Zionsville Times Sentinel
Tokarek plays in Crossroads Baseball Series
Zionsville senior to be Travis Tokarek participated in the 2013 Indiana Crossroads Baseball Series Showcase at Indiana University June 26.
The Showcase chooses 17 of the top incoming juniors and seniors in each district around the state to play in the one-day event.
Each coach in the state can nominate players and then the 24 Crossroads district coaches will selected players based on the nominations from high school, travel and legion coaches with input from colleges and other scouts.
After discussion, six primary pitchers, two catchers, five infielders and four outfielders are selected to participate.
Tokarek is the sixth player in the last four seasons. Max Kuhn and Alex Westrick (2010), Troy Kuhn and Drew Small (2011), Evan Miille (2012) also participated.
Once there, Tokarek, who was one of the catchers for the West Central Region, was second on the Eagles last season with a .309 batting average.
He also led the team with a .443 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
He led the team with eight doubles and was second on the team with 19 runs and was fourth with 14 RBIs.
Once selected, Tokarek was timed in a 60 and did throwing drills to second and third.
He was the top catcher at the showcase with a 1.89 second pop-up time.
The top-20 players from each state’s showcase will participate in the Crossroads Championship showcase July 30-31 at the US Steelyard in Gary, Ind. The Indiana team will face the teams from Illinois, Michigan and Ohio in a four-team tournament.
Smith to play with OKC
After not getting drafted June 27, Zionsville resident and former Butler standout Andrew Smith will play in the NBA Summer League with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The summer league will go on from July 7-12 in Orlando. During the summer league, each team will get five games over the six days and will be rewarded points based on the finish (3 points for a win and one point for each quarter win). The final day will be championship day.
Smith, who also had an opportunity to play with the Pacers in the summer league, averaged 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in his senior season, helping the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He is just one of three players in Butler history to have 1,000 points and 100 wins. He is 25th all-time on the Butler scoring list (1,147 points) and 12th all-time in rebounds (648).
Oklahoma City finished last season with the best record in the Western Conference in the regular season and lost in the second round of the playoffs.
Local Zionsville youth golfers stayed busy last week in Indiana Junior Golf events.
On June 24 at Marion Elks Club, Jack Schwarz placed 11th in the 15-16 year old age group, shooting an 18-over 90 for his round.
Even more players played in the Age Group championships played June 27. It was supposed to be a two day event, but rain condensed the tournament to one day.
The best finish for any Zionsville golfer was Andrew Wood, who won the Boys 14 Tournament with an even par 72. Wood birdied the fourth hole, but eventually bogeyed the sixth to make him even on his front nine.
On his back nine, he bogeyed both the 12th and 17th, but both times he birdied the very next hole to be even on his round.
In the Girls 11 age group, Annabelle Pancake placed sixth overall.
Joey Rainieri placed sixth in the Boys 13 Tournament, shooting a 7-over 79 for his round. Also in the age group, Trace Fulford placed 16th overall with a 20-over 92.
In the Boys 16 Tournament, Clay Hypes placed 38th with an 11-over 83.
Three Zionsville players participated in the Boys 17 Tournament. Andrew Derringer had the best finish, placing in a tie for fourth with a 1-over 73.
Derringer had an up-and-down front nine. After opening with two pars, he bogeyed the third and double bogeyed the fifth to fall to 3-over.
He bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 fifth, but followed with a double bogey on the sixth hole.
He birdied the seventh to get back to 3-over for his round.
Things went much better on the back-nine. Derringer birdied the par-4 12th and par-5 15th, and along with seven pars, shot 2-under on the back nine to finish with his 73.
Clark Tiller was tied for 19th with a 4-over 76.
After parring the first hole, Tiller had three-straight bogeys before birding the fifth. He bogeyed the ninth to be 3-over at the turn. He played better on the back nine, birding the 12th and bogeying the 13th and 18th to finish 4-over.
John Janak placed 48th in the age group.
Also having a strong showing was Jack Knue in the Boys 18 Tournament.
Knue placed third with a 5-over 77, just one shot behind the eventual champion.
One bad hole most likely cost Knue the tournament, as he shot a 9 on the par-5 fifth. That was his only hiccup on the front nine, as he shot a 4-over 40. After bogeying the 10th and 11th holes, Knue parred the 12th and birdied the 13th hole to get back to 5-over for his round.
After back-to-back pars, he bogeyed the 16th, but got that shot back with a birdie on the 18th hole.