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Newton’s Jenkins, area athletes earn all-district softball, baseball honors

Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:15 a.m. CDT
(Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News)
Newton catcher Sydney Jenkins lands on Class 4A All-Southeast District softball team for the second year in a row.

Eleven area athletes received the first of several postseason honors expected to be announced this week and next week in softball and baseball.

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association and the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association released their All-District softball and baseball teams.

Newton’s Sydney Jenkins was named to the IGCA Class 4A All-Southeast District team for the second year in a row. The sophomore catcher led the Cardinals in most offensive categories in their 9-23 season. She also had a .979 fielding percentage with only two errors working behind the plate. Jenkins threw out seven runners attempting to steal bases this season.

Jenkins compiled a .481 batting average and a .759 slugging percentage. She connected for 38 singles, 10 doubles and three triples, leading Newton in all three. Jenkins hit two home runs, drove in 25 runs and scored 26 runs. She was 21-for-21 on stolen base attempts.

Colfax-Mingo freshman pitcher Amy Russell and Collins-Maxwell/Baxter senior first baseman Abbie Haupert were named to the IGCA Class 2A Central District softball team. 

Russell went 13-9 in the pitching circle for the Tigerhawks, who went 17-14 in the 2014 season. She had a 1.21 earned run average in 144 2/3 innings pitched. She allowed 124 hits, walked 26, hit 10 batters and recorded 141 strikeouts.

Russell also led Colfax-Mingo offensively with a .424 batting average and a .761 slugging average. She powered out five home runs, doubled 16 times and had 39 singles. Russell scored 21 runs and drove in 24 runs.

Haupert had a .964 fielding average at first base for the CMB Raiders. She committed eight errors. Haupert led the team with a .374 batting average. She scored 19 runs and had 19 RBIs. She hit 37 singles, nine doubles and two triples for the Raiders, who were 15-15.

Driving in three of the team’s four runs in the Class 3A regional final was fitting for Prairie City-Monroe’s senior catcher Abigail Gilson. The Mustangs lost 6-4 to West Burlingt/Nortre Dame in the regional championship game on July 14.

Gilson, who was the Mustangs’ offensive leader for the 2014 season, earned Class 3A Southeast All-District honors. She drove in 41 runs during the 22-8 campaign that came up one win shy of a state tournament berth.

Gilson topped the team list in most of the offensive categories. She hit at a .396 clip and had a .667 slugging percentage. Gilson hammered out a team-leading five home runs. She also had 39 singles, eight doubles and two triples this season. Gilson scored 28 runs. She was 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts. Behind the plate, Gilson had a .970 fielding percentage for the Mustangs.

In Class 1A, Lynnville-Sully had four players landed on the All-South Central District softball team. Senior catcher Becca Vos, junior pitcher Madison Rasmusson, junior shortstop Shelby Davis and sophomore designated hitter Kasiah Ehresman.

The Hawks were 34-1 during the regular season and playoffs. The individual statistics given here do not include the team’s three games in the 2014 Class 1A state softball tournament.

Vos was the team’s fourth leading hitter with a .385 batting average. She had 40 singles, 14 doubles, which led the team, and one triple. She led was second in RBIs with 45. Vos had a fielding percentage of .981 with only four errors while working behind the plate all 35 games. She threw out five runners on eight stolen base attempts.

Rasmusson was 34-1 with a 0.79 ERA over 196 innings pitched. She notched 174 strikeouts while issuing only 27 walks and hitting two batters. Rasmusson hit at a .500 clip with four home runs, eight triples and six doubles. She was 46-of-48 in stolen base attempts.

Davis pounded out six home runs. Davis has driven in 48 runs and scored 42, hitting at .412. She was 28-for-28 on stolen base attempts.

Ehresman, who hits second behind Rasmusson, had a team-leading .594 batting average and led the team with 59 stolen bases in 62 attempts. 

CMB’s Brady Stover and PCM’s Zach Uhlenhopp and Austin Brown were named to the IHSBCA Class 2A Central District second team.

Stover, a sophomore pitcher, threw two no-hitters — one a loss and one a win — for CMB. Stover went 4-3 for the Raiders, who were 8-14 for the season. He finished with a 2.21 ERA, allowing 27 hits in 50 2/3 innings of work. Stover walked 32, hit six batters and struck out 95. He also had one save.

Stover was second on the team with a .329 batting average. He had 24 singles, five doubles and two triples. Stover drove in six runs and scored 20 runs. He was 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts.

Uhlenhopp, a senior, earned second-team honors as a utility player. He played right field for most of the season for the Mustangs, but also caught and pitched a couple of games. The Mustangs were 11-15 overall.

Uhlenhopp hit a .360 clip with 27 singles, one double. He scored 15 runs and drove in nine. He was 9-for-11 on stolen base attempts. Uhlenhopp had a fielding average of . 968. He was 2-0 pitching.

Brown was a sophomore pitcher for the Mustangs with a 6-4 record. He had a 1.98 earned run average over 56 2/3 innings pitched. Brown allowed 46 hits, walked 23, hit four batters and struck out 67 batters.

At the plate, Brown was a .257 hitter with 19 singles, three doubles and one home run. He had 13 RBIs and scored eight runs.

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