Moline outfielder Nick Drobushevich made it official Friday at Wharton Field House. The Moline center fielder, who had committed to Northern Illinois during the summer to continue his baseball career, signed with the Huskies Friday.
A left-handed hitting outfielder, Drobushevich batted .361 with 19 RBIs and 15 stolen bases along with eight doubles last year, helping lead Moline to the Class 4A regional title with both his bat and glove.
His family liked how close Northern Illinois is, he said of the DeKalb school located down I-88.
"After talking to the coaches, we realized how serious they were about baseball and helping me improve," Drobushevich said Friday. "That’s what made it such an easy choice."
Schools such as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Western Michigan, among others also showed interest in the quiet Maroon, who also is an excellent student.
“He’s one of the faster kids I’ve coached as far as being a baserunner,” said Moline coach Craig Schimmel, “and shows signs of hitting with some power and getting balls in the gap. And defensively, he’s shown a lot of improvement.”
He came up the ranks an infielder, where Northern has told him he can have an opportunity, should he want it. But he transitioned to the outfield at Moline.
“He’s shown a lot of improvement,” Schimmel said, perhaps recalling Drobushevich throwing a runner out at home in the regional championship game.
Like most baseball players, it’s not a full ride, but his partial scholarship “will make it a lot easier on me and my family,” Drobushevich said.
Moline volleyball player Molly Tauke also signed Friday with Lincoln Land Community College, where she hopes to play for two years and possibly play somewhere in Illinois after that, ideally Augustana College, she said.
RI’s Allison commits to Indiana State: The Allison name in Rock Island is synonymous with baseball and success. Charlie Allison, a Rocky infielder, who can play anywhere from first to third including the middle infield positions, hopes to add to it.
Charlie, son of former Class Double-A minor leaguer, Jamie, and nephew of former Triple-A player Chris, committed to Indiana State last week. A Rock Island starter all of last season at shortstop and second, he may be ticketed for third with the Sycamores.
“I went down there, and the facilities I saw were everything I needed in order to become a better player,” he said. “I really liked the coaching staff a lot.
“It was either take the offer and commit or wait this summer and see. But I figured it was the place for me.”
Allison stands 6-foot-3, and weighs about 175 pounds. Like Drobushevich, he hits from the left side of the plate. Bradley, Illinois State, Western and Eastern Illinois also showed interest.
Allison said his commitment is firm, adding it’s good to have it out of the way.
“I can play and not worry about who’s watching or any of that,” he said.