2019 IPSWA All-State Baseball teams announced

DES MOINES — Members of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association met Saturday at Principal Park in Des Moines to select the 2019 All-State baseball teams as well as team captains. Chosen were Josh Fitzgerald, of Newman Catholic, in Class 1A; in Class 2A, North Linn’s Jake Hilmer; in Class 3A Central DeWitt’s Garrett Finley; and in Class 4A Johnston’s Peyton Williams. 

Members participating included Jim Gries, Oskaloosa Herald; Jerry Giese, Sergeant Bluff Advocate; K.J. Pilcher, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Troy Banning, Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal; Mark Schafer, Carroll Times-Herald; Lori Wiser-Dyas, The Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News; Greg Grabinowski, Algona Publishing;Matt Coss, Quad-City Times; Zach James, Sioux City Journal; Brian Rathjen, Atlantic News-Telegraph; Colin Peters, Centerville Daily Iowegian; Tyler Hetu, Creston News-Advertiser; Mike Oeffner, Harlan Newspapers; Carter Eckl; Creston News; and Kyle Ocker, Centerville Daily Iowegian.

Coach Aaron Davidson, Pocahontas Area, also participated.

Fitzgerald led Newman Catholic to a 38-3 record and the Class 1A state title in an 11-1, six-inning win over Alburnett. Fitzgerald went 1-2, scoring two runs and driving in a pair with a home run and a pair of sacrifice flies in the finals. During the season he ripped 26 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs, driving in 42 runs. He hit a scorching .568 with an on-base percentage of .616 while slugging at an .838 clip. In 15 mound appearances, he earned a 1-0 record with three saves with an ERA of 1.71

Hilmer added Class 2A captain to his collection of accolades, which also includes Mr. Basketball. He is the first athlete in the state to earn both awards. He and the Lynx, who finished the year at 40-6, fell 6-0 to Van Meter in the title game. He boasts a 15-2 record with one save in 18 pitching appearances. Over 85 ⅓ innings he finished with a microscopic ERA of 0.75.

Finley propelled Central DeWitt to the best season in program history. The catcher and three-year starter led the Sabers to a 38-win campaign and a state runner-up finish in the Class 3A tournament. Finley hit safely in 37 games for Central DeWitt, including 21 contests with two hits or more. Headed to play baseball at Central College in Pella this fall, Finley was second in 3A in runs batted in (53), third in batting average (.498) and among the top 10 in doubles (15). Besides catching a staff that included two all-state players, Finley, the WaMaC East Division player of the year, also was 6-0 on the mound with a 2.01 ERA. Among those victories was a 3-2 decision over Dubuque Wahlert in the substate final to secure the school’s third trip to the state tournament.

No one hit more home runs in the state of Iowa this season than Johnston’s Peyton Williams, the Class 4A captain. The first baseman and Iowa recruit finished the season with a .480 average, 17 doubles, 16 home runs and 57 RBIs in leading the Dragons to a 36-6 record and a state runner-up finish in Class 4A. A four-year starter, Williams was part of four state tournament teams and 140 victories. He finished his career with 27 home runs and 160 RBIs for the Dragons, who spent the majority of this season ranked No. 1. 

First, second and third teams were selected in each class.


