Vincennes University baseball players Sam Steimel and Max Flock each signed recently to continue their baseball careers at four-year schools. Steimel, a Sullivan native, will play at NCAA Division II McKendree, Ill., while Flock moves on to NAIA Georgetown, Ky.
Steimel came to VU after two seasons at Evansville. The pitcher finished his sophomore season for the Trailblazers with a 6-8 record, 4.86 earned run average and 67 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings, including a pair of shutouts. McKendree went 14-26 this season with a 7-25 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the same league as Southern Indiana.
“I came to VU because I saw a great opportunity to play baseball against great competition, as well as working toward my degree,” Steimel said. “VU helped me learn new skills in the classroom, and it also opened new doors in my athletic career, and brought me new relationships as well. I chose McKendree because I like the young coaching staff, and the strong conference they play in. McKendree also provides me with the opportunity to receive my Master's (degree) in finance.”
Flock, a North Harrison grad, spent three seasons with the Blazers after players were granted an extra year of eligibility due to the 2020 season being canceled. The third baseman had a career .250 average for the Blazers and hit eight of his nine career home runs this season. Four of those came in a season-closing series against Spoon River that helped VU grab a postseason berth and earned Flock NJCAA Division-II Player of the Week honors. Georgetown went 35-18 this season under veteran coach Micah Baumfield, who's collected 328 wins in 10 seasons at the helm.
“My experiences at Vincennes have made me grow in multiple ways,” Flock said. “I chose Georgetown because it's a good academic school. I like their baseball program and what they have to offer.”
Alices shut out of SIAC golf squad
Lincoln didn't have any individuals named, as the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference announced its all-league golf team on Tuesday.
First-team all-SIAC selections are sophomore Reilly Briles and freshman Daymian Rij, Evansville North; senior Eli Rholeder, Evansville Mater Dei; senior Josh Feil, Evansville Reitz; sophomore Thomas Broshears, Evansville Memorial; and senior Zeke Niehaus, Castle.
Earning second-team notice are sophomore Daniel Moore, junior John Kemker, and senior Nick Buechlein, Jasper; freshman Ottie Droste and junior Aidan Ashley, North; and junior Pete Doeker, Mater Dei.
North cruised to the league championship by 21 strokes in the SIAC match at Jasper's Sultan's Run course last Tuesday. The Huskies shot 322, and were followed by Mater Dei 343, Jasper 344, Memorial 347, Reitz 357, Castle 359, Lincoln 412, Central 414, Harrison 477, and Bosse no team score.
VU baseball camps upcoming
The Vincennes University baseball program is offering multiple youth camps at Jerry Blemker Field this month.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, a pitching-catching camp and hitting camp are open to youth ages 9-and-up. A three-day developmental camp for ages 6-12 runs from June 29-July 1.
The two-day, pitching-catching camp goes from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the hitting camp is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each of those camps is $45. The developmental camp meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, and the cost is $89.
VU coach Chris Barney is leading the camps, along with players and assistant coaches. Camp fees include group and individual instruction of baseball fundamentals, drills, team play, and games, as well as a VU baseball T-shirt. Participants are expected to bring their own glove, hat, and other necessary equipment, and names should be marked on each item.
Those signing up for multiple camps receive 10% off two camps, and 15% off three camps. Siblings attending the same camp get 10% off. If three or more children are registering from the same family, or a parent or guardian is a VU employee, contact Barney at 812-888-4429 for additional discounts.