Entering the Hall of Fame as one of Indianola’s top catchers is 2011 graduate Blake Marchant. Blake was a two sport athlete for Indianola playing baseball and basketball. The baseball field is where Blake really stood out for the Indians. During his junior year he lead the Indians to the state tournament with a .390 batting avg. with 46 hits and 28 runs batted in while earning the respect of many of the area coaches. After his junior year Blake was selected as a 1st team all conference, 1st team all Record Herald, and 2nd team all district catcher. Blake continued to do great things in baseball during his senior year and beyond. He committed himself to the weight room and the batting cages to turn out one of the best single season, offensive years in Indianola history. In his senior campaign, Blake lead the Indians with a .443 batting average, 47 hits, 8 home runs, and 42 runs batted in. This lead Blake to his second straight 1st team all conference and 1st team all Record Herald honors along with 1st team all district and a second team all state honor. Blake was also selected to play on the Iowa Coaches’ Association all-star baseball team. Blake’s success continued into college where excelled as a four starting catcher for Grand View University. His accolades were numerous while in college. Blake was a 3 time, 1st team all conference player accumulating career stats of a .350 batting avg. with 185 hits, 47 doubles, 11 home runs, and 134 runs batted in. His college career was highlighted during his sophomore where he had a .427 batting average. That same year, Blake was also selected as Midwest Collegiate Conference player of the year and earned a spot on the 2nd team All-American team. His success at Grand View continued as he was chosen to join a select group of college baseball players to play in the NCAA Coastal Plains League in Florence, South Carolina. Over his college career Blake helped lead the Grand View Vikings to 3 conference tournament championships and 3 NAIA National Tournament berths. Blake would like to recognize his high school coach Casey Aldridge, his college coach, Lou Yacinich, and trainers, Mike Mahoney and Jake Shandri for always believing in him and pushing him to be the best player and man that he could be. Most importantly, Blake would like to recognize his biggest influence, his dad, Jeff, who has always been his biggest critic. If it weren’t for his dad pushing him to do his best, he wouldn’t be where he is today. ‘Thanks dad for all you do…you are the best.’ Today, Blake is working as a hitting and catching instructor at Sportsplex west in Waukee. He is currently playing in the California Winter League in Palm Springs and is on the British Columbia Bombers team.