Huntington University has announced that Huntington North High School graduate Jarod Hammel has made a commitment to attend HU and play baseball this fall. During his senior year in high school, Hammel led the Vikings in hitting at .416. The third baseman also led his team in hits (42), RBI (32) and doubles (9). For the 2006 season, Hammel was named all North Central Conference, All District, and Academic All State.
“Jared is going to be a great addition to our baseball program,” said head baseball coach Mike Frame. “He truly had an outstanding senior season, especially offensively. As a result of his strong work ethic, he has developed into a very fine player. He swings the bat very well and we think he will develop into a solid third baseman. He is an outstanding student and will make a big impact at Huntington University.”
Huntington University is a member of the Mid-Central Conference (MCC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). On the baseball field, HU has captured the MCC regular season championship or conference tournament championship 26 times in 46 years. The Foresters have also had eight former players go on to careers in professional baseball, including Heath Luther with the Anaheim Angels in 2001 and Greg Slee with the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
Jarod is the son of Jeff and Marie Hammel of Andrews, IN.