As a catalyst at the top of the Murray batting order, wreaking havoc on the base paths, as well as being one of the top defensive outfielders in southwest Iowa, Mustang senior Cody Scroggie is a first-team all-state player.
Scroggie was named to the top unit of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 1A All-State Baseball Team today. The team is selected by a panel of Iowa sportswriters, with assistance from the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association.
Scroggie was the spark at the top of the lineup for coach Travis Held, hitting .522 with an on-base percentage of .606. He was one of the leading base stealers in the state, successful on 56 of 57 attempts, while scoring 50 runs. He drove in 23 runs, striking out only five times in 90 at-bats.
In addition, he showed range and a strong throwing arm in center field for the Mustangs, who finished 17-9 in a district semifinal loss to Lenox.
“His batting average and steals are so impressive,” said Murray coach Travis Held. “He was so important to us as a leadoff guy. He just found a way to get on base. The only time he got picked off was the first game against Lenox. He went too early and they got him in a rundown. He gets such a great jump off of a pitcher.”
Likewise for his play in the field, Held added.
“He can read the ball off the bat better than anybody I’ve seen,” Held said. “He knows how to judge it and he can get there and make a play.”
Scroggie is the only area INA all-stater this year. Other all-district players nominated for all-state included three versatile 1A players — Scroggie’s teammate, Austin Halls; and the Lenox duo of Mason Peterson and Caleb Lange.
Also nominated were Nodaway Valley standout shortstop Trevor Jameson (.531, 38 RBI) in Class 2A; and Creston catcher Zach Powers in 3A, who batted .429 with only two strikeouts.
One of Murray’s opponents in the Bluegrass Conference, league champion Twin Cedars, is well-represented on the INA all-state team after qualifying for the 1A state tournament.
Sophomore pitcher Otis Roby, junior catcher Hunter Embray and junior infielder Cory Harrell are all on the first team. Named to the third team from Twin Cedars were junior outfielder Brent Parker and pitcher-infielder Coy Moore at a utility position.
Martensdale-St. Marys, also a state qualifier and three-time Class 1A defending champion, had three all-state players this year. Senior infielder Gage Gavin and senior outfielder Trent Verwers were named to the first team. Junior pitcher Eddy Kraber is part of the third-team pitching staff.
In Class 3A, several opponents of Creston appeared on INA all-state teams. The first team included senior outfielder Austin Peterson and senior infielder Jordan Boughman of state qualifier Chariton, as well as ADM pitcher Dylan Nelson.
Harlan infielder Jake Daeges and teammate David Ratigan were named to the second team. Ratigan was named to a utility spot.
Glenwood pitcher Justin Fisher, ADM catcher Logan Essy and Chariton infielder Brett Braida were named to the third team.
Carroll Kuemper all-state players in Class 2A are pitcher Chris Halbur and outfielder Kolby Hilgenberg, both on the first team. Shenandoah infielder David Hogue is on the third-team infield.
Iowa Newspaper Association
2013 All-State Baseball
Class 1A first team
Pitcher — Otis Roby, Twin Cedars, So., 12-0, 0.44; Jonathan VanBeek, West Lyon, Sr., 11-1, 0.46; Matt Wesselman, Remsen St. Mary’s, Jr., 9-2, 0.65.
Catcher — Hunter Embray, Twin Cedars, Jr., .444.
First base — Alex Bagby, Don Bosco, So., .418.
Infield — Brandon Brittain, Van Meter, Jr., .566; Cory Harrell, Twin Cedars, Jr., .561; Gage Gavin, Martensdale-St. Marys, Sr., .500.
Outfield — Trent Verwers, Martensdale-St. Marys, Sr., .590; Cody Scroggie, Murray, Sr., .522; Tanner Utesch, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, Sr., .458.
Utility — Casey Hall, Mason City Newman, Sr., 7-2, .417; Robby Laughlin, Van Buren, Jr., 4-1, .422.
Captain — Casey Hall, Mason City Newman.
Class 1A second team
Pitcher — Zach Bergman, Clarksville, Sr., 8-5, 0.72; Trent Roose, North Mahaska, Jr., 14-2, 1.51; Zac Freese, BGM, Jr., 14-2, 0.92.
Catcher — Jacob Wrage, North Tama, Sr., .439.
First base — Zach Gibson, Montezuma, Sr., .430.
Infield — John Burns, Algona Bishop Garrigan, Sr., .398; Jake Chevalier, Van Meter, Jr., .431; Matt Smith, Lawton-Bronson, Sr., .474.
Outfield — Nate Beck, BGM, Sr., .475; Joey Verstegen, Mason City Newman, So., .354; Tim Swanson, Janesville, Sr., .478.
