Hatcher, Crimmins named all-state

Fort Dodge’s JC Hatcher and Hank Crimmins of St. Edmond finished up their high school baseball careers by being named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state teams, the organization announced Monday night.

Hatcher was tabbed to the second team in Class 4A, while Crimmins earned 2A third team honors. Both will play for Rick Pederson and the Iowa Central baseball program in the fall.

Algona’s Weston Shaw and Tyler Frideres were both first team picks in 3A, while Brenden Schnell from Humboldt made the second team. Shaw was also voted the 3A captain.

West Bend-Mallard’s Jesse Zinnel was first team in 1A.

Hatcher hit .421 with a team-best 42 RBI, two homers, 11 doubles and 13 steals. He also walked 22 times and was 7-3 with 64 strikeouts in over 60 innings on the mound, carrying a 2.31 earned run average.

Hatcher closed his career with a pitching record of 20-6 overall.

“It is a great honor for a kid like JC,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “It is very deserving and is a tremendous award to have added to his name at the end of his (prep) career.

“He meant a lot to our program as a pitcher, infielder and hitter. JC has a bright future ahead of him and we wish him the best.”

Crimmins finished the year 6-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 78 strikeouts. At the plate, he batted .429 with 33 RBI, 16 steals and 10 doubles.

“Hank had three consistent years for us, and really excelled in the outfield this past season with some incredible catches on back-to-back nights against Algona and Fort Dodge,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “He was our leader on the team and a lot of the success we had was due to him.

“He had a terrific career, both athletically and academically. I’m sure that is going to continue at Iowa Central.”

Shaw and Frideres helped lead the Bulldogs to a North Central Conference title and the state tournament. Shaw, a five-year starter at catcher, went 11-1 on the mound with 110 strikeouts, just 23 walks and nine earned runs allowed in 78 innings.

Shaw is headed to Dakota State University to play football.

Frideres batted .500 with 43 RBI, 13 doubles, four triples, seven steals and just eight strikeouts in 122 at-bats.

Schnell posted an 8-2 record with 86 strikeouts against just eight walks in 54 innings for Humboldt. He carried a 1.56 ERA and added 22 RBI at the plate.

Zinnel went 9-1 with 113 strikeouts in just over 56 innings, allowing only three earned runs and just eight runs overall. He also hit .376 with 18 RBI, 13 steals and two homers.

The other team captains were Malique Ziegler of Des Moines East in 4A, Cole Jackson from North Polk in 2A and Hunter Embray from Twin Cedars in 1A.

Making the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association all-academic first team were Zinnel and Jace Neubaum of South Central Calhoun, while Crimmins and Jason Zinnel (WB-Mallard) were second team choices.

Shaw and Hatcher will both play in the IHSBCA all-star series games on Aug. 7-10 in Iowa City.