Junior outfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) and freshman designated hitter Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) lead six members of Hanover College’s baseball squad who have earned post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Ginder and Brooks were each first-team all-Heartland Conference selections. Junior outfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) was named to the HCAC’s second team. Sophomores Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.), A.J. Ehrlich (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) received honorable mention recognition.
Ginder, a two-time all-league pick, batted .369 in 35 games for the Panthers. He notched 48 hits and shared the team lead with 12 doubles and four triples. He scored 29 runs, posted 28 runs-batted-in and also led the squad with 18 walks.
Brooks ranked second in the Heartland Conference with a .385 batting average. In 36 games, he had 50 hits with 12 doubles, one triple and one home run.
Sears, a two-time all-HCAC choice, hit .348 in 39 games. He tallied a team-high 55 hits with seven doubles, a triple and two homers. He also led the Panthers with 34 runs-batted-in and 10 stolen bases.
Shultz, who was also named to the conference’s all-sportsmanship team, batted .328 in 39 games. He totaled 40 hits and scored 26 runs. He also led the team with eight sacrifice bunts.
Ehrlich and Hockenbury tallied five victories apiece to pace Hanover's pitching staff.
Ehrlich posted a 5-1 record with a 3.32 earned run average. He worked a team-high 57 innings in 11 appearances and led the Panthers with 42 strikeouts.
Hockenbury, the squad's closer, was 5-2 with a 1.69 earned run average in 22 appearances. He allowed just five earned runs in 26 and two-thirds innings and tallied 21 strikeouts.
Hanover was 22-17 overall in 2012. The Panthers finished sixth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 12-12 record.
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2012