Utility — Patrick Sheehey, Pleasantville, Jr., 8-2, .409; Tyler Backas, Don Bosco, Sr., 8-1, .414.
Class 1A third team
Pitcher — Eddy Kraber, Martensdale-St. Marys, Jr., 9-4, 1.25; Logan Jurgensmeier, Hinton, So., 10-1, 1.32; Reece Wadle, Algona Bishop Garrigan, So., 7-3, 1.17.
Catcher — Lane Nichols, Woodbury Central, So., .354.
First base — Jack Jennett, Lansing Kee, Sr., .393.
Infield — Garrett Saunders, Van Buren, So., .379; Tyler Swanson, Montezuma, Sr., .525; Austin Lefler, Lawton-Bronson, Sr., .407.
Outfield — Peter Lapointe, Mason City Newman, Jr., .364; Kyle Neher, Moulton-Udell, Sr., .421; Brent Parker, Twin Cedars, Jr., .448.
Utility — Coy Moore, Twin Cedars, Jr., 11-1, .423; Joe Burgmeier, Mason City Newman, Jr., 2-2, .326.
Class 2A first team
Pitcher — Chris Halbur, Kuemper Catholic, Sr., 9-0, 0.54; Jacob Hadaway, North Polk, Sr., 7-1, 0.84; Joey Lehmann, Dyersville Beckman, Sr., 11-0, 0-34.
Catcher — Jake Lewis, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Sr., .469.
First base — Jared Manternach, Cascade, Sr., .430.
Infield — Casey Berg, IKM-Manning, Sr., .453; Dylan Preston, Clayton Ridge-Central, Jr., .564; Alec Sorensen, Treynor, Sr., .495.
Outfield — Jimmy Hawk, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Sr., .420; Tanner Felton, Monticello, Jr., .466; Kolby Hilgenberg, Kuemper Catholic, Sr., .445.
Utility — Cole Crawford, Wilton, Sr., 0.69, .451; Justin Shaffer, Durant, Sr., 0.49, .429.
Class 2A second team
Pitcher — Korey Kuhlman, MVAO, So., 11-1, 0.96; Zach Hovick, Roland-Story, Jr., 11-3, 1.25; Hunter Bergfeld, Cascade, Sr., 6-0, 0.74.
Catcher — Spencer Halloran, West Fork, Jr., .532.
First base — Gage Carpenter, Wapello, Sr., .476.
Infield — Ian Ross, Beckman, Sr., .354; Jared Riemenschneider, West Marshall, Sr., .453; Christian Bambrook, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Sr., .477.
Outfield — Brett Leshen, Albia, Jr., .475; Reed Smith, North Polk, Jr., .433; Ben Chapin, Treynor, So., .357.
Utility — Jacob Webb, Central Springs, Sr., .460, 3-3; Cole McDonald, New Hampton, So., .351, 10-3.
Class 2A third team
Pitcher — Brandon Stoll, Spirit Lake, Sr., 8-0, 0.74; Sawyer Doocy, North Union, Sr., 6-3, 1.58; Isaac Tuttle, Forest City, Sr., 8-3, 2.32.
Catcher — Brandon Lincoln, Wapello, Sr., .380.
First base — Nick Gantt, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Sr., .322.
Infield — Jordan Rommes, South Winneshiek, So., .500; Jake Alexander, Colfax-Mingo, Sr., .474; David Hogue, Shenandoah, Sr., .458.
Outfield — Charlie Marcucci, Northeast Goose Lake, Jr., .462; Austin Croson, Wilton, Sr., .430; Jake Brinkman, Iowa City Regina, So., .421.
Utility — Austin Genl, Cascade, Sr., .397; Grant Lang, North Polk, Jr., .345.
Class 3A first team
Pitcher — Gavin Sheakley, Clear Lake, Sr., 11-0, 1.09; Dylan Nelson, ADM (Adel), Sr., 9-1, 1.06; Joseph Hietpas, Fairfield, Jr., 7-2, 1.49.
Catcher — Jake Thumann, Central Clinton (DeWitt), Sr., .426.
First base — Brett Slight, Boone, Jr., .444.
Infield — Mitch Moser, Benton Community, Sr., .454; Jordan Baughman, Chariton, Sr., .467; Kolby Greenslade, Norwalk, Sr., .412.
Outfield — Austin Peterson, Chariton, Sr., .488; Jacob Lamoreux, Le Mars, Sr., .504; Brady Mayo, Bishop Heelan, Jr., .387.
Utility — Tyler Cropley, Bishop Heelan, Jr., .393, 6-0; Cody Marine, Williamsburg, Sr., .477.
