Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

June 18, 2013

Shimonek wins THSBCA Home Run Derby

Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

— He hadn’t picked up a bat in more than a month, but that didn’t stop Mildred’s Nic Shimonek from having a good time at the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

Shimonek, an all-Golden Circle baseball player who was the Daily Sun’s Offensive Player of the Year and named a member of THSBCA Class 2A all-state second team last week, knows his future is playing quarterback.

He has signed with Iowa and has a bright future in the Big Ten — and beyond.

But on Saturday, Shimonek played in his last competitive baseball game as an all-star. He went into the game feeling he had nothing to lose.

And wouldn’t you know it, he won the Home Run Derby.

“They had some competitions the day before the game,’’ Shimonek said. “They had a power throw for outfielders, a power throw for infielders and a home run derby. I didn’t want to do the throws because I didn’t want to do anything that might hurt my arm, so I entered the home run derby.’’

The competition was broken down into classes, and Shimonek won the Class 1A-3A home run derby. He belted three homers while making eight outs to win it.

“That was good but it didn’t work out in the game,’’ said Shimonek with a laugh. “I went into the game swinging as hard as I could to try to hit a home run. I went 0-for-2. I was real rusty and hadn’t swung a bat since the playoffs.

“Even if I would have tried to just get a hit I don’t know if I would have done any better. It was a great time. I got to meet a lot of guys and it was a real good experience and a lot of fun.’’

Shimonek will play in a bigger all-star game on July 30 in Fort Worth when he competes in the THSCA’s 79th annual all-star football game at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.

Shimonek was the Daily Sun’s 2012 Del Thrash Golden Circle Football Player of the Year.