Centerville -- Jacob Rhinesmith and Luis Gimenez, who had the top two batting averages for the Indian Hills Falcons in 2017, were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-American team.
Rhinesmith was chosen for the All-American second team, and Gimenez was an Honorable Mention selection. The two sophomores led the resurgence for the Falcons in a season that saw them win 41 games and claim the Region 11 postseason championship for the first time in over a decade.
Leading IHCC in nine offensive categories, Rhinesmith, an outfielder from Shakapee, Minnesota, posted a team-best .407 batting average. He topped the Falcons in at-bats (231), hits (94), homers (11), RBIs (59), total bases (156), slugging percentage (.675), and stolen bases (15).
Gimenez, an infielder from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, hit .398 with five home runs and 52 RBIs. He led the team in runs (63) and on-base percentage (.467), a number that was helped by his 18 walks and team-leading 11 times hit by a pitch.
Rhinesmith and Gimenez are the 23rd and 24th baseball All-Americans for Indian Hills. It's the first time since 1986 IHCC had two All-Americans in the same year. That season Scott Karkos was a third-team pick and Lonnie Winston was an Honorable Mention choice.