Baseball places three on All-HCAC teams

All-HCAC graphic: Danny Dopp, Joey Gerbus, Austin Hatfield

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College baseball placed three individuals on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference team, which was unveiled Monday.

Sophomore pitcher Joey Gerbus was Earlham's lone representative on the First Team All-HCAC squad, while junior infielder Danny Dopp was a Second Team All-HCAC honoree. Sophomore infielder Austin Hatfield was an Honorable Mention selection.

Gerbus was arguably the Quakers' most effective pitcher during the 2019 season, posting a team-leading 2.38 earned run average over a team-high 68.0 innings pitched. He finished the season with a 4-2 record over 15 appearances including eight starts. Gerbus recorded 59 strikeouts over the course of the 2019 season, with a season-best 11 strikeouts in a 9-0 complete game victory at Mount St. Joseph (4/16).

Dopp led Earlham with a .347 batting average over 124 at bats in 33 games played in 2019. He led the Quakers with six multiple RBI games and 11 multiple hit contests, and of his 43 hits a total of 14 went for extra bases with seven doubles, four triples, and three home runs. Dopp paced the Maroon and White with 25 runs batted in to go with 22 runs scored, and drew 13 walks on his way to a .411 on base percentage.

Dopp is a repeat all-conference selection, after earning Second Team All-HCAC honors in 2018 as a sophomore.

Hatfield charted a .276 batting average in 127 at bats over 35 games in his sophomore campaign for the Quakers, with 20 RBI and 19 runs scored. He was third on the team with six doubles and was hit-by-pitch a total of six times – tied for the team lead. Hatfield was second among Earlham leaders with five multiple RBI games, and was tied for third with eight multiple hit performances. In HCAC contests, Hatfield's batting average shot up to .313, second-best on the team, with 21 hits over 67 at bats.

Sophomore Marc Gendreau was Earlham's selection for the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship Team. Gendreau, who missed the first 13 games of the season due to injury, finished the 2019 season with a .273 batting average in 88 at bats over 25 games. He still managed to record six multiple hit games for the Quakers with 10 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Earlham finished its 2019 season with a 16-21 overall record, 8-10 in the HCAC, under ninth-year Head Coach Steve Sakosits.