The Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state baseball teams include 24 players from western Iowa, nine of whom earned first-team recognition.
The INA’s statewide panel of sportswriters met in Des Moines on Sunday to select three all-state teams in each of Iowa’s four classes. Each team has 13 players.
First-team selections from western Iowa are Council Bluffs St. Albert junior infielder Garret Reisz and Coon Rapids-Bayard senior outfielder Brandon Riley in Class 1-A; Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto junior pitcher Colby Seuntjens, Treynor senior infielder Brett Daley, Carroll Kuemper senior utility player Tyler Laing and Tri-Center junior utility player Kaleb Harrison in 2-A; and Harlan Community senior infielder Dillon Sears, Sioux City Heelan senior outfielder Matt Nelson and Sergeant Bluff-Luton senior outfielder Ryley McGregor in 3-A.
Sears becomes a three-time all-stater, after making the third team as a sophomore and the first team last season. Treynor’s Daley and Kuemper’s Laing move up from last year’s second team in 2-A, while Heelan’s Nelson in 3-A and MVAO’s Seuntjens in 2-A were third-team choices last season.
There are seven second-team honorees from WI: Aaron Schmitz of Lenox and Marcus Daugherty of CAM in 1-A; Izak Baumhover of Carroll Kuemper in 2-A; Brett Sears of Harlan and Colin Kasperbauer of Sioux City Heelan in 3-A and Joel Thompson of Council Bluffs Lewis Central and Blake Elam of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in 4-A.
Eight more picked up third-team recognition: Ar-We-Va’s Jake Danner, Bedford’s Quentin Sefrit and Exira-EHK’s Drew Buckholdt in 1-A; Treynor’s Kendrick Umphreys in 2-A; Harlan’s Ryan Doran and Josh Cheek and Glenwood’s Cole Loeffelbein in 3-A; and Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Brendon Figueroa in 4-A.
Cheek earned third-team status for the second straight year.
The INA named captains, who must be seniors, in each class. They are Ben Fitzgerald of Mason City Newman in 1-A, Riley LeGrand of Dyersville Beckman in 2-A, Trenton Wallace of Davenport Assumption in 3-A and Jack Dreyer of Johnston in 4-A.
An Iowa recruit, Dreyer fired a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in the 4-A championship game win over West Des Moines Dowling. He went 10-0 this season with a 0.34 ERA.
Assumption’s Wallace is another Iowa recruit who led his team to a state title. He fired a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 3-A championship game win over Harlan. He finished 11-0 with a 0.29 ERA while batting .420 with 33 RBIs.
LeGrand helped Beckman to the 2-A title, batting .485 with seven triples and a .549 on-base percentage to go with a .738 slugging percentage. He also pitched 26 innings with a 2.96 ERA, winning three games.
Fitzgerald is a NIACC recruit who had a monster season at the plate for Newman, batting .524 with a state-leading and school-record 29 doubles. He added 71 RBIs, a on-base percentage over .600 and a .958 slugging percentage.
INA All-State Baseball Teams
P: Jake Hilmer, So., North Linn; Jared Mayer, Sr., Saint Ansgar; Caden Kratz, Jr., Mason City Newman. C: Clay Emhoff, Sr., West Fork. 1B: Brady Gavin, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys. IF: Garret Reisz, Jr., CB St. Albert; Ben Fitzgerald, Sr., Mason City Newman; Trace Embray, Sr., Twin Cedars. OF: Brandon Riley, Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard; Aaron Allard, Sr., Akron-Westfield; Ryan Miller, Jr., North Linn. UT: Jacob Wesselman, Sr., Remsen St. Mary’s; Austin Krob, Jr., Lisbon.
Captain: Fitzgerald, Mason City Newman
P: Kevin Duncan, Sr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Jonathan Jacobs, Jr., Colfax-Mingo; Evan Paulus, So., Mason City Newman. C: Trevor Dooley, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys. 1B: Brett Kelting, Sr., Calamus-Wheatland. IF: Chase Rath, Sr., Highland; Joe Smoldt, Sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Mitchell Schiltz, Jr., Remsen St. Mary’s. OF: Aaron Schmitz, Jr., Lenox; Avery Moore, Sr., Sigourney; Austin Allard, Sr., Akron-Westfield. UT: Marcus Daugherty, Sr., CAM; Cameron Hoeg, Sr., North Tama.
P: Jake Danner, Sr., Ar-We-Va; Will Earley, Sr., North Tama; Tyson Tucker, Jr., Maquoketa Valley. C: Quentin Sefrit, Sr., Bedford. 1B: Austin Miller, Sr., Don Bosco. IF: Drew Buckholdt, Sr., Exira-EHK; Alex Hageman, Jr., Hudson; Leo Callison, Sr., Durant. OF: Nick Phelps, Jr., Woodbury Central; Jovonte Squiers, Sr., Lone Tree; Peyton Scott, Sr., Mason City Newman. UT: Kenny Boles, Sr., Murray; Britt Noel, Jr., New London.
P: Colby Seuntjens, Jr., Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto; Jackson Bennett, Jr., Dyersville Beckman; Ryan Schooley, Jr., Iowa City Regina. C: Jacob Manternach, Jr., Monticello. 1B: Noah Hopp, Sr., New Hampton. IF: Brett Daley, Sr., Treynor; Evan Reifert, Sr., Wilton; Riley LeGrand, Sr., Dyersville Beckman. OF: Bryce Simon, Sr., Cascade; Trace Howard, Jr., Wapello; David Disney, Sr., West Marshall. UT: Tyler Laing, Sr., Carroll Kuemper; Kaleb Harrison, Jr., Tri-Center.
