The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter baseball team had four players receive all-Heart of Iowa Conference recognition in 2014 after helping the Raiders win five conference games.
Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Brady Stover and senior first baseman Zach Samson made the all-HOIC second team from CMB. Raider junior pitcher/infielder Seth Balke and freshman catcher/pitcher Hunter McWhirter were named all-HOIC honorable mention.
Stover posted a 3-3 record with an outstanding 1.39 earned-run average, 76 strikeouts and 23 walks in 40 ⅓ innings versus HOIC competition. He also hit .347 with two doubles, one triple, four steals and 14 runs.
Samson hit .295 with a .523 slugging average and three home runs in conference games. He also drove in 11 runs and made 39 putouts in the field.
The rest of the all-HOIC second team is comprised of pitcher Evan Johnson of Gilbert, catchers Alex Muhlenberg of Roland-Story and Jerod DeVries of Prairie City-Monroe, infielders Tyler Hovick and Ben Clark of Roland-Story and Mattingly Stone of Saydel, outfielders Russell Greene of North Polk, Nate Smith of Colfax-Mingo and Joe Sueferer of Saydel and utility pick Blake Brauer of North Polk.
In HOIC play Balke hit .209 with six RBI and he also went 1-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 27 strikeouts against no walks in 22 innings and added 16 putouts, 15 assists and committed just one error in the field. McWhirter posted a .216 average with one home run and four RBI, threw out nine runners from behind the plate and went 1-1 on the mound with a 4.42 ERA in 12 ⅔ innings.
North Polk senior Cole Jackson and Saydel senior Brandon Hodges were the first-team pitchers and North Polk’s Grant Lang and Gilbert’s Jared Gescheidler made up the catchers on the first team. The infield picks on the all-HOIC first team were Roland-Story’s Zach Hovick, Saydel’s Alex Gustafson and Devin Porter and Nevada’s Alex Good.
North Polk’s Reed Smith, Roland-Story’s Cole Birchmier and Saydel’s Michael Miller formed the first team outfield. North Polk’s Grant Schiltz was the first-team utility pick.
All-HOIC baseball teams
First team: P - Cole Jackson (Sr.), NP; Brandon Hodges (Sr.), Saydel. C - Grant Lang (Sr.), North Polk; Jared Gescheidler (Jr.), Gilbert. IF - Zach Hovick (Sr.), Roland-Story; Alex Gustafson (Sr.), Saydel; Devin Porter (Fr.), Saydel; Alex Good (Jr.), Nevada. OF - Reed Smith (Sr.), North Polk; Cole Birchmier (Sr.), Roland-Story; Michael Miller (Sr.), Saydel. UTIL - Grant Schiltz (Jr.), North Polk.
Second team: P - Evan Johnson (Jr.), Gilbert; Brady Stover (So.), CMB. C - Alex Muhlenburg (Jr.), Jerod DeVries (Jr.), PCM. IF - Mattingly Stone (Sr.), Saydel; Tyler Hovick (So.), Roland-Story; Zach Samson (Sr.), CMB; Ben Clark (Sr.), Roland-Story. OF - Russell Greene (Sr.), North Polk; Nate Smith (Sr.), Colfax-Mingo; Joe Seuferer (So.), Saydel. UTIL - Blake Brauer (Jr.), North Polk.
Honorable mention: Zach Brecht (Sr.), NP; Wyatt Johnson (Sr.), North Polk; Seth Balke (Jr.), CMB; Hunter McWhirter (Fr.), CMB; J.D. Rader (Jr.), South Hamilton; Caleb Olson (Jr.), South Hamilton; Colton Fitzpatrick (Jr.), Greene County; Riah Nelson (Jr.), Greene County; Rece Martin (So.), Saydel; Dylan Coffin (So.), Saydel; Traye Pelzer (Jr.), Nevada; Chris Dobernecker (So.), Nevada; Austin Brown (So.), PCM; Trey Lindsay (Jr.), PCM; Colton Harmison (Sr.), Colfax-Mingo; Juan Gonzales (Sr.), Colfax-Mingo; Alex Urbanek (Sr.), Roland-Story; Andrew Schlatter (Jr.), Roland-Story; Jacob Adams (Jr.), Gilbert; Nick Day (So.), Gilbert.
Final HOIC standings
North Polk 17-1
Greene County 8-9
South Hamilton 0-16