Pitcher: Blaine Harpenau Remsen St. Marys Sophomore

Pitcher: Keaton Parker Alburnett Senior

Pitcher: Caleb Banowetz Calamus-Wheatland Junior

Catcher: Colby Page Southeast Warren Senior

First Base: Reed Stallman Alburnett Sophomore

Infield: Evan Paulus Newman Catholic Senior

Infield: Cael Frost Don Bosco Sophomore

Infield: Tyler Tscherter Gladbrook-Reinbeck Junior

Outfield: Josh Fitzgerald Newman Catholic Senior

Outfield: Hunter Rickels Calamus-Wheatland Senior

Outfield: Dylan Fry Belle Plaine Senior

Utility: Colin Kramer St. Ansgar Senior

Utility: Drew Schurke AR-WE-VA Senior


Pitcher: Christian Cook Coon Rapids-Bayard Senior

Pitcher: Brody Wolf HLV Junior

Pitcher: Nathan Keck Kingsley-Pierson Senior

Catcher: Tyler Vandewater Nodaway Valley Junior

First Base: Aaron Fleming GMG Senior

Infield: Bryce Coppock Newell-Fonda Junior

Infield: Layne Pryor Woodbine Sophomore

Infield: Cy Patterson St. Albert, Council Bluffs Sophomore

Outfield; Dean Schaull HLV Senior

Outfield: Luke Oleson Lawton-Bronson Junior

Outfield: Kendall Becker Don Bosco Senior

Utility: Bryce Schares Don Bosco Senior

Utility: Skylar Waldschmitt Remsen St. Marys Junior


Pitcher: Carter Nelson Baxter Junior

Pitcher: Isaac Gavin Martensdale-St. Mary’s Junior

Pitcher: Doug Taylor Newman Catholic 8th

Catcher: Kody Timm HLV Junior

First Base: Trey Baker Martensdale-St. Mary’s Sophomore

Infield: Hunter Caves Alburnett Senior

Infield: Landon Gilliland Lamoni Sophomore

Infield: Tanner Bainbridge Pekin Senior

Outfield: Damon Schmid Kingsley-Pierson Freshman

Outfield: Austin Huber Alburnett Junior

Outfield: Carson Butz Moravia Junior

Utility: Kade Schlepp Coon Rapids-Bayard Junior

Utility: Noah Tieskoetter South Winneshiek Junior


Pitcher: Jake Hilmer North Linn Senior

Pitcher: Briar Rowley Estherville-Lincoln Central Senior

Pitcher. Hunter Dekkers West Sioux Junior

Catcher: Connor Lange Missouri Valley Senior

First Base: Brock Farley Denver Senior

Infield: Christian Davidson Pocahontas Area Sophomore

Infield: Jalyn Gramstad West Lyon Junior

Infield: Aiden Brock Hinton Junior

Outfield: Owen Grover Beckman Catholic Senior

Outfield: David Seber North Linn Senior

Outfield: Tyler Hopp Central Lee Senior

Utility: Jace Davidson Pocahontas Area Senior

Utility: Collin McCrabb Wilton Senior


Pitcher: Brett Shelton Des Moines Christian Senior

Pitcher: Jared Townsend Wilton Senior

Pitcher: A. J. Schreck Kuemper Catholic Senior

Catcher: Jaxon Schumacher Treynor 8th

First Base: Brett Berg Van Meter Junior

Infield: Nick Ravlin Underwood Junior

Infield: Matt Paulsen West Branch Junior

Infield: Will Dembski Pella Christian Senior

Outfield: Kayden Kruse Ogden Senior

Outfield: Ryan Anderson Pocahontas Area Junior

Outfield: Jon Mootz Monticello Senior

Utility:: Anthony Potthoff Van Meter Junior

Utility: Gavin Lorenzen West Lyon Junior


Pitcher: Brad Tornow Mid-Prairie Senior

Pitcher: Zak Scott MVAOCOU Senior

Pitcher: Aaron Michael MVAOCOU Senior

Catcher: Michael Ryherd Alta-Aurelia Junior

First Base: Nate McCombs Treynor Junior

Infield: Josh Van Beek West Lyon Junior

Infeld: Grant Christy Des Moines Christian Senior

Infield: Chase Becker Iowa City Regina Sophomore

Outfield: Drake Adair Underwood Senior

Outfield: Jacob Blomgren Van Meter Sophomore

Outfield: Hunter Pesek New Hampton Junior

Utility: Austin Hilmer North Linn Freshman

Utility: Keelan Klommhaus Mount Ayr Junior


Pitcher: Rick Atkins Marion Senior

Pitcher: Lucas Bixby Central DeWitt Senior

Pitcher: Bryson Bastian Cedar Rapids Xavier Senior

Catcher: Garrett Finley Central DeWitt Senior

First Base: Austin Simpson Fairfield Senior

Infield: Kyle Moeder Cedar Rapids Xavier Senior

Infield: Brett Sears Harlan Senior

Infield: Mike Pithan Sioux City Heelan Senior

Outfield: Casey Young Winterset Junior

Outfield: Brady Kauzlarich Centerville Sophomore

Outfield: Eric Salazar Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Junior

