DES MOINES — Trenton Wallace has been the catalyst behind Davenport Assumption’s baseball success the past three seasons.

The Iowa signee walked off the field at Principal Park last Saturday night as a state champion. Wallace was selected as the captain of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 3A all-state squad today.

Wallace was one of three first-team selections and six Knights represented on the all-state squads selected by sportswriters from across the state.

The two-time Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year and three-time all-stater was 11-0 on the mound with a 3A-best 0.29 ERA. In 72 innings of work, he yielded just three earned runs and struck out 112 hitters — including 13 in the 10-1 championship win over Harlan.

With a fastball in the upper 80s and a sharp breaking ball, the southpaw finished his illustrious career with a 22-4 pitching record and a 0.57 ERA in 185 innings. He also was productive at the plate with a batting average above .400 each of the past two seasons.

Wallace is joined on the first team by Ben Beutel (pitcher) and Daniel Powers (utility). Beutel, a Bowling Green signee, was 8-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 90 strikeouts versus nine walks. In the state semifinal win over Dubuque Wahlert, Beutel fanned 14 and surrendered just two hits.

Powers, a junior who has committed to Kansas State, sported a 9-0 record, a 0.91 ERA and batted.321 for the 41-win Knights. Included in his win total was four victories over 4A schools along with beating 2A state champion Dyersville Beckman.

Assumption first baseman Nolan Melchert (.433 average, 41 RBIs), shortstop Luke Fennelly (.441 average, 40 RBIs) and outfielder Justus Burke (.426 average, 34 RBIs) were second-team selections. All three seniors will continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level.

The only other first-team selections from the Quad-City area came in 2A with Wilton infielder Evan Reifert and Wapello outfielder Trace Howard.

Reifert, a first-teamer for the second consecutive season, batted .454 with 14 doubles, 9 home runs, 34 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. His home run total was tops in 2A in helping Wilton compile a 26-7 record.

Howard, a junior, batted .440 with 29 stolen bases and a .490 on-base percentage. He was a second-team selection as a sophomore.

There were a half-dozen Quad-City metro players in 4A to land on all-state teams. Davenport West infielder Trevor Burkhart (.464 average, 42 stolen bases) was a second-team selection.

The third team featured West pitcher Clayton Nettleton (6-3, 2.17 ERA), North Scott catcher Tony Barreca (.389 average) and outfielder Adam Sacia (.388 average) along with Bettendorf first baseman Kam Arons (.405 average) and Pleasant Valley third baseman Nick Acri (.429 average).

Nettleton and Barreca are all-staters for the second consecutive season.

In 1A, Calamus-Wheatland first baseman Brett Kelting (.460 average, 6 HRs, 35 RBIs) made the second team.

Wilton pitcher Colin McCrabb (12-1, 1.22 ERA) earned a spot on the second team in 2A along with Northeast outfielder Kyle Dell (.427 average).

The area third-team selections were Durant infielder Leo Callison (1A), Wilton outfielder Jared Townsend and Louisa-Muscatine first baseman Lowden Gabriel (2A).

Wallace's future teammate at Iowa, Johnston's Jack Dreyer, was named captain of the 4A all-state team. Dreyer was 10-0 with an ERA under 0.35. 


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.