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2024 Prep Baseball Iowa High School Preview: Van Meter Bulldogs

Joann Martin
Prep Baseball Iowa

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2024 High School season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Van Meter
Nickname: Bulldogs
X: @VanMeterDawgs
Class: 2A
Conference: West Central
Head Coach: Eben Baumhover
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 5 years (162-22-1)
2023 Overall Record: 25-10
2023 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Sub-State Game

# of Returning Starters: 5
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 5
# of Starters Lost: 4
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 5


Cole Moore, P/UT, 2025 (Iowa commit)
Austin Baumhover, SS/P, 2024 (St. Cloud State commit)
Rhett Pleggenkuhle, P/INF, 2024 (DMACC commit)
Cason Peterson, P/OF, 2025
Jay Haley, P/OF, 2025
Tate Jones, INF, 2025


Anthony Pothoff - Bradley
Zach Pleggenkuhle - Beuna Vista
Reese Moore - Iowa
Ganon Archer - Iowa
Jack Pettit - St. Olaf


”We are excited to see how 2024 unfolds, there will be some players who aren't the names everyone is used to seeing perform for us. With the same expectations as always to try and find a way to play the final 2A game of the summer there will be work to do, and we can't wait to see how our kids compete and meet expectations.” - EBEN BAUMHOVER, Head Coach