If you need a reminder of the type of season the Calamus-Wheatland baseball team had this summer, all you need to do is take a look at the Warriors’ record book.
The Warriors essentially re-wrote its collection of single-season marks, setting records for victories (33), winning percentage (.892), team ERA (1.37) and runs scored (378), while winning the program’s sixth conference title (their first in the Tri-Rivers) and fifth district crown (the first since 2009).
The individual marks were not safe either, thanks to a powerful lineup and equally dominant pitching staff.
A total of seven Warriors were honored for their play this season, including a pair of first-team all-state selections.
Junior Caleb Banowetz was selected as a pitcher to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association 1A all-state team for a second straight year, moving up from the second team to the first team.
He is joined on the first team by senior Hunter Rickels, who was one of three outfielders selected to the 1A team.
Both Banowetz and Rickels were all-district selections as well.
In fact, five Warriors were honored on the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-1A Southeast District first team.
Joining Banowetz as a pitcher selection was senior Max Hansen, while fellow senior Tyler Rowold was picked as the squad’s first baseman.
Rickels was again an outfield selection for the team, while Brant Boeckmann garnered a utility spot.
All five Warriors earned first-team honors on the All-Tri-Rivers Conference team as well.
Banowetz, in particular, shared the league’s Most Valuable Player honor with North Linn standout Jake Hilmer.
Junior Brian Forret was a second-team infield pick on the team, while sophomore Chase Knoche garnered honorable mention accolades.
The Warriors earned a final honor as head coach Mike Bruns was named the Tri-Rivers Conference Coach of the Year.
No player in the state drove in more runs this season than Banowetz, whose school-record 72 RBIs is tied for the 14th-most in one season in Iowa prep history.
Banowetz finished with 56 hits — more than half of which went for extra bases, as the junior socked 14 doubles, five triples and a team-record 13 home runs.
Not surprisingly, the junior also earned 32 walks and scored 23 runs.
Banowetz was equally dominant on the mound, finishing second in Class 1A with 138 strikeouts — breaking his own school mark for Ks in a season.
Banowetz went 9-1 on the mound with a 0.91 ERA and allowed opponents to hit just .088 against him.
One big reason for Banowetz’s large RBI total was that Rickels — the batter ahead of him in the batting order — was often on base.
The senior, who batted .462, finished right behind Banowetz with 55 hits — good for sixth in Class 1A — and quickly got into scoring position thanks to a school record 34 stolen bases.
As a result, Rickels set a new school record with 52 runs — tied for ninth in Class 1A.
Rickels hit 11 doubles of his own and socked six triples — tying another school record — while also smacking a home run and driving in 43 runs.
Matching Rickels with a school-record six triples of his own was Hansen.
The senior batted .414 in his final prep season with 41 hits and 10 doubles.
Hansen coaxed 24 walks as well, drove in 30 runs and scored 29 more.
The senior was also one of 1A’s top pitchers, going 9-1 on the mound with a 1.12 ERA.
The Warrior, who tied the school record with 23 career pitching victories, struck out a career-high 98 batters and opponents hit just .151 against him.
Rowold provided his own pop in the Warriors’ order, piling up 38 hits, including a team-best 15 doubles and four home runs.
That helped the senior drive in 42 runs, good for third on the team, and Rowold scored 25 runs as well.
In 21 innings on the mound, Rowold allowed just two earned runs, good for a 0.67 ERA, while striking out 14 batters.
Boeckmann finished third for the Warriors in hits, collecting 42, with seven of them being doubles.
The senior batted .378 this summer, while amassing 26 RBIs, 24 runs and 27 walks.
Another pitching option, Boeckmann went 6-1 with 39 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA.
Coincidentally, Forret matched Boeckmann with both 26 RBIs and 24 runs.
That was part of a big junior season that saw Forret collect 26 hits, including seven doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Forret added four victories on the mound, limiting opponents to a .196 batting average, while posting an ERA of 1.72 and striking out 21 batters.
Knoche spurred the Warriors from the top of the batting order, piling up 36 hits (five of them doubles, one a triple) as the team’s leadoff hitter, while also drawing 20 walks.
The sophomore stole 20 bases and finished just behind Rickels with 50 runs scored, while driving in 24 more runs for good measure.
Bruns’ sixth season as Cal-Wheat’s head coach proved to be his best.
The Warriors went 25-1 in Tri-Rivers play, including a combined 3-1 against eventual state finalists Alburnett and North Linn.
The 33 victories are a school record and mark the fourth straight season in which Cal-Wheat has surpassed 20 victories.