The Nevada baseball team produced three all-Heart of Iowa Conference picks in 2014 as the Cubs had one first-team selection and two players make honorable mention.
Nevada junior Alex Good made the first team as an infielder. Splitting duties on the mound, at second base and at catcher, Good hit .392 with five doubles, 14 runs and 12 RBI in conference play.
On the mound, Good went 2-4 with 59 strikeouts, 17 walks and a 4.67 earned-run average in 30 innings versus HOIC foes. He also sported a .949 fielding average.
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 first-team catchers. The other infield picks on the all-HOIC first team were Roland-Story’s Zach Hovick, Saydel’s Alex Gustafson and Devin Porter.
North Polk’s Reed Smith, Roland-Story’s Cole Birchmier and Saydel’s Michael Miller made up the first team outfield. North Polk’s Grant Schiltz was the first-team utility pick.
Junior outfielder Traye Pelzer and sophomore infielder Chris Dobernecker were the two Cubs named all-HOIC honorable mention.
Pelzer hit .328 in conference play with two doubles, 12 runs and four steals. He made 20 putouts and one assist in the field.
Dobernecker hit .360 with a .640 slugging average, one home run and five RBI in eight conference games for Nevada.
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