All-NCC baseball announced

The Clear Lake baseball team finished 2013 atop the Class 3A charts, and did the same in the North Central Conference.

The Lions, who recently won state gold in Des Moines, placed a league-best five players on the NCC first-team.

St. Edmond’s Hank Crimmins was also part of that honor squad, while teammates Robert Flattery and Tommy Setterdahl earned second-team status.

David Flattery was named to the third team.

Crimmins, who selected as an outfielder, was also one of the top pitchers for St. Edmond (17-14 overall, 10-8 in NCC) this past season. The junior batted a team-high .379 in league play, contributing 13 RBI, nine doubles and three steals.

Crimmins sported an on-base percentage of .406 and was 4-3 on the mound with 60 strikeouts in seven starts.

“Hank really did a great job for us at both the plate and the hill,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “He is going to be a vital piece for us in the coming year as well.”

Robert Flattery, a freshman, was 4-1 in five starts, striking out 28 batters and allowing just six earned runs to score for an ERA of 1.24. Opponents batted just .185 off him.

“Robert had a really good year and is only going to get better,” Shanks said. “We have several pieces coming back that gained invaluable experience out there on the diamond this summer.”

Setterdahl, a senior who is headed to Buena Vista University, batted .333 with six RBI and 12 walks. He had an on-base of just under .500 and committed only two errors at first base with a fielding percentage of .982.

David Flattery, who will play for Iowa Central in the fall, had 12 RBI and nine steals in 18 games. He also drew 12 walks for an on-base of .382.

“Tommy and David meant a lot to us over these past several years,” Shanks said. “They are quality people, not just baseball players.

“They both have bright futures (at the next level).”

Humboldt’s Ben Jacobson and Austin Zylstra were selected unanimously, as was Algona’s Tyler Frideres and Bishop Garrigan’s Reece Wadle.

Zylstra, just a sophomore, led the conference in batting average at .470. He drove in 19 and hit two home runs, as well.

Jacobson went 4-2 in NCC games on the mound, striking out 68 batters in just under 45 innings and allowing just 13 earned runs in his senior season.

Wadle, a sophomore like Zylstra, was 7-1 on the hill. He had 77 strikeouts in 54 innings and an ERA of 1.04.

Frideres batted .370 with three doubles and five steals. The junior threw out two would-be base steals from his catcher position and sported a .975 fielding percentage.

Other first team honorees included John Burns of Bishop Garrigan, Chris Witzke from Humboldt, Eagle Grove’s Brennan Cameron and Dylan Fielder of Webster City.