The North Polk baseball team was honored with seven all-Heart of Iowa Conference selections and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter had three players chosen by the conference coaches in 2017.
North Polk put four players and CMB one on the all-HOIC first team. Seniors Matthew Antle and Ben Rupe were joined by junior Colby Cupp and sophomore Colten Parkins as first-team selections from North Polk, and senior Brady Kemp made it from CMB.
Antle hit .475 with a .569 on-base percentage, .575 slugging average, two doubles, one triple, 10 walks and 12 RBI in conference play. At catcher, he threw out four base runners and only made one error.
Rupe posted a .320 batting average with a .414 OBP, four doubles, 11 runs, six RBI and six steals. In playing primarily in the outfield, he made 16 putouts and four assists.
Cupp tallied a .304 batting average, .460 OBP, one triple, 14 walks, 11 runs and seven steals in conference games. He was 4-0 with an 0.85 earned-run average, 26 strikeouts and 11 walks in 24 ⅔ innings on the mound.
Parkins finished 4-2 with a 1.53 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 16 walks in 36 ⅔ innings during HOIC competition. At the plate, he hit .367 with a .441 OBP, two doubles, five steals, 10 runs and 11 RBI.
Kemp registered a .340 batting average, .415 OBP, .489 SA, four doubles, one home run, nine runs and five RBI for CMB against HOIC foes. He recorded 64 putouts, 10 assists and only four errors in the field.
The rest of the all-HOIC first team was comprised of: Saydel’s T.J. Stephenson, Devin Porter, Craig Garrison and Cole Riddlebarger; Nevada’s Tyler Shafer and Trent Stahl; Gilbert’s Garrison Holck and Roland-Story’s Jake Ford.
Sophomore first baseman Jeff Lamp was named to the all-HOIC second team from North Polk.
Lamp hit .370 with a .420 OBP, .522 SA, four doubles, one home run, 16 runs and 11 RBI. In the field he recorded 67 putouts, four assists and no errors.
Also making the all-HOIC second team were: Saydel’s Joe Boehler, Cash Lee, Nate Sepich and Devon VanHouten; Prairie City-Monroe’s Noah Henkenius, Reed Worth and Ethan Thomas; Gilbert’s Mason Williams, Nathan Chasey and Steven Lawrence; South Hamilton’s Blake Barquist and Roland-Story’s Zach Shadlow.
Senior Dawson Deitch and junior Mason Russell were named all-HOIC honorable mention. Senior Creighton Caple and junior Travis Lindemoen were named honorable mention from CMB.
Deitch hit .243 with a .300 OBP, one double and seven RBI and he made 20 putouts, one assist and no errors in the field. Russell tallied a .275 batting average, .356 OBP, one double, six runs and four RBI and he had 21 putouts, two assists and just two errors.
Caple delivered a .306 batting average, .457 OBP, one double, six steals, five runs and three RBI versus HOIC competition. In the field, Caple had 58 putouts, four assists and only three errors and he had a 4.88 ERA with 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 18 ⅔ innings on the mound.
Lindemoen went 2-4 with 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 23 ⅔ innings and he made 43 putouts and 12 assists defensively for CMB in conference games. Lindemoen also hit .239 with a .340 OBP, eight steals and four runs.
All-HOIC baseball teams
First team: P - T.J. Stephenson (Jr.), Saydel; Colten Parkins (So.), North Polk. C - Matthew Antle (Sr.), North Polk. IF - Devin Porter (Sr.), Saydel; Tyler Shafer (Sr.), Nevada; Colby Cupp (Jr.), North Polk; Jake Ford (Sr.), Roland-Story. OF - Garrison Holck (Jr.), Gilbert; Craig Garrison (Jr.), Saydel; Ben Rupe (Sr.), North Polk. UTIL - Cole Riddlebarger (Sr.), Saydel; Trent Stahl (Jr.), Nevada; Brady Kemp (Sr.), CMB.
Second team: P - Noah Henkenius (Jr.), Prairie City-Monroe; Mason Williams (Sr.), Gilbert. C - Joe Boehler (Sr.), Saydel. IF - Jeff Lamp (So.), North Polk; Cash Lee (So.), Saydel; Nate Sepich (Sr.), Saydel, Nathan Chasey (Jr.), Gilbert. OF - Reed Worth (So.), PCM; Steven Lawrence (Sr.), Gilbert; Blake Barquist (Sr.), South Hamilton. UTIL - Ethan Thomas (Sr.), PCM; Zach Shadlow (Jr.), Roland-Story; Devon VanHouten (Sr.), Saydel.
Honorable mention: Creighton Caple (Sr.), CMB; Travis Lindemoen (Jr.), CMB; Brandon Reese (Sr.), Saydel; Dawson Deitch (Sr.), North Polk; Mason Russell (Jr.), North Polk; Ryan Hart (Jr.), Gilbert; Ben Perrin (Jr.), Gilbert; Braden Phifer (Sr.), PCM; Preston Van Wyk (So.), PCM; Preston Cattanach (Jr.), Nevada; Macade Matuska (Sr.), Nevada; Trey Tucker (Sr.), Greene County; Ben Wilkens (Jr.), Greene County; Aaron Craig (Sr.), Roland-Story; Caleb Schlatter (Sr.), Roland-Story; Cole Ellis (So.), South Hamilton; D.J. Klonglan (So.), South Hamilton.
Final HOIC standings
North Polk 13-3
Greene County 6-9
South Hamilton 3-13