Two Bobcats and two Blazers were named to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams recently.
Bobcat Calvin Harris made the all-class Super Team, while teammate Sam Goodman was named to Class 4A’s first team. Blazer Owen Grover was named to Class 2A’s first team and Carter Petsche was selected for the second team.
Harris, already committed to the University of Mississippi as a junior, led the Bobcats at the plate, hitting seven home runs and 40 RBIs while drawing 46 walks. His main position was catcher but he also contributed on the mound, going 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings of work.
“Calvin has rewritten many of our records and currently holds the marks for season ERA, triples and walks,” said his coach Casey Bryant. “He is an outstanding catcher as well as a dynamic pitcher for us.”
Goodman built a 6-4 mark on the mound but had an outstanding ERA of 0.67, fanning 61 batters in 63 innings and allowing only 10 walks. At the plate, he was the number two hitter, with a .306 average, 20 RBIs and 42 stolen bases.
“Sam has had a tremendous pitching career at Western Dubuque with four no-hitters,” added Bryant. “He is second on the all-time records for strikeouts in a season and ERA.”
Grover was tops for the Blazers in a bundle of stats that included batting average(.441), on-base average (.560 with 21 walks issued due to being hit 21 times by the pitch), slugging average (.640), runs scored (45), hits (49), doubles (10), triples (three), stolen bases (21-of-23). He struck out only eight times in 111 at-bats. The center fielder tied for most home runs on the team this season (two) and was second in RBIs (34).
“Owen was that special athlete who made everything he touched turn to gold. He was so versatile... and extremely talented, doing a good job at everything he does. Even this spring, when we started baseball practices, he was playing soccer and golf and still found time to excel at our sport. He is super coachable and never has a bad word to say. I’d take a dozen of him anytime,” said coach Fred Mart
Petsche was the leading pitcher on the Blazer squad, building an 8-2 record over 63 1/3 innings. He held a team-low ERA of 1.88, whiffing 84 batters while walking just 17. Even though typically batting ninth, he managed to score 28 runs, fourth on the team, and hit one of six triples from the team all season. He notched 21 RBIs, tied for fifth on the squad.
“Carter was my little fireplug,” added Martin. “He’s what, all of 5-6, maybe 135 but he’s full of fire. He hates to lose. He worked as hard as he could to get as much as he could from his body. He beat some really good teams this season and proved to everybody that hard work all year, during offseason and pre-season as well, is what makes the player, not their size.”