Local trio repeat as first-team all-district picks
Three area high school baseball players have been awarded repeat first-team all-district honors by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association — Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Tyler Tscherter, North Tama’s Ryan McLean and West Marshall’s Kaden Davis.
There have been varied seasons for the Class 1A teams in the Times-Republican’s coverage area — ranging from a near-state appearance for Gladbrook-Reinbeck to COVID-shortened seasons from BCLUW and North Tama. Six local preps earned all-district first-team honors in 1A, with one player named to the second team.
Tscherter, North Tama seniors McLean and Luke Pennell and sophomore Gabe Kopriva, BCLUW sophomore Noah Gallentine and GMG junior Zach Krull all were named first-team all-Central District in 1A. Tscherter led the Rebels in hits (24), batting average (.480) and ERA (1.41) with a 4-2 record on the mound. Despite the Redhawks having a shortened season, McLean impressed with a .387 batting average and 16 RBIs, as well as a 0.98 ERA. His teammate Pennell hit .393 and brought in nine runs on 12 hits. Kopriva, who was a second-team selection as a freshman, batted .412 with 14 hits and 11 walks.
Gallentine’s season was also cut short, and the 2019 second-team all-district selection hit .355 in 11 games and racked up 11 hits this summer for the winless Comets.
GMG’s Krull hit .447 to power the Wolverines, driving in 12 runs on 17 hits while pitching 19 1/3 innings with a 2.17 ERA. The Wolverines’ junior second baseman Brock Teske earned second-team nomination after batting .469 with 10 RBIs.
In Class 2A, Davis and Kinnick Christensen earned first-team all-Central District honors for West Marshall. Davis hit .436 with 24 hits and scored 24 runs. He drove in 26 runs and hit 12 doubles and one home run. Christensen earned a 3.45 ERA in 24 1/3 innings pitched and batted .404 with 23 RBIs and three home runs. He was a second-team honoree in 2019.
Also appearing on this year’s all-Central District second team was senior outfielder Gabe Jones, who hit .354 with 29 runs scored, three doubles, two triples and two homers.
South Tama County nearly reached the 3A state tournament in unlikely circumstances before falling to Benton Community in extra innings in the substate final. Junior left fielder Mickey Wanatee represented the Trojans with first-team all-Northeast District honors after a season in which he hit .450 with 36 hits, three home runs and 31 RBIs. He pitched 23 innings with a 4.57 ERA. STC junior shortstop Lane Lekin was named to the second team with a 4.92 ERA in 21 1/3 innings on the mound while batting .338 with 24 hits and 13 RBIs.