Kevin Jones, Jr., Portage
Stats: 6-3, 53 IP, 81 K, 1.31 ERA
Analysis: Jones was the missing piece in an Indians' puzzle, a true ace who wanted the ball in big games. Portage played at a different level with Jones on the mound. He won two games and saved a third in its run to the sectional title.
Ronnie Plesac, Sr., Crown Point
Stats: 3-1, 1 S, 72 SO, 1.69 ERA, 24 BB; .376, 93 H, 12 R, 18 RBIs, 9 2B.
Analysis: Recovered from Tommy John surgery, the left-handed version of the Plesac twins was as good as advertised in his senior season. He led the Bulldogs' pitching staff with strikeouts and countered with decent offensive numbers. He rattled opponents with his command on the mound.
Danny Pobereyko, Sr., Bishop Noll
Stats: 8-1, 2 S, 1.91 ERA, 58 2/3 IP, 85 SO; .439, 3 HR, 41 RBIs, 14 2B, 30 R
Analysis: Bishop Noll coach Paul Wirtz said Pobereyko was not only the most dominant pitcher that the Warriors had, he was the top run-producing hitter. He will head to Butler as one of the best pitchers in the conference, having led his team to a second consecutive sectional title.
Zac Ryan, Sr., Andrean
Stats: 8-1, 1.12 ERA, 91 SO, 68 2/3 IP; .349, 30 R, 2 HR, 19 BB, 2 3B.
Analysis: Ryan leaves Andrean as the leader in all-time wins, all-time strikeouts, all-time games started and in the top 10 in career home runs. He was a two-time preseason All-American by Louisville Slugger, attended the Area Code games and will take his talents to Georgia Tech.
Michael Crowley, Sr., Chesterton
Stats: .306, 19 RBIs, only struck out 3 times all season, 15 BB, fielding per .978.
Analysis: On a team without stars, Crowley was a stabilizing presence for the DAC champions, blunting running games while managing the pitching staff and providing veteran leadership. He will play at Huntington.
Brandon Murray, Jr., Hobart
Position: First Base
Stats: .396, 23 R, 19 2B, 2 3B, 31 RBIs, 5 SB; 4-3, 2.51 ERA, 111 SO, 58 2/3 IP.
Analysis: Murray is known mostly as a pitcher, having committed to South Carolina long before this season started. He's backing it up with a school-record 19 doubles and almost twice as many strikeouts as innings this season. If you haven't already seen what he can do, he'll have another year with the Brickies to show off.
Ryan Burvan, Sr., Lake Central
Position: Second Base
Stats: .491, 16 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 57 H, 39 RBIs, 51 R, 10 SB
Analysis: The Purdue-bound shortstop was the ultimate teammate, giving up his natural position because the Indians needed him at second base. He set a school record for hits and runs, even as rain washed away several games this season. A determined worker, he turned himself into a near .500 hitter with dogged determination and necessary adjustment.
Dean Hill, Sr., Boone Grove
Position: Third Base
Stats: 10-3, 1 S, 1.77 ERA, 83 IP, 82 SO; .433, 28 runs, 32 RBIs, 4 3B, 13 SB
Analysis: How valuable was Hill to the sectional champion Wolves? In addition to his offensive numbers, the rubber-armed workhorse won half of their games. He was a four-year varsity player.
Tyrus Joseforsky, Jr., Hobart
Stats: .400, 36 R, 17 2B, 26 RBIs, 10 SB
Analysis: Joseforsky would have the school's single-season doubles record, had he not been in a season-long fight with Murray for the finish line. He leads off in the offensive lineup, and already holds the school's career doubles record with another year to add to it. His defense has helped put him on the NCC all-conference first team in consecutive years.
Dan Stum, Sr., Hanover Central
Stats: .505, 19 2B, 50 H, 36 RBIs, 2 2B, 8 SB; 4-1, 45 2/3 IP, 1.07 ERA, 29 SO
Analysis: When Stum's bat got hot, it didn't stop. What helped was that the senior could back up the success for the Porter County Conference regular-season champs as a dominant pitcher.
Craig Dedelow, Sr., Munster
Stats: .369, 41 R, 26 RBIs, 11 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR
Analysis: An offensive fire plug for the Mustangs, he also made the hard plays in the outfield look easy. An all-around athlete, he helped lead Munster to the sectional championship game and its successful season.
Larry Crisler, Jr., Bishop Noll
Stats: .467, 43 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 50 R, 35 SB.
Analysis: Crisler's numbers offensively are indicative of his athleticism and potential. He's a baseball player with baseball smarts and the talent to succeed in many other sports. Don't be surprised if he has to decide between college and a pro career in a year.
Zach Plesac, Sr., Crown Point
Stats: .380, 9 2B, 3 HR, 38 H, 30 RBI, 26 R; 5-2, 3 S, 60 SO, 1.25 ERA, 0.99 WHIP.
Analysis: The Times' Player of the Year was a defensive star and power on the mound. He completed all seven games he started for the Bulldogs and didn't hesitate to come in from his shortstop position to close in three of them. He was a difficult out for opposing pitchers, striking out just five times all year.
Matt DeSomer | Jr. | Andrean | P
Stats: 8-0, 1.74 ERA, 61 SO, 52 1/3 IP; .348, 9 2B (led team), 26 RBIs.
Analysis: Made his mark on a tough pitching staff, he has great potential with another year at Andrean.
Paco Jordan | Jr. | West Side | P
Stats: .657, 3 3B, 3 HR, 41 SB, 30 RBIs.
