Former Thayer Bobcat three-sport standout John Tollenaar was a big part of history Feb. 11 as the Drury University baseball team took the field for the first time in 35 years.
Disbanding its baseball program after the 1972 season, the Panthers' 2007 squad announced it was back in a big way by sweeping a doubleheader from Truman State at Meadors Park in Springfield.
Tollenaar, a freshman for Drury, was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for his efforts on the afternoon.
Despite less than ideal conditions for baseball -- 30-degree weather combined with gusty winds and a mud-soaked field, Drury won game one with a 10-0 shutout, then took the second game by a 12-7 count.
For the day, Tollenaar went three-for-five (.600) with five RBIs, four runs, two homers and a double. Not a bad day for the former Thayer catcher/designated hitter.
In game one, Tollenaar went one-for-two with a two-run homer, and was also hit by a pitch.
Game two saw Tollenaar bat two-for-three, a double and his second round-tripper of the day, along with three RBIs and two runs scored.