Two Waukee baseball stars earn All-State coaches honors

Andrew Brown - Sports

A high school baseball season is long and sometimes treacherous but at the end can come to some pretty amazing things.

One such thing is postseason accolades which are in full bloom. Just weeks after the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association released their All-State baseball selections, the Iowa High School coaches association followed suit.

There are only 32 individuals per class who are given such an honor and inside the Class 4A scene, two Warrior players were named All-State selections. Those two selections are sophomore pitcher Jackson Wentworth and senior Carson Schau. Both were second-team selections and for both, it was their very first All-State selection of their careers.

For Schau, he earned his way on the second-team all-state as a second baseman. Offensively, the senior paced the entire Warriors team with 46 hits on the season. Those his then provided Schau with 15 RBI’s. The senior was always a quick individual and showed that with eleven stolen bases in 15 attempts. Schau hit .346 on the season and was on base at a clip of .425, an ideal leadoff hitter. Schau was issued 16 walks and in the field led the Warriors with 66 assists on the year. Having a spark on a team is big, but having it at the top of the lineup is even bigger as Warrior head coach David Dirkx explained.

“One of the primary goals of the game is to get guys on base,” began Dirkx. “Carson has been able to to that extremely well this season which is why we’ve wanted to place him near or at the top of our lineup. He’s one of the brightest baseball minds which is something you want out of a guy who can really set the tone for the entire team.”

For being just a sophomore, Wentworth was an absolute gem for the Warriors. His 81 total strikeouts on the season mark on of the best strikeout marks by a sophomore in quite some time. That number has tied Wentworth for fourth in the Class 4A ranks behind Wade Canaday of Marshalltown, Tate Kuhner of Marshalltown, Ty Langenberg of Urbandale, and Marcus Morgan of Iowa City West. Teams hit just .181 off the sophomore while earning a mere 41 hits against him. Through 61 innings pitched (ninth in Class 4A), Wentworth has boasted a 1.48 earned run average. In a big 4A school like Waukee, it’s difficult enough to make the varsity roster as a senior let alone a sophomore. While it is an amazing feat in of itself, the skill that Wenworth routinely puts on display shows that he’s had to stuff to succeed on the big state all along.

“It was pretty early on when we as coaches had the feeling like Jackson would be big for us,” said Dirkx. “For a sophomore his command of the strike zone is phenomenal and it showed really well this season. The thing is, he has great command all around. He has a good grip on his offspeed pitches and then really does some damage with excellently placed fastballs. All around great player and I’m excited that he’ll be returning.”

Well deserving honors for the two Waukee stars who went from first team All-Conference selections to now, members of the Iowa Coaches Association 2019 All-State teams.