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The Iowa Central baseball team used an experienced lineup with good pitching to push for the national championships.
Now, the Newts will rely on an experienced pitching team to help a relatively new batting order come together in hopes of completing a run to the national tournament.
With aces Easton Dermody, John Klein and Matthew Wilkinson returning, Iowa Central welcomes Brett Sears to the fold along with several other key newcomers and returning plays for head coach Eric Stein.
“Brett is a high-end starter,” Stein said. “We’re lucky to have him. Along with the rest of these guys, they really show everyone how it has to be done to be successful. It’s great to have that kind of throwing because it allows us to be more creative in attack.
Sears, Dermody, Klein and Wilkinson all entered Div. I schools for the fall. Sears will travel to Nebraska, Dermody to southern Illinois, Klein to Kansas State and Wilkinson to Wichita State.
In five starts so far for Iowa Central, Sears, a Harlan native like Stein, is 5-0 with 44 strikeouts and a 2.01 ERA. Both Dermody and Klein had three wins, with Dermody recording 41 strikeouts over 24 innings.
Wilkinson took on the closer role, recording four saves with nearly 15 strikeouts in nine innings.
The Tritons also have Andrew Boeser, Evan Borst, Kai Reum and Webster City star Tyler Olson on the mound. Olson is coming off a five inning outing where he faced just 15 batters, striking out five.
“All these guys like to compete and push each other,” Stein said. “That’s what makes them leaders for our team.”
At plate, sophomores Max Holy, Brock Johnson, Jalen Martinez, Borst and Trey Morris all have double-digit runs scored and hits. Martinez hits over .400 on the year and leads the RBI team.
“Jalen has really shown a lot of improvement since last year,” Stein said. “Borst is a kid who can throw and play on the field, Max does a great job getting on the base, and Morris is a transfer from Ellsworth, so he knows what the conference is like.
“Again, our league is as good as any. We will be tested and we know we have to be ready to play every time we step onto the pitch.
Jake Astor, Kyle Snuttjer, Korey Kuhlmann and Jonas Lovin will serve as Stein’s assistants.
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Brett Sears, Harlan; Nick Baker, Minnesota; Max Saint, Clinton; Isaac Becker, Minnesota; Matthew Wilkinson, Minnesota; Jalen Martinez, Waukee; Deric Fitzgerald, Sergeant Bluff; John Klein, Minnesota; Andrew Regner, Minnesota; Kei Reum, Canada; Brock Johnson, Winterset; Payton Leonard, Waverly; Noé Susong, Waterloo; Nolan Haack, DeWitt; Anthony Esposito, Minnesota; Easton Dermody, Council Bluffs; Ryan Garlick, Minnesota; Ryan Linkletter, Ill.; Jake Swanson, DeWitt; Alex Walsh, Waukee; Travis Mosley, Minnesota; Trey Morris, Ankeny; Brent Hokeness, Minnesota; Blake Davidson, Canada.
Cael Eck, Norwalk; Jacob Barton, Clive; Evan Borst, Norwalk; Caleb Corbin, Des Moines; Teige Lethert, Minnesota; Cael Boyd, Ankeny; Alex Gold, Mason City; Colten Becker, Minnesota; Andrew Boeser, Minnesota; Max Aug, Minnesota; Oliver Parizek, Des Moines; Landon Gilliland, Lamoni; Austin Bergum, Minnesota; Cole Bormann, Des Moines; Tyler Olson, Town of Webster; Jack Van Camp, South Dakota; James Jefferson, Des Moines; Jarod Cook, Minnesota; Kole Bradley, West Des Moines; Chase Cone, Florida; Isaiah Byrkeland, Algone.
March 19 – West Minnesota; 23 — at NIACC; 26 — Southeast; 27 — Southeast; 30 – Iowa Lakes.
April 2 — at Ellsworth; 3 – at Ellsworth; 6 – to the lakes of Iowa; 9—DMACC; 10—DMACC; 13 — northeast; 15 – west of Iowa; 16 – in Iowa Western; 19—NIACC; 21 — Northeast; 23 — to the southwest; 24 – southwest; 27 – in Indian Hills; 30 — Kirkwood.
May 1—Kirkwood; 4 – Indian hills; 7 – in Marshalltown; 8 – in Marshalltown.