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Northview grad stands out on college baseball team

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

OLNEY, Ill. -- Brady Shoemaker, of Brazil has been named to the 2006 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-American second team.

The Northview High School grad is attending Olney Central College where he is a freshman. He is a designated hitter on the college's baseball team.

"It's a very well-deserved honor," coach Dennis Conley told the Olney Daily Mail newspaper. "Brady played extremely well. He was very consistent at the plate from the first game all the way through the postseason. He is very developed as a hitter and his swing mechanics are awfully good."

Shoemaker hit .466 (88-189) with eight home runs, 32 doubles, 88 RBIs and 68 runs scored this past spring for the Blue Knights, the paper reported on their Internet site. OCC finished the 2006 season 45-17 and advanced to their first NJCAA Region 24 championship series since 1996, eventually losing to John A. Logan 5-4 in 10 innings. The Blue Knights ended the year 11th in the nation in team batting average at .351 (596-1697).

Shoemaker struck out just 18 times in 189 at-bats, drew 21 walks and didn't commit a single error during his stints in the outfield. His 88 RBIs led the nation and left him one RBI shy of Phil Britton's 2004 school record of 89.

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