Leagues | Story | 4/26/2019

Week 5 Spring League Recap

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Easter weekend was the final weekend for the Iowa Spring League as the weather finally turned in a good way. This weekend again brought many great performances, especially on the mound. We had some performers run away with their honors this week as they really stood out with their performances. 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, Prairie HS) threw two innings to wrap up the spring league featuring a fastball up to 90 miles per hour and a sharp curve ball at 77 miles per hour. The University of Kentucky commit fanned all six of the batters he faced during his outing on Saturday.

Also Considered: Blake Grevengoed (2019, West Des Moines Valley HS) makes his second appearance in the Top Performers list after pitching three solid innings for Iowa Sticks Pearson. The righty was up to 85 with his fastball while striking out five batters and only allowing a single hit. Grevengoed is committed to DMACC.

Nick Gottilla (2019, Davenport Assumption HS) pitched two scoreless innings on Friday night, running his fastball up to 88 miles per hour and striking out three. The projectable lefty gave up a single hit in the outing and walked three. Gottilla had a good spring on the mound, striking out 11 over five innings while surrendering just a single hit. Gottilla is committed to UCF.

Batter of the Week:
Ethan Herber (2019, Dubuque Senior HS) had a huge weekend at the plate for DRBA Senior Rams Feeder, collecting four hits including a triple and two loud home runs all while driving in six runs on the day. Herber is uncommitted.

Also Considered:
Will Kranz (2019, Davenport Central HS) continued to put on a show offensively on the Spring, collecting four hits, including a triple. Kranz also showed off his speed, swiping eight bags. Kranz has done it all offensively this Spring. He is uncommitted.

Zack Beekmann (2019, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) collected three hits in the double header last weekend including a triple. Beekmann drove in six runs while scoring one himself on the weekend as well. Beekman is uncommitted.

Top 2020 Performers

Pitcher of the Week: Alec Nigut (2020, Des Moines Roosevelt HS) had another great weekend on the mound, this time striking out eight over three innings for Iowa Select Pearson. The lefty was up to 83 with his fastball and did not surrender a single hit. Nigut is committed to the University of Iowa.

Also Considered:
Kennan Winn (2020 Pekin Community HS) collected five strikeouts in two innings pitched while running his fastball up to 84 miles per hour while allowing 0 walks or hits. Kennan is uncommitted.

Reece Beuter (2020, Dike-New Hartford) was lights out on the mound for EMB 1 throwing four innings while collecting six strike outs. Reece was able to run his fastball up to 86 miles per hour during his outing on Saturday. Beuter is uncommitted.

Batter of the Week:
Alex Pendergast (2020, Des Moines Roosevelt HS) scored two runs and drove in two runs while tallying three hits including one triple for Iowa Sticks Pearson. Pendergast is a primary SS/3B and is uncommitted.

Also Considered: Tyler Tscherter (2020, Gladbrook-Reinbeck HS) had a solid weekend both at the plate and on the mound for Iowa Select 2019 Sole/Frazier. The primary middle infielder collected three hits including a triple and scored three times on Saturday. Tscherter also pitched three shutout innings, striking out two while working his fastball up to 87. Tscherter is uncommitted.

Carter Baumler (2020, Dowling HS) blasted a home run on his way to collecting three hits and four RBI on the weekend. On the mound carter threw two and 2/3 innings while striking out seven with his fastball topping out at 90 miles per hour.

Top 2021 Performers

Pitcher of the Week: Logan Runde (2021, Dubuque Hempstead HS) is another two way talent that has really impressed this Spring, being one of the top hitters and pitchers in the class. Runde was pitcher of the week last week and defended his honor, striking out seven batters in three innings of work. Runde finished the Spring League with  24 strikeouts and allowed only a single hit in nine and 2/3 innings.  Runde is uncommitted.

Colin Streff (2021, Linn Mar HS) had another great weekend on the mound, striking out seven batters over five innings. The lefty was up to 78 on his fastball with a complementary curveball in the upper 60's. Streff had a remarkably great Spring, pitching 16 innings and striking out 27, surrendering only five hits the entire Spring.

Ethan Luzum (2021, South Winneshiek HS) is another pitcher with a solid week for Iowa Select 2021 JT. Luzum struck out nine over four innings while walking 0 and surrendering just two hits. Luzum's fastball reached 80 this weekend. Luzum is uncommitted.

Also Considered:
Jacob Zahner (2021, Burlington HS) Only allowed three hits in four innings pitched while tallying 8 strike outs and running the fastball up to 79 miles per hour. Zahner is uncommitted.

Batter of the Week:
Caden Kipper (2021, Pleasant Valley HS) is a primary 3B who hits from the left side. He made a lot of loud contact this weekend for QC Sticks Mitchell, falling just a triple short of the cycle in one of his games and walking it off with a grand slam. Kipper is uncommitted.

Also Considered:
Brady Kauzlarich (2021, Centerville HS) could have easily won both pitcher of the week or batter of the week, however he was slightly snuffed out of both honors b the winners. Kauzlarich was probably the most well rounded player of the weekend in the 2021 class, collecting four singles, scoring five runs and stealing five bags at the plate. He also pitched four innings of one hit baseball, striking out six and working his fastball to 83 mph. Kauzlarich is uncommitted.

Top 2022/23 Performers

Pitcher of the Week:
Ashton Westphall (2022, Bettendorf HS) had a weekend to remember on the mound for Iowa Select 2022 Gutwiler, striking out 11 batters over seven innings while allowing just a single hit. The righty ran his fastball up to 81 mph while displaying a curveball at 62-65 as his complementary pitch. Westphall has enjoyed a great Spring on the mound, surrendering an ERA of just 1.80 over 18 innings and striking out 21. Westphall is uncommitted.

Also Considered:
Colten Clarahan (2022, Keota HS) enjoyed another solid day on the mound for Gamers Academy 2022, striking out eight batters over four innings. The righty was up to 77 with a tight spinning curveball at 67. Clarahan uncommitted. 

Batter of the Week:
Dalton Reeves (2022, Davis County Community HS) hit just about everything this weekend, collecting a league high five hits over his two games this weekend, including both a double and a triple. Dalton is a primary infielder and right handed pitcher. Dalton also enjoyed a solid Spring, finishing the campaign at a .478 mark. Dalton is uncommitted.

Also Considered:
Gable Mitchell (2022, Iowa City HS) was his normal self this weekend, impressing both offensively and on the mound. He not only struck out six over four innings of work, he also collected three singles and scored four runs on the day for Iowa Select 2022 Gutwiler. Mitchell is without a doubt one of the top players in his class in the state of Iowa. He is uncommitted.

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