2012 Iowa Conference champions
PELLA—Five Central College baseball players received Iowa Conference honors Thursday.
Designated hitter Robbie Rushing (junior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) is a first-team selection while center fielder Sam Stetzel (senior, Perry), pitcher Ryan Goetzinger (senior, Mason City), third basemen Adam Ariola (junior, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) and pitcher Judson McKown (junior, Maple Plain, Minn., Orono HS) are second-team picks.
Rushing, a transfer from Des Moines Area CC, batted .312 with 19 RBI and a team-high 12 doubles. He had a team-best .448 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage. Rushing started all 41 games, including nine at shortstop to record a .902 fielding percentage. He also pitched 10 innings and posted a 1-1 record.
Stetzel was named to the all-conference squad for the third straight year. He was also a first-team selection in 2012. Stetzel batted .295 with a .417 on-base percentage and 14 RBI. Stetzel scored a team-high 29 runs, stole six bases in nine attempts and committed only one error for a .990 fielding percentage.
Goetzinger recorded a 3-2 mark with a 3.26 earned run average. He had a team-high 42 strikeouts and one shutout. Goetzinger tossed 58 innings with 10 starts and walked 29 batters.
Ariola, who received honorable mention in 2011, batted a team-high .333 with 33 RBI and 48 hits. He also scored 28 runs and stole seven bases in nine attempts. Ariola had a .388 on-base percentage and .382 slugging percentage, along with a .879 fielding percentage.
McKown, who was also a second-team choice last year, posted a school-record eight saves in 19 apperances. He was 3-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 60.1 innings. McKown walked 16 and struck out 33.
Under coach Adam Stevens, the Dutch finished fourth in the league with a 12-14 mark and compiled a 22-19 overall record.