Several local high school baseball players were named to their respective all-conference teams, as leagues ended their postseason runs recently.
Ottumwa had three players chosen first-team all-CIML Metro for their strong seasons. First baseman Trae Swartz, infielder Jesus Jaime and utility player Mitch Wood were all selected for the first team, with Jaime as a unanimous selection.
Those three were joined on the first team by Des Moines Roosevelt’s Beck Anshutz, Mason Kochel, Alex Pentergast, Jayden Singleton and Alec Nigut, as well as Des Moines East’s James Jefferson, Bryce Crabb, Desean Giboo and Joe Ramsey. Des Moines Lincoln’s Jasper Wilson represented the Rails on the first team.
Jaime, a third baseman, led the Bulldogs with a .372 average, two home runs and 31 RBIs, and tied for the team lead with 35 hits. Wood, who played shortstop and pitched in a closing role, hits.312 with a homer and 20 RBIs, and also had 35 hits and 28 runs scored. Swartz hit .311 with 17 RBIs as a first baseman.
Pitcher Jackson Grooms, catcher Adam Denniston, infielder Dominick Delehoy and outfielder Zach Bennett were second-team selections, with Delehoy and Bennett unanimous selections.
Logan Chickering, Andrew Cole and Colton McKinnon earned honorable mention Metro honors.
The Bulldogs finished 20-16 overall, and were 13-5 in the Metro to finish third.
Fairfield placed nine players on the all-SEC team, including four first-team performers.
All-staters Kosta Papazoglou and Austin Simpson were selected to pitcher and infielder sports, respectively. Tristin Waugh also earned first-team honors as an infielder and Caden Jones was selected to an outfield spot.
Both Papazoglou and Simpson finished in the top five in Class 3A in batting average, hitting .474 and .473, respectively. Simpson, who was voted the league’s player of the year, also had 16 home runs to tie for the lead in all classes. Papazoglou added 10 home runs.
Waugh hit .372 with seven home runs, 32 RBIs and scored 29 runs, while Jones hit .301 with 22 RBIs, and led the team with 11 stolen bases.
Jackson Weaton (pitcher), Cooper Drish (infield) and Carter Ferrel (infield) were named second-team all-conference players. Drew Martin and Cole Engle were honorable mention selections.
The Trojans shared the conference championship with Mount Pleasant.
SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE
Five area players were named to the first-team all-SCC team.
EBF’s Nolan Stetter and Jared McCrea were selected at first base and utility, respectively, while Davis County’s Trevor Slayton (shortstop), Owen Bennett (outfield) and Kade Tharp (utility) were also first-team picks.
Stetter hit .284, but tied for the team lead with three home runs and drove in 17 runs for the Rockets, who finished tied for second in the league with Davis County. McCrea, who also was a Class 2A all-district performer, hit .346 with 12 RBIs and scored 23 runs, and was 5-3 with a 2.18 ERA as a pitcher. He struck out 51 and walked 27 in 542/3 innings.
Slayton earned all-district honors for the Mustangs, hitting .423 with four home runs and 18 RBIs, and leading Davis County with 41 hits. Bennett hit .274 with 13 RBIs and Tharp, who hit .328, had four home runs and 23 RBIs.
EBF’s Trey Moore (third base), Kalen Walker (outfielder) and Wyatt Klyn (utility) were second-team selections, as were Davis County’s Draven DeKraai (second base) and Caden Hill (utility).
EBF’s Adam LaRue, Logan McCrea and Zach Leonard were honorable mention selections. Davis County’s and Albia’s honorable selections were not available.
Pekin, Cardinal and Van Buren were well-represented on the two-division Superconference all-conference teams.
In the North Division, Pekin had three members of its teams selected for first-team all-league honors. Quinn Ledger (catcher), Tanner Bainbridge (infield) and Caleb Comstock (outfield) all earned top honors during a season in which the Panthers qualified for the first state tournament.
Ledger, an all-district catcher, hit .351 with 15 RBIs and scored 27 runs. His 16 stolen bases led the team. Bainbridge, who was selected as an all-district player and all-state selection, hit .506 with five home runs and 31 RBIs, while Comstock, an all-district outfielder, hit .433 with 22 RBIs and 30 runs scored.
Brady Latcham (pitcher) and Mason Juhl (infield) were second-team selections, while Tugg Hill and Chase Stansberry were honorable mention picks.
Cardinal and Van Buren combined to have five players named to the South Division first team.
Cardinal’s Colby Aschenbrenner (infield) was joined by teammate Cameron Honomichl (utility) on the first team. Van Buren’s trio of Jaxon Thomas (pitcher), Ryan Wolf (infield) and Jacob Plecker (infield) also made the first team.
Aschenbrenner hit .391 with two home runs and 21 RBIs, while Honomichl batted .353 with two home runs and 25 RBIs. Thomas was 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 431/3 innings. Wolf led the Warriors with a .420 average, two home runs and 26 RBIs. Plecker hit .412 with seven doubles and 10 RBIs.
Cardinal’s Jentry Arbogast (pitcher), Blaine Bryant (catcher), Braden Ridgway (infield), Landon Becker (outfield) and Griffin Greiner (utility) were second-team selections, while Van Buren’s Jonah Heckenberg (infield), Tony Davison (outfield) and Caleb Stoltz (utility) were also second-team picks.
The Comets’ Ryan Clark was an honorable mention selection, as were Van Buren’s Treyton Bainbridge and Mason McDonough.