Three Panthers recognized by HCAC

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Three members of the Hanover baseball program have been recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their efforts during the 2017 season.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) were each named to the HCAC Honorable Mention Team, while senior Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) was selected to the HCAC Sportsmanship Team.

Shine earns his second post-season honor after being an honorable mention pick as a sophomore. The third-year shortstop led the team and was seventh in the league with a .356 average in 146 at-bats. He also led the team in hits (52), slugging (.541), home runs (5), triples (2), and total bases (79), while ranking second on the team in on-base percentage (.428), runs scored (35), and RBI (27).

The honor is the first of Fitch’s career, as the second-year catcher hit .321, good for third on the team. He was also third on the team in both doubles (10) and RBI (21), fourth in total bases (52), and tied for second on the team with 16 walks.

Chumas earned the team’s all-sportsmanship honor in his senior year. A relief pitcher for the Panthers, Chumas made a career-high 11 appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 1-0 record with a 5.14 earned run average, while allowing opponents to hit only .208 off him.

Hanover ended the 2017 season with a five-game improvement from last year and finished 18-20 overall.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

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