Prep Baseball Report

Top-10 Stories of 2023: No. 7 Another Successful Illinois State Games

By: Gavin Smith
Area Scout

On August 9th and 10th of this year, PBR Illinois hosted its second annual Illinois State Games at the Rantoul Family Sports Complex in Rantoul, Ill. This two-day, invite-only event has become our premier event in the state, consisting of a workout on the morning of Day One, followed by gameplay through the remainder of the day and all of Day Two. We nearly doubled the number of prospects in attendance from last year with 300 of the state’s best which was broken down into 16 teams, including a ProCase team. The lineups and rosters were assembled by our staff, and players played three simulated games against each other, with grad classes 2024 through 2027 being represented.

Following the event we chose the Diamond Krew Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher Award:

OF Gabe Vojak (Mascoutah, 2024) was named the Most Valuable Player of the event, committing to McKendree University shortly after. Here is what we had to say on Vojak’s performance:

From 8/8/23: “ a scrappy L/L prospect to know from southern Illinois. Compact, strong frame, listed at 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Was consistently on the barrel throughout the week, finishing 4-for-8 with a home run, double, three RBIs and four runs scored. Showed easy bat-strength in his flat stroke, taking his home run to the opposite field on a pitch up and away. Accurate reads in the outfield with a quick first step, 7.07 runner in the 60. Reached up to 84 mph from the OF in workouts. Hard-nosed kid that plays the game hard.”

RHP Paddy Roth (St. Patrick, 2026) was awarded the Most Valuable Pitcher, after a dominating three inning on the mound. Here is what our staff had to say about his performance:

From 8/8/23: “...was arguably the top performer on the mound at the Illinois State Games. Roth, who stands at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, threw three innings, struck out seven, walked one, allowed no earned runs, and two hits. He features a loose arm with acceleration out front and athletic actions down the mound. Roth’s fastball sat in the mid-80s, topping out at 88.7 mph. Sitting in the upper-70s, his changeup had an average of 16.4 in. of horizontal movement, and he showed the ability to use it effectively and land it for strikes. He rounded out his arsenal with a slider that sat 69-72 mph. Roth looks every bit the part of a high-end follow on the hill in the 2026 class.”

The talent at the event was eye-opening, and we saw plenty of noteworthy metrics from the event.

  • 90 commits
  • 27 D1 commits
  • 60+ arms over 85+
  • 55 sub-7.0 60s
  • 45+ Peak Exit Velocities of 96+
  • 50+ INF velocities of 83+
  • 21 OF velocities of 87+
  • 12 Catcher velocities of 78+
  • 10 sub-2.0 pop times

Shortly following the event we looked at some of the top performers by age class and compiled them into a “Takeaways” Story:

Throughout the course of the event, we were able to capture much of the action on social media. Below are some of the more noteworthy moments and prospects from the event:

To view the event’s stat leaderboards in their entirety, click here.


At the second annual Illinois State Games, there were over 45 colleges in attendance: Augustana (IL), Ball State, Black Hawk JC, Butler, Eastern Illinois, Edgewood College, Elmhurst, Harper CC, Heartland CC, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, John A. Logan JC, John Wood CC, Lake Land JC, Lewis, Lincoln Trail JC, Lindenwood, Maryville, McKendree, Missouri-St. Louis, Mizzou, North Central College, North Park, Northern Illinois, Parkland JC, Rose-Hulman, Saint Xavier, Southeast Missouri State, Southeastern (IL) CC, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Southwestern Illinois JC, Triton JC, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, Valparaiso, Wabash Valley JC, Webster, and Western Kentucky.

Below, we'll be keeping a running list of the players who attended State Games uncommitted, and have since made their commitment announcement.

