GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2018 all-league baseball performers Tuesday morning, with junior Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) headlining Hanover's selections.
Zorb, who is picking up his first all-conference award, was one of four hurlers to be named to the first team Tuesday. The junior paced the Panthers, ranked second in the HCAC and 55th nationally in earned run average at 1.98, as he allowed one or fewer earned runs in six-of-nine starts this spring. With a 5-1 record, Zorb also had the second-best winning percentage among HCAC pitchers with at least nine starts. The career-season also saw the junior garner his first career HCAC Pitcher of the Week award, when he threw seven innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out six in Hanover's conference-opening win over Manchester.
Also picking up all-conference awards Tuesday were junior Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) and senior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.). Meszaros is garnering his first all-conference award as he was named to the second team. Shine is now a three-time honorable mention choice after being tabbed to the team again in 2018.
Meszaros enjoyed his best season with the Blue and Red in 2018, posting a team-best batting average of .301, while also scoring 17 times and driving in 16 runs. The junior also paced the Panthers with three home runs and finished with 11 extra-base hits over 30 games. Meszaros was particularly strong in conference play, where he logged the fourth-best batting average among league players, .418, and his patience at the plate also led to a .556 on-base percentage over 15 outings.
Shine got off to a torrent start in his final collegiate campaign and finished with a .297 hitting average. The senior finished as the team leader in runs scored (22) and extra-base hits (17), which included a conference-leading five triples. His triple mark ranks in the top 30 in NCAA Division III as well.
Hanover's final award, its all-sportsmanship selection, went to sophomore David Jung (West Chester, Ohio). Jung appeared in four games this spring, pitching 5.1 innings.
To view all of the conference award winners for the 2018 season, visit the link above for the HCAC's release.
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