Scott Shimek, valedictorian of the 2005 graduating class of Shiner High School has accepted an offer from St. Mary's University in San Antonio to play baseball for the Rattlers.
Scott Shimek reads and signs his scholarship offer as his mother and father and Coach Daniel Boedeker, right, look on. Shiner Gazette photo
Shimek will receive a full academic/athletic scholarship. He plans to major in biology.
"I think St. Mary's will be a wonderful experience for me. The university is well known for its excellent academics and baseball programs, which are two aspects very important to me," said Scott.
"I am excited about playing ball on the college level and I thank Coach Boedeker for helping to make this possible," he added.
The St. Mary's Rattlers are a member of the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference.
The Rattlers, under head coach Charlie Migl, were the 2001 NCAA Division II National Champions and the 2002 Heartland Conference Champions.
Shimek led the Shiner Comanches to the semi-regional playoffs, compiling a 13-2 record with a 1.41 ERA
He led the area in strikeouts with 166 in 84.2 innings.
Shimek also had an impressive year at the plate. He sported a .379 batting average with 35 RBIs, 33 hits, 12 doubles and four home runs.
He was a unanimous pick as the 2005 District MVP and was chosen 2005 All-State pitcher and 2005 All-Area pitcher.
He was a member of the 2002 and 2004 state champion Comanche baseball teams.
Shimek pitched the 2004 state championship game and was selected All-State pitcher.
Last month, he was honored to be selected by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association as a pitcher for the All-Star South team.
In two innings of work in the game, Scott threw 13 pitches, had two strikeouts and allowed no hits and no base runners as the South defeated the North, 8-0.
Scott is the son of Stanley and Anita Shimek and grandson of Helen Malick and the late Wence Shimek and Sylvia Kallus and the late Henry Kallus.