Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Team Countdown: No. 25 Neuqua Valley

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the top 75 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

Team: Neuqua Valley
Preseason Rank:
2013 Record:
Upstate Eight
IHSA Class:
Head Coach:
Robin Renner
Playoff Run: Finished 4th in 4A
2013 Final Rank: 9

Returning Starters: 5
Returning Pitchers:


Mike Riesner, SS, 2014 (Bradley)
Josh Piotrowski, OF, 2014
Matt Butler, RHP/OF, 2014 (St. Cloud State)
Alex Wolanski, C, 2014 (Eastern Michigan)
Tyler Tesmond, OF, 2015
Alex Sommers, RHP, 2014 (SIU-Edwardsville)
Alex DiFranco, INF, 2015

Mike Riesner.
A top-level defender, Riesner anchors an extremely solid and athletic defense.

Cody Coll, RHP (Western Kentucky)
David Gerber, RHP (Creighton)
Jeff Evak, OF (Purdue)
Jon Vlk, RHP

Riesner, a Bradley recruit, batted .319 with five doubles, two triples and four homers as a junior last spring.

The Wildcats used an extremely deep and talented pitching staff last spring to finish fourth in Class 4A, the school’s third state trophy since 2007. Although coach Robin Renner graduated the core of his pitching staff, Neuqua Valley should be primed for another stellar season. The Wildcats feature plenty of team speed with Riesner and Josh Piotrowski. Five starters in all return. Look for two-way player Matt Butler to emerge on the mound for the Wildcats, along with Andy Sommers. Offensively, Neuqua Valley has a diverse offense, one that can create runs.

Any time a team graduates all of its wins on the mound, rough times are usually around the corner. That won’t be the case at Neuqua Valley. The Naperville school always has an abundance of talent waiting in the wings. Although the Wildcats may not have enough to bring home another state trophy, they should enjoy another 25-plus win season.

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