Hanover College’s softball team closed its season with a pair of one-run games against Manchester College. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader was played Sunday, April 29, in North Manchester, Ind.
Manchester held off Hanover, 3-2, in the opener. The Panthers outdueled the Spartans, 2-1, in the second contest.
Manchester grabbed a 3-0 lead after two innings in the first game.
Hanover scratched the scoreboard in the third inning when freshman centerfielder Kalene Schmidt (Delaware, Ohio) reached on a throwing error and later scored on a base hit from freshman shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.).
The Panthers pulled within a run in the fifth inning. Schmidt led off the frame with a single. She moved to third on a pair of infield grounders and eventually scored on a fielding error by the Spartans’ shortstop.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Cochran (New Albany, Ind.) allowed four hits and three runs in the first two innings, Cochran (4-13), however, held Manchester scoreless and limited to Spartans to just three hits the rest of the way.
Hanover's offense was limited to three hits in the outing. After pulling within 3-2 in the fifth, the Panthers did not have a baserunner in the sixth and seventh innings.
Hanover made the most of four hits while earning a 2-1 victory in the second game.
The Panthers (11-27; 4-12 HCAC) scored a run in the first and second innings to ease into an early 2-0 lead.
Merrick opened the contest with a base hit. She advanced to second on a ground ball to the left side of the infield and scored on a misplayed hit to the outfield.
Freshman catcher Breann Truelove (Loogootee, Ind.) scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the second inning.
Truelove walked to lead off the inning and wound up on third base after a passed ball and a wild pitch. Senior first baseman Megan Priest (Indianapolis, Ind.) pushed her across the plate with a sacrifice fly to center.
Manchester (19-21; 8-8 HCAC) cut the Panthers’ cushion in half with a run in the third inning. The Spartans put runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings, but Hanover’s defense did not allow a tying run.
Freshman hurler Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) scattered 10 hits, but gave up just one earned run and had a strikeout.
Merrick had two of the Panthers’ four hits.
Published Sunday, April 29, 2012