Laker grad slugging away in Iowa
Bobby Habeger, a 2003 graduate of North Tahoe High School, has been selected to the Midwest Classic All-League first team for his performance on the baseball field at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa.
Habeger is a shortstop and second baseman for the Vikings and leads seven of 11 offensive categories for Grand View.
After graduating from North Tahoe, Habeger red shirted at Cabrillo Junior College in Santa Cruz before transferring to Monterey Junior College, where he received a scholarship and played one year.
Now a junior at Grand View, the 21-year-old helped lead his team to a 15-9 conference record and 22-20 overall.
Habeger’s .411 batting average is second on his team, his .733 slugging percentage is first and he has a .464 on-base percentage for second on the team.
The junior’s 45 runs scored is a team leader, as well as his 60 hits, 39 RBIs and 15 doubles. Habeger is tied for third with one triple but his 10 home runs are first as well as his 107 total bases. Habeger is second in walks with 14.
As if numbers like those don’t speak for themselves, head Viking baseball coach Lou Yacinich said that Habeger’s junior college performance clued him in to the caliber of player Habeger was, and the junior did not disappoint in his first season in Des Moines.
“He lived up to all expectations,” Yacinich said.
Habeger said it wasn’t all that big of a jump, but making the transition from junior college ball to a four-year program was a step up.
The infielder said that California’s junior college leagues are very competitive, which made the move easier, but he was very satisfied with his first year at Grand View and is looking forward to an even better season in his senior year.
His coach is too.
“We’re pleased and very happy to have him and are looking forward to another great year,” Yacinich said.
Habeger, who is studying business at Grand View, said he doesn’t have any concrete plans after graduation next spring, but said he does hope to continue his baseball career.
“It’s kind of up for grabs,” Habeger said. “Play baseball for now and see what happens.”
According to Yacinich, the former Laker has a shot.
“If he keeps swinging the way he is, he may get some attention,” Yacinich said.
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