New Hampton baseball

The seniors for the New Hampton baseball team will have a chance to make history this season, as they have an opportunity to win their fifth straight conference title.  While that would be a great accomplishment, they have a bigger goal in mind - to make the state baseball tournament. During their...
Former New Hampton High star Cole McDonald delivers a pitch to the plate during an Iowa baseball game earlier this season.
Sometimes, fathers do know best; just ask Cole McDonald. After a mediocre start to the season for the University of Iowa baseball team, the Hawkeyes have flipped the switch since an 0-3 start in Big Ten play and now are in the mix for a potential spot in the NCAA tournament. And one of the many...
New Hampton’s Mason Cleveland fires to first base to complete a double play in the third inning of Tuesday night’s Class 2A district game with North Fayette Valley.
Mason Cleveland figured Tuesday night sooner or later his New Hampton teammates would bust open the game, but even if they didn’t, the Chickasaws would be just fine. They were, thanks in large part to a monster game from Cleveland, who figured in both New Hampton runs at the plate, completed a...
All four of New Hampton’s infielders — (from left) Aden Zwanziger, Mason Cleveland, Noah Fye and Ryan Anderson — shown here standing at attention during the national anthem at a recent home  game, made spectacular plays in the Chickasaws’ 7-3 win over Lansing Kee on Friday.
Braydon Fisher understandably has no regrets when it comes to his decision to play baseball this summer. “I love playing baseball with this team, and I love playing anything for New Hampton,” the senior outfielder said after the Chickasaw concluded a wildly successful regular season with a 7-3 win...
New Hampton junior Connor Hackman delivers a pitch to the plate during last week’s doubleheader against Waverly-Shell Rock.
Keegan Kane’s pitching slump has been put to rest and then some. The New Hampton junior pitched four strong innings of relief to combine with starter Connor Hackman on a one-hitter Thursday as New Hampton rolled to a 9-0 win over Central Springs in their final tuneup before tonight’s critical...
The game had long been decided in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night when Logan Havlik stepped into the batter’s box.In the stands, fans hoped. In the third-base coach’s box, New Hampton’s Cory McDonald did the same. And in the dugout along the first-base line, Havlik’s teammates wanted...
New Hampton’s Noah Fye and Max Babcock wait for a throw down to second base as Waverly-Shell Rock’s Ryan Willis slides into the bag during Monday night’s doubleheader against the Go-Hawks.
New Hampton had just watched an early 3-0 lead turn into a 7-4 loss to Waverly-Shell Rock Monday night. If the Chickasaws wanted to win a fourth-straight Northeast Iowa Conference championship, they almost had to win the nightcap of the doubleheader, yet there was no panic in their eyes; in fact,...
As Hunter Pesek races home on a suicide squeeze play, Noah Fye delivers a perfect bunt to score what would be the winning run against Oelwein.
The number of times Braydon Fisher knocked a foul ball out at Mikkelson Park during his final at-bat of the night in the sixth inning Friday were estimated between 12 and 15. Fisher made that estimate himself, then verified the figure with a couple of coaches. “I like to battle,” said the Chickasaw...
New Hampton junior Max Babcock delivers a pitch to catcher Wyatt Stochl in the first inning of the Chickasaws’ win over Crestwood on Monday.
New Hampton junior Max Babcock and Chickasaw coach Cory McDonald were on the same page when they were asked about New Hampton’s 8-3 win over Crestwood on Monday. “It was just one of those weird nights,” McDonald said after his team improved to 18-3 overall and 9-2 in Northeast Iowa Conference play...
New Hampton’s Wyatt Stochl continues to be among the leaders in hitting for the Chickasaws as his .426 batting average trails only Noah Fye.
The seniors on the New Hampton baseball team have literally played hundreds of games since they first became teammates on a travel team back when they were elementary school students. But they have never had more fun playing the game than they did on Friday night, when they moved into the Northeast...

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