Six local high school baseball players were named to the 2018 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Teams, which were released earlier this week. Three came from Newman Catholic – the most of any local program – while Mason City, Algona and St. Ansgar each had one student-athlete selected.
Two members of the Class 1A Champion Knights – senior Caden Kratz and junior Evan Paulus – were selected to the 1A All-Stars, while junior Josh Fitzgerald was the lone local representative picked for the IHSBCA’s ‘Super Team.’
Kratz and Paulus were dominant on the mound for Newman this season, and were thus rewarded with selections to the 1A First Team.
Kratz was the ace of the squad in his final season as a Knight, striking out 90 batters in 50 innings pitched. He allowed one earned run while toeing the rubber, compiling a 0.14 ERA – by far the lowest of any Newman starter. Out of the 171 batters that Kratz faced this season, only 21 managed hits off the senior.
Arguably the most dynamic player for the Knights this year, Paulus made his impact known on both the mound and in the batter’s box. For proof, look no further than the Class 1A title game, where the junior pitched a complete game – striking out six and allowing one earned run – and launched a monstrous home run to dead center.
In total, Paulus blasted 12 homers on the year, and tallied a 0.80 ERA in 43.2 innings pitched.
The leadoff man for the Knights this season, Fitzgerald hit at a .438 clip in 2018, stroking six home runs and driving in 44 runs. His 69 runs scored as a junior led the way for Newman, as did his .624 on-base percentage and his 17 doubles. Fitzgerald also stole a team-high 36 bases – fifth most in Class 1A.
The committee also pegged Collin Kramer of St. Ansgar as a Class 1A First-Teamer. The junior pitcher was second in the entire division in both strikeouts, with 130, and innings pitched, with 72.2. Making 11 starts and three relief appearances, Kramer went 10-3 with a 1.35 ERA. He allowed 30 hits and 14 earned runs, while opponents hit at a .116 average in 259 at-bats.
Bryce Butler was the lone area selectee in Class 4A; the Mason City senior was named an outfielder for that division’s Second Team. Butler paced the Mohawks with 51 hits and 29 runs, while also being tied for the team lead in RBIs with 21. His .383 average led all Mason City hitters with at least 10 at-bats.
One of three outfielders from the area named to All-State teams, Algona’s Trevor Bormann was chosen for the Class 3A first team. The senior crafted a .457 average this summer, racking up 48 hits and slugging six home runs – all of which led the Bulldogs. He was also second on Algona in runs (38) and RBIs (28).
And despite batting 105 times, Bormann recorded just 18 strikeouts – the lowest on the team for players with at least 50 at-bats.