The senior was the winning pitcher in the Hawks victory over Southeast Warren in the opening round of the state tournament. Kockler struck out seven in four innings of work and also helped his own cause with a double and two RBI. Kockler also had a big game in a win over Spalding Catholic in a substate final. He had three hits, including a solo homer, and scored four runs. He also earned the win on the mound by tossing a two hitter with nine strikeouts.