Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 22 Oak Forest

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

The Illinois high school season kicks off on March 13, the first day for regular season games.

Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and  across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team.

Team: Oak Forest
Preseason Rank: 21
2016 Record:
Conference: South Suburban
IHSA Class:
Head Coach:
Ron Czarnecki
Playoff Run:
Lost in Regional Final
2016 Final Rank:
Returning Starters:
Returning Pitchers:


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Mike Edwards IL
Oak Forest
2017 RHP
Jake Jones IL Oak Forest 2017 RHP/INF
Murray State
Tyler Suchy IL Oak Forest 2017 SS
Robert Morris
Dylan Henson IL Oak Forest 2017 C

Raul Flores IL Oak Forest 2017 INF
Trinity Christian
Josh Boger IL Oak Forest 2017 CF

Trevor Hausherr IL Oak Forest 2018 RHP/INF  
Hutton Flores IL Oak Forest 2018 LHP  
Connor Oliver IL Oak Forest 2019 LHP  
Brian Miller IL Oak Forest 2019 C  

Senior RHP's Mike Edwards and Jake Jones. Both have No. 1 type of stuff at the high school level and should give the Bengals a solid one-two punch come playoff time. Oak Forest will rely on these two experienced arms to shut down opposing offenses and hopefully carry them throughout the playoffs.

Mike Edwards (6.16.16)

LHP Connor Oliver (2019). Oliver is a talented sophomore southpaw with a high upside. He has a good chance to enter the mix this spring and provide quality depth to the pitching staff. If so, the Bengals will have some of the best pitching depth in the South Suburban conference.

OF Ryan Newton (Aurora University)
C Troy Hagadus

When looking at Oak Forest, it is pretty clear, two senior starting pitcher will lead the way and set the tone for the season. Mike Edwards, a Wisconsin-Milwaukee recruit and Jake Jones, a Murray State recruit, both have ace type stuff. They both pitch in the mid 80’s with the ability to climb into the upper 80’s and feature above-average secondary offerings. Trevor Hausherr and Connor Oliver should provide needed depth behind Edwards and Jones. Hausherr is a junior right-handed arm that Coach Czarnecki expects to eat up some innings this year. Oliver is a sophomore southpaw with upside. This fall we saw Oliver sit 80-82 mph, touching 84 with the makings of an above-average breaking ball. Offensively, the Bengals will be led three-year returning starting SS Tyler Suchy. Suchy, is committed to play football and baseball at Robert Morris. An interesting piece to the offensive lineup to keep an eye on this spring could be sophomore catcher Brian Miller as Coach Czarnecki expects him to work his way into the fold. Flores, Edwards and Jones will also be counted on to contribute with the bat.

The Bengals have two experienced senior horses to lead the way. If Edwards and Jones pitch like aces they could be one of four teams left standing in Joliet for Class 3A.

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