BBall Newman Vs. St. Ansgar 7

St. Ansgar's Jared Mayer chases down a hit vs. Newman.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

A total of 10 players from the North Iowa area were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association all-state baseball teams.

Newman Catholic senior shortstop Ben Fitzgerald was named captain of the Class 1A team.

Fitzgerald, who will play at NIACC next spring, was the big bat all season for the Knights, who won their sixth state title. He batted .524 on the year with a state-leading (regardless of class) 29 doubles and 71 RBIs. The 29 doubles also shattered a school record. Fitzgerald added an on-base percentage of over .600 and his slugging percentage was .958.

Joining Fitzgerald on the Class 1A first team was his teammate Caden Kratz as a pitcher, St. Ansgar senior Jared Mayer was tabbed a first-team pitcher as well, and West Fork senior Clay Emhoff was named to the first team as a catcher.

Kratz compiled a 9-1 record on the mound with 99 strikeouts, which led 1A, an ERA of 0.74 and a batting average against of .142 in 57 innings.

Mayer, the Top of Iowa Conference East Division Player of the Year, was 7-1 with a 0.89 ERA, 68 strikeouts and held opponents to a .133 batting average for the Saints, who won the TIC East.

Emhoff was one of the top batters in Class 1A with a .500 batting average. The Warhawks’ leadoff hitter added nine doubles, three home runs, 21 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and struck out just five times.

Mason City power hitter Hunter Dingman was a first-team selection in Class 4A as a first baseman. The Mohawk slugger, who missed the postseason with a broken wrist, hit .417 with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 33 RBIs. He also had a slugging percentage of .802.

His senior teammate Dylan Voves was a second-team selection as an outfielder. Voves, the Mohawks’ leadoff hitter, batted .418 with 10 doubles, 22 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He also had a fielding percentage of .972 from his center field position.

After the four first-teamers in Class 1A, Newman Catholic sophomore Evan Paulus was a second-team selection for the second year in a row as a pitcher. Paulus, who pitched in the championship game, was 8-1 with a 1.54 ERA, 63 strikeouts, 14 walks and a batting average against of .172 in 50 innings. He also batted .469 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBIs.

Newman senior center fielder Peyton Scott was a third-team selection as an outfielder. Scott hit .422 with 12 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 37 RBIs and scored 57 runs from his leadoff spot.

In Class 2A, Forest City senior pitcher Colton Shipman was a second-team selection as a pitcher. Shipman, who was the Top of Iowa Conference West Division Player of the Year, was 10-1 with an ERA of 0.67, 93 strikeouts, which was fifth in 2A, 14 walks and a batting average against of .137 in 62 2/3 innings. He also hit .413 with six doubles, three home runs and 36 RBIs.

Shipman’s Forest City teammate Ben Midtgaard was a third-team selection as an outfielder. Midtgaard led the Indians with a .457 batting average, had 12 doubles, three home runs, 36 RBIs and scored 48 runs.

Iowa signee and Johnston senior pitcher Jack Dryer was the Class 4A team captain, Davenport Assumption pitcher Trenton Wallace, who is also a future Hawkeye, was captain of the 3A team, and Dyersville Beckman infielder Riley LeGrand was the 2A captain.

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