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Teutopolis catch Derek Repking

Teutopolis catch Derek Repking is part of the H&R's Area Baseball First Team.

P - Seth Calhoun (Sr.) Okaw Valley

It was a great all-around season for Calhoun, who earned his second straight first-team nod. When he wasn't locking down shortstop, he was dealing on the mound. He was one of the best pitchers in the area as he finished 9-0 with a 1.15 ERA in 55 innings with an 83 to 6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also impressed with the bat. He hit .488 with two homers and 30 RBIs.

P - Sam Thoele (Sr.) Dieterich

Thoele was nearly unhittable this year. He helped guide Dieterich to a regional title and, up until his loss in the sectional semifinals, was 7-0 in 372/3 innings with a 0.56 ERA and 73 strikeouts to just 16 walks. At that time, teams were hitting just 0.58 against him.

C - Derek Repking (Sr.) Teutopolis

There's not a more complete catcher in southern Illinois. Repking wasn't easy to run on and was a threat at the plate. He finished the year hitting .515 as he led the Class 2A state champs in hitting. He also cranked six homers, drove in 32 runs and scored a ridiculous 58 times.

IF - Clayton Brandt (Sr.) Stewardson-Strasburg

Brandt did a ton of damage at the plate with his .500 average, but he also dazzled in the field. He finished the year with a .980 fielding percentage, which stacks up against any infielder around.

IF - Garrett Overbeck (Sr.) Teutopolis

Need a bit of power? Well, that's Overbeck's specialty. He exploded this year for 11 homers, a triple and nine doubles for the Shoes. Along the way, he racked up a .440 average, 51 RBIs and 38 runs.

IF - Jaton McMechan (Sr.) Cumberland

No one hit for a better average in the area than McMechan. He picked up a hit more than half the time he went to the plate as he

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batted .533 with seven homers and racked up the third-most RBIs (44) in the area, too.

IF - Bryan Harrington (Jr.) Louisville North Clay

Harrington was one of the best second basemen around. He paced North Clay with his .464 average, seven homers and 41 RBIs. Considering he is back along with Andrew Grahn and Jonah Zink, the Cardinals will be a tough out next season.

OF - Derek Thompson (Sr.) Teutopolis

There wasn't a more dominant player in the state. Thompson was astonishing on the mound as he gave up just one earned run in 621/3 innings (0.11 ERA) and 22 hits, while he struck out 112 and walked only seven on his way to an 11-0 record. He also played an errorless center field and mashed at the plate. The H&R Area Player of the Year batted .417 with 11 homers, 51 RBIs and 45 runs with 12 steals.

OF - Ryan Aper (Sr.) Lincoln

Aper held down the outfield for the Railers in fine fashion this season. At the plate, he hit an impressive .512, cranked seven homers and drove in 22 runs.

Utility - Mark Niebrugge (Jr.) Teutopolis

Niebrugge did a bit of everything for the Shoes, including battling through a knee injury in a gutsy super-sectional performance. He wound up being T-Town's No. 2 pitcher as he threw 481/3 innings with a 2.03 ERA and 66 strikeouts and 13 walks. At the plate, the shortstop hit .408 with five dingers and 10 doubles on his way to 26 RBIs and 26 runs.

Utility - Evan Clark (Jr.) Charleston

Clark went somewhat unnoticed this year, but he was the best power hitter around. He led the area in homers and RBIs with 14 and 53, respectively. On top of that, the first baseman scored 50 times and stole 11 bases as he hit .475.

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