Three area baseball players who led their teams in batting were named to Iowa Newspaper Association all-state baseball teams today.
Central DeWitt senior outfielder Brandon Jasper was a first-team pick in Class 3A, Preston sophomore Colton Bormann was named to the 1A second team as an infielder and Maquoketa senior outfielder Robert River was selected on the 3A third team.
Jasper, a two-time state track champion in the 200 meters, made the first team for the second year in a row. He led the Sabers with a .420 batting average, along with team highs of 18 doubles and five triples. He had one home run and 35 runs batted in, walked 24 times and struck out just three. He also stole 20 bases in 21 attempts. His on-base percentage was .531.
Bormann helped Preston reach the 1A state tournament for the second year in a row as a pitcher/third baseman. He led the Trojans with a .589 batting average and had a .709 on-base percentage and an .833 slugging percentage. He hit three home runs, led the team with 13 doubles and drove in a team-best 37 runs. He also walked 28 times while striking out just four times.
River led Maquoketa with a .423 batting average, 12 doubles, nine home runs and 39 RBIs. He had a .515 on-base percentage and .793 slugging percentage. He was successful on seven of eight stolen base attempts.
The voters, representing 18 newspapers, selected three pitchers, a catcher, a first baseman, three other infielders, three outfielders and two utility players to each of the three teams in each of the three classes. They also named a senior team captain in each class.
The 2011 captains were outfielder Austin Christensen of Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 4A, Glenwood pitcher Taylor Kaufman in 3A, Carroll Kuemper Catholic catcher Bryce Berg in 2A and Martensdale-St. Marys pitcher Ethan Westphal in 1A.
Christensen, an outfielder-pitcher, hit .555 going into the state tournament with a school-record 19 home runs and 52 RBIs. The Nebraska recruit also had a 7-0 pitching record and 2.38 ERA.
Kaufman, a senior pitcher and outfielder, was 6-3 with a 0.76 ERA, and he led Class 3A with a .568 batting average. He hit 10 home runs, drove home 59 runs and stole 27 bases. His 68 career doubles are tied for the most all-time in Iowa and rank third nationally. Kaufman plans to play baseball at Iowa.
Berg sported a .480 batting average and 62 RBIs. He had an 8-0 record with a 0.61 ERA. He will play at Kirk-wood Community College.
Westphal earned all-state honors for the third time and amassed more than 40 career wins and 450 strikeouts.
IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE BASEBALL TEAMS
Pitchers — Andrew Hedrick (Ankeny) Sr. (6-1, 0.96 ERA); David Stagg (West Des Moines Valley) Sr. (8-0, 1.06); Brad Chelleen (West Des Moines Dowling Catholic) Sr. (6-1, 2.19).
Catcher — Jeff Pullen (WDM Valley) Jr. (.486).
First base — D.J. Utley (Cedar Rapids Prairie) Sr. (.450).
Infielders — Jake Peter (Mason City) Sr. (.417); Ryan Rumpf (Iowa City West) Sr. (.500); Jake Yacinich (WDM Dowling Catholic) Sr. (.476).
Outfielders — Austin Christensen (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) Sr. (.547); Aaron Peller (IC West) Sr. (.447); Eric Toole (Council Bluffs Lewis Central) Sr. (.467).
Utility players — Terrell Sykes (CR Kennedy) Sr. (.444); Adam Prybil (Iowa City High) Sr. (.376).
Pitchers — Will Kenny (Fort Dodge) Sr. (5-4, 2.54); Brady Hanna (Pleasant Valley) Jr. (9-2, 2.12); Alex Hayden (CR Kennedy) Jr. (8-1).
Catcher — Joel Lanning (Ankeny) So. (.453).
First bBase — Sam Norman (Des Moines Roosevelt) Jr. (.403).
Infielders — Nolan Lodden (WDM Valley) Jr. (.413); Zach Little (Southeast Polk) Jr. (.455); Aaron Huber (North Scott) Sr. (.462).
Outfielders — Jordy Brown (Cedar Rapids Washington) Sr. (.466); Dalton Parrott (WDM Dowling Catholic) Sr. (.347); Dominique Thompson-Williams (Sioux City East) So. (.466).
Utility players — Jason McMurray (WDM Dowling Catholic) Sr. (.375); Brandon Platts (Mason City) Sr. (4-2, 1.60).
Pitchers — Anthony Gagliardi (CR Prairie) Sr. (6-3, 1.66); Adam Bernstorf (Southeast Polk) Jr. (10-2, 1.74); Luke Tasler (DM Roosevelt) Jr. (8-1, 1.91).
