Together they have won state titles in little league, Babe Ruth and most recently in high school baseball.
The University of Iowa has to like the successful duo they’ll soon be getting from Davis County.
Juniors Calvin Mathews and Josh Martsching can add one more honor they share in this championship summer for the Mustang teammates. Both earned a place on the first team of Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 2A All-State team, giving the Mustangs three all-state selections overall.
Senior Zach Fligg was named to the Class 2A all-state third team, joining Van Buren senior pitcher Court Garrett on the squad. Fligg was one of three outfielders taken on the third team, joining seniors Dillon Robinson (Underwood) and Greg Hegstad (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn).
One other area baseball player earned a first-team all-state honor. Senior Andrew Utterback, who set school records this past year on the football field and basketball court at Sigourney, was named a first-team all-state outfielder in Class 1A for the Savages.
Mathews was one of three pitchers to be named first-team all-staters, joining aces of two teams Davis County beat on the way to winning their first-ever state baseball title. Gilbert senior Joe Goodman, who came on in relief in the 2A title game against the Mustangs and struck out 10 batters, and Iowa City Regina junior Danny Pacha were the other first-team 2A all-state hurlers.
Mathews was the key on the mound to the Mustangs’ run to the state title this summer. He lost in his first start of the year to Eddyville-Blakesburg. Mathews wouldn’t lose again, while winning 12-straight decisions, striking out a state-best 158 batters and finishing with a Class 2A-best 0.51 ERA.
Martsching helped Mathews in establishing Davis County as one of the state’s best pitching teams. While also going 9-2 including a win in the 2A title game, Martsching joined Mathews in leading the Mustangs’ to having a state-best staff ERA of 1.00 while striking out 350 batters, second only to 1A state champ Martensdale-St. Mary’s.
Martsching’s first-team honor came as one of three infielders along with West Branch senior Logan Murry and Dyersville Beckman junior Nate Steger. While starting at second base, Martsching batted lead-off throughout the season and led Davis County with 49 hits, 13 doubles, 41 RBI and 45 runs scored.
The Mustang duo aren’t done playing championship baseball this summer. After celebrating their state high school title this week, Mathews and Martsching will head to Epharta, Washington to join their Ottumwa teammates to play in their second-straight Senior Babe Ruth World Series starting on Saturday.
Fligg, who will also be a part of that Babe Ruth team, was second on the Mustangs with 42 runs scored and third with 37 RBI. Fligg also batted .371 and crushed 10 of Davis County’s state-best 56 home runs.
Garrett, who also is a part of the Ottumwa 16-18 Babe Ruth All-Stars, helped lead Van Buren to finishing the regular season as the second-ranked team in Class 2A. The Warrior senior was 6-2 on the mound with a 1.24 ERA and had a team-best 83 strikeouts this summer.
The final member of the Ottumwa Senior Babe Ruth squad to be named to an all-state team was Utterback, who joined seniors Brendon Boerm (North Tama) and Drew Verstegen (Mason City Newman) as 1A first-team all-state outfield selections. While leading Sigourney to a winning season, Utterback was second only to Cedar Fall-NU High all-stater Kyle Denning in on-base percentage (.717) while finishing the fifth-best batting average in the state (.584).
Utterback was one of two Sigourney players to earn all-state honors. Senior Sean Sellers was the lone first baseman named to the Class 1A third team after finishing the season with a .556 batting average and a team-high 47 RBI.
North Mahaska’s Chaz McBirnie was named to the Class 1A all-state second team. The Warhawk senior batted .435 this season and earned one of three outfield second team selections.