Vance caps ’Cat career as all-stater

Nate Vance

Marshalltown High School graduate Nate Vance added one final accolade to his stellar prep career on Tuesday when he was named to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 4A all-state first team.

Vance is the Bobcat baseball team’s first IHSBCA all-state selection since Joe Rebik earned second-team honors as a sophomore outfielder in 2014, and the first all-state first-teamer since senior utility Kyle Carnahan in 2012.

As a catalyst on Marshalltown’s first state-qualifying baseball team since 2009, Vance was chosen to the 4A first team as a utility player. On the mound, Vance went 9-3 with 74 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings pitched and posted a 2.22 earned run average. He pitched the third-most innings in 4A while also dividing his time on the diamond as the Bobcats’ starting center fielder.

At the plate, Vance led Marshalltown with a .349 batting average, 31 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. He also committed just one error in 88 chances in the field.