By MIKE MONTFORT
Navarro first baseman Scott Hastings earned a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Division I Gold Glove Team announced Tuesday.
Hastings, a rising junior Texas A&M-Corpus Christi commitment from Flower Mound, claimed one of the nine prestigious positions with his .997 fielding percentage.
Hastings is only the second Navarro baseball player to be recognized with the annual award since the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings partnered in 2007 to honor top players in all divisions of NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA baseball.
Hastings is the first NC player to receive the honor since second baseman Kyle Livingston in 2008.
In addition to his excellent defense, the left-handed hitting first baseman turned in a solid season at the plate with a 5-55-5 and a .305 batting average for the Region XIV East Zone Champions.
Hastings led NC with 13 sacrifice flies and shared team leadership in at-bats (190). He ranked second in games played (54), plate appearances (228), hits (58), runs-batted-in (55), total bases (86) and shared the doubles leadership with 13.
Other 2018 D-I honorees included Blinn catcher Brandon Ashy and Panola second baseman Michael Lawson from Region XIV. The six others recognized were USC-Lancaster SC pitcher Brock Robinson, third baseman Matthew Courtney of Colby, Ks., shortstop Dustin Baber of Daytona State, and outfielders Jordan Holt of Andrew, Ga., Brian Rey of Miami Dade, and Matt Turino of Jefferson, Mo.
Annually, NJCAA winners are determined by the NJCAA Division I Baseball Committee.