Hanover College’s softball team used three home runs in the second game to earn a split of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on the road against Manchester University.
Sophomore catcher Tori Wilson (Camby, Ind.) belted two home runs and senior third baseman Shelby Overton (Greenwood, Ind.) jacked one to propel Hanover to a 10-4 victory in the second game. The Panthers built a big lead before falling 9-8 in eight innings in the opener.
Hanover (12-10; 2-2 HCAC) trailed 2-0 after one inning in the second game, but reeled off eight straight runs to sprint to an 8-2 lead in the fourth. Manchester cut the margin to 8-4 with a run in the fifth and sixth innings. The Panthers, however, sealed the victory with two runs in the seventh.
Wilson finished 2-for-4 with two homers, two runs and a career-high six runs-batted-in. She smacked a her first collegiate grand slam in Hanover’s four-run third inning. She followed with a two-run shot in the seventh inning.
Overton was 3-for-4, including a solo homer in the second inning, and scored twice.
Senior first baseman Megan Hogston (Aurora, Ind.), junior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) and freshman centerfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) each had two hits to supply the Panthers’ 12-hit attack.
Junior hurler Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded the victory with a complete-game effort. Davidson (3-3) scattered 12 hits with four runs through seven innings. She walked two and posted one strikeout.
In the first game, Hanover led 7-0 before Manchester rallied to force extra innings. The Spartans (5-13; 2-4 HCAC) snapped an 8-8 deadlock with a run in the bottom of the eighth to swipe the win.
Hanover had seven hits, but left 14 runners on base and also committed five errors. The miscues, all after the third inning, helped spur the Spartans’ rally.
Junior hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) was pegged with her second loss of the season after allowing 12 hits and nine runs in seven and two-thirds innings. Just three of the runs were earned for Kemmerer (8-2), who walked three and posted seven strikeouts.
Wilson had two hits and scored a run. Junior catcher Breann Truelove (Loogootee, Ind.) had a base hit, walked three times, knocked in one run and scored three runs. Sophomore second baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) and Ritchey each had two runs-batted-in.
Published Sunday, April 6, 2014