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Daily Harold Names BSA Players All-Area

06/23/2014 11:56 AM -

The Bulls/Sox Academy is well-represented in the 2014 All-Area team of DuPage County with eight (current and former) players chosen to comprise the team.

Lindsey Gonzalez, Naperville Central, and current 18U Player
The sophomore second baseman will be crucial to the Redhawks continuing their success in 2015. She hit .467 with 27 RBI and 4 game-winning RBI. She also led the team in doubles with 16. A starter on last year's 32-4 team, Gonzalez already has won 60 games at the varsity level with two years left to add to her impressive numbers.

Julianne Rurka, Benet, current Bulls/Sox Academy Fastpitch Member
The senior third baseman was an integral part of a hitting attack that could put the hurt on opponents in just one inning. Rurka hit .484 with 47 RBI and 9 home runs. She will play at Providence. "With Julianne you are getting a student of the game and a coach on the field," said Benet coach Jerry Schilf in a press release by Providence announcing softball national letter of intent signings.

Keegan Hayes, Naperville Central, Bulls/Sox Academy Fastpitch Member
The soon-to-be Northern Illinois University pitcher won 17 games with more than 100 strikeouts as the Redhawks' No. 1 pitcher. She hit .313 and led the team with 5 game-winning RBI along with 9 doubles and 4 home runs. "Keegan Hayes is kind of the rock of the (recruiting class)," said NIU coach Christina Sutcliffe when the Huskies' recruiting class was announced late last year.

The DuPage All-Area team is also comprised of five former Bulls/Sox Academy Players and Members: 

Sydney Benz, Glenbard North
The Panthers advanced to the Class 4A semifinals thanks to a number of key players, and their senior shortstop is certainly one of them. The leadoff hitter hit .393 with 12 doubles, 4 triples and 6 home runs. She'll play college softball at Louisville. Coach Josh Sanew believes she should be all-state because her stats are better than last year when she did receive all-state honors.

Kailee Budicin, Naperville North
The University of Dayton-bound senior catcher finished up as one her school's all-time leading hitters. She led this season's Huskies with a .532 average with 5 home runs and was second on the team in RBI and doubles. "She is just an amazing player that is such a competitor," said coach Jerry Kedziora. "She is the definition of a complete softball player."

Julianne Rurka, Benet
The senior third baseman was an integral part of a hitting attack that could put the hurt on opponents in just one inning. Rurka hit .484 with 47 RBI and 9 home runs. She will play at Providence. "With Julianne you are getting a student of the game and a coach on the field," said Benet coach Jerry Schilf in a press release by Providence announcing softball national letter of intent signings.

Abby Solem, York
The sophomore third baseman made a big leap from her freshman season to this spring and helped the Dukes reach a sectional semifinal. She led the team in both RBI and home runs. Solem was second on the team in doubles with 13. "Abby is a very tough out in our lineup and does not chase a lot of bad pitches," coach Drew McGuire said. "Her play at third base is developing every day and she is becoming a tremendous threat on the field."


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