JEWELL - Chris Jacobson doesn't hit for a lot of power, and he's not an RBI machine either.
But pick a prep pitcher, any prep pitcher, and the odds are good that the South Hamilton senior could put the ball in play and find a hole in the defense.
He made a habit out of doing just that this past season.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
South Hamilton senior Chris Jacobson slides into the plate safely against Colfax-Mingo back in June. Jacobson was named to the all-Heart of Iowa Conference first team, it was announced recently. He was one of four Hawk players honored by the league coaches.
Jacobson's stellar season at the plate earned him a first-team all-Heart of Iowa Conference honor, it was announced recently. He made the team as an outfielder.
"This year they got rid of the big side and small side, so making the all-conference team was a bit more prestigious than it has been in the past," South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said. "And Chris deserved to make the team."
Jacobson ranked second in the conference with a .436 batting average, trailing only Colfax-Mingo's Chad McLain (.480). In 78 official at bats, Jacobson collected 34 hits, including two doubles. He scored 34 runs and drove in 18 more.
"Chris swung the bat well at the beginning of the year, but then from the middle of the season on he was as hot as I've seen anybody get," Bell said. "If he didn't come out of a game with two or three hits, it was a bad game for him.
"He was very big for us the entire year."
Three other South Hamilton players were honored. First baseman John Hegland was placed on the second team, while Cole Swenson and Jordan Sogard were honorable mention choices.
Hegland, a junior, earned his spot primarily with his defense. He made just one error in 100 opportunities in conference play, and was charged with just five errors the entire season.
"John was really reliable over there at first base the entire season," Bell said.
At the plate, Hegland hit a .372 clip - trailing only Jacobson - with 29 hits and 11 RBIs. All 29 of those hits were singles.
Sogard hit .271 with nine RBIs at the bottom of the Hawks' order. Swenson ended the season with a .221 average.
On the mound, Swenson compiled a 1-6 record with a 3.73 earned run average. He struck out 41 batters in 45 innings of work.