Junior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) set a school single-game record as Hanover College’s softball squad split a pair of contests in Clermont, Fla., to open its 2014 season.
Hanover fell to Alma College (Mich.), 5-4, in the first game of the campaign. The Panthers blanked Lyndon State College (Vt.), 3-0, in the second contest.
In the victory against Lyndon State, Kemmerer tossed her third career one-hitter and set a Hanover single-game mark with 16 strikeouts. The effort surpasses the 12 strikeouts racked up by Brandie Peddie in a 1994 game against Kentucky State University.
Kemmerer, who fanned the first 10 batters she faced, paired with sophomore catcher Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.) to ignite the Panthers’ offense with two base hits apiece. Freshman infielder Mattie Varvel (Fillmore, Ind.) had a double.
Wilson and freshman utility Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) sparked Hanover’s offense in the one-run loss to Alma in the season-opener.
Wilson jacked a solo shot for her first home run of the season – and fifth of her career. Ritchey had a double and knocked in a pair of runs.
Freshman outfielder Alex Combs (Greenwood, Ind.) and Kemmerer, in the lineup as a designated hitter, each added a pair of singles.
Hanover, now 1-1, is competing in the Dot Richardson Spring Games at the National Training Center Softball Complex in Clermont, Fla.
Published Sunday, February 23, 2014