Diveney and Rebik named to all-CIC second team
Dylan Diveney and Joe Rebik made different kinds of impacts on the Marshalltown baseball team but both found their way onto the all-Central Iowa Conference squads after leading the Bobcats to a 23-18 record this season.
Diveney impacted the Bobcats on the mound, in the field and at the plate as Marshalltown’s lead-off hitter, one of its top pitchers and as the starting center fielder.
Rebik’s biggest impact came at the plate where he led the Bobcats with a .422 batting average and added 17 RBIs and 12 stolen bases from the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Both Diveney and Rebik were named to the all-CIC second team and also were first-team all-CIC Northern Division representatives, along with junior Colton Hanke.
Diveney led the Bobcats with 38 runs scored, 26 stolen bases, 10 doubles, four triples and also drove in 21 runs while batting .336. He also ran down a lot of fly balls in center field and finished 5-3 on the mound with an earned run average of 2.56.
The Marshalltown senior allowed just two hits and no earned runs with nine strikeouts against seventh-ranked Cedar Falls in the Substate 2 semifinals.
Diveney also was on the mound when the Bobcats nearly beat eighth-ranked Southeast Polk in the substate final two days later. He threw the final two innings of that contest, allowed no earned runs on two hits and fanned four, but the Bobcats lost 5-4 in nine innings.
Rebik’s impressive batting average quickly moved him up in the Bobcats’ batting order as the season progressed. He batted third in the lineup from June 28 to the end of the season and was one of the team’s most consistent hitters during the 2014 season.
Hanke’s first-team all-CIC Northern Division nod came after batting .310 with a team-best five home runs and 34 RBIs. He also went 5-4 on the mound with an ERA of 3.37.
Three other Bobcats were named to the Northern Division second team – senior Austin Sowers and juniors Grant Thimesch and Michael Schrempf. Seniors Matt Battles and Justus Bjelland also were named to the honorable mention teams.
Sowers was the Bobcats’ best hitter and pitcher before a shoulder injury slowed him down during the middle stages of the season. He finished with a .318 batting average, 25 runs and 19 RBIs. He also went 4-4 on the mound with an ERA of 3.52.
Thimesch followed Diveney in the lineup and finished with an average of .293 and 26 stolen bases. He also scored 28 runs and drew a team-high 20 walks from the No. 2 position in the lineup.
Schrempf ended with a batting average of .301 as well as 18 runs, 18 RBIs and seven doubles.
The rest of the Central Iowa Conference Northern Division first-team included six Ames Little Cyclones – Alex Brammer, Erik Dempsey, Matt Flummerfelt, Toran Shahidi, Joe Bappe and Austin Nowers – as well as three Fort Dodge Dodgers and one Mason City Mohawk.
J.C. Hatcher, Austin Halligan and Andrew Stover each claimed first-team honors for Fort Dodge, while the lone first-teamer for Mason City was Adam Douglas.
Ames’ Eric Bappe was named CIC Northern Division Coach of the Year after the Little Cyclones went 22-15 overall and 11-1 in league play. Ames went 4-0 against both Fort Dodge and Mason City and finished 3-1 against Marshalltown. The Bobcats were second at 7-5, Fort Dodge finished 6-6 and Mason City was 0-12.