Davidson brothers first team all-state
Pocahontas Area’s standout tandem honored in Class 2A
Jace and Christian Davidson made their father’s final year coaching Pocahontas Area a memorable one.
The icing on the cake came Monday, when the brothers were both named Iowa Print Sports Writers Association Class 2A first team all-staters.
Aaron Davidson, a St. Edmond graduate, is the new principal at Fort Dodge Middle School. As co-head coach with Brandon Ruffridge this summer, Davidson and the Indians won 24 games, claimed the Twin Lakes Conference title and reached a substate final.
Along with the Davidson brothers making the first team, junior Ryan Anderson was selected to the second team for Pocahontas Area.
Jace Davidson, the lone senior on the PAC roster, hit .494 with 37 RBI, 11 doubles, 10 steals and two homers. He was also 6-2 on the mound with 89 strikeouts in just over 53 innings, sporting an earned run average of 1.44.
Christian Davidson, just a sophomore, finished 8-1 with 65 strikeouts in 53 innings, while hitting .449 with a .724 slugging percentage, 21 RBI, 36 steals, 10 doubles, seven triples and a home run.
“I am very proud of both boys,” Aaron said. “They have put in the time and have sacrificed some things in order to get to this level as first team all-state baseball players.”
The Davidsons were also solid defenders, with Jace committing just two errors in 145 chances for a .986 fielding percentage. Christian had three errors and a .959 fielding percentage.
“I have been blessed to be able to coach both from when they were five and six years old all the way to now,” Davidson said. “We have had many conversations about the expectations they would have, simply because their dad was their coach. They would have to prove to many, many people that they deserved the position and spot they got.
“Both Jace and Christian had great baseball seasons. My wife, Krystal, and I are very proud of them. In the same regards, sports doesn’t define the two of them. We are most proud that they are good kids.”
Anderson hit .400 with 25 RBI, 24 steals and a .469 on-base percentage. On the hill, he went 6-1 with 53 strikeouts in just over 41 innings pitched.
“We are very proud of Jace, Christian and Ryan earning all-state status for their production during the 2019 season,” Davidson said. “All three had huge seasons for us and they were a big part of the success we had this year. They led by example all year long, which was really nice to see.”
Webster City’s Dylan Steen and Tyler Olson made the 3A second team, with Humboldt’s Owen Newton on the third.
Steen, a senior who also earned all-state football honors this past fall, hit .495 with 27 RBI, 20 steals, 11 doubles and was 6-3 with 78 strikeouts and a 1.71 earned run average.
Olson batted .384 with 17 RBI, 13 steals, nine doubles and went 11-1 with 102 strikeouts, a 0.68 earned run average and only 19 walks on the mound.
The sophomore finished tied for the 3A lead in wins and ranked fourth in strikeouts.
Bryce Coppock of Newell-Fonda was selected to the 1A second team. The junior hit .393 with 37 steals, 17 RBI, 12 doubles and just two strikeouts in 107 plate appearances.
Coppock, who was also an all-stater in basketball, will enroll at West Sioux in the fall after his family moved.
Earning captain status were Josh Fitzgerald of Mason City Newman (1A), Jake Hilmer from North Linn (2A), Garrett Finley of Central DeWitt (3A) and Peyton Williams from Johnston (4A).