Thimesch is Drury’s first league MVP

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Nick Thimesch is on the verge of matching his outlandish high school batting average during an award-winning college career.

The 2010 Marshalltown High School graduate and Times-Republican All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, Thimesch was named Wednesday as the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s Player of the Year during his senior campaign at NCAA Division II Drury University.

Heading into the GLVC tournament, Thimesch is hitting .373 for his career (296-for-792) at Drury. He’s the first Panther to receive the conference’s top honor.

In four seasons at MHS, Thimesch batted .386.

In helping lead Drury (37-11, 28-6) to the top seed in the West Division of the GLVC, Thimesch takes a .467 average (86-for-184) into the league tournament, which begins today in Evansville, Ind. His batting average is 56 points higher than the nearest conference competitor and ranks second in the country.

The left-handed hitter posted a conference-high 86 hits, ranks second in runs (50) and total bases (105) and third in RBIs (46) and stolen bases (29). Thimesch was a unanimous first-team all-GLVC West Division selection thanks to the second-longest hitting streak in Drury’s eight-year history, a 22-game surge that helped him to become the Panthers’ all-time hits leader.