Kolacia, Scott named all-NCC
Like most around the state, Cael Kolacia held out hope for weeks of a summer baseball season.
Kolacia and St. Edmond were able to get on the field for a limited run, but that didn’t stop the junior from being named a first team all-North Central Conference selection.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized in a very competitive conference,” Kolacia said. “I appreciate the award. Ultimately, though, my first goal is to help the team win and be successful.
“With all the hard work that was put in during the offseason, it’s great to see it pay off.”
Kolacia led the Gaels with 37 strikeouts on the hill in just over 18 innings. Opponents hit only .078 against him, surrendering just five hits to go 2-2 overall. He opened the season with an 11-strikeout performance vs. Humboldt, going five-plus without allowing a hit.
“We have a lot of guys coming back next year,” Kolacia said. “Hopefully we can make a deeper run into the postseason, as well.”
Webster City’s Tyler Olson, Devon Stoakes and Sean Carver were all unanimous selections along with Humboldt’s Jacob Thurm.
Olson, Stoakes and Carver were joined by Lynx teammates Ty McKinney, Connor Hansen and Chase Rattenborg, while Cade Witzke was also on the first team alongside Thurm.
Reed Abbas and Tyler Stein of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows made the honor squad.
Olson, who is receiving plenty of college interest, was the top hitter in the NCC this summer, batting .579 with 10 runs and 10 RBI. Carver was right behind with a .526 average to go along with 10 runs and seven RBI.
On the mound, Olson went 4-0 in the league, tossing over 24 innings with 41 strikeouts, just four walks and only 12 hits allowed. He surrendered just two earned runs for Webster City.
Rattenborg went 2-0 with 13 strikeouts in nine innings pitched. Thurm had 24 strikeouts in just under 20 innings pitched for the Wildcats while leading the NCC in slugging at .714 with two homers.
Peyton Scott, also a junior for the Gaels, was placed on the second-team. Scott went 2-0 with 29 strikeouts in 17 innings overall, allowing just two earned runs.
“Like Cael, Peyton is another kid that worked hard in the offseason, had a quality regular season and was rewarded for it,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “It’s nice to see that happen to kids that really put in the time.”
In Scott’s first outing of the year, he struck out 17 in a 2-1 win over Iowa Falls-Alden. He also had an eight-strikeout performance in a win over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, driving in two runs at the plate.
“This is one of the better junior classes in the conference in terms of pitching,” Szalat said. “So for Cael and Peyton to be honored is great. Peyton was willing to start or come in if we needed him to at any moment.”
Webster City went a perfect 6-0 to claim the NCC title ahead of Humboldt with Clear Lake third and Algona fourth. The Lynx and Lions won their respective division titles, as well.
ALL-NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE BASEBALL
*Jacob Thurm, Humboldt, sr., P; *Tyler Olson, Webster City, jr., P; Cael Kolacia, St. Edmond, jr., P; *Devon Stoakes, Webster City, soph., C; Erik McHenry, Clear Lake, sr., IF; Drew Uhlenhopp, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, sr., IF; Reed Abbas, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, jr., IF; Ty McKinney, Webster City, fr., IF; *Sean Carver, Webster City, jr., OF; Tyler Stein, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, sr., OF; Connor Hansen, Webster City, fr., OF; Chase Rattenborg, Webster City, jr., U; Cade Witzke, Humboldt, jr., U.
*Denotes unanimous selection
Cameron Rindone, Algona, jr., P; Eric Ritter, Clear Lake, jr., P; Peyton Scott, St. Edmond, jr., P; Wyatt Streit, Algona, jr., C; Mario DeLaCruz, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, jr., IF; Andrew Formanek, Clear Lake, jr., IF; Beau Klaver, Webster City, soph., IF; Caden Matson, Humboldt, soph., IF; PJ Feuerbach, Clear Lake, jr., OF; Nevan Moss, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, fr., OF; CJ Hisler, Webster City, fr., OF; Dylan Madden, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr., U; Tyler Manske, Algona, soph., U.
Caleb Kruger, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, sr.; Connor O’Tool, Clear Lake, sr.; Colby Clarken, Humboldt, jr.; Trey Lyons, Webster City, jr.; Sam Off, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr..; Benji Sauke, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, jr.; Austin Warnke, Clear Lake, jr.; Aaron Weringa, Algona, jr.