Centerville -- For the fourth year in a row, a former Indian Hills player has been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Olivier Basabe, who came to IHCC from Maracaibo, Venezuela and played two seasons for the Falcons before competing this spring for Faulkner University in Alabama, was taken in the 8th round with the 228th overall pick by the San Diego Padres.
Basabe is a shortstop who batted .266 as a freshman for the Falcons, then improved dramatically in his sophomore season, when he hit .333 with five homers and 39 RBIs. He was the first player from an NAIA school to be chosen in this year's draft.
Basabe helped lead Faulkner to a 54-12 record and a berth in the NAIA World Series championship game. He posted a .342 batting average with 48 runs scored and a .404 on-base percentage. Of his 77 hits, 20 were doubles and he had three home runs while driving in 39 runs and stealing 12 bases.
Indian Hills has had seven players drafted in the past four years and one other ex-Falcon signed a free-agent contract. Joel Booker and Christian Torres were taken in the MLB Draft last year, Travis Neubeck and Taylor Ostrich in 2015, and Nick Green and Jordan Piche were drafted in 2014 when former IHCC player Mitch Osnowitz signed a free-agent contract. In all, nearly 70 players have been drafted during current head coach Cam Walker's tenure at Indian Hills.