Catcher — Blake Wilson (Pleasant Valley) Sr. (.450).
First base — Austin Stubbs (Sioux City East) Sr. (.446).
Infielders — Alex Crowl (Council Bluffs Lincoln) Jr. (.483); Jeremy Cronk (Iowa City West) Sr. (.304); Devon Jacobs (CR Kennedy) Jr. (.379).
Outfielders — Alex Alstott (Fort Dodge) Sr. (.348); Landon Schultz (Mason City) Sr. (.400); Ryan Lehmann (Western Dubuque) Jr. (.417).
Utility players — Austin Stephens (WDM Valley) Jr. (.371); Connor Alberhasky (Iowa City High) Sr. (.386).
Pitchers — Taylor Kaufman (Glenwood) Sr. (6-3, 0.43 ERA); Jared Shoning (Carlisle) Sr. (8-2, 1.86); Brandon Shulista (Solon) Sr. (8-0, 1.02).
Catcher — J.J. Reimer (Dubuque Wahlert) Sr. (.477).
First base — Carsen Anderson (Storm Lake) Sr. (.482).
Infielders — Nick Day (Solon) Sr. (.508); Taylor Ostrich (Carroll) Sr. (.513); David Kerian (Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic) Sr. (.508).
Outfielders — Tommy Argo (Davenport Assumption) Sr. (.395); Brandon Jasper (Central DeWitt) Sr. (.427); Derrick Loveless (Solon) Sr. (.555).
Utility players — Henry Krieger-Coble (Mount Pleasant) Sr. (.514); Austin Katzureck (Norwalk) Sr. (.429).
Pitchers — Tyler Mitchell (Charles City) Sr. (12-2, 2.24); Scott Harris (Dallas Center-Grimes) Sr. (6-1, 1.09); Luke Kordick (Norwalk) Sr. (9-0, 2.04).
Catcher — Zach Isakson (Charles City) Jr. (.380).
First base — Jake Wimmer (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) Sr. (.452).
Infielders — Ben Bruck (Harlan) Jr. (.471); Michael McCabe (Storm Lake) Sr. (.529); Riley McCarron (Wahlert) Sr. (.465).
Outfielders — Anthony Ossman (Washington) Sr. (.383); Tanner Truesdel (Clear Lake) Jr. (.421); Jake Kruger (Perry) Sr. (.461).
Utility players — Eric Jones (Knoxville) Sr. (.374); Marshall Koehn (Solon) Sr. (.492).
Pitchers — Zach Brautigam (Wahlert) Sr. (11-1, 2.24); Schyler Kane (Pella) Jr. (7-2, 1.22); Tyler Hedtke (Marion) Jr. (10-3, 2.75).
Catcher — Tyler Greiner (Williamsburg) Sr. (.407).
First base — Andrew Holden (Waverly-Shell Rock) Sr. (.483).
Infielders — Tyler Ronan (Waukon) Sr. (.585); Kasey Semler (Marion) Sr. (.413); Ozzie Adams (Clear Lake) Jr. (.449).
Outfielders — Mike Dahl (Boone) Sr. (.442); Joey Miller (Waverly-Shell Rock) Sr. (.429); Robert River (Maquoketa) Sr. (.431).
Utility players — Tyler Payton (Dallas Center-Grimes) Jr. (.448); Alex Brown (Harlan) Sr. (.411).
Pitchers — Calvin Mathews (Bloomfield Davis County) Jr. (10-1, 0.52 ERA); Joe Goodman (Gilbert) Sr. (9-1, 0.40); Danny Pacha (Iowa City Regina) Jr. (12-0, 1.49).
Catcher — Bryce Berg (Carroll (Kuemper Catholic) Sr. (.480).
First base — Michael Goerdt (Waterloo Columbus Catholic) Sr. (.426).
Infielders — Josh Martsching (Davis County) Jr. (.426); Logan Murry (West Branch) Sr. (.535); Nate Steger (Dyersville Beckman Catholic) Jr. (.439).
Outfielders — Jake Greco (West Union North Fayette) Jr. (.548); Cody Williams (Kuemper Catholic) Sr. (.631); Robbie Anstoetter (Beckman Catholic) Jr. (.487).
Utility players — Chris Halbur (Kuemper Catholic) So. (.412); Cale Henke (Hudson) Jr. (.524).
Pitchers — Christian Weiland (Alta-Aurelia) Sr. (10-2, 1.05); Justin Shaffer (Durant-Bennett) So. (8-3, 1.66); AJ Reuter (Monticello) Sr. (10-2, 1.57).
