OSKALOOSA — Six area boys found themselves a spot on the recently released Little Hawkeye all-conference baseball teams with the season finishing at state this week.
Among the first team selections was Pella’s Nick DeJong and Jason Knox.
DeJong, a senior, proved to be one of the top catchers in the league this year. He caught a very good pitching staff at Pella and would throw out five would-be base stealers. With the bat, DeJong owned a .294 BA with 11 doubles, two home runs and 21 RBIs.
Knox, a junior, was a great two-way player for the Dutch. On the mound he finished 4-5 with a 1.92 ERA and 71 strikeouts (third in LHC) in 51 innings on the bump. At the plate, Knox led the team with a .348 BA to go with 12 doubles, two homers and 24 RBIs. He also drew 26 walks (second in the LHC) which helped boost his OBP to .471 this season.
Second team selections included Pella’s Mason Wittmer and Ryan Mace, Pella Christian’s Bennett Spronk and Oskaloosa’s Landon Briggs.
Wittmer, a senior, really came on as one of Pella’s go-to pitchers. He would really dominate late in the season and finish with an 8-2 record with a 1.96 ERA and 70 Ks (tied for fourth in LHC) in 60 2/3 innings. Wittmer would also bat .258 with three RBIs.
Mace, a senior, was another one of those impressive two-way athletes for Pella. He showed versatility in the infield playing multiple positions and finishing fifth in the LHC with 52 assists. At the plate, Mace would bat .325 with 15 doubles (most in LHC) and a team-high 30 RBIs. He also impressed on the mound with a 3-1 record to go with a 1.22 ERA (fourth among eligible pitchers in LHC) and 39 punch outs in 34 1/3 innings.
Spronk, a junior, brought the boom to the Eagles this season. Besides being a versatile players on defense, offensively he packed a lot of punch with a .309 BA while leading the team in doubles (nine), home runs (five, which tied for second in LHC) and RBIs (28) while finishing fifth in slugging percentage in the conference at .585. He also saw a lot of time on the mound where he finished with a 2-5 record with a 5.08 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 40 innings.
Briggs, a junior, was Osky’s best hitter this year. He brought the energy and ability to play multiple positions every night as well. On the season, Briggs batted .321 with six doubles, one home run and a team-high 16 RBIs.
Oskaloosa’s Jarrett Czerwinski and Kam Criss along with Pella’s Josh Miller and Tate Weesner and Pella Christian’s Kyle Branderhorst and Micah DeHaan were all honorable mentions.
Norwalk won the league with an 18-3 conference record. Pella was fifth at 11-10 while Pella Christian finished sixth at 5-15 and Oskaloosa eighth at 2-17.
P: Evan Borst (SR, Norwalk)
P: Vinnie Mauro (JR, Norwalk)
C: Nick DeJong (SR, Pella)
IF: Colin Gibson (JR, Grinnell)
IF: *Brady Blake (SO, Indianola)
IF: *Clayton Campidilli (SO, DCG)
IF: Casey Greenlee (SR, Norwalk)
OF: Carter Erickson (JR, Indianola)
OF: Kael Kolarik (JR, Indianola)
OF: Brock Miller (SR, Norwalk)
UT: Isaiah Seck (SO, Grinnell)
UT: Jason Knox (JR, Pella)
UT: Caleb Dicken (SR, DCG)
P: Mason Wittmer (SR, Pella)
P: Trevor Hamil (SO, DCG)
C: Cole Johnson (JR, Grinnell)
IF: Alex Smith (JR, Grinnell)
IF: Jack Strong (FR, Indianola)
IF: Ryan Mace (SR, Pella)
IF: Bennett Spronk (JR, Pella Christian)
OF: Braydon Chance (JR, Newton)
OF: Jordan Sedivec (SR, DCG)
OF: Casey Garton (SR, DCG)
UT: Landon Briggs (JR, Oskaloosa)
UT: Conner Howard (SR, Indianola)
UT: Caden Grimes (SR, DCG)