The News All-Area baseball team features the area’s top players from Mid-Prairie, Highland, Iowa Mennonite School and Lone Tree.
Players were selected on achievement and how vital players were to their team during the course of the season.
Starting off on the mound, the All-Area team is led by Mid-Prairie’s Brad Tornow and Iowa Mennonite’s Eli Ours.
Tornow is an All-State pitcher and compiled a 7-0 record as a starter this year. He had a 1.02 ERA and joined a rare club with more than 100 strikeouts.
Tornow hit .417 this year and had an on-base percentage of .492. He had 12 RBIs and stole 21 bases.
Eli Ours was 5-0 in five starts and seven total appearances. Ours had a 1.82 ERA and struck out 40. Ours also hit .343 this season, compiling 23 hits and 15 RBIs.
Lone Tree’s Bryce Houser was selected as the All-Area catcher. Houser caught five stealing this year and had a fielding percentage of .941. He hit .413 this season including nine doubles.
Utility players included Highland’s Dan Burton, Mid-Prairie’s Kayden Reinier and Iowa Mennonite’s Blake Bontrager.
Bontrager saw time on the mound and behind the plate. He was 3-3 as a pitcher and caught two stealing this year. At the plate he hit .415 and had a team-high 25 RBIs.
Reinier was Mid-Prairie’s bullpen specialist with 12 appearances this year. He was 4-0 and had two saves.
Burton went 4-1 this year in seven starts and had a 4.02 ERA. Burton caught six stealing this year behind the plate. He hit .362 and drove in 25 RBIs.
The infield selections include some of the best hitters in the area as well as defensive players.
Avery Knock, the Lone Tree shortstop, finished the year with a .486 batting average and was tied for fourth in the state with seven triples this season.
Jacob Leonard was in his first year in a Highland uniform and had a strong senior year. He hit .517 including nine doubles.
Trevor Leyden had a .962 fielding percentage as Iowa Mennonite’s shortstop. He also hit .340 and stole 10 bases.
Mid-Prairie’s Aidan Rath bombed six home runs this year. The Mid-Prairie sophomore led the Hawks with 27 RBIs and he drew 21 walks.
Outfielders included Highland’s Bill Laughlin, Highland’s Trey Lasek, Iowa Mennonite’s Noah Miller and Lone Tree’s Harmon Miller.
Laughlin and Lasek were a strong duo in the Highland outfield. Laughlin was error-free in around 25 opportunities. Lasek hit .431 in his senior season, tallying 25 hits. Laughlin hit .378 and scored a team-high 31 runs.
Noah Miller took a big step up in his freshman season. He hit .338 and only made three errors in the field. Miller led Iowa Mennonite with 11 steals.
Harmon Miller hit .250 for the Lions and drove in 18 runs this year. He tied Knock for the team lead with two home runs. Miller played center field for the Lions.
Honorable mention selections include Brady Hahn, Brody Burton, Colton Hobbs, London Schrock and Jacob Boller.
Hahn played a multitude of positions for the Huskies and provided help where needed. Hahn had a .905 fielding percentage and hit .385. The senior was 15-39 this season and had an on-base percentage of .556.
Brody Burton hit .338 this year and started at shortstop all year. Burton had five doubles and 16 RBIs.
Hobbs both caught and played the left side of the infield for Mid-Prairie. He hit .247 in the Golden Hawk lineup.
London Schrock hit .333 in his sophomore season. Schrock pitched, caught and played first base for Iowa Mennonite School.
Jacob Boller, Iowa Mennonite’s left fielder, hit .319 in his final season in an IMS uniform. He had only two errors all season and a fielding percentage of .913.