Utility: Nick Gottilla Davenport Assumption Senior

Utility: Spencer Kleene Sergeant Bluff-Luton Junior


Pitcher: Tyler Olson Webster City Sophomore

Pitcher: Cam Miller Solon Junior

Pitcher: Alex McAleer Central DeWitt Junior

Catcher: Garrett Ries Cedar Rapids Xavier Senior

First Base: Isaiah Henrich Carlisle Senior

Infield: Trevor Paulsen Marion Senior

Infield: Chase McLaren Atlantic Senior

Infield: Jared Sitzmann Sioux City Heelan Junior

Outfield: Brett Price Boone Senior

Outfield: Tyler Miller Oskaloosa Junior

Outfield: Nate Schlichting Davenport Assumption Junior

Utility: Dylan Steen Webster City Senior

Utility: Daniel Wright Sergeant Bluff-Luton Junior


Pitcher: Logan Smith Dallas Center-Grimes Junior

Pitcher: Clark Hood North Polk Senior

Pitcher: Connor Bruck Harlan Junior

Catcher: Kosta Papazogolou Fairfield Senior

First Base: Owen Newton Humboldt Senior

Infield: Jeff Lamp North Polk Senior

Infield: Marcus Klemme Spencer Senior

Infield: McCain Oden Centerville Junior

Outfield: Gage Franck Marion Sophomore

Outfield: Nile Foss Carlisle Junior

Outfield: Easton Darling Winterset Junior

Utility: Colton Butler Oskaloosa Junior

Utility: Brant Hogue Sioux City Heelan Junior


Pitcher: Marcus Morgan Iowa City West Sophomore

Pitcher: Jacob Tobey Johnston Senior

Pitcher: Ty Langenberg Urbandale Junior

Catcher: Calvin Harris Western Dubuque Senior

First Base: Peyton Williams Johnston Senior

Infield: Alex Pentergast Des Moines Roosevelt Junior

Infield: Sam Link Dubuque Senior Senior

Infield: Adam Schneider Southeast Polk Senior

Outfield: Andrew Nord Johnston Senior

Outfield: Jason Strunk Iowa City West Senior

Outfield: Evan Martin Southeast Polk Junior

Utility: Jack Young Pleasant Valley Junior

Utility: Carter Baumler Dowling Catholic Junior


Pitcher: Wade Canaday Marshalltown Senior

Pitcher: Sam Goodman Western Dubuque Senior

Pitcher: Jackson Wentworth Waukee Sophomore

Catcher: Ryan Vermeer Ankeny Centennial Junior

First Base: Drew Logel Muscatine Senior

Infield: Max Holy Clinton Junior

Infield: Trenton Frerichs Sioux City North Senior

Infield: Ben Wilmes Johnston Sophomore

Outfield: Brock Heinen Urbandale Sophomore

Outfield: Logan Gluba Davenport West Senior

Outfield: Nolan Frey Iowa City Liberty Junior

Utility: Alec Patino Sioux City East Junior

Utility: Harrison Cook Cedar Rapids Prairie Senior


Pitcher: Nick Crandell Johnston Junior

Pitcher: Graysen Drezek North Scott Junior

Pitcher: Alec Nieman Sioux City West Senior

Catcher: Cade Moss Johnston Senior

First Base: Ben Sheridan Dowling Catholic Senior

Infield: Andrue Henry Dubuque Hempstead Junior

Infield: Carson Schau Waukee Senior

Infield: Bryce Crabb Des Moines East Senior

Outfield: Greg Hall Linn-Mar Senior

Outfield: Jonah Pomrenke Lewis Central Sophomore

Outfield: Lincoln Riley Cedar Rapids Washington Senior

Utility: Brody Brecht Ankeny SophomoreUtility: Liam McComas Iowa City High Senior

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