Analysis: Jordan led the area with his high batting average and has been a key element to a turn around of the program at West Side. He hit for the cycle in a game against Chicago Longwood, solidifying his on-base acumen.
Tyler Frye | Sr. | Washington Township | P
Analysis: Frye didn't throw as hard as the other half of the Senators' 1-2 pitching punch, teammate Justin Landgrebe, but succeeded with a craftsman's command, relying on precision and control.
Jesse Smith | Sr. | Griffith | P
Stats: 6-3, 2.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 54 SO, 19 BB, 51 inn.; .270, 29 RBIs, 1 HR;
Analysis: The senior is the quintessential utility man, able to play at any and every position. He pitched his team to an appearance in the regional championship game for the second straight year. He left his mark on the Griffith program.
Kyle Buikema | Jr. | Griffith | C
Stats: .301, 29 R, 10 RBIs, 17 SB.
Analysis: The junior called Griffith's games, controlling a staff that took defending Class 3A champ Western into extra innings. He's baseball smart and the Panthers have him for another year.
Eric Mesarch | Sr. | Portage | 1B
Stats: .374, 32 RBIs, 8 2B
Analysis: Consistency defined the Indians' captain, who led the team in word and performance.
Scott Shaner | Sr. | Munster | 2B
Stats: .417, 15 2B, 31 RBIs, 24 R, struck out only four times.
Analysis: The senior leaves with the single-season doubles record at Munster, a feat not easy to achieve.
Matt Sandoval | Sr. | Bishop Noll | 3B
Stats: .457, 31 RBIs, 39 R, 19 SB, .541 OBP
Analysis: Sandoval played six different positions and was a stalwart at the plate.
Tyler Byerly | Sr. | Washington Township | SS
Analysis: Byerly's glove was where ground balls went to die. He was also the catalyst to the Senators' offense as their leadoff man.
Joe Jumonville | Jr. | Munster | OF
Stats: .354, 32 R, 22 RBIs, 10 2B
Analysis: He's already committed to Northern Illinois, and will be around another year to threaten Shaner's doubles mark.
Alec Olund | Jr. | Lake Central | OF
Stats: .396, 10 SB, 3 HR, 8 2B, 2 3B, 41 RBIs, 28 R.
Analysis: The third hitter in the Indians' lineup, he led his team with 41 RBIs, and created runs wherever and however possible. Speedy in the outfield, he covers a lot of ground quickly.
Jesse Wilkening | So. | Hanover Central | OF
Stats: .510, 51 H, 41 R, 11 2B, 33 RBIs
Analysis: The sophomore is a lock for a hit as an offensive machine. He helped lead the Wildcats to a PCC regular-season championship.
Brenden Seren | Sr. | Lake Central | Util.
Stats: .414, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 33 RBIs, 23 R, 13 SB
Analysis: Seren was a shortstop by nature and didn't hesitate to enter a game to pitch. His utility gave the Indians depth in the bullpen.
Duneland Athletic Conference
Chesterton: Mitch Kobitz, Aery Pratt, Andrew Ralph, Corey Rusboldt. Crown Point: Glenn Hecht, Jake Jatis, Alex Nickla. LaPorte: Mike Eldridge. Merrillville: Aaron Dye. Michigan City: Logan Kaletha. Portage: Chris Klenk. Valparaiso: CJ Gear, Devin Bafia.
Great Lakes Athletic Conference
Clark: Dillon Slowiak, Justin Martinez, Matt Koch. Gavit: James Thompson, Josh Lumbera. Hammond: Marcos Arredondo. Morton: Aurileo Cazares, Troy Charbonneaux.
Greater South Shore Conference
Bishop Noll: Anthony Fundukian, Julian Guerrero, Chad Mateja. Calumet: Marcus Jackson, TJ Thomas. Lake Station: Chris Szoztek. North Newton: Chad Schultz, Brandon Propes. River Forest: O'Shea Ownes, Chris Lauderback, Geno Flores, Omar Nunez. Wheeler: Tyler Crussen, Sam Bolla, Jake Lafever. Whiting: Justin Jendreas, Matt Dvorscak.
Northwest Crossroads Conference
Andrean: Joey Plesac, Jimmy Skiff, Jeremy Wright, Nick Podkul. Griffith: Brett Brinkley, Anthony Carter, Matt Colomes, Robbie Hernandez. Highland: Danny Hamilton, Tyler Fraley, Nick Jancich, Alec Smith. Hobart: Nick Bokun, Drey Devereaux, CJ Komosa, Daniel Stewart. Kankakee Valley: Jack Miles. Lowell: Bryan Thomas, Dan Garza. Munster: Mike Poulos, Jonathan Azar.
Lew Wallace: Quinton Harris. Roosevelt: Rodney Hawkins. West Side: Anthony Cherry, Byron Jones, Kevin Suttles.
Porter County Conference
Boone Grove: Chuck Kidd, Caleb Narron. Hanover Central: Daniel Balich, Rylie Welch. Hebron: Kyle Joyce, Jon Moneta. Kouts: Jake Bekelya. LaCrosse: Jared Dyjak. Morgan Township: Joe Dougherty, Ryan Klikus, Austin Porter. South Central: Adam Clindaniel, Alec Sturdy. Washington Township: Justin Landgrebe, Corey Holderread, Bob Ross.
Covenant Christian: Francisco Pineiro. E.C. Central: D'Angelo Gonzalez. Hammond Academy: Cody Glass. Rensselaer: Ryan Lattimore. Westville: Eric Quinn.