Former Upper Iowa Pitcher Killed In Car Crash
Upper Iowa University is mourning the loss of a former baseball player, who pitched for the Peacocks in 2018.
Kolton Gonnerman died in a southern Iowa car accident last week. According to Appanoose County sheriff’s officials, the 24-year-old Gonnerman was driving a pick-up westbound on Iowa Highway 2 near Centerville Friday night, when he lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve. The pick-up left the roadway and rolled, before coming to rest in a ditch.
Sheriff’s officials said Gonnerman died at the scene.
Authorities said a passenger in the vehicle was seriously injured in the crash. Thatcher Carel, 25, of Seymour, was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.
Gonnerman was a native of Cincinnati, Iowa, which is south of Centerville near the Missouri border. The right-hander was an all-stater his senior year at Centerville High School, where he posted a 7-0 record with a 1.17 earned run average. He also hit .381 with six home runs, 38 runs batted in and 20 steals for the Big Reds.
According to information on Upper Iowa's website, Gonnerman pitched for Marshalltown Community Colllege and Missouri State before transferring to Upper Iowa. He started nine games for the Peacocks in 2018, posting a pair of wins and throwing two complete games. He posted a 3.60 ERA and recorded 55 strike outs in 55 innings during his final season collegiate baseball.
Funeral services for Gonnerman are not yet set. Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville is handling the arrangements.