Four Siouxland seniors will play in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches’ Association All-Star Series this weekend | Baseball
SIOUX CITY — Four area high school baseball players will be around some of the best guys in the state this weekend.
All four seniors – Aidan Haukap of East High School, Kaleb Gengler of Bishop Heelan, Carter Schorg of Remsen St. Mary’s and Damon Schmid of Kingsley-Pierson – will be part of the Iowa High School All-Star Series Baseball Coaches’ Association this weekend.
The senior-only showcase begins Friday in Mason City. The two metro seniors will play for the Grande École Est team while the two class 1A players will play for the Petite Ouest team.
Here is an overview of the two honored subways.
Haukap to show his speed
Haukap had a good season on the pitcher’s mound, but defensively coach Trevor MIller said he was one of the best center defensemen in the state. Haukap was named to the Missouri River Conference second team as a pitcher.
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Haukap’s speed allows him to hit any ball in the gaps, and he moved to center this summer after playing on the left in 2021.
Haukap played on the left, as Black Raiders graduate Terrick Thompson was center fielder. When Thompson graduated, Haukap headed to the middle of the outfield.
“He has to be in the conversation as one of the best defensive outfielders in the state,” Miller said. “He might not swing it as well, but his defense is right there.”
When the nominations were vetted, Miller – who is also coaching in this weekend’s showcase – wanted to pick Haukap as the outfielder so he could get more playing time.
By embracing this leadership role, Haukap has been the definition of consistency. On the mound, he can be one of the best pitchers in the area when he feels like it, and it showed on Saturday.
“When he’s in center field for example, he’s catching crazy balls there, and you know, we always joke about how laid back he looks while he’s doing it,” Miller said earlier this season. “It makes a lot of our players laugh when they see it. I think it helps them relax and it helps the kids to play freely.
The starting pitchers have already been chosen, but Haukap can become a relief pitcher if Fort Dodge coach Blake Utley chooses him.
The other two outfielders on the Large East team are Carter Thomas of Mason City and Miles Risley of Johnston.
“There might not be a baseball in the grass,” Miller said. “We talked about the speed they have and it was fun to listen to (Indianola coach Jon) Fitzpatrick talk about his enthusiasm for our outfield.
“Hope Aidan is having fun,” Miller added. “Hopefully he sees what all the other players are doing and what their programs are doing. With a lot of these kids, they’re all going to play baseball. That will help him prepare for Briar Cliff.
Fitzpatrick is also an assistant coach this weekend with Utley and Miller.
This is Miller’s first time coaching in the All-Star Series. He became the East’s coach last April.
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Dicus also coached in an All-Star series, and Miller is looking forward to doing the same this weekend.
“I think it’s going to be a really cool experience,” Miller said. “I was thrilled to be asked to do it.”
Miller found he coached in a unique way.
When the second-year Black Raiders coach attended a coaching clinic this winter, former Lewis Central coach Lee Toole found Miller at the clinic during a presentation.
Toole sat down next to Miller and asked Miller if he wanted to coach him.
Miller smiled after Toole invited him over and he happily accepted.
“It’s going to be a really fun weekend where we can train in a no-pressure situation,” Miller said. “We don’t have to worry about teaching kids how to do things.”
He is also delighted to be alongside Utley and Fitzpatrick.
The Black Raiders and Dodgers programs have been played for several years, so the partnership between the two coaches is strong.
Miller hopes to strengthen that bond with Utley and get to know Fitzpatrick better.
“Blake has been my support,” Miller said. “These coaches are some of the best in the state. Blake runs a top notch program. I’m also excited to sit down with Fitzgerald. I’m just going to be with a lot of coaches and ask them what they’re doing.
Gengler has one more weekend
Heelan coach Andy Osborne hopes this weekend will also serve as an eye-opener for Gengler.
Gengler was selected as one of three starting pitchers this weekend, along with Schorg and Roland-Story ace Alex Berends.
On the mound, Gengler had a 1.62 ERA before the season-ending loss to eventual state semifinalist Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Gengler was 4-3 this season.
He also pitched four good innings this weekend for George Nelson American Legion Post 662’s Woodbury County at Sergeant Bluff in the state baseball tournament on Sunday in Spencer.
“Kaleb will be able to rub shoulders with his future teammates and show his abilities. It’s part of the game where you can show what you can do,” Osborne said.
Gengler also had a period where his business was going early in the season. He recorded a no-hitter against East, then held the 3A-1 seeded No. 1 MOC-Floy Valley to one hit.
In the past week, two high school baseball kids from the Metro threw hits and their coaches thought those Thursday and Saturday outings were the best of their high school tenures.
Gengler also forced Harlan to put just one ball in play in an early-season game.
“He was more dominant than anyone we’ve ever had,” Osborne said. “We were delighted that he was successful.”
Osborne has advice for Gengler not just for this weekend, but also when he reports to Des Moines Area Community College in the fall.
“Kaleb’s deal has always been to focus on what he needs to focus on in relation to whatever is going on around him,” Osborne said. “That will come with maturity and facing better competition. For him to be successful will depend on his off-speed throws and whether he can shift gears. He has to get used to that. »