Johns leads baseball's all-conference selections

Sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and leads five members of Hanover College’s baseball squad who have earned post-season honors from the league.

In addition to Johns, junior outfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) and sophomore infielder Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) have been tabbed second-team all-Heartland Conference selections. Senior outfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) and junior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) have received honorable mention.

Johns, who started all 38 games for Hanover at shortstop, ranked second on the squad with a .350 batting average. He led the Panthers with 55 hits, 16 doubles, three home runs, 38 runs-batted-in and 30 runs scored.

Chapman started 36 games in leftfield and led Hanover with a .368 batting average. He totaled 46 hits, including six doubles, a team-high three triples and two homers. He also knocked in 15 runs and scored 25 times.

Newman split time at third base, second base and designated hitter through 35 games. He hit .338 with 45 hits and 25 runs scored. He had 14 doubles, shared the team lead with three homers and was second on the squad with 37 RBI.

Sears, a three-time all-conference honoree, started 38 games in centerfield. He ranked second on the team with 51 hits and batted .317 with nine doubles, a triple, one home run and 24 runs-batted-in. He tallied a team-high seven stolen bases and also led the Panthers' outfielders with five assists.

Hunnicutt, a second-team all-HCAC selection as a freshman, posted a 4-4 record and 3.29 earned-run average in 12 appearances for the Panthers’ pitching staff. He logged a team-high 68.1 innings on the mound, allowing 64 hits and 25 earned runs with a team-leading 44 strikeouts.

Hanover capped the season with a 16-22 record. The Panthers were eighth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 9-16 mark.