Ending a 64-year drought, Central pulled a surprise by rolling to an outright Iowa Conference baseball crown.
The Dutch posted a 19-5 league mark to win by a comfortable four-game margin and were 29-11 overall. Four Central players—the most ever—received first-team all-league recognition, including senior Joel Pulliam, the league’s pitcher of the year. He was 8-1 with a 2.79 earned run average.
Senior shortstop Mike Furlong, junior outfielder Sam Stetzel and junior pitcher Dirk Lindaman were first-team picks, while sophomore pitcher Judson McKown was a second-team choice. Furlong was a four-time all-league honoree and set nine career records, including hits, runs and stolen bases.
Adam Stevens received coach of the year recognition for the second time.