenson Showcase. That event features nine-inning games between players representing teams from eight major conferences across the Chicago area.
Five players that belonged to the two West Suburban teams in the Class 4A state final Saturday will play in the Stevenson Showcase. New state champions Henry Cappel and Nick Kowalczuk from Oak Park-River Forest will represent the West Suburban with Keith Lehmann, Mike Lorenz and Tom Prescott from state runner-up Lyons Township.
Reschke will have three Hinsdale South teammates on the squad with pitcher Mike Marrera, outfielder D.J. Deolitsis and infielder Jerry Stoltz. The team is selected by coaches during the conference meeting.
“It should be fun. I’m excited,” Lorenz said after the state championship game. “Coach Shel (George Ushela) told me about it.”
Last year Lorenz played on LT’s summer league team, but he has decided to upgrade his commitment to baseball by playing on a full-time travel team — the Lombard Lightning — for the first time. Lorenz will be joined by LT teammate Mitchell Van Koevering on a team filled with players from Glenbard East, Willowbrook and even Kyle Pulia from Fenwick. Lorenz batted .276 with 23 runs and 12 RBI for LT, entering the state tournament while starting in right field.
Cappel, a 6-foot-2 right-hander, becomes the top returning pitcher for the defending champion Huskies next season after going 5-2 with a 2.60 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. Cappel did not get to pitch in the state tournament, but warmed up in the bullpen at Silver Cross Field in Joliet when it appeared ace Zach Weigel was tiring late in the game.
Cappel and Kowalczuk are teammates this summer on the Lake County-based Top Tier 17U Americans, which is scheduled to play tournaments this summer in Marietta, Ga., Indianapolis, Champaign, Knoxville, Tenn., and Akron, Ohio.
“There will be a lot of scouts (at Stevenson). It’s a big deal,” Cappel said. “All you hope is that people see my ability and I can show them what I got.”