Hockenberry led the Mustangs to a 7-2 win against Exeter in the first round of the District 3 Class AAAA baseball tournament Monday at Northern York High School.
The fifth-seeded Mustangs move to the quarterfinals, where they will meet Manheim Township on Thursday at a site and time to be announced.
The Temple University-bound Hockenberry set the Eagles down in order during the top of the first. And his single capped a four-run bottom of the first for South Western.
Colin Porter and Keith Pappas also had run-scoring singles in the first inning for the Mustangs.
Hockenberry ran into some trouble in the top of the fourth when he hit Taylor Bertolet with a pitch to start the inning, and Max Dundore followed with a single. A sacrifice bunt by Brent Hayes moved the runners up a base.
Hockenberry struck out Mark Brown to get the second out, but he was unable to wiggle out of the jam unscathed. Brad Wiekrykes singled home Bertolet and Hayes to slice the Mustangs' lead to 4-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, South Western's Kurt Seiders singled off Exeter's Nick Feeney and went to second on Feeney's errant pickoff throw. Ian Stambaugh then walked. After Dundore replaced Feeney, Seiders took third and Stambaugh took second on a wild pitch. Seiders scored on Porter's single.
"This game was typical of what we've been doing," South Western coach Mike Resetar said. "We got off to a good start and then fell flat for a while.
"Their pitcher made an adjustment, but we were able to get to him again in the fifth."
At that point, Resetar decided to replace Hockenberry on the mound with Eric Moul. Hockenberry threw 72 pitches in five innings. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
"Eric was going in at the start of the sixth, no matter what," Resetar said. "But scoring those two runs in the bottom of the fifth made it easier to do.
"We have some good pitching, but we wanted to make sure that we had everybody available for Thursday's game."
Moul set the Eagles down in order in the top of the sixth.
South Western (15-5) was able to add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth without the benefit of a base hit.
Pappas was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third when Ben Zimmerman grounded out to first.
Then, as reliever Ben Bortz held the ball during Parker Bean's at-bat, Pappas stole home to cap the scoring.
"We didn't know much at all about those guys," Resetar said of the Eagles (11-9). "We knew they had a good team and that they were coming in hot, but that's really it.
"Matt made some good pitches and then Eric did a nice job when he got in the game."
Seiders and Porter joined Hockenberry with two hits to pace South Western's eight-hit attack.
Exeter 000 200 0 -- 2 6 2
So. Western 400 021 x -- 7 8 1
Ex, Nick Feeney, Max Dundore (5), Ben Bortz (6) and Zach Angstadt; SW, Matt Hockenberry, Eric Moul (6) and Ben Zimmerman. SO-BB -- Ex, Feeney 3-1, Dundore 1-0, Bortz 1-0; Hockenberry 5-1, Moul 2-0. W -- Hockenberry. L -- Feeney.