Former Northview and Indiana State standout Brady Shoemaker has overcome a slow start after being promoted to the Chicago White Sox Class A Advanced Caroline League team at Winston-Salem.
Shoemaker had boosted his batting average to a solid .273 by going 10-of-32 over a 10-game span from Aug. 6-15. However, Shoemaker suffered an oblique strain that landed him on the 7-day Disabled List effective on Aug. 16. He's eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 23.
Shoemaker had driven in five runs during that 10-game span before suffering the injury and went 5-for-6 in a pair of games on Aug. 10 against Wilmington.
In 19 games for Winston-Salem, Shoemaker is a combined 18-for-66 with three doubles, 12 RBI, nine runs scored and has an on-base percentage of .351.
Shoemaker has also hit a robust .323 on the road while with the Dash.
Shoemaker was promoted after he started the season at Kannapolis and hit .319 over 373 at-bats and 99 games. He hit 28 doubles, 11 home runs and a pair of triples while driving in 65 runs and reaching base nearly 40 percent of the time and being named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star.
Shoemaker was selected in the 19th round of the 2009 First-Year Draft out of Indiana State University.
During his two years with the Sycamores, Shoemaker made an impression on the record books as he appears with three ISU players to have hit three home runs in a game as he hit a trio of long balls on May 17, 2008 against Illinois State. He also drove in 10 runs in that game, which is an ISU record. He had 12 total bases in the contest, which ties him with four other players. In 2008, Shoemaker also drove in 68 runs, which places him fifth in the single season records behind Chad McDonald's leading total of 82 in 1989 and Boi Rodriguez total of 82 in 1985.
High school sports around the state
The season got off to a conspicuous start for the Bloomington North Cougars on Saturday evening in a defeat to South Bend Washington, 46-23.
Washington quarterback Daigien Morgan had a big night as he finished the night 14-of-20 for 401 yards and five touchdowns. However, the biggest headline of the night went to 6'3, 210-pound wide receiver, Gehrig Dieter, who went bananas with a state-record 373 yards receiving and five touchdowns. His scoring grabs went for 80, 44, 88, 64 and 47 yards in the win. Dieter broke the single-game Indiana mark of 362 held by Jason Yurack of Rushville in 1992 and tied by Burke Eiteljorg in 1997. The total also places Dieter eighth nationally. The top national total came from J.D. Felice of Rose Bud, Ark. set in a 2008 game in which he had 421 yards receiving.
Currently, Dieter is a three-star recruit that has offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northen Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan. He's also gotten interest from Auburn, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Tennessee.
There were some other big time efforts around the state in high school sports as Jennings County got an eye popping 396 yards rushing in a yeomen effort with 39 carries and four touchdowns in a 51-27 victory over Batesville.
Bass isn't a one-game wonder either as he rumbled for 2,157 yards to lead the season last season on 318 carries and 27 touchdowns.
Defensively, there were three players who hauled in three interceptions apiece as Cambridge City Lincoln's Tyler Doerflein had three picks and Greencastle's Hayden Stuckwisch had three as well. Columbus East's Brian Wichman had three picks, returned one for a touchdown and had 152 return yards.
The Gunner Kiel fan wagon seems to be growing as well now that the top-ranked QB in the 2012 class had committed to the Indiana Hoosiers. Kiel and Class 4A fifth-ranked Columbus East topped Greenwood on the road Friday night, 28-7 in front of approximately 2,400 fans. While Kiel has some transition work to do with his new wide receivers in going a pedestrian 4-for-17 for 44 yards and two scores along with 68 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Greenwood Athletic Director Pete Huse told 24/7 Sports following the game that Greenwood would typically get around 900-1000 fans between Greenwood and rival Whiteland if both teams were having good seasons.