Class 3A second team
Pitcher — Anthony Ruden, Dubuque Wahlert, Sr., 8-2, 1.71; Andrew Quested, Davenport Assumption, Jr., 6-2, 1.34; Brandon Hodges, Saydel, Jr., 10-3, 2.01.
Catcher — Matt Hoffman, Dubuque Wahlert, Jr., .347.
First base — Justin Dilks, Mount Pleasant, Jr., .455.
Infield — Josey Jewell, Decorah, Sr., .382; Jake Daeges, Harlan, Sr., .343; Kevin Woodhouse, Knoxville, So., .495.
Outfield — Will Whiton, Perry, So., .495; Jake Lewis, Dallas Center-Grimes, Sr., .354; T.J. Sikkema, Central Clinton (DeWitt), Fr., .450.
Utility — David Ratigan, Harlan, Sr., .297, 7-1; Eli Dunne, Grinnell, Jr., .307, 5-0.
Class 3A third team
Pitcher — Taylor Gilson, Oelwein, Sr., 8-4, 1.47; Chris Comito, Norwalk, So., 10-0, 1.73; Justin Fisher, Glenwood, Sr., 7-2, 2.00.
Catcher — Logan Essy, ADM (Adel), Jr., .442.
First base — Andy Heffner, Le Mars, Sr., .426.
Infield — Ben Jacobson, Humboldt, Sr., .451; Aaron Krier, Storm Lake, Sr., .448; Brett Braida, Chariton, Jr., .387.
Outfield — Philip Jacobson, Bishop Heelan, Jr., .325; Austin Lechtenberg, Central Clinton (DeWitt), Sr., .401; Mitch Keeran, Clear Lake, So., .385.
Utility — Kolton Gonnerman, Centerville, Jr., .324, 7-3; Parker Rolfes, Le Mars, Sr., .350, 7-0.
Class 4A first team
Pitcher — Derek Burkamper, Muscatine, Sr., 11-2, 0.96; Colby Carmichael, Des Moines East, Jr., 9-0, 1.37; Keaton McKinney, Ankeny, Jr., 8-0, 0.39.
Catcher — Nate Hunter, Dowling Catholic, Jr., .420.
First base — Chino Alcala, Des Moines East, So., .458.
Infield — Reid Bonner, Iowa City West, Sr., .410; Brandon Engler, North Scott, Sr., .496; Blake Meachum, Sioux City North, Sr., .519.
Outfield — Dom Thompson-Williams, Sioux City East, Sr., .465; Robert Hansen, Des Moiens East, Jr., .420; Malique Ziegler, Des Moines East, Jr., .414.
Utility — Ben Miller, West Des Moines Valley, Sr., 6-2, .495; Matt Johnson, Ankeny, Sr., 6-0, .365.
Captain — Dom Thompson-Williams, Sioux City East.
Class 4A second team
Pitcher — Tyus Adkins, Iowa City West, Sr., 9-1, 1.62; Austin Stroschein, Linn-Mar, Sr., 8-1, 1.63; Joe Hawks, Johnston, Sr., 6-1, 1.95.
Catcher — Trent Herman, Muscatine, Jr., .419.
First base — Joe Bappe, Ames, Jr., .486.
Infield — Cody Collender, Clinton, Sr., .429; Brandt Ollinger, Linn-Mar, So., .463; Ty Mougin, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Sr., .435.
Outfield — Tanner Hinkle, West Des Moines Valley, Sr., .429; Brandon Carlson, Sioux City East, Sr., .408; Ezra Reiners, Iowa City West, Sr., .374.
Utility — Collin Schulz, Ottumwa, Sr., .527; Tyler Franko, Sioux City East, Sr., .411.
Class 4A third team
Pitcher — Nick Belzer, Ankeny, Sr., 5-2, 2.65; Justin Hill, Bettendorf, Sr., 9-1, 1.68; Jake Reinhardt, Dowling Catholic, Sr., 5-2, 1.15.
Catcher — J.T. Sole, Cedar Falls, Jr., .354.
First base — Hunter Hillygus, Marshalltown, Sr., .391.
Infield — Jimmy Roth, Linn-Mar, Sr., .419; Zack Brown, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Sr., .345; Chris Tomkius, Dubuque Hempstead, Jr., .438.
Outfield — Seth Griffiths, Ottumwa, Sr., .436; Zach patterson, Burlington, Sr., .402; Austin Halligan, Fort Dodge, So., .386.
Utility — Kyle Duncan, West Des Moines Valley, Sr., 8-1, .455; Devin Raffensperger, Iowa City West, Jr., .386.