Catcher — Jack Verducci (Regina) Sr. (.446).
First base — Ben Stutt (Monticello) Sr. (.593).
Infielders — Noah Pickard (North Polk) Jr. (.470); Mitch Peschon (Spirit Lake) Sr. (.526); Kyle Whitman (Delhi Maquoketa Valley); Jr. (.495).
Outfielders — Cale Austin (Wilton) Sr. (.429); Levi Ettleman (Logan-Magnolia) Sr. (.371); Regan Takes (Cascade) Sr. (.505).
Utility players — Lucas Kemp (Louisa-Muscatine) Sr. (.571); Matt Bushbaum (Osage) Jr. (.492).
Pitchers — Court Garrett (Keosauqua Van Buren) Sr. (6-2, 1.24); Patrick Buhr (Fort Dodge St. Edmond) Sr. (9-1, 1.06); Ben Hecker (Council Bluffs St. Albert) Jr. (5-3, 1.71).
Catcher — Lucas Jacque (Beckman Catholic) Jr. (.434).
First base — Matt Berg (Kuemper Catholic) Sr. (.411).
Infielders — Anthony Flattery (St. Edmond) Sr. (.426); Max Lund (Central Springs) Sr. (.563); Casey Berg (Kuemper Catholic) So. (.465).
Outfielders — Zach Fligg (Davis County) Sr. (.371); Dillon Robinson (Underwood) Sr. (.486); Greg Hegstad (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn) Sr. (.526).
Utility players — Luke Skinner (Lawton-Bronson) Jr. (.459); Lucas Hadaway (Alleman North Polk) Sr. (.337).
Pitchers — Ethan Westphal (Martensdale-St. Marys) Sr. (11-0, 0.59 ERA); Blake Louscher (Mason City Newman Catholic) Sr. (7-1, 1.92); Dakota McFatridge (Montezuma) Sr. (11-1, 1.15).
Catcher — Jacob Esdohr (Coon Rapids-Bayard) Sr. (.533).
First base — JD Nielsen (Martensdale-St. Marys) Jr. (.404).
Infielders — Dillon Coates (Martensdale-St. Marys) Sr. (.482); Kyle Denning (Cedar Falls Northern University) Sr. (.588); Hunter King (Newman Catholic) Sr. (.505).
Outfielders — Andrew Utterback (Sigourney) Sr. (.592); Brendon Boerm (Traer North Tama) Sr. (.529); Drew Verstegen (Newman Catholic) Sr. (.478).
Utility players — Tony Becker (Gilbertville Don Bosco) Sr. (.443); Tyler Cizek (North Tama) Sr. (.505).
Pitchers — Derek Frahm (Walnut) Sr. (7-3, 1.68); Jon Heiderscheit (Lansing Kee) Sr. (12-2, 1.95); Taylor Klingenberg (George-Little Rock) Sr. (8-2, 0.50).
Catcher — Brandon Welter (Don Bosco) Sr. (.398).
First base — Isaac Gribben (Newman Catholic) Sr. (.427).
Infielders — Tanner McClenahan (Keota) Sr. (.593); Colton Bormann (Preston) So. (.608); Zack Rohrbeck (Glidden-Ralston) Sr. (.470).
Outfielders — Andrew Stone (Northern Univ.) Sr. (.474); Tyler Cooklin (Grand Junction East Greene) Sr. (.494); Chaz McBirnie (New Sharon North Mahaska) Sr. (.435).
Utility players — Billy Steichen (Remsen St. Mary’s) Sr. (.476); Zeb Noel (Martensdale-St. Marys) Jr. (.417).
Pitchers — Marshall Morgan (Lisbon) Jr. (10-3, 1.95); Brandon Bainbridge (Kingsley-Pierson) Jr. (9-1, 1.98); Jay Carstens (Coon Rapids-Bayard) Sr. (9-2, 0.80).
Catcher — Mike Burroughs (Kee) Sr. (.388).
First base — Sean Sellers (Sigourney) Sr. (.556).
Infielders — Spencer Gritsch (Brooklyn BGM) Jr. (.521); Marcus Mechaelsen (Blairsburg Northeast Hamilton) Jr. (.527); Austin Vaske (Algona Bishop Garrigan) Jr. (.445).
Outfielders — Josh Defenbaugh (Martensdale-St. Marys) Jr. (.407); Zane Phillips (Remsen St. Mary’s) Sr. (.429); Austin Lowary (Burlington Notre Dame) Sr. (.459).
Utility players — Casey Krull (Greene North Butler) Sr. (.579); Kyle Helmerson (New London) Sr. (.518).