Baseball Top 20

Team Comment

1. Downers Grove North (32-5) All-state C Janicki back for WSS champs

2. St. Charles North (25-9) Should have excellent pitching again

3. Hersey (29-9) High expectations for Lawler summer champs

4. York (25-15) Wake Forest recruit Sloan back for state's 4th place team

5. Huntley (29-8) Defending FVC champs have another talented group

6. Grayslake Central (33-8) Went 18-0 in NLCC; second in Class 3A

7. St. Charles East (27-5) Sutor takes over for HOF coach Asquini (479 wins)

8. Stevenson (30-10) Lost 14 seniors from NSC co-champs

9. Libertyville (21-14) Three Division I recruits return

10. Barrington (24-13) Ten straight MSL West titles

11. Prospect (20-17) All-Area SS Terpins among 8 starters back

12. St. Francis (27-9) Mueller, Armbrust provide stellar pitching

13. Lake Park (23-14) Plenty of experience on mound, at plate

14. Downers Grove South (25-6) NIU-bound House back for WSG champs

15. Crystal Lake South (26-8) SS Murphy headed to Michigan State

16. Willowbrook (22-11) WSC Gold's top pitcher Ness returns

17. Buffalo Grove (21-14) Diaz, Wolverton both All-Area last year

18. Naperville Central (21-10) DVC champs a threat despite no returning starters

19. Montini (19-14) Three four-year starters return

20. Burlington Central (20-17) Return all but 10 innings pitched, many key bats

Others to watch: Mundelein 21-10, Warren 28-8, Conant 22-15, Batavia 19-17, Cary-Grove 26-10, Wheaton Academy 29-7, St. Viator 21-11, Maine South 20-16, Antioch 21-13, Harvest Christian 25-6

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