Cockerham inks with Hanover
A constant in the middle of North Harrison’s baseball line-up, infielder Tyler Cockerham signed recently to continue his career at Hanover College.
The right-hander was on a tear this season, hitting a .461 clip, slugging three home runs. He also had five doubles and three triples, helping him to tally 25 RBIs. On the base paths, the senior had swiped 14 bags.
Visiting Hanover helped sell Cockerham on its baseball program and the school’s academic offerings.
‘I liked the baseball facilities; the field is really nice,’ Cockerham said. ‘Being from a small school, I think it will be an easy transition for me coming from a small school … I was drawn to the academic side, wanting to get into sports medicine.’
Cockerham has played multiple positions in the infield for the Cougars this season, including spending time on the mound (5-4 record with a 2.01 ERA). He expects to play in the infield for the Panthers and head coach Shayne Stock.
‘Their athletic program is really successful, and I really liked coach Stock a lot,’ Cockerham said of his visit to Hanover.
His junior year, Cockerham hit three home runs and had six doubles. He drove home 21 runs while hitting three triples. When the season ended, he had a .333 batting average.
While at North Harrison, Cockerham also played on the basketball and tennis squads.
The Hanover baseball team’s roster currently includes South Central products Chip Hockenbury (junior) and Alex Wiseman (freshman). Both are pitchers.
Hanover finished the 2013 season with a 16-22 record, including 9-16 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.