O'Fallon grad is GLVC Player of the Year

News-DemocratMay 14, 2013 

Former O'Fallon High catching standout Nick Tindall, a sophomore at Quincy University, has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Year.

In 44 games, Tindall led the Hawks with a .373 batting average that included 12 doubles, nine home runs, 50 RBIs and a .620 slugging percentage. The former Minnesota Twins draft pick is the first sophomore to earn league Player of the Year honors since Bellarmine's Patrick Brady in 2008.

Former Belleville West outfielder Luke Matecki, a senior outfielder at Missouri-St. Louis, was a first-team All-GLVC selection along with UMSL teammate and pitcher Zach Standefer (Civic Memorial).

Matecki started all 44 games in center field and led the Tritons in hitting with a .343 batting average, 58 hits, 33 runs scored and 13 doubles. He also had 16 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

Standefer led the GLVC and ranked 10th among all NCAA Division II pitchers with a 1.42 ERA. He was 3-2 with two shutouts, allowed just eight earned runs in 50 2/3 innings.

Quincy shortstop Kenny May (Belleville East), McKendree first baseman Rob Beatty (Belleville West) and UMSL outfielder Drew Standefer (Civic Memorial) each earned second-team all-GLVC honors.

May hit .349 in 44 games with two doubles, two homers and 20 RBIs. Standefer hit .330 in 38 games and also had 11 RBIs and 36 hits.

Beatty was second on McKendree with a .339 average in 40 games. He had 13 doubles, one triple, four homers and 24 RBIs.

* Central High graduate Bryant Holtmann is 3-0 with a 3.30 ERA in 18 games with the ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (42-10). In 30 innings, the sophomore lefty has 20 strikeouts and has allowed 11 earned runs.

*Triad High graduate Donny Fuhrhop, a junior outfielder at Blackburn College in Carlinville, has been named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Fuhrhop hit .386 this season, including a .440 mark in conference games. He also had seven doubles, four triples, two home runs and 32 RBIs among his 37 hits along with a .453 on-base percentage and .545 slugging percentage.

He will play with the Richmond (Ind.) River Rats in the Prospect League this summer.

* Norwich (Vt.) University senior team captain and outfielder Dustin Shimkus, a Metro-East Lutheran graduate from Collinsville, earned second-team all-Great Northeast Athletic Conference honors.

Shimkus finished his Division III college career as the program's all-time leader in hits and doubles, ranked second all-time in RBIs and third in runs scored,

He hit .268 this season in 29 games with team highs in hits (26), doubles (five), RBIs (16) and runs scored (16).

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