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Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Baseball Teams chosen

DES MOINES - The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2017 All-State Baseball selections Tuesday, selecting first, second, third teams and team captains for classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A.

The four seniors selected as team captains are 4A – Jack Dreyer, Johnston; 3A – Trenton Wallace, Davenport, Assumption; 2A – Riley LeGrand, Beckman, Dyersville and 1A – Ben Fitzgerald, Newman Catholic, Mason City.

Johnston pitcher Jack Dreyer was selected as the Class 4A captain. The University of Iowa baseball signee recorded a 10-0 mark, a class-best 0.34 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 62 innings to power Johnston to a 41-3 record and the program's fourth state championship. In the state final against Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines, the southpaw pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. Dreyer, on an all-state team for the second time, compiled a 23-2 career mark for the Dragons. His father, Steve, pitched in the big leagues and relieved Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in a game in 1993.

Davenport, Assumption pitcher and outfielder Trenton Wallace is the Class 3A captain. A University of Iowa baseball signee, Wallace paced the Knights to a state record 10th summer baseball crown with a three-hitter and 13 strikeouts in the championship game against Harlan. Wallace was 11-0 with a class-best 0.29 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 72 innings. The three-year starter also batted .420 with 16 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs as the Knights finished with a 41-5 record. A three-time all-stater, the left-hander finished his career with a 24-4 record, a 0.57 ERA and 265 strikeouts in 185 innings.

Beckman, Dyersville senior Riley LeGrand was named the Class 2A captain. He is a two-time INA all-state honoree earning first-team recognition this year in the infield after claiming a spot on the second-team in 2016. This year, he led the state champion Blazers with a .500 batting average. He tallied 50 hits (five doubles, seven triples and two home runs), 43 runs and 20 RBIs. LeGrand was a hard out, walking 16 times, and striking out just four. 

Newman Catholic, Mason City senior shortstop Ben Fitzgerald was named captain of Class 1A. Fitzgerald was the big bat all season for the Knights, who won their sixth state title. He batted .524 on the year with a state-leading (regardless of class) 29 doubles and 71 RBIs. The 29 doubles also shattered a school record. Fitzgerald added an on-base percentage of over .600 and his slugging percentage was .958. Fitzgerald is signed to play baseball at North Iowa Area Community College.

Writers making up the selection committee were: Kyle Ocker, Centerville Daily Iowegian; Colin Peters, Centerville Daily Iowegian; Larry Peterson, Creston News Advertiser; Matt Coss, Davenport Quad-City Times; Ross Eberhart, DeWitt Observer; Beth Lutgen, Dyersville Commercial; Kristi Nixon, Hampton Chronicle; Mike Oeffner, Harlan Newspapers; Perry Bell, Knoxville Journal-Express; Thorn Compton, Marshalltown Times-Republican; Ross Thede, Marshalltown Times-Republican; Blake Schultz, Mason City Globe Gazette; Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times-News; Pete Temple, Monticello Express; Troy Hyde, Newton Daily News; Lori Wiser, Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News; Kevin White, Omaha World-Herald; Jake Ryder, Parkersburg Eclipse-News-Review; Troy Banning, Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal and Drew Curtis, Vinton Newspapers.

Coaches attending included Lee Toole, Lewis Central and Jim Struve, Vinton-Shellsburg.