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Long notches third straight INA all-state honor

August 7, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

DES MOINES - East Marshall senior Nick Long reeled in his third-straight all-state honor from the Iowa Newspaper Association, becoming the area's first such baseball player since North Tama's Brendon Boerm was a three-time first-teamer from 2009-2011.

Long heads a group of five all-state recipients from the area, the most since six local baseball players were selected in 2008.

Long received Class 2A second-team honors for the second year in a row after being named to the all-state third team as a sophomore. The three-time all-NICL West Division Most Outstanding Player finished his senior campaign with an 8-1 record, a miniscule 0.41 earned run average, and 86 strikeouts in just 51 1/3 innings pitched.

He also compiled team-highs of three home runs and a .395 batting average as East Marshall finished the season 21-9.

West Marshall senior left fielder Brady Petermeier picked up third-team honors in 2A, his first such award. The first-team all-NICL West outfielder led the 23-9 Trojans with 37 hits, a .407 batting average, 38 runs scored, four home runs and a .648 slugging percentage.

Petermeier is West Marshall's first INA all-state honoree since Jared Riemenschneider in 2013.

In Class 1A, North Tama's Cameron Hoeg was selected as a second-team pitcher. The Redhawk junior right-hander went 10-2 on the mound, posting a 0.69 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings. At the plate, Hoeg was North Tama's best with a .556 batting average, 56 hits, 19 doubles, eight triples, a home run and 49 RBIs.

Third-team honors went to Colo-NESCO senior outfielder Christian Reischauer and Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior infielder Joe Smoldt, the first INA all-state award for both.

Reischauer led Colo-NESCO to a school-record 15 wins with his team-leading .411 batting average, 25 runs scored, 37 hits, seven doubles, four triples, two home runs, 26 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. The left-hander also went 6-4 on the mound with a 2.51 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.

Smoldt scored third-team honors after finishing seventh in Class 1A with a .549 batting average. He led the Rebels (20-8) with 50 hits and 26 stolen bases while contributing 11 doubles, 24 RBIs and 37 runs scored. He also was 3-3 on the mound.

Smoldt is Gladbrook-Reinbeck's first INA all-state recipient since Scott Benson in 2009.

The four seniors selected as all-state team captains are: 4A - Spencer Van Scoyoc, Cedar Rapids Jefferson; 3A - Grant Judkins, Pella; 2A - Javin Drake, Wilton, and 1A - Brady Harpenau, Remsen-St. Mary's.

Van Scoyoc, a three-time all-state selection as an outfielder and pitcher, helped the J-Hawks to their first state tournament appearance since 1998. The 19th-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona State University signee batted .390 with a 4A-best 16 home runs and a .894 slugging percentage. Van Scoyoc had 48 hits, including 14 doubles, .486 on-base percentage and 32 runs. The Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division Player of the Year posted a 4-2 record on the mound with a 1.45 earned-run average and 65 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings pitched, limiting opponents to a .126 batting average.

Judkins was voted first team captain for Class 3A. Judkins led the Pella Dutch to a second-straight top-four finish at state. The University of Iowa signee was 10-1 on the mound with a 0.65 ERA. Offensively he hit .436 and drove in a team high 39 runs. Judkins also was named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year.

Drake left an indelible mark on the mound and at the plate for Wilton's baseball program. The Western Illinois University signee finished the season with a 10-1 record and 2A-best 0.29 ERA. For the season, Drake struck out a 122 batters and walked only 12 in leading the Beavers to a 29-4 record and a No. 1 state ranking. Offensively, he anchored Wilton with a team-high .491 average, 13 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 40 RBIs. The four-year varsity player was 35-6 on the mound and struck out more than 360 hitters.

Harpenau, a career .400 hitter, will continue his baseball career at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. He is a four-time all-War Eagle Conference honoree, earned all-District honors his sophomore through senior seasons, was named to the INA's second team in 2015 and was a first team all-state pick by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches' Association.



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