No-hit performances and solid offensive seasons landed multiple area baseball players on this season’s Heart of Iowa all-conference teams.
Collins-Maxwell/Baxter had two players named the Heart of Iowa second team — sophomore Brady Stover and senior Zach Samson — and Colfax-Mingo had one player selected to the second team, Nate Smith.
Stover threw two no hitters for the Raiders this summer. His first came in a 3-0 loss to Roland Story on June 16. The left-hander had a little more luck on his side during his second no hitter, a 4-2 victory over Colfax-Mingo on July 7.
Stover posted a 4-3 record on the mound. He struck out 95 batters and had the third-highest strikeout per seven inning rate (13.12) in the conference.
The 16-year-old Stover also provided a consistent bat in CMB’s lineup, hitting .329 for the year.
Only one other Raider recorded better numbers at the plate than Stover, and that was Samson. CMB’s top offensive producer, Samson hit at a .359 clip and led the team in home runs (five) and RBIs (17). He ended his high school career with an 11-game hitting streak.
Also receiving recognition for CMB were Seth Balke and Hunter McWhirter as honorable mention selections. Balke pitched 37 2/3 innings while compiling a 3-3 record for the Raiders. McWhirter played solid defense as the team’s catcher and hit .275.
Three of Colfax-Mingo’s four seniors ended up getting the nod for the Heart of Iowa teams. Smith was the most productive Tigerhawk for head coach Seth Milledge’s offense, posting a team-high .317 batting average and 10 RBIs, twice as many as any other player on the team.
Juan Gonzalez and Colton Harmison earned honorable mention status. Gonzalez played as important a role as any player for Colfax-Mingo, providing leadership and pitching a team-high 52 1/3 innings. Harmison also pitched, was second on the team in batting average (.270) and on-base percentage (.403) and played on the left side of the infield defensively.
Prairie City-Monroe junior Jerod DeVries was one of three Mustang baseball players selected to this year’s Heart of Iowa all-conference teams.
DeVries, a catcher for head coach Shaun Hudnut’s squad, batted .303 and threw out six runners on the base paths, which tied him for the fourth-most in the Heart of Iowa.
Junior Trey Lindsay and sophomore Austin Brown received honorable mention recognition. Lindsay played solid defense as the team’s shortstop and hit .264 with 23 hits throughout the season.
Brown was the Mustangs’ ace on the mound as he threw more than twice as many innings (56 2/3) as any other PCM pitcher. Brown ended the year with a 6-4 record and held opposing batters to a .211 average.