Captain: LeGrand, Dyersville Beckman
P: Conner McDermott, Jr., Dyersville Beckman; Colin McCrabb, So., Wilton; Colton Shipman, Sr., Forest City. C: Treye Rinehart, Sr., Centerville. 1B: Brock Farley, So., Denver. IF: Ross Randall, Sr., West Marshall; Will Dembski, So., Pella Christian; Anthony Lowman, Jr., Van Meter. OF: Izak Baumhover, Jr., Carroll Kuemper; Sam Stelken, Sr., Dyersville Beckman; Kyle Dell, Sr., Northeast. UT: Zach Miller, Jr., Denver; Spencer Hanson, Sr., Woodward-Granger.
P: Kendrick Umphreys, Sr., Treynor; Carter Stochl, Sr., New Hampton; Evan Olesen, Jr., Estherville-Lincoln Central. C: Brad Barkema, Jr., BCLUW. 1B: Lowden Gabriel, Sr., Louisa-Muscatine. IF: Gannon O’Brien, Jr., Cascade; Matt Eckard, Sr., Okoboji; Jaden Snyder, Jr., West Lyon. OF: Blake Berns, Jr., Iowa City Regina; Ben Midtgaard, Sr., Forest City; Jared Townsend, So., Wilton. UT: Clayton Mapel, Sr., Dike-New Hartford; Kyle Sperfslage, Jr., Monticello.
P: Trenton Wallace, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Ben Beutel, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Max Hackbarth, Jr., Webster City. C: Will Edwards, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg. 1B: Devin Porter, Sr., Saydel. IF: Dillon Sears, Sr., Harlan; Tyler Hillman, Sr., Pella; Nate Mortimer, Jr., Carlisle. OF: Matt Nelson, Sr., Sioux City Heelan; Ryley McGregor, Sr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Tyler Miller, Fr., Oskaloosa. UT: Daniel Powers, Jr., Davenport Assumption; Austin Savary, Sr., Dubuque Wahlert.
Captain: Wallace, Davenport Assumption
P: Brett Sears, So., Harlan; Zach Noble, Jr., Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley; Cameron Baumann, Sr., Fairfield. C: Jaden Rolffs, Jr., Pella. 1B: Nolan Melchert, Sr., Davenport Assumption. IF: Colin Kasperbauer, Jr., Sioux City Heelan; Luke Fennelly, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Tanner Davis, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg. OF: Jacob Zuck, Jr., Knoxville; Justus Burke, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Owen Carstensen, Sr., Marion. UT: Nathan Struve, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Luke Ira, Jr., Solon.
P: Houston Hawkins, Sr., Spirit Lake; Brady Donohue, Sr., Marion; Nic McCay, Jr., Carlisle. C: Maverick Miller, Sr., Marion. 1B: Ryan Doran, Jr., Harlan. IF: Cole Loeffelbein, Sr., Glenwood; Ben De Boer, Sr., MOC-Floyd Valley; Jarod Harris, Jr., West Delaware. OF: Josh Cheek, Sr., Harlan; Keaton Candor, Sr., Le Mars; Shane Solberg, Sr., Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. UT: Scottie Wirth, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Tanner Bedier, Jr., Bondurant-Farrar.
P: Jack Dreyer, Sr., Johnston; Ben Probst, Sr., WDM Dowling; Braden Houston, Jr., Iowa City West. C: Matt Berst, Sr., CR Kennedy. 1B: Hunter Dingman, Sr., Mason City. OF: T.J. Mahoney, Jr., DM Lincoln; Izaya Ono-Fullard, Sr., Iowa City West; Brayden Frazier, Jr., CR Jefferson. OF: Levi Usher, Jr., CR Prairie; Connor McCaffrey, Sr., Iowa City West; Robbie McCargar, Sr., WDM Dowling. UT: Payton Williams, Sr., Johnston; Brett McCleary, Sr., Iowa City High.
Captain: Dreyer, Johnston
P: Connor Van Scoyoc, Jr., CR Jefferson; Nathan Buckallew, Sr., Johnston; Cameron Cowan, Sr., Ankeny Centennial. C: Joel Thompson, Sr., CB Lewis Central. 1B: Harrison Cook, So., CR Prairie. IF: Trevor Burkhart, Jr., Davenport West; Brady Bunten, Jr., CR Washington; Sam Olson, Sr., WDM Dowling. OF: Evan Martin, Fr., Southeast Polk; Dylan Voves, Sr., Mason City; Jevon Mason, Jr., WDM Valley. UT: Blake Elam, Sr., CB Abraham Lincoln; Brendan Sher, Jr., Indianola.
P: Duncan Davitt, Jr., Indianola; Drew Irvine, Jr., Waukee; Clayton Nettleton, Jr., Davenport West. C: Tony Barreca, Jr., North Scott. 1B: Kam Arons, Sr., Bettendorf. IF: Austin Shotts, Sr., Ottumwa; Nick Acri, Sr., Pleasant Valley; Drew Beazley, Jr., Johnston. OF: Max Steffen, Sr., Western Dubuque; Tyrese Moore, Jr., Waukee; Adam Sacia, Sr., North Scott. UT: Brendon Figueroa, Sr., CB Lewis Central; Colin Lacey, Sr., WDM Dowling.