Junior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) etched her name into the record book while leading Hanover College’s softball team to a split with the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twinbill in Delhi, Ohio.
Hanover kept its shot at a berth in the four-team Heartland Conference tournament alive with a 6-3 victory in the opening game. The Panthers, now 18-16 overall and 7-7 in the HCAC, fell in the nightcap, 7-4.
In the first game, Kemmerer earned her 14th win to set the Hanover single-season record. She limited Mount St. Joseph to just four hits, while posting nine strikeouts, in her 12th complete game of the campaign.
Kemmerer (14-3) had shared the school record with former standout Ruth Hudgens, who posted a 13-6 record for Hanover during the 2000 season.
The Panthers’ offense cranked out 13 hits, including five extra-base hits. Kemmