Recognition of outstanding seasons continues to accumulate for some local athletes.
Fairfield’s Austin Simpson with Pekin’s Tanner Bainbridge and Caleb Comstock were all recognized by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association recently. All three are seniors.
The IHSBCA released its All-State teams recently and Simpson was named to the Class 3A First Team as a first baseman while Bainbridge was the pick at shortstop and Comstock was chosen for the outfield on the Class 1A First Team.
The IHSBCA names a Super Team, which is a selection of the best from all classes, then selects a first and second team in each of the four classes.
Simpson was fifth in Class 3A this season with a .473 batting average, right behind Trojans teammate Kosta Papazogolou’s .474. The duo led 3A in slugging percentage with Simpson first at 1.065. Simpson was sixth in on base percentage at .571. Simpson struck out only seven times in 100 plate appearances. Nobody in any class had more home runs that Simpson’s 16. He comitted just two errors all season.
Bainbridge’s batting average of .506 was 12th in Class 1A while his slugging percentage of .861 was 11th. On base percentage was 15th at .608. His five home runs were the ninth best in the class. He struck out six times in 97 plate appearances. Bainbridge had a 4-1 record in eight appearances on the mound. He had a 2.78 earned run average with 44 strikeouts and 25 walks. Opponents batted .115 against him.
Comstock had 12 doubles, just shy of the class lead of 15. He batted .433 with a .514 on base percentage. He was 11 for 11 in stolen bases. Comstock was charged with just two errors all season. He made nine pitching appearances and had a 3-1 record with a 2.6 earned run average. he struck out 31 with 17 walks and opponents batted .174 against him.
Comstock and Bainbridge led Pekin to its first state tournament appearance in school history, finishing their outstanding season with a 17-9 record.
Simpson and the Trojans lost in the game to go to state. Their season ended with a No. 6 ranking and a 36-5 record.