Eastern York grad Colby Shimmel excels with Hagerstown Community College baseball team


Eastern York High School graduate Colby Shimmel did it all this past season for Hagerstown Community College.

Colby Shimmel

The 6-foot, 5-inch, 213-pounder excelled both on the mound and at the plate, earning him Division 1 Junior College All-Region 20 First-Team honors as an outfielder. Shimmel was also an All-Maryland Junior College Second Team pick as an outfielder and an honorable mention selection as a right-handed pitcher.

Shimmel is on course to graduate in August from HCC with an associate of science degree in business management. 

The 2016 Eastern grad was the starting right fielder for the Hawks and was also in the pitching rotation. HCC finished the year at 27-24.

At the plate, Shimmel finished the regular season with a .382 batting average with two homers, 25 RBIs and 24 runs scored. His on-base percentage was .544, which was 11th in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association and first in the Maryland Junior College Conference.

As a pitcher, he had 12 starts with a 7-3 record, four complete games and a 3.98 ERA. He had 77 strikeouts and 11 walks over 72 1/3 innings. He averaged 9.58 strikeouts per game. 

This summer he is playing in the Central League with Dover, where he is hitting .346 with a .528 on-base percentage. As a pitcher he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

Next year, Shimmel plans to play NCAA Division II baseball with the Barton College Bulldogs in Wilson, North Carolina.