The Hanover College softball team collected their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win of the season, splitting a Senior Night Doubleheader versus Franklin College. The twinbill was held Wednesday, April 11 at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover scored three runs in the first inning to take the opener 6-5. A Panther rally in the seventh inning fell short in the nightcap, as Franklin won 6-5.
Seniors Megan Priest (Indianapolis, Ind.), Blakli Nadling (North Vernon, Ind.), Lauren Kreinest (Harrison, Ohio) and Helena Ciminowasielewski (Moores Hill, Ind.) were honored between games.
Freshman shortstop Dani Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) doubled in Kalene Schmidt (Delaware, Ohio) to score first for the Panthers. Sophomore Shelby Overton (Greenwood, Ind.) knocked in Merrick and later scored herself, to claim an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Schmidt again scored in the second inning, building a 4-2 lead.
Franklin roared back, scoring two runs in the third inning before the Hanover defense and a Katie Ciminowasielewski ( Moores Hill, Ind.) home run quieted the Grizzlies attack.
The fourth inning shot was the freshman’s first collegiate homer.
Franklin tied Hanover 5-5 on an Ashley Burton RBI in the fifth inning. Two consecutive doubles by Overton and Nadling secured the win for the Panthers.
Schmidt and Overton led Hanover with two hits apiece, while Merrick collected two RBI’s.
Hanover starter Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) scattered 9 hits across six innings of work. Freshman Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected the win in relief.
Franklin jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second game, before the Panthers cracked the scoring column in the fourth inning on an Overton homer.
Overton finished 3-4, with one RBI.
Kreinest, the Hanover second baseman, sparked a Panther rally in the fifth, hitting a bases-loaded double. Three Panthers scored, to move the Panthers within one run (6-5) heading into the sixth inning.
Davidson held Franklin to one hit in the final three innings, but the Panthers were unable to capitalize, leaving six batters on base in the final two innings.
Davidson pitched a complete game, taking the loss to after collecting the win in relief in game one.
Hanover outhit Franklin 14-10, but left three more runners on base (9-6) dropping the team record to 8-22 overall and 1-9 in HCAC play.
Franklin evens their conference record at 5-5,while moving to 9-11 in nonconference competition.
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012