Area baseball players honored

Three North Central Conference baseball standouts have been rewarded for their individual efforts this summer with all-state honors by the IHSBCA.

St. Edmond’s Hank Crimmins (OF), Humboldt’s Ben Jacobson (3B) and Bishop Garrigan’s Reece Wadle (UT) were recently nominated in each of their respective classes.

Crimmins, a junior, earned a spot on the 2A second squad after batting .390, with 41 hits, 29 RBI, 25 runs and 14 doubles. Crimmins also posted a 6-3 pitching mark with a 2.48 ERA. He allowed just 46 hits – with 77 strikeouts – in 62 innings of work.

“I’m happy for Hank, who had a real good year,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “Hank was our best hitter, and he ended up being our No. 1 guy on the mound, too.

“His velocity and ability to throw his breaking ball over for strikes really improved a lot from last season. He was terrific for us.”

Jacobson made the first team in 3A for the Wildcats. The senior managed a .451 average at the plate, along with 37 hits, 30 RBI and 25 runs. On the mound, Jacobson went 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA, fanning 84 in 55 1/3 innings.

Wadle was picked to the 1A second squad. The sophomore finished 7-3 with a 1.17 ERA. Wadle struck out 94 in 66 innings, while yielding only 43 hits. He also batted .311 with 41 hits, 32 runs and 26 RBI.

In addition, St. Edmond senior David Flattery was named all-academic team captain by the IHSBCA.

Jabobson was a first team all-state academic selection as well. Trey Kehoe (Prairie Valley) and Dustin Miller (Bishop Garrigan) were second teamers.