Hanover drops HCAC pair at Manchester

The Hanover College baseball team capped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at Manchester University with losses in both games of a doubleheader, Saturday, April 13, in North Manchester, Ind.

Manchester, ranked 14th in the nation, used seven-run innings to roll to a 16-3 win in the first game and a 14-2 victory in the series finale.

Hanover led 2-0 after the first inning of the opener. Manchester evened the score with a run in the second and third innings. The Spartans surged ahead with four runs in the fourth, seven in the fifth inning and three more runs in the sixth.

Senior centerfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) and sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) had two hits apiece for Hanover, which totaled seven in the contest.

Sears had a base hit and scored a run in the first inning. He later doubled and scored the Panthers’ final run in the sixth inning.

Johns had a run-scoring single in the first inning and added a lead-off single in the third.

Senior Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) tossed the first four innings for the Panthers. Roby (5-2), one of six Hanover pitchers, allowed six hits and six earned runs with five walks and four strikeouts.

Hanover vs. Manchester game one statistics

Manchester (23-3-1; 13-1 HCAC) jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first inning in the second contest and rolled to its eighth straight win.

Hanover (14-13; 7-7 HCAC) plated two runs in the top of the second, but the Spartans countered with two runs in the second and third innings, one in the fourth and two in the fifth for the final margin.

The Panthers collected four of the team’s nine hits in the second inning.

Junior leftfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) singled to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.). Senior first baseman Ryan Grau (Cincinnati, Ohio) followed Chapman with a base hit and eventually scored when sophomore third baseman Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) earned a bases-loaded walk.

Grau was 3-for-3 at the plate. Johns and senior rightfielder Cam Ginder (Huntertown, Ind.) had two hits apiece in the setback.

Senior hurler Kyle Wentzel (Cincinnati, Ohio) was tagged with the loss after throwing two and two-thirds innings. Wentzel (1-2) gave up nine hits and 11 runs.

Sophomore Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) followed and surrendered seven hits and three runs in two innings on the mound.

Hanover at Manchester game two statistics