2012 Iowa Conference champions
PELLA — Five Central College players have received all-Iowa Conference baseball honors, including three first-team selections.
Pitcher Judson McKown (senior, Independence, Minn., Orono HS) was honored for the third time. He was a first-team pick along with shortstop Jordan Judkins (senior, Marshalltown) and designated hitter Robbie Rushing (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS).
Second baseman Adam Ariola (senior, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) and outfielder Andrew O’Toole (senior, Des Moines, Lincoln HS) were tabbed for the second team.
In addition, pitcher Dakotah Wolken (sophomore, Dillon, East Marshall HS) received honorable mention.
McKown, a second-team honoree the past two seasons, posted a 6-3 record with a stingy 1.50 earned run average. He threw six complete games, including three shutouts. In 66 innings he walked eight batters and struck out 29.
Judkins hit .379 with 11 doubles, five triples and 30 RBIs to go with a .957 fielding percentage.
Rushing, also a first-team pick last year, was the team’s top hitter with a .410 mark. He hit a school record 23 doubles and six home runs and drove in 46 runs.
Ariola, who received honorable mention in 2011and was a second-team choice last year, batted .340 with seven doubles and 32 RBIs while compiling a .956 fielding percentage. He also stole a team-high 13 bases.
O’Toole hit .267, including .314 in league games, with 25 RBIs. He stole eight bases and had a .989 fielding percentage.
Wolken posted a 6-2 record with a 3.60 ERA over 65 innings. He walked 14 batters and struck out 25.
Central compiled a 28-16 overall record, its second-highest win total ever. The Dutch were 17-11 in conference play, finishing third, and placed second in the conference tournament. They racked up 101 victories over the past four years.