The lone holdover from the Go-Hawks’ 2015 state championship team, Little has been a valuable leader in practice and on the field. The speedy lefty leads Waverly-Shell Rock (10-3) with a .382 batting average and nine stolen bases. He’s also generating more power on plus-count pitches and recently recorded his first home run of the season. “He’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around and that’s spanning over the last 15 seasons that I’ve been a head or assistant coach,” W-SR coach Casey Klunder said of his center fielder and first baseman. “He’s a tremendous kid with off-the-chart work ethic. Any success he has is 100 percent deserved.” Little is an honor student who also competes in football, basketball and golf. He plans to play baseball and study engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
The softball sounds a little different coming off Josie Stocks’ bat. Waterloo East’s freshman second-year starter currently ranks among the state leaders with 30 RBIs and recently clocked a home run near 230 feet at Linn-Mar. In addition to her power, Stocks maintains a .333 batting average and is getting on base at a .446 clip. Coach Gene Laughlin says she’s also worked on her footwork to develop as a first baseman. “Her upside is tremendous,” Laughlin added. “I’ve never seen a kid with so much exit bat velocity. The ball jumps off her bat. It’s unbelievable.”
Wedeking has worked with her catcher Bethany Negen over the offseason to add more options to her pitching repertoire. As a result, the Clarskville freshman’s success inside the pitching circle has helped lead her team to a 12-0 start. Wedeking is 10-0 on the season with 98 strikeouts versus just four walks in 55 2/3 innings of work. “She has no emotion out there,” Clarksville coach Katie Wedeking said. “Nothing ever gets to her. She has a change-up, riseball and curveball that she’s been working hard on and just keeping her dropballs really low.” Wedeking also competes in basketball and has found success at the state level in cross country and track.
Hummel has provided plenty of stability to a Jesup team that has jumped out to an 8-4 record while breaking in seven new starters. The fourth-year starter owns a 3-0 record this season with a 1.03 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings of work. “I think he’s gotten better command this year than he’s had in the past,” Jesup coach Bruce Wall said. “He’s picked up a couple ticks on his fastball. ... As a senior you really want to go out with a bang, and he’s done a good job of working in the offseason to make himself a better athlete.” Hummel also competes in basketball and golf.
In addition to making plays in the outfield, Hoff has helped set the tone atop the lineup for an Aplington-Parkersburg baseball team off to a 9-3 start. The fourth-year starter leads the Falcons with a .429 batting average and 14 runs scored. He went 4-for-8 with four RBIs and a double during Monday’s doubleheader sweep of Columbus. “He’s been doing a good job of getting on base,” A-P coach Roger Oberhauser said. “He’s a threat if he gets on. He’s a sparkplug and he’s a real gritty baseball player.” Hoff also competes in football and basketball.