Tiger baseball places four on All-District list

Andrew Brown - Sports Reporter
ADM's Tate Stine-Smith during the Class 3A state quarterfinal battle with Gilbert Tuesday, July 28. PHOTO BY ANDREW BROWN/DALLAS COUNTY NEWS

The great season that was may be over for ADM High School baseball, but the accolades are far from finished. Recently, the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association released their 2020 All-District teams across the 2020 campaign.

For ADM Tiger fans, they witnessed four of their own make it onto the class 3A All-Southwest District list. The list combined teams from both Substate 7 and Substate 8 brackets making for a very talented player pool to choose from. For the Tigers, they had one individual earn first-team honors while three ADM stars earned second-team honors. Those individuals in question are Tate Stine-Smith, Chase Anderson, Zach Fuller, and Lucas Curry. Together, those four individuals did quite a lot for ADM baseball within the shortened 2020 campaign. On an offensively combined note, these four Tigers combined to hit .384 and capture over 51 percent of the teams’ overall hit total for the season, marking a top three ranking within the Southwest District ranks. Together those four Tigers accounted for 48 percent of ADM’s extra-base hit production and accounted for 48 percent of the overall RBI count.

First Team:

The phenom that was Tate Stine-Smith was ADM’s lone first-team representative and for good reason. He was a force to be noticed in 2020, ranking second among the Substate 7 field alone with 29 hits on the season. The junior produced nine doubles, tied for the substate lead in triples (two), and paced the entire substate field with 45 total bases earned across the 2020 campaign. For those offensive efforts, the junior outfielder sported a .439 batting average (fourth in Substate 7) and earned an outfield spot in the Southwest District first-team list. Defensively, Stine-Smith also sported a .944 fielding percentage and actually ranked in the top-20 of all substate pitchers with 16 strikeouts and a 1.69 earned run average.

“We kind of knew last year how great Tate could be but this year he really showed it,” said ADM head coach Jason Book. “He’s so quick with his hands and sees the ball really well. He has been such a gold contributor for us this year.”

Second Team:

There’s no denying that ADM’s Zach Fuller could have easily been a first-team member as well. After all, Fuller did pace the Substate 7 field and was second overall in the district with 54 strikeouts on the season. That was all earned while being the biggest workhorse in the Raccoon River Conference and the Substate 7 field with 43 total innings pitched. Teams managed just .200 against the senior while he himself sported a 1.63 ERA complete with just ten earned runs and 33 hits allowed on the year. Offensively, Fuller was impressive as well sporting a .409 batting average while his seven doubles ranked fourth within the Substate 7 field (tied for fourth overall in the district).

“Zach is the type of guy you want on the mound against tough teams,” said Book earlier in the season. “He does a great job mixing his pitches and finding ways to get batters uncomfortable at the plate.”

Also joining the second team is Chase Anderson, yet another Tiger star who just missed out on a first-team selection. Anderson’s dual threat did not go unnoticed, especially against opponents. Offensively, no one in the district toppled Anderson’s ten doubles on the season, a mark in itself that ranked fourth-best across all Class 3A batters in the state. Sporting a .348 batting average, Anderson totaled 36 bases on 23 hits and 66 total at-bats for the campaign. On the mound, few were able to replicate what Anderson did, especially within the Substate 7 field. The senior posted an ERA of just 0.85 and served up 39 strikeouts through just 33 innings pitched.

“I swear Chase welcomes tough situations and wants to start at-bats with two strikes,” joked coach Book earlier this season. “He’s so good at wearing down pitchers and he’s exactly what you’re looking for in a leadoff hitter. On the mound he’s a good pitcher who has confidence in his stuff and gives you plenty of chances to win.”

The third and final All-District member for ADM was Lucas Curry. Through just 15 games started in 2020, Curry posted 25 putouts while suffering just three errors defensively. Offensively, Curry impressed a lot of people with his .308 batting average which sported 12 total hits on the year.

All four of ADM’s All-District honorees helped propel ADM into a great 2020 campaign where they made history, punching a ticket to the state tournament on their home field for the first time.