canada africa partner reservation 15 Iowa high school baseball players to watch during the 2024 season

15 Iowa high school baseball players to watch during the 2024 season

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The end of the school year marks the start of high school baseball season in Iowa and there are several players in the Iowa City area ready to make a splash for their respective teams during the 2024 season.

Last season, Iowa City High and Liberty both reached the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Clear Creek Amana, Iowa City West, Regina Catholic and Solon fell short in the regional competition.

Here are some players hoping to guide their team to a better position this season.

Players are listed alphabetically by last name.

Jack Clark, Sr., Regina Catholic

In 34 starts, Clark had 28 hits last season – second-most among returnees and one behind the No. 1 spot. He had 22 RBIs and his slugging percentage (.478) ranked third on the team.

Cooper Hughes, Jr., Freedom

Hughes was a productive player for a Liberty baseball team that reached the state quarterfinals last season. He was second in hits (36), RBIs (22) and at bats (127).

Jacob Koch, Sr., Iowa City West

Koch proved to be a reliable player, appearing in all 40 games for the Trojans. He is the top returner with the most hits (39) and RBIs (22).

Zach Logsdon, Sr., Iowa City West

Logdson was the team leader in RBIs (27) for the Iowa City West boys baseball team in 2023. He had 32 hits in 35 starts for the Trojans as a junior.

Jake Mitchell, Sr., Iowa City High

Mitchell made the most of his time in the Iowa City High lineup as a junior in 2023. In 39 starts, he ranked fourth in hits (31) and RBIs (17). He also scored 34 runs and nine stolen bases for the Little Hawks. Mitchell went 2-1 as a pitcher.

Maclane Morgan, Jr., Clear Creek Amana

On a team full of underclassmen, Morgan proved to be one of CCA’s top contributors last season as a sophomore. His 38 goals in 33 games were the most on the team. His batting average (.404) was the second highest on the team. He also had 20 RBIs to help the Clippers’ offense.

Carsen Newton, Sr., Iowa City High

Newton was a key figure for baseball at Iowa City High, a program that reached the state quarterfinals last season. In 37 games as a junior, he earned the second most runs (32) and collected 27 hits while at bat. He was the Little Hawks’ most aggressive baserunner with 26 stolen bases on 30 attempts.

Connor Nicpon, Jr., Regina Catholic

Nicpon played in all 34 games for the Regals and proved to be the top underclassman last season as a sophomore. He earned 29 hits, the most of any returner. He also had 28 runs and made the most appearances at the plate (110).

Kaden Phan, Jr., Clear Creek Amana

Phan made a huge leap during his second season with the CCA baseball team. More opportunities meant better results for Phan, who started 30 games for the Clippers as a sophomore. He earned 36 hits and his slugging percentage (.561) is the second-best among all returners.

Dominic Salibi, Jr., Iowa City High

Salibi had a strong sophomore campaign for the Little Hawks. In his first season with the team, he had three home runs and 43 hits – the third most on the team. His 2023 slugging percentage (.706) leads all returners. Salibi also scored 25 runs and stole 11 bases.

Ryan Schmierer, Sr., Freedom

Last season, Schmierer tied for the team’s second-most hits (36) and had the second-best batting average (.375). He also had 15 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 37 games.

Nolan Seagren, Jr., Solon

Seagren was a spark for Solon’s offense last season. Not only did he have 38 hits as a junior, but he also had 39 RBIs, the most on the team. His 28 runs were third most for the Spartans.

Mason Waterbury, Jr., Freedom

With a 6-2 record, Waterbury proved to be an effective pitcher for the Lightning. In his first season on the varsity team, Waterbury threw 41 innings and 671 pitches – the most on the team. He posted a 2.71 ERA and earned a team-high 44 strikeouts.

Brett White, Sr., Solon

White, a team captain, played a big role in the Spartans’ offense last season. In 42 games, he ranked first on the team in hits (58) and home runs (7). He also finished second in runs (61) and RBIs (38).

Talon Young, Jr., Iowa City High

With an 8-1 record last season, Young was a reliable pitcher for the Little Hawks. He led the team with 50 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .190 batting average. When he wasn’t pitching, Young earned 17 hits and one home run at the plate.

Marc Ray is the high school sports reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. He can be reached at [email protected]and on X, formerly Twitter, on @themarcszn.