Brooks, Newman & Hockenbury lead HCAC picks

Junior infielders Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.), along with senior pitcher Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.), highlight seven members of Hanover College’s baseball squad who have earned post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Brooks, Newman and Hockenbury were each selected first-team all-Heartland Conference. Seniors Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.), Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) and Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) each received honorable mention. Freshman Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) was named to the HCAC’s sportsmanship team.

Brooks, a two-time all-HCAC choice, started all 35 games at first base. He ranked second on the team with a .350 batting average. He led the Panthers with 49 hits, 13 doubles and two triples. He also swatted two home runs and had 25 runs-batted-in.

Newman, who saw action in 33 games at shortstop and second base, led Hanover with a career-high .397 batting average. The two-time all-league selection had 48 hits, including 11 doubles, a triple and two homers, and tallied a team-best 26 RBI.

Hockenbury, a two-time all-conference pick, had 15 appearances for the Panthers’ pitching staff, including 13 out of the bullpen. He worked 42 innings and led the squad with four wins (4-2) and a 2.36 earned run average.

Hunnicutt, a three-time all-HCAC selection, pitched a team-high 73 and two-thirds innings and led Hanover with a career-best 79 strikeouts. He posted a 3-6 record in 12 outings with two complete games.

Roby tallied a 3-5 record in 11 appearances for the staff. He worked 62 and two-thirds innings, racking up a career-high 63 strikeouts.

Shultz, a two-time all-conference honoree, played in 33 games, seeing action at second base, shortstop and third base. He hit .326 with 43 hits and five doubles. He led the Panthers with 27 runs scored and also knocked in 15 runs.

Chumas, a pitcher, made seven appearances in his first collegiate season, including three starts. He posted a 2-1 record in 18 and two-thirds innings on the mound.

Hanover finished the season with a 16-19 overall record. The Panthers placed sixth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 12-13 mark.