With the Iowa high school baseball season beginning Monday, here are 18 Gazette area players to watch this summer.
Rick Atkins, sr., Marion — Posted 5-1 pitching record with 82 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings and 0.80 ERA. Tallied 26 runs and 34 hits with eight doubles and a home run. Second-team IHSBCA 3A all-state, first-team all-district, first-team all-Wamac.
Hunter Caves, soph., Alburnett — Batted .345 with .445 on-base percentage. Scored 54 runs with 48 hits and 34 RBIs. Second-team all-district.
Harrison Cook, sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie — Batted .370 with 47 hits, including 11 doubles and seven home runs. Drove in 43 and scored 37 runs. Posted .455 on-base percentage. Had 5-2 record with 3.09 ERA, striking out 56 in 34 innings. First-team all-MVC Valley Division, first-team IHSBCA 4A all-state. Kentucky commit.
Sam Goodman, sr., Western Dubuque — Finished 9-1 with 0.65 ERA and was second in 4A with 113 strikeouts in 75 innings. Had .426 on-base percentage and scored 39 runs. First-team IHSBCA 4A all-state. Iowa commit.
Calvin Harris, jr., Western Dubuque — Tied for fifth in 4A with 57 hits. Batted .413 with .518 on-base percentage, 10 doubles, nine triples, eight home runs and 52 RBIs. Had 8-1 record with 0.53 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched. All-State Super Team by IHSBCA. Ole Miss commit.
Jake Hilmer, sr., North Linn — Batted .511 with 69 hits and .580 on-base percentage, Scored a state-best 74 runs and drove in 41. Stole 46 bases. Posted 9-3 record with 1.14 ERA. Struck out 91 in 67 1/3 innings. All-State Super Team by IHSBCA. Upper Iowa commit.
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Haris Hoffman, sr., Cascade — Posted 6-1 record with 0.63 ERA, Batted .416 with .508 on-base percentage. Had 42 hits with 12 doubles and scored 40 runs. Second-team IHSBCA 2A all-state, first-team all-River Valley Conference, first-team all-district.
Chase Keeney, sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson — Compiled 8-2 record with 1.17 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. Batted .313 with .459 on-base percentage. First-team IHSBCA 4A all-state, first-team all-MVC Mississippi Division. Southeastern CC commit.
Cam Miller, jr., Solon — Compiled 9-3 record with 1.17 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 66 innings. Held opponents to .133 batting average. Batted .322 with .410 on-base percentage. Had 39 hits and 25 RBIs. Second-team IHSBCA 3A all-state, first-team all-district.
Kyle Moeder, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier — Hit .385 with .481 on-base percentage. Tallied 50 hits, including three home runs, and 43 RBIs. Scored 35 runs. Second-team IHSBCA 3A all-state, first-team all-district, second-team all-MVC Mississippi Division. Kirkwood commit.
Logan Otting, sr., Cascade — Batted .438 with .504 on-base percentage. Drove in 41 and scored 42 runs. Among 2A leaders with 46 hits, including six home runs, eight doubles and four triples. First-team IHSBCA 2A all-state, first-team all-district, first-team River Valley Conference.
Keaton Parker, sr., Alburnett — Batted .404 with 51 RBIs. Eighth in 1A with 55 hits, with 13 doubles, three triples and two home runs. Posted 7-4 record with 89 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings. Second-team IHSBCA 1A all-state. First-team all-district. Upper Iowa commit.
Garrett Ries, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier — Batted .312 with .407 on-base percentage and 39 hits, including eight double and seven triples. Threw out 15 of 24 (.625) stolen base attempts. Second-team all-district and all-MVC Mississippi. South Dakota State commit.
Lincoln Riley, sr., Cedar Rapids Washington — Third in 4A with 59 hits, batting .431 with .521 on-base percentage. Scored 36 runs, drove in 20 and stole 22 bases. First-team IHSBCA 4A all-state, first-team all-MVC Valley Division. Southeastern CC commit.
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Coy Sarsfield, soph., Linn-Mar — Tied for fourth in 4A with 47 runs. Batted .382 with .489 on-base percentage. Sixth in 4A with 30 stolen bases. Had 42 hits with five doubles. Second-team IHSBCA 4A all-state, first-team all-district, first-team all-MVC Mississippi Division.
Dean Schaull, sr., HLV — Third in 1A with .510 batting average with at least 95 at-bats. Produced .588 on-base percentage with 49 hits and scored 53 runs. Stole 31 bases. First-team IHSBCA all-state.
Jason Strunk, sr., Iowa City West — Batted .342 with .527 on-base percentage. Led MVC Mississippi Division with seven home runs. Scored a team-high 33 runs and drove in 31 RBIs. Second-team all-district, second-team all-MVC Mississippi Division.
Hagen Waters, sr., Lisbon — Batted .456 with .484 on-base percentage. Hit six home runs with 47 RBIs. Posted 4-0 pitching mark. Second-team all-state, first-team all-district.
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