Coaches tab Hatcher first team all-state

Four area baseball players were selected to the IHSBCA all-state teams, which were announced on Thursday.

Fort Dodge’s JC Hatcher (utility) was named to the Class 4A top squad, while St. Edmond’s Hank Crimmins (OF) landed on the 2A second team.

Algona’s Weston Shaw (P) made the 3A top squad. Teammate Tyler Frideres (UT) also claimed a spot on the second team for the Bulldogs.

Hatcher, a senior, batted .421 with team-highs in hits (53), RBI (42) and walks (22) to go along with 27 runs, 13 stolen bases, 11 doubles and two homers. On the mound, he went 7-3 with 64 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings, posting a 2.31 earned run average. Hatcher, an Iowa Central recruit, wrapped up his career with a 20-6 overall pitching record.

“JC proved over and over again that he was a top-level baseball player,” said FDSH head coach Blake Utley. “He had a great year for us both on the mound and at the dish.

“This was just another honor that he definitely deserved.”

In his final prep campaign, Crimmins paced the Gaels in hits (45), RBI (33), runs (29), doubles (10) and stolen bases (16), while holding a .429 batting average. Pitching-wise, he was 6-5 with 79 strikeouts in 63 innings.

Crimmins, another future Triton, finished 17-10 overall in his career on the hill.

“All of these postseason honors are great for Hank,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “He got better every year and has had a tremendous high school career on the baseball field.

“I know he will work hard and give it his best shot for Coach (Rick) Pederson and the staff at Iowa Central.”

Shaw and Frideres, both seniors, helped lead the Bulldogs to a North Central Conference title and a state tournament berth. Shaw, a five-year starter at catcher, went 11-1 with a miniscule 0.81 ERA in 78 innings. The Dakota State University football signee allowed just 53 hits with 110 strikeouts.

Offfensively, Shaw hit .336 with 45 hits, 36 runs, 23 RBI and 15 doubles.

Frideres batted a team-best .500 with 61 hits, 43 RBI, 37 runs 13 doubles, seven steals, four triples and only eight strikeouts in 122 at-bats.

Captains in each of their respective classes were Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Zach Daniels (4A), Waverly-Shell Rock’s Eric Willis (3A), North Polk’s Cole Jackson (2A) and Twin Cedars’ Otis Roby (1A).

Willis was also voted the Graphic Edge/IHSBCA Player of the Year.