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home : sports Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Observer photos by Ross Eberhart Central DeWitt catcher McGwire Eden reaches to take the ball out of his mitt for a throw to second during the Sabers’ victory over Beckman Catholic. Eden threw out 10 potential base stealers and batted a team-high .372 in conference play with 14 doubles to earn a spot on the All-WaMaC East first team for a second consecutive season.

Area players fill IHSBCA, IGCA all-district teams
With the state softball tournament in the books and the state baseball tourney currently underway in Des Moines, the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association have announced their all-district teams for the summer.

And The Observer area is well-represented.

A total of seven area baseball players made the IHSBCA squads, including four first-team selections.

Five Calamus-Wheatland and Northeast softball players, meanwhile, were selected to the IGCA 1A and 3A Northeast squads, respectively.

Two of the three baseball first teamers were repeat selections from the summer before, albeit at different positions.

Central DeWitt senior McGwire Eden was the third baseman on the 3A Southeast first team as a junior, but takes one of two catcher spots this summer.

Eden batted a team-best .346 in his senior campaign with 44 hits, including 18 doubles, two triples and 24 RBIs.

The senior was also the Sabers' workhorse on the mound, leading the team in innings (49.66) and strikeouts (54), while tying for the team lead with four victories and posting a 2.40 ERA.

Calamus-Wheatland senior Brett Kelting makes his own move from the pitcher's mound to first base on the 1A Southeast first team.

Kelting led the Warriors with a .460 batting average and collected 46 hits, including 15 doubles and six home runs - both team-bests. The senior also drove in a team-high 35 runs, scored 30 times, and had another strong season on the mound, posting a 1.04 ERA with 46 strikeouts.

Kelting is joined on the 1A Southeast first team by his senior teammate Garrett Rickels, who was a utility pick.

Rickels hit .360 with 40 hits - seven doubles and a triple - 22 RBIs and 21 runs.

The senior was 6-1 on the mound with a 1.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

Warriors frosh Caleb Banowetz earned an outfield spot on the 1A Southeast second team.

No Cal-Wheat player had more hits than Banowetz, who collected 47, including 14 doubles, three triples and four home runs.

The freshman batted .405 for the season with 28 RBIs, and a minuscule 0.72 ERA in over 29 innings on the mound.

Eden, meanwhile, is joined on the 3A Southeast team by sophomore Garrett Finley, who earned one of three pitching spots on the second team.

Finley pitched over 47 innings and surrendered just eight earned runs for a 1.18 ERA. The Saber won three starts and fanned 38 batters, while walking just eight.

At the plate, Finley batted .342 with 38 hits - 15 of them doubles - 22 RBIs and a team-best 22 walks.

Northeast had two players selected to the aptly named 2A Northeast team, highlighted by senior Kyle Dell, who was a first-team utility selection.

Dell proved to be a perfect leadoff hitter for the Rebels, notching a team-best 44 hits and leading the squad with his .427 batting average.

The senior belted 10 doubles and two triples, and drew 21 walks. Dell nearly matched that with 20 stolen bases to go with 33 runs - another team-best - and 32 RBIs.

On the mound, Dell led Northeast with a 2.02 ERA and struck out 33 batters, while winning four games and saving another.

Dell is joined on the 2A Northeast team by teammate Matthew French, who was a second-team pick in the outfield.

French was right behind Dell in both hits (40) and average (.377), while leading Northeast with 13 extra-base hits, including the team's only two home runs.

The junior led the Rebels with 36 RBIs, scored 32 more, and won a pair of games on the mound, striking out 17 batters.

Three Cal-Wheat softball players - Katie Banowetz, Charlie Hamilton, and Samantha Pewe - were among the 14 players to be selected to the 1A Northeast team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Banowetz turned exactly half of her 104 at-bats into hits, and slugged both nine doubles and nine home runs to finish fifth in the class with 54 RBIs.

The senior added 36 runs for good measure and went 15-4 on the mound with a 2.56 ERA and 65 strikeouts.

Banowetz earned a separate honor as well, being one of 39 seniors across the state to be selected for the IGCA Senior All-Star Games.

Pewe and Hamilton had similar seasons at the plate. Both had exactly 101 at-bats, with Pewe collecting 43 hits, 36 runs and 32 RBIs and Hamilton notching 42 hits, 36 RBIs and 32 runs. Both players blasted nine home runs (good for a tie for sixth in 1A).

Pewe also led the team with 13 doubles and was seventh in the class with 24 walks. Hamilton batted .416 in her final season and struck out just seven times in 101 at-bats.

Northeast had a dynamic duo at the plate in Megan Crockett and Casidy Dondiego, who were both selected to the 3A Northeast team.

Crockett tied for 10th in the class with 61 hits and nearly a third of them went for extra bases as the senior socked 11 doubles, one triple and six home runs.

The Rebel batted .452, and finished second for Northeast with both 33 runs scored and 32 RBIs.

The only Rebel to score more runs than Crockett was Dondiego, who finished with 34 to go with a .342 average.

Dondiego piled up 41 hits on the season with 10 doubles, a triple, and five home runs. The junior drove in 25 runs and finished second on the team by coaxing 15 walks.

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