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Seven Mustangs earn all-HOIC baseball recognition

Four tabbed for all-district

Reed Worth
Reed Worth

Prairie City-Monroe’s baseball team suffered four conference losses during Heart of Iowa Conference play this past season.

All four defeats came at the hands of a pair of Class 3A schools in North Polk and Gilbert.

The third-place finish in the final HOIC standings netted the Mustangs seven all-conference selections.

Four of those players also collected all-district recognition.

Earning first-team all-conference honors were seniors Reed Worth and Preston Van Wyk and sophomore Sage Burns.

Junior Derek Brown and senior Olin Meinders were both second-team selections, while senior Brayton Van Dyke and junior Dane Owens claimed honorable mention recognition.

Brown and Meinders were first-team picks in the 2A Central District. Worth and Burns grabbed second-team all-district honors.

Worth earned all-district honors at second base after batting .354 and having an on-base percentage of .453. He led the Mustangs with 28 runs, nine doubles and 22 stolen bases while also collecting a home run, 14 RBIs, 12 walks and three hit by pitches.

Worth’s overall fielding percentage was .901 and he improved that to .954 in conference play.

At the plate, in conference games, Worth batted .349 and had an OBP of .453. He led the Mustangs with 13 runs, three doubles and 13 steals and added eight RBIs, six walks and three hit by pitches.

Burns earned all-district honors as a utility player after team-highs in batting average and OBP. He batted .439 overall and had an OBP of .514. He finished with 14 runs, four doubles, 13 RBIs, four walks, two steals and seven hit by pitches.

Burns was a first-team all-conference player after hitting a team-best .471 and having a team-best OBP of .568. He had eight runs, one double, six RBIs, walks and a team-high six hit by pitches.

His overall fielding percentage was .846, but Burns did not commit an error in conference play.

Van Wyk was a first-team all-conference member for the second straight season. He batted .315 overall with an OBP of .416.

Van Wyk finished with 21 runs, one double, a team-high four triples, 11 RBIs, 10 walks, nine stolen bases and four hit by pitches.

His fielding percentage was .975 but he did not commit an error in conference play.

Van Wyk batted .333 in conference games and had an OBP of .440. He finished with 12 runs, a team-high three triples, two RBIs, a team-best seven walks, six steals and one hit by pitch.

Brown was a first-team all-district pitcher after going 6-2 with an earned run average of 1.49. He struck out 58 batters and walked 23 in 42 1/3 innings pitched. Opponents hit .121 against him.

At the plate, Brown batted .259 and had an OBP of .348. He finished with eight runs, two doubles, one homer, 11 RBIs, eight walks and one stolen base.

His fielding percentage overall was .833 and he improved to .870 in conference play.

In conference action, Brown was 5-1 on the mound with an ERA of 1.30. He struck out 45 and walked 17 in 32 1/3 innings. Opponents batted only .110 against him.

Brown batted .242 in conference play and had an OBP of .286. He finished with two runs, one double, one homer, eight RBIs, two walks and one steal.

Meinders was an all-conference and all-district player for the first time in his career this season. Overall, he batted .384 and had an OBP of .483. He finished with 18 runs, four doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs, six walks, two steals and a team-high eight hit by pitches.

In conference play, Meinders batted .326 and had an OBP of .408. He finished with six runs, three doubles, six RBIs, two walks and four hit by pitches.

Meinders, who earned all-district honors as an outfielder, had an overall fielding percentage of .864 but improved that to .944 in conference games.

Van Dyke batted .328 overall this season and had an OBP of .442. He led the Mustangs with two homers, 24 RBIs and 14 walks and also finished with 22 runs, five doubles, 10 steals and two hit by pitches.

In conference play, Van Dyke hit .302 and had an OBP of .404. He led the Mustangs with three doubles, 14 RBIs and seven walks and also finished with a homer, 10 runs, four steals and a hit by pitch.

Van Dyke’s overall fielding percentage was .922 and he improved that to .938 in conference games.

Owens batted .351 overall and had an OBP of .424. He finished with 17 runs, four doubles, 17 RBIs, nine walks and one hit by a pitch.

In conference play, Owens batted .304 and had an OBP of .327. He tallied seven runs, a team-high three doubles, six RBIs and two walks.

Owens had a fielding percentage of .987 overall and his conference fielding percentage was .979.

The entire baseball all-conference teams for the HOIC were not available at press time.

Heart of Iowa Conference

2019 Final Baseball Standings

Team Conf. Overall

North Polk 13-1 28-5

Gilbert 13-1 24-7

PCM 9-4 17-5

South Hamilton 6-7 11-9

Greene County 4-10 10-23

Saydel 3-8 11-16

Roland-Story 3-10 19-19

Nevada 2-12 7-21

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