Panthers, Grizzlies split softball twinbill

Hanover College’s softball team opened its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference slate by taking one of two games against Franklin College.

Hanover grabbed the first game, 6-3, but fell in the second contest, 10-2, in five innings.

Junior hurler Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) raised her record to 7-1 this season with a complete-game five-hitter in the opener. Kemmerer allowed two earned runs with three walks and seven strikeouts.

The Panthers totaled 11 hits, with Kemmerer, sophomore second baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) and freshman centerfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) each collecting two hits.

Hanover claimed a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Kemmerer led off the frame with a double and later scored from third on an infield error. Freshman rightfielder Michaela Corbin (Kendallville, Ind.) walked and also eventually crossed the plate on an error.

Leading 2-1, the Panthers added a run in the fourth inning when sophomore leftfielder Paige Starling (Mooresville, Ind.) hit a one-out single and, two batters later, came across the plate on a Burke double.

Hanover stretched the margin to 4-2 in the fifth inning. Senior third baseman Shelby Overton singled and scored when Corbin stroked a double to left.

Franklin pulled within 4-3 in the sixth, but the Panthers countered with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning.

Ritchey led off the sixth with an infield single and scored on a base hit by sophomore designated hitter Tori Wilson (Camby, Ind.). Junior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Eminence, Ind.) singled and advanced to home on a Kemmerer base hit.

Hanover vs. Franklin game one statistics

Hanover led 2-0 after three innings in the second game. Franklin, however, scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and added three more in the fifth to post the 10-2 win.

The Panthers, now 10-8 overall and 1-1 in the Heartland Conference, were limited to just three hits in the contest. Burke scored each of the squad’s runs.

Burke had a double in the first inning, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball to get Hanover on the scoreboard. In the second, she walked and eventually rounded the bases on a Merrick base hit to right field and an outfield error.

Freshman pitcher Anna Phillippe (New Palestine, Ind.) took the loss after three and one-third innings in the circle. Phillippe (1-3) scattered eight hits and seven runs, with four earned runs.

Franklin raised its record to 11-9 overall and 1-3 in the HCAC with the win.

Hanover vs. Franklin game two statistics