Cameron Appenzeller LHP Chatham-Glenwood 2025 South Carolina
Joey Arend OF/LHP St. Charles East 2025 Xavier
John Balla RHP Hersey 2024 Southwestern Illinois JC
Zach Bava C Naperville North 2025 Illinois State
Frankie Bilecki LHP Marist 2024 Bucknell
Spencer Boudreau RHP Bradley Bourbonnais 2024 North Central College
Justin Butcher INF Taft 2024 Lake Michigan JC
Brendan Campbell RHP/MIF Bartlett 2024 Minnesota-Duluth
Ben Carnahan RHP Normal University 2024 John Wood CC
Joseph Catalano RHP Williamsville 2024 Kankakee CC
Conrad Charpentier LHP Routt Catholic 2024 Lincoln Land CC
Ryan Colucci MIF Lake Park 2024 Southwestern Illinois JC
Henrik Conniff INF/RHP New Trier 2025 Columbia
Thomas Corley INF Bolingbrook 2024 Olney Central JC
Bauer Dalke RHP Althoff Catholic 2024 Webster
Cody DelFavero OF/LHP Morris 2024 Parkland College
Tyler DeLuca RHP Minooka 2024 Saint Xavier
Jimmy Downs CIF Kenwood 2025 Northern Illinois
Gavin Duran MIF Harvest Christian 2024 John Wood CC
Ben Fawcett RHP Stevenson 2024 Mount Mercy
Luca Fiore LHP Nazareth Academy 2024 Illinois-Chicago
Isaac Flowers INF Newton Community 2024 Toledo
Nicholas Franklin 1B/C Father McGivney 2024 Longwood
Clay Gadbois RHP Kankakee 2024 Kankakee CC
Logan Gale OF/LHP Conant 2024 Parkland College
Casey Giemzik RHP Brother Rice 2024 Heartland CC
Ethan Godlewski RHP Lincoln-Way East 2024 Saint Xavier
Brady Green MIF Oak Park-River Forest 2025 Northern Illinois
Braden Grimm RHP Evanston 2024 Minnesota State
Ryan Groberski INF Lockport 2024 Triton JC
Joey Guiliano MIF Plainfield North 2024 Purdue-Northwest
Kaileb Hackman INF Normal Community 2024 Augustana College
Kyle Hartmann C Sycamore 2024 Western Kentucky
Mason Hartman LHP Collinsville 2024 Lewis & Clark CC
Owen Hawkins C Mattoon 2024 Lake Land JC
Demir Heidelberg CIF Homewood Flossmoor 2025 Eastern Michigan
Tyler Holman RHP Liberty (MO) 2024 Saint Louis
Jalen House OF Downers Grove South 2024 Northern Illinois
Max Kaplan LHP New Trier 2024 USC-Upstate
Cael Karczewski MIF Joliet West 2024 Jefferson County JC
Spencer Kennamann RHP Lakes Community 2024 North Iowa Area CC
Lance Kiesewetter RHP Henry-Senachwine 2024 Heartland CC
Drew Kleinheider MIF Father McGivney 2025 Saint Louis
Bryce Koch RHP Barrington 2024 Cincinnati
Cal Korosa 1B/RHP Lockport 2024 McHenry County CC
Tyler Ledvina LHP Lincoln-Way East 2024 Heartland CC
Dasaan Lee C De La Salle 2024 Morton College
Ben Llewellyn RHP Downers Grove North 2024 Minnesota State
Cole Lockwood MIF Libertyville 2025 Valparaiso
Andrew Lucas INF Oak Forest 2024 Roosevelt University
Gage Luttrell RHP Sacred Heart Griffin 2024 Southwestern Illinois JC
Wyatt Mammen RHP Lincoln 2024 St. Johns River State College
Cooper Marrs OF Riverside-Brookfield 2024 Denison University
Anthony Massa INF Lincoln-Way West 2024 Wisconsin-Platteville
Samuel McArthur RHP Champaign Central 2024 Illinois
Luke McClure OF Champaign Central 2025 Wright State
Ben Mitchell C Harvest Christian 2025 Bellarmine
Angel Mohammad OF Taft 2024 Morton College
Jackson Natanek MIF/RHP Brother Rice 2025 Illinois State
Aidan Nohava INF Brother Rice 2025 Eastern Michigan
Jaden Obaldo INF Crystal Lake Central 2024 McHenry County CC
Jake Parpet C Conant 2024 Heartland CC
Jayden Patel INF Lake Park 2024 Parkland College
Kenny Perez INF De La Salle 2024 Western Illinois
Peter Pipikios OF/LHP Neuqua Valley 2024 North Park
AJ Putty CIF Huntley 2025 Illinois
Nicholas Rayyan RHP Stevenson 2024 Benedictine University
Ty Reaka LHP Belleville East 2024 Kaskaskia JC
Parker Reinke OF St. Charles North 2024 Taylor University
Lucas Riebeling RHP Columbia 2024 Missouri S&T
Jack Roessler 1B/RHP Waterloo 2024 Morton College
Colin Ryder 1B St. Charles North 2024 Southwestern Illinois JC
Alexander Schiefer RHP Kaneland 2024 Saint Xavier
Toby Schriefer RHP Bradley Bourbonnais 2024 North Central College
Collin Senkpeil C Lincoln-Way Central 2024 South Suburban JC
Baker Shelhamer 1B/OF St. Rita 2024 Maryville
Jake Stedman INF Belleville West 2024 Moberly Area CC
Brock Suding C Tolono Unity 2024 Heartland CC
Noah Tomaras C Lemont 2024 Missouri-St. Louis
Jake Troyner CIF Joliet Catholic 2024 Illinois-Chicago
Devan Tupper RHP Normal University 2024 Eastern Illinois
Tyler Tylka RHP Wauconda 2024 Parkland College
Casey Tyrell LHP Joliet West 2024 IU-South Bend
Jackson Ugo LHP Andrew 2024 Murray State
Enrico Veach INF Springfield 2024 Wabash Valley JC
Parker Violett OF Kaneland 2024 Saint Xavier
Gabriel Vojak OF Mascoutah 2024 McKendree University
Jonah Weathers UTIL Marian Catholic 2024 John A. Logan JC
Jack Wilson RHP New Trier 2024 Webster University
Matthew Wnukowski LHP Tinley Park 2024 Southeast Missouri State
Max Woodward RHP Kaneland 2024 Morton College