Six Messenger-area baseball players were recently honored as all-state picks by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Two of those players - senior Will Gormally of Fort Dodge and senior Austin Vaske from Bishop Garrigan - were placed on the "Super Team," which combines all four classes to comprise one all-state squad. Gormally was listed as an outfielder, while Vaske was a utility pick.
Gormally, a centerfielder, paced the Dodgers in batting average (.443), hits (62), runs (41), doubles (17), triples (3) and stolen bases (10) and was second in RBI (34). He was the first FDSH player in school history to be placed on the all-state "Super Team."
"Will worked very hard and put himself into this position," FDSH head coach Matt Elsbecker said. "He matured greatly from the time he was a freshman until his senior year.
"He didn't earn (a spot on Super Team) by accident. I'm very proud of him for the honor."
Vaske, the 1A?Iowa Newspaper Association captain, went 11-1 on the mound with 116 strikeouts in 83 innings. He hit .479 with a state-best 13 home runs.
Gormally and Vaske will both play for Iowa Central next season.
Tyler Vaughn, another member of the Class 4A state runner-up Dodger squad, was tabbed to the first unit as a pitcher. Vaughn, who was a junior this past summer, went 10-1 with two saves and a 2.31 ERA in 66 2/3 innings of work.
"What a great honor for Tyler," said Elsbecker. "He improved a lot from last year to this year, which is a direct relation to all the things he did. He's a multi-sport athlete, which has really helped him. The great thing is Tyler gets to come back next year."
St. Edmond's junior duo of Tommy Setterdahl and David Flattery each made the 2A second squad, with Setterdahl as a first baseman and Flattery in the utility spot.
Setterdahl batted .429 with 39 hits, 31 RBI and 25 runs.
"Tommy is a guy that works really hard and puts in a lot of time during the offseason," SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. "The ball jumps off his bat as well as anyone I've ever coached.
"He's still trying to get better, and has some lofty goals for himself. He deserves the recognition."
Despite missing five games due to a knee injury, Flattery paced the Gaels in batting average (.554), hits (46) and RBI (35), while scoring 24 runs. He was also 3-1 on the mound with a 2.92 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
"David came into his own this year at the plate," said Shanks. "Teams are always aware of his ability, and adjusted their defenses to him. He has unlimited potential to play at the next level."
In 1A, Zach Keith of Garrigan made the second team as a third baseman. Keith was a senior for the Golden Bears, who advanced to the 1A state semifinals.