It may have been a shortened season, but it wasn’t a season that was short of accomplishments.
The Kuemper baseball team finished second overall in the Hawkeye 10 Conference standings. On top of that they were able to name six of their players to the Hawkeye 10 All-Conference team this year.
The Knights were able to land two players on the first team. They later added two more players on the second team list. They capped off their accomplishments with two more players finishing on the honorable mention list.
The Knights finished a game shy of the State tournament, marking their sixth-straight season of at least making a district final game.
Two seniors helped lead the way for the Knights and they were honored for their work by being named to the first team All-Hawkeye 10 team.
Kyle Berg is one of the Kuemper baseball players that established himself as a great baseball player throughout his high school career. Not only did he play on varsity since he was an eighth grader, but he never seemed to disappoint on the team.
His senior season was no different. This year Beg batted .390 on the team, the second best batting average among anyone else. He finished the year with 30 hits. That included one home run, five triples, three double and 21 singles. During that time he had 28 RBIs, which led his team. He also scored 13 runs. On the entire year he struck out just 10 times.
As the catcher Berg was responsible for 134 outs this year. He led his teammates with a .960 fielding percentage. He had three errors on the season with 11 assists. He was able to throw out three batters that attempted to steal on him.
Berg himself proved to be strong on the base path. He stole seven bases on seven attempts, never being thrown out.
Overall Berg was able to pitch in six games this year. He compiled a 2-3 record overall. He was on the mound for 17 and two-thirds innings this year. He held opponents to a batting average of .195. That included 17 hits given up 18 runs, 13 of them earned. Berg walked 12 batters, struck out 17 and hit three. Overall his ERA was measured at 5.15.
Truman Haukap, another senior for the Knights was the team leader in hitting percentage this year. Haukap batted .400 with 30 hits. He wasn’t known for his power, but that wasn’t what made him dangerous. Haukap had one triple, two doubles and 27 singles. He finished with 19 RBIs.
What Haukap was known for was his ability to get around the bases. This year he scored 27 runs to lead his team. Overall he struck out just 11 times.
Haukap led his team with 12 stolen bases, like Berg, he never was thrown out while stealing a base.
Playing in the outfield Haukap made 27 outs with one assist. He was credited for just two errors and finished with a fielding percentage of .933.
Underclassmen dominated the second team list for Kuemper baseball players.
Austin Tigges, a junior, and Will Schenkelberg, a sophomore, were both named to the second team.
Tigges was known for his pitching this year. He threw in eight games, starting in seven with a total record of 3-2.
In the 40 innings that Tigges pitched he gave up 33 hits, 22 runs, 19 of them were earned. He struck out 40 batters and walked 14. Overall his finished with a ERA of 3.32.
As an infielder Tigges was able to record 24 outs with 29 assists in the field. He was credited with just five errors and finished with a fielding percentage of .914.
In his 81 at-bats this year Tigges batted .272 with 22 hits. He had one triple, five doubles, and 16 singles. That included 17 RBIs and 10 runs scored. He was walked nine times and struck out 11 times.
Schenkelberg played his last season in a Kuemper uniform despite being only a sophomore. A move for his family means Schenkelberg won’t finish his high school career for the Knights.
In his final season the sophomore hit .304 this year with 17 hits, nine singles, seven doubles and one triple. Overall he hit 19 RBIs.
Overall he scored eight runs. He also recorded 17 total outs this year with nine assists and two errors counted against him. His fielding percentage finished at .929.
As a pitcher he finished with a ERA of 2.55 with a 4-3 record in 10 innings pitched. He threw in 35 and two-thirds innings. Overall he gave up 37 hits, 29 runs, 13 earned. He totaled 19 strikeouts on the year.
Two juniors highlighted the honorable mention list for the Knights, Luke Hicks and Blake Pottebaum.
Hicks batted .299 overall this season. He had 20 hits, 16 singles, four doubles and 25 runs scored. Overall Hicks had 14 RBIs this year.
This year Hicks had a .827 fielding percentage with 25 outs and 37 assists. In three games pitched Hicks allowed just 13 hits with 11 earned runs given up. He struck out six batters.
Blake Pottebaum was able to hit .288 on the season with 21 hits, 13 singles, eight doubles and 20 RBIs, the second most on his team. Overall Pottebaum scored 15 runs.
Pottebaum finished with a fielding percentage of .951 with 56 outs, two assists and three errors recorded.
On the pitching mound Pottebaum started off the year with strong promises of being one of the reliable pitchers for the season. However, an early arm injury limited his time pitching.
Still Pottebaum finished the year with a 1-0 record in six and two thirds innings pitched. He allowed just four hits, three runs, one of them earned. He walked five batters and struck out eight. Overall his ERA was the lowest on the team with a 1.05.