GMG trio leads area on all-Iowa Star baseball

Don Bosco reached the semifinals of the Class 1A state baseball tournament this week and finished with a 31-4 overall record.

Placing several of the Dons players on the first-team all-Iowa Star Conference South squad was a no-brainer, but the rest of the squad was made up of six area athletes.

GMG had the most representatives from the area on the first team as senior Josh Raymond, senior Chad Plaehn and sophomore Cole Langenbau all made the squad along with North Tama junior Brody Hulme and freshman Cameron Hoeg as well as Colo-NESCO senior Taylor Hill.

Raymond and Hulme both made the first team as pitchers. Raymond went 6-2 with an earned run average of 2.18 this past year and added 98 strikeouts, while Hulme was 8-3 overall with a 1.64 ERA on the mound.

Plaehn was honored as an infielder after hitting .280 with 14 RBIs and 15 stolen bases and Langenbau was selected as a first-team outfielder after finishing with a .309 batting average and 15 RBIs. The Wolverines had the area’s best record among Iowa Star teams at 14-9.

Hoeg joined Hulme on the first team and was picked as an infielder after hitting .360 with 28 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. North Tama ended the year at 17-12.

Hill, a catcher who was voted to the first team in the utility position, hit a team-best .357 with 15 runs and 11 RBIs for the Royals, who finished 6-20 this past season.

The other six first-team spots on the Iowa Star South squad went to the Dons, who also placed four on the Iowa Star Conference elite squad. Janesville, which went 20-5 this year, had five players on the elite team along with Austin Guerrero of CAL.

Three North Tama players – freshman Cael Kopriva and sophomores Caden Stuart and Riley Rohach – earned spots on the second team. Kopriva was the second-team catcher and hit .326 with 27 runs, while Stuart ended up as a second-team infielder and had 16 RBIs and finished with a .283 batting average. Rohach was voted a second-team outfielder after hitting .203 with 11 stolen bases.

Junior Infielder Bridger Claassen and junior outfielder Austin Vaughn also were second-team representatives from GMG. Claassen hit .304 and stole 11 bases, while Vaughn led the Wolverines in hitting at .339 and had 19 stolen bases.

Sophomore infielder Grant Tiarks also was a second-team representative from Colo-NESCO after hitting .302 with 14 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

The other three second-teamers in the Iowa Star South were from Don Bosco.

Colo-NESCO’s Christian Reischauer, GMG’s Jacob Burt and North Tama’s Brandon Kaufman all were honorable mention selections.