Leagues | Story | 4/19/2019

Week 4 Spring League Recap

BJ Fish         Ben Milks        
Games on Friday night were cancelled due to wet fields and below freezing wind chills but cleared up for games throughout Eastern Iowa on Saturday and Sunday. The 2021 class was especially impressive on the mound this weekend, with many players being considered for "Pitcher of the Week".  Top hitters and pitchers from each grad year are listed below as well as those considered for the honor. 

Top 2019 Performers

Pitcher of the Week: Harrison Cook (2019, CR Prairie HS) threw three solid innings for Iowa Select Sole/Frazier on Saturday at the University of Iowa. After surrendering two unearned runs and just a single hit in the first, Cook settled in and cruised for his final two innings, striking out the side in the second and striking out another two in the third. Cook's fastball was up to 88 on the day with a plus curveball in the mid 70's. University of Kentucky commit.

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Sam Goodman (2019, Western Dubuque HS) was sharp this weekend, striking out seven over three innings. He ran his fastball up to 86 from a 3/4 slot with a tight spinning slider sitting 72-74. Goodman is very aggresive on the mound, working quickly. Goodman is committed to the University of Iowa.

Batter of the Week: Will Kranz (2019, Davenport Central HS) played exceptionally well in his two games on Saturday, collecting four hits including two doubles on the day. Kranz is a primary shortstop and has had a great Spring, now hitting for a very impressive .529 average. Kranz is uncommitted.

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Sam Link (2019, Dubuque Senior HS) is another primary shortstop who hit very well over the weekend. Sam colleced four hits including two doubles for Iowa Select Sole/Frazier. Link collected three RBI and scored three runs as well. Link is committed to the University of Iowa.

Top 2020 Performers

Pitcher of the Week: Calvin Harris (2020, Western Dubuque HS) won nlast week's top batter award and now follows it up with a top pitcher. He has received of plenty of attention for what he has done with his bat and behind the plate, for good reason. However, he has also been very impressive on the mound. He struck out all nine batters he faced this past weekend, running his fastball to 89 with a tight spinning curve at 77.

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Alec Nigut (2020, Des Moines Roosevelt HS) has been cruising on the mound for Iowa Sticks Romanchuk. The lefty sat 83-86 on his fastball with a low 70's curveball to keep hitters off balance. He finished the day with six strikeouts in three innings pitched. University of Iowa commit.

Devin Eudaley (2020, Dubuque Hempstead HS) Ran his fastball up to 81 miles per hour while collecting one strike out and surrendering one hit in his two innings of work. Devin has had a great Spring, hitting at a .375 clip and collecting an ERA of 1.90 in three and 2/3 innings. Schmitt is uncommitted.

Logan Schmitt (2020, Independence HS) struck out one while giving up two hits topping out at 82 miles per hour with his fastball in two innings of work. Schmitt in uncommitted.

Joseph Harris (2020, Marshalltown HS) Collected eight strike outs in four innings of work topping out at 76 miles per hour while only giving up three hits. Harris had a great Spring on the mound, allowing 0 earned runs in eight innings of work. Harris is uncommitted.

Jake Matthaidess (2020, North Scott HS) Pitched three innings for EMB one only allowing one hit and one walk while striking out 6. Matthaidess ran his fastball up to 81 mph with a complementary curveball in the mid 60's. Matthaidess is uncommitted.

Brady Schiesl (2020, Dubuque Senior HS) Struck out three in four innings pitched while only allowing one hit and surrendering no walks or runs. Schiesel has struck out 12 in 10 2/3 innings of work this Spring. Schiesl is uncommitted.

Batter of the Week: Drew Sonnenberg (2020, Dike-New Hartford HS) collected three hits including one double and a triple while also driving in and scoring four runs. Sonnenberg also was impressive on the mound this weekend, striking out five in four and 2/3 innings of work. Sonnenberg is uncommitted.

Also Considered: Avery Mellman (2020, Mason City HS) drove in three runs and stole three bases while connecting for four hits including one double on the weekend. Mellman has had a great Spring on the mound as well, striking out 10 over eight and 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run. Mellman is uncommitted.

Reece Beuter (2020, Dike-New Hartford HS) Tallied three hits while racking up three RBI and a loud pull side triple. Beuter also has had a good Spring pitching, striking out 11 in five and 2/3 innings while not allowing an earned run. Beuter is uncommitted.

Sam Nicolino (2020, Des Moines Roosevelt HS) Collected three hits when one triple and four RBI this weekend at the plate for Iowa Sticks Marchant. Nicolino is uncommitted.

Top 2021 Performers

Pitcher of the Week: Logan Runde (2021, Dubuque Hempstead HS) was lights out this past weekend, collecting 11 strike outs through four innings. Runde featured a fastball up to 85 from a low three quarter arm slot complemented by a sneaky slider. Runde has now pitched six and 2/3 innings this Spring without surrendering a hit and has struck out 17. Runde also had a great weekend at the plate, driving in three runs and collecting three hits, including a double. Runde is uncommitted.

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Jacob Zahner (2021, Burlington HS) made two appearances on the mound this weekend spanning over seven innings. Zahner surrendered just four hits and struck out seven, showing good control while only walking one. Zahner is a righty who runs his fastball to 78 mph who's primary position is oufield. Jacob is uncommitted.

Keian Secrist (2021, Liberty HS) was electric again on the bump this weekend. Keian's fastball ran up to 85 mph and his curveball sat 70-72 while he pitched two perfect innings, striking out five. He played up this weekend on Iowa Select Sole/Frazier and still found success against older competition. Keian has been by far the most dominant pitcher of any age group this spring, throwing 12 hitless innings while striking out 20 and only walking four. It will be fun to watch Keian improve even more as he continues to mature. Keian is uncommitted.

Colin Streff (2021, Linn Mar HS) cruised through his five innings of work this weekend, only giving up two hits while striking out a season high nine batters. The lefty features a fastball that reaches 80 and a tight spinning upper 60's curveball. Colin has had a great season on the mound, pitching 11 total innings, striking out 19 and only allowing a single earned run. Streff is uncommitted.

Zach Neese (2021, Cedar Falls HS) threw three solid innings for EMB 1 this past weekend, getting a no decision. The righty surrendered just a single hit while striking out seven. Neese is a primary pitcher and is uncommitted.

Batter of the Week: Ryan Mumey (2021, Pleasant Valley HS) was on fire for QC Sticks Mitchell collecting six hits with three doubles and three RBI. Mumey is now hitting .414 on the Spring while also having some success on the mound, striking out six in five and 1/3 innings pitched.  Mumey is uncommitted.

Also Considered: Brady Templeton (2021, Marquette HS) Collected 2 RBI on two doubles last weekend for DRBA 2021. Templeton was also able to work four walks and steal four bases. Templeton is now hitting an even .500 on the season with three doubles on the year. Templeton is uncommitted.

Top 2022/23 Performers

Pitcher of the Week: Brock Booth (2022 Dubuque Hempstead HS) was lights out for EMB 2022 on the mound striking out seven in three innings of work while allowing one walk and no hits. Booth has now pitched six innings this Spring and has struck out 11. Booth is uncommitted.

Also Considered: Justin Hackett (2022 Winterset HS) fanned six in three innings of work while only allowing one walk and one hit. Hackett has also had a good Spring with his bat, hitting .444. Hackett is uncommitted.

Batter of the Week: Kellen Strohmeyer (2022 Dubuque Hempstead HS) was on fire last weekend collecting six hits including three doubles and a home run. Kellen was also able to drive in three runs while scoring six times himself. Strohmeyer is now hitting .389 on the Spring and has also been solid on the mound, surrendering just two hits and striking out eight in four innings pitched.  Strohmeyer is uncommitted.

Also Considered: Sammy Renning (2022, Cedar Rapids, IA) tallied seven hits to go along with one double and seven RBI for Iowa Select 2022 Norris. Sammy is now hitting .375 on the Spring and is uncommitted.

Garrett Kadolph (Dubuque Wahlert HS) was driving the ball all weekend with two doubles and a triple while collecting five total hits. Kadolph was also able to drive in seven runs on the weekend for EMB 2. Kadolph is a primary RHP/1B and has been great all Spring, now hitting .440 with 15 RBI. Kadolph is uncommitted.

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