Area players earn all-NCC honors
Webster City’s Romel Martinez and Algona’s Trevor Bormann were named unanimous all-North Central Conference baseball selections recently.
Both seniors were tabbed on all the ballots cast by coaches.
Joining Martinez on the first team from the Lynx were Max Hackbarth and Dylan Steen as pitchers, with Bormann’s teammates Grant Goche, Collin Sexton, Carson Devine and Matt Grein also making the squad.
Humboldt’s Joey Busse, Hudson Gargano and Isaac Thurm, along with Clear Lake’s Jackson Hamlin and Zach Lester, round out the first team selections.
Clear Lake won the league title by a game over Webster City, with Algona and Humboldt tying for third. St. Edmond was fifth overall. The Lions and Lynx won the Pride and Tradition division crowns, with the Gaels second and the Bulldogs and Wildcats runners-up.
Bormann led the NCC in hitting, batting .500 in league play with four doubles, three homers, a triple and 21 hits total. His .857 slugging percentage was also tops, as was his .604 on-base percentage and 17 steals.
Matinez had 19 hits, including six for extra bases, which gave him a .404 average.
St. Edmond’s Jake Szalat made the second team and Jack McEvoy the third.
Szalat, a senior, was second in the league with a 0.77 earned run average in 36-plus innings. He recorded 46 strikeouts against just nine walks, with opponents hitting only .185 off him.
“For Jake to be on the second team with a 5-1 record shows the depth of pitching in our league,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “And he improved as a hitter this season, raising his batting average and on-base percentage.
“Jake was a tremendous leader for our team and our program, and we’ll certainly miss him next season.”
Szalat also led the NCC with a .963 average in terms of hits, walks and hit batters allowed per inning. He was a first team selection last season.
McEvoy, a junior, led the Gaels with a .303 average in conference play, picking up a team-high 11 RBI with eight walks.
“All-NCC honors was a great accomplishment for Jack, especially considering how loaded the catcher position was,” Szalat said. “Hopefully, he can build on his season and improve next year. He really gained a lot of confidence at the plate and just looked more relaxed and comfortable.”
Webster City’s Cameron Moen, Jordan Tanner, Noah McKinney and Caleb Olson; Humboldt’s Owen Newton and Sawyer Savery; and Clarion-Goldfield/Dows’ Zach Martin and Will Weidemann all were on the second-team.
ALL-NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE BASEBALL
Max Hackbarth, Webster City, sr., P; Jackson Hamlin, Clear Lake, sr., P; Dylan Steen, Webster City, jr., P; Zach Lester, Clear Lake, sr., C; *Romel Martinez, Webster City, sr., IF; Grant Goche, Algona, sr., IF; Collin Sexton, Algona, sr., IF; Joey Busse, Humboldt, jr., IF; *Trevor Bormann, Algona, sr., OF; Carson Devine, Algona, jr., OF; Hudson Gargano, Humboldt, jr., OF; Isaac Thurm, Humboldt, sr., U; Matt Grein, Algona, jr., U.
*Denotes unanimous decision
Cameron Moen, Webster City, sr., P; Jake Szalat, St. Edmond, sr., P; Nathan Tofte, Clear Lake, sr., P; Jordan Tanner, Webster City, sr., C; Noah McKinney, Webster City, sr., IF; Owen Newton, Humboldt, jr., IF; Erik McHenry, Clear Lake, soph., IF; Drew Uhlenhopp, Hampton-Dumont, soph., IF; Dustin Miller, Hampton-Dumont, jr., OF; Caleb Olson, Webster City, jr., OF; Sawyer Savery, Humboldt, jr., OF; Zach Martin, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, sr., U; Will Weidemann, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, sr., U.
Tanner Abbas, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, sr.; Nick Goche, Algona, sr.; Jack McEvoy, St. Edmond, jr.; Chase Stuver, Clear Lake, jr.; Jacob Thurm, Humboldt, soph.; Reed Abbas, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, fr.; Karson Sharar, Iowa Falls-Alden, fr.; Cade Witzke, Humboldt, fr.