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FIRST TEAM

PITCHERS

Jordan Benson

School: Moline

Year: Junior

Stats: 8-1, 2.03 ERA, 58 2/3 IP, 46 Ks

Quick hit: Earned all-Western Big Six first-team honors and led Moline to a Class 4A regional title. He struck out 12 in a nine-inning victory against Quincy in Big Six play.

Trenton Wallace (captain)

School: Assumption

Year: Senior

Stats: 11-0, 0.29 ERA, 72 IP, 29 hits allowed, 112 Ks, 17 walks; .420 average, 13 doubles, 33 RBIs, 27 walks

Quick hit: MAC player of year and Iowa signee was captain of Class 3A all-state teams by Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. He struck out 13 in state championship win over Harlan.

CATCHER

Tony Barreca

School: North Scott

Year: Junior

Stats: .389 average, 38 runs, 49 hits, 14 doubles, 2 HR, 34 RBIs, 19 SB

Quick hit: A first team all-district and third-team all-state selection in Class 4A by INA, Barreca led 23-win Lancers in average, RBIs and stolen bases. He hit safely in 11 of North Scott's final 12 games. 

FIRST BASE

Kamrin Arons

School: Bettendorf

Year: Senior

Stats: .405 average, 47 hits, 17 doubles, 4 HR, 33 RBIs, 13 SB, .655 slugging

Quick hit: Off to play baseball at North Iowa Area Community College, Arons was first team all-MAC, first team all-district and third team all-state in 4A. His 17 doubles ranked second in the conference. 

SECOND BASE

Carter Bell

School: Bettendorf

Year: Sophomore

Stats: .388 average, 41 runs, 50 hits, 3 triples, 5 HR, 19 RBIs; 5-2 pitching, 1.78 ERA, 59 IP, 71 Ks

Quick hit: The first team all-conference and all-district choice served as Bulldogs' lead-off hitter and top pitcher. He led Bulldogs, who finished second in MAC, in runs, hits and homers.

SHORTSTOP

Trevor Burkhart

School: Davenport West

Year: Junior

Stats: .453 average, 57 runs, 58 hits, 5 doubles, 42 SB, .521 on-base pct.

Quick hit: Three-year starter was first team all-state in 4A by coaches and second team by INA. All-MAC and district choice was Falcons' top hitter and led MAC in average, runs and stolen bases.

THIRD BASE

Nick Acri

School: Pleasant Valley

Year: Senior

Stats: .429 average, 44 runs, 57 hits, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 3 HRs, 22 RBIs, 21 walks, 9 SB, .510 on-base pct.

Quick hit: Class 4A third team all-state selection paced Spartans in eight offensive categories. He raised his average by 147 points from junior season to earn all-MAC and all-district honors.

OUTFIELD

Justus Burke

School: Assumption

Year: Senior

Stats: .426 average, 50 runs, 60 hits, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 5 HR, 34 RBIs, 25 SB, .484 on-base pct. 

Quick hit: Class 3A second team all-state selection improved his average by more than 100 points from junior year. He led state champion Knights in stolen bases and extra-base hits (22). 

Nick Drobushevich

School: Moline

Year: Junior 

Stats: .361 average, 8 doubles, 19 RBIs, 15 SB 

Quick hit: Patrolled center field for the Maroons, who won 4A regional title. Northern Illinois recruit was smooth in the field and provided spark with his left-handed bat and speed. 

Adam Sacia

School: North Scott

Year: Senior

Stats: .388 average, 29 runs, 45 hits, 19 doubles, 4 HR, 33 RBIs, 21 walks, .655 slugging

Quick hit: Class 4A third team all-stater paced the conference with 19 doubles. The center fielder, who also was first team all-MAC and district, hit game-winning homer to beat Linn-Mar during regular season.

UTILITY

Ben Beutel

School: Assumption

Year: Senior

Stats: 8-0, 0.64 ERA, 54 2/3 IP, 22 hits, 90 Ks, 9 walks; .370 average, 41 runs, 44 hits, 13 doubles, 32 RBIs, .513 on-base pct.

Quick hit: Bowling Green signee was first team all-MAC, all-district and all-state by INA along with being named to IHSBCA Super Team. He struck out 14 in state semifinal win over Dubuque Wahlert.

Sam Mattecheck

School: Alleman

Year: Sophomore

Stats: 6-2, 1.07 ERA; .287 average, 4 doubles, 33 runs

Quick hit: Helped a young Alleman team earn share of Big Six title and Class 2A regional crown with a 24-win season. He had shutouts against United Township, Rock Island and Moline (game went 8 innings).

Daniel Powers

School: Assumption

Year: Junior

Stats: 9-0, 0.91 ERA, 54 IP, 57 Ks; .321 average, 9 doubles, 33 RBIs

Quick hit: Kansas State recruit and 3A first team all-stater had notable pitching victories over West Des Moines Valley, 2A state champion Dyersville Beckman, Bettendorf, Cascade and North Scott.

SECOND TEAM

Nathan Holliday

Pitcher, sr., Muscatine

Stats: 5-2, 2.14 ERA, 52 1/3 IP, 20 walks, 50 Ks; .260 average, 4 HR, 24 RBIs

Clayton Nettleton

Pitcher, jr., Davenport West

Stats: 6-3, 2.94 ERA, 52 1/3 IP, 24 walks, 61 Ks; .294 average, 15 RBIs

Chase VanDerGinst

Catcher, so., Alleman

Stats: .429 average, .523 on-base pct., 13 SB, 23 RBIs, all-Big Six first team 

Nolan Melchert

First base, sr., Assumption

Stats: .433 average, 61 hits, 14 doubles, 3 HR, 41 RBIs, 13 HBP, .500 on-base pct.

Noah McCreary

Second base, jr., Davenport West

Stats: .320 average, 30 runs, 39 hits, 16 doubles, 32 RBIs, 16 walks

Luke Fennelly

Shortstop, sr., Assumption

Stats: .441 average, 45 runs, 63 hits, 10 doubles, 40 RBIs, 10 SB, .518 on-base pct.

Makai Hart

Third base, sr., Clinton

Stats: .351 average, 33 hits, 2 HR, 26 RBIs, 9 errors in 112 chances

Logan Gluba

Outfield, so., Davenport West

Stats: .438 average, 29 runs, 46 hits, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 28 RBIs, 17 SB

Bobby Magnus

Outfield, sr., Davenport Central

Stats: .381 average, 37 hits, 8 doubles, HR, 20 RBIs, 19 walks, .492 on-base pct.

Josh Stivers

Outfield, sr., Pleasant Valley

Stats: .390 average, 46 hits, 14 doubles, 3 HR, 34 RBIs, 8 HBP, .619 slugging

Brody Harding

Utility, so., Moline

Stats:.333 average, .433 on base percentage, 15 RBIs, 11 SB, all-Big Six

Johnny Sullivan

Utility, sr., Clinton

Stats: .417 average, 43 hits, 10 doubles, HR, 33 RBIs, 9 SB, .461 on-base pct.; 3-0 pitching, 1.50 ERA, 14 IP, 14 Ks

Andy Whiteman

Utility, sr., Bettendorf

Stats: .408 average, 31 runs, 49 hits, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 16 RBIs, 11 SB, .493 on-base pct. 

HONORABLE MENTION

Alleman: Erik Hoffman, jr.; Luke Trondson, jr.; Liam McConville, sr. 

Assumption: Tavien Gillette, sr.; Nick Gottilla, so.; Donaven Juarez, jr. 

Bettendorf: Tyler Ciha, so.; Justin Hutter, sr.

Clinton: Brady Brunson, sr.; Ty Wenzel, sr.

Davenport Central: Will Kranz, so.; Logan Myers, jr. 

Davenport North: Jared Beck, jr.; Caleb Farnsworth, sr.; Bryan Verdon, so.

Davenport West: Braydon Dobereiner, sr.; Colton Jones, sr.

Moline: Eric Maffie, jr.; Cody Daniels, sr.; Dan Anderson, jr.

Muscatine: Gavyn Ashley, jr.; Jackson Foulk, jr.; Jake Mussehl, sr. 

North Scott: Ben Steidler, sr.; Sam Stonskas, sr.; Brooks Sunny, jr. 

Pleasant Valley: Will Christophersen, jr.; Max Slavens, so.

Rock Island: Hunter Keim, sr., Dominic Esposito, sr.

United Township: Noah Hoepfner, sr., Cole Walker, jr.

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Sports Editor

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.