League champ Lynx grab 10 all-NCC honors
Olson, Stoakes, McKinney, Hisler and Rattenborg all unanimous 1st team choices
WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City baseball team’s dominance on the diamond inside the North Central Conference carried over to the postseason honors handed out by the league’s coaches.
And just like many of the games, it wasn’t even a fair fight.
Coming off its second straight unbeaten conference season, the Lynx gobbled up 10 of the 36 all-NCC spots for the entire starting lineup, including five of the 13 first-team honors, it was announced last week.
And each of the five first-team honorees was a unanimous selection.
As it should be.
“I think going undefeated in conference spoke to what we did in the regular season,” WCHS head coach Adison Kehoe, who has led his club to 22 consecutive conference wins dating back to 2019, said. “We went into the season knowing we were going to get everyone’s best shot every night and we rose to the occasion. To have 10 guys on it shows the special season we had, and shows how special it was individually.”
Named to the first team were pitcher Tyler Olson, catcher Devon Stoakes, infielder Ty McKinney, outfielder CJ Hisler and Chase Rattenborg at utility.
Four more WCHS players were named to the second team: pitcher Trey Lyons, outfielders Sean Carver and Connor Hanson, and designated hitter Beau Klaver.
Lynx first baseman and pitcher Zach Dyvig was named to the third team.
No other NCC squad had more than two first-team members. Humboldt’s six all-conference players was second to the Lynx 10 selections.
The numbers bore out the individual accolades. WCHS, which outscored its NCC foes 140-24 with five shutouts and four more wins where it allowed only one run, led the league in team batting average (.388) by 75 points, and team ERA (1.28) by nearly a run. In conference games, the Lynx had 24 more hits than the second-best output and scored 40 more runs. They were the only team to compile more than 100 RBIs in league contests; their 126 was followed by Humboldt with 81.
Slugging percentage and on base percentage, WCHS led those too.
Individually in conference games, the Lynx boasted five of the top 11 batting averages, led by Olson (.535), Hisler (.467) and McKinney (.429) in the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 spots. Olson also led the conference in on base percentage (.630), ERA (0.32) and WHIP (0.44). Hisler was the NCC leader in RBIs (23), and he was followed by Carver and Klaver (16), who tied for second, and Lyons and Rattenborg (15), who tied for fourth.
Olson was the clear Most Valuable Player of the conference, had that award been handed out. The three-time first-team member had an overall pitching record of 8-0 with a 0.43 ERA. He allowed only four earned runs in 642⁄3 innings of work and struck out 97 batters. At the plate, he hit .410 with 22 RBIs.
Rattenborg gave WCHS the strongest 1-2 pitching punch in the league. He went 7-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 69 strikeouts on the mound, and hit .321 with 19 RBIs. Lyons had a 4-2 record and also hit .333 with 22 RBIs.
The league’s best pitching staff was complimented by the best defensive catcher as well in Stoakes. Only 11 base runners attempted to steal on the junior and he threw out seven of them.
Hisler led the WCHS offense overall on the season with a .462 batting average and .679 slugging percentage. The sophomore cranked two home runs and plated 38 runs. He also roped five doubles and three triples.
McKinney hit at a .418 clip out of the lead-off position with two dingers and 12 RBIs. He scored a team-high 45 runs.
Klaver (.346), Stoakes (.344) and Carver (.321) all hit well above .300 as well. Hanson turned in a .233 batting average and blasted a team-high three home runs.
Olson, McKinney and Hisler were also named to the Class 3A Central District all-district first team. Rattenborg was named to the second team.
All-NCC Baseball Teams
Pitcher — *Tyler Olson, sr, Webster City; *Jett Neuberger, jr, Clear Lake; Cade Witzke, sr, Humboldt.
Catcher — *Devon Stoakes, jr, Webster City.
Infield — *Ty McKinney, soph, Webster City; *Caden Matson, jr, Humboldt; Mario De La Cruz, sr, Hampton-Dumont/CAL; Aaron Weringa, sr, Algona.
Outfield — *CJ Hisler, soph, Webster City; Grant Heldorfer, sr, St. Edmond; Austin Warnke, sr, Clear Lake.
Utility/DH — *Chase Rattenborg, sr, Webster City; Wyatt Streit, sr, Algona.
*Denotes unanimous selection
Pitcher — Trey Lyons, sr, Webster City; Cameren Rindone, sr, Algona; Eric Ritter, sr, Clear Lake.
Catcher — Cal Heeren, jr, Hampton-Dumont/CAL.
Infield — Dylan Madden, sr, Iowa Falls-Alden; Cael Chase, jr, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Marco Guerrero, soph, Hampton-Dumont/CAL; Joshua Thurm, soph, Humboldt.
Outfield — Sean Carver, sr, Webster City; Connor Hanson, soph, Webster City; Stren Crouch, jr, Algona.
Utility/DH — Beau Klaver, jr, Webster City; Colby Clarken, sr, Humboldt; Kortland Nehring, jr, Iowa Falls-Alden.
Zach Dyvig, jr, Webster City; Luke Kloetzer, sr, Iowa Falls-Alden; Mateo Martinez, sr, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Sam Off, sr, Iowa Falls-Alden; Peyton Scott, sr, St. Edmond; Hayden Holm, jr, Humboldt; Tyler Manske, jr, Algona; Levi Newton, jr, Humboldt; Kyle Helmke, soph, Hampton-Dumont/CAL.