Western Dubuque’s Sam Goodman and Kyle Lehmann, along with Beckman’s Carter Petsche, closed the book on their high school baseball careers at the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Series in Carroll, Aug. 9-11.
Goodman and Lehmann were members of the Large Schools East team that won the consolation final to take third in the annual four-team event, while Petsche was a member of the Small Schools East squad that won a 3-2 decision over Large Schools West for the series title, avenging an earlier 11-1 loss.
Goodman, a University of Iowa signee, was named team MVP of the Large East after making a pair of mound appearances, playing infield, and going 2-for-3 with two doubles in the third-place game.
“I pitched the first game against Small East and came back again against Large West,” said Goodman. “I played second in the two games I didn’t pitch.
“It’s one of the best baseball memories I have. There were so many guys there I have played with and against since I started playing baseball,” he said. “Playing travel ball you get to know who the best players are and it was great getting to play with all these guys one last time before heading off to college.”
Goodman is excited to head to Iowa City and make an impact with the Hawkeyes.
“I’m hoping to play right away. I’ll have to earn my spot,” he said. “When I went for my visit they asked if I wanted to try some infield, but right now I’m just going to focus on my pitching.”
Lehmann was initially slated to participate in the all-star series, but a conflict with Legion ball forced a withdrawal. When Dubuque County was eliminated after only two games in the regional, Lehmann was able to play in the all-star games when a spot opened on the roster.
“We were in Sioux Falls, and after our second loss, I got a text from the all-star coach and he said they still had a spot open for me,” Lehmann said. “I thought that was pretty cool, so I told my dad. It was only two or three hours from there, so my aunt and grandma came with my high school jerseys and met us there in Carroll for the all-star series. Playing with the best athletes in Iowa was pretty cool.”
Lehmann played right field, first base and found his way to the pitchers’ mound for the Large East squad. He was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in an 8-6 loss to Small West and will be taking his talents to Southeastern Community College in Burlington for the 2019-2020 season.
“There are three guys from the all-star series at Southeastern, so that’s a good thing. I knew I wanted to play baseball somewhere,” Lehmann said. “Southeastern came into play, and it was a late decision to come here, but I like it down here. They are looking at me as an outfielder, and hopefully, in a couple years I can move up to Division I.”
Petsche, who will continue his baseball journey at Luther College, saw time both on the mound and at second base during the series.
“I pitched against the Large School West, and they were a very good team,” he said. “I went out there and pitched the best I could, but it didn’t go the way we wanted it to the first time we played them. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Playing in the series was an unforgettable experience, according to Petsche.
“It was a great time — I met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Petsche was a dual purpose player at Beckman, and may be the same at Luther.
“Before the high school season, they were looking for me to just play second and short, but they are going to allow me to work on my pitching too.”