Sarasota sluggers make their mark at Hesston College

Hesston College career home run record holders Erika Shrock and Tyler Yoder

Two student athletes from Sarasota, Fla. recently wrapped up record-breaking careers for the Hesston College softball and baseball teams. Erika Shrock and Tyler Yoder, both graduates of Sarasota Christian School, leave Hesston each having broken several significant offensive records for the Larks.

Shrock, Hesston Softball’s all-time leader in runs scored (63), hits (109), doubles (25) and home runs (12), hit .410 during her sophomore year while playing tremendous defense at shortstop. A two-time all-region player, Shrock now ranks third all-time in hitting with a .419 career batting average and was a key part of a Hesston sophomore class that won 35 games over the past two seasons, the most of any graduating class since the class of 2005.

“Erika had a remarkable career at Hesston in so many ways,” said Hesston softball coach Andrew Sharp. “She decided to come to Hesston very late in the summer following her senior year, and having never visited our campus. I’m thrilled she took that leap of faith. Obviously, she has meant a great deal to our program and our campus.”

“Hesston was a really great experience for me and I made many life-long friends,” Shrock said. “I loved the small school setting and the feel of the community. I had so much fun during my two years at Hesston and I’ll really miss it.”

In coach Art Mullet’s final season at the helm of Hesston College Baseball, the Larks compiled a 26-14 record, which broke the school record for most wins in a season. No player was more instrumental in Hesston’s success than Yoder, who finished his Hesston career as the all-time leader in doubles (26), home runs (16) and runs batted in (82). Yoder hit .403 during the 2011 season and is now fifth overall in career batting at Hesston with a .372 mark. This season he posted an incredible .798 slugging percentage.

“Tyler was the consistent offensive punch in our attack all season long,” Mullet said. “He impacted our team in a huge way and was vital to our success as a team. He had both a tremendous year and career for Hesston College Baseball.”

“Being able to play baseball at the college level meant a lot to me,” Yoder said. “My two years at Hesston provided me with the chance to play with great teammates and a great coach. My Hesston experience is something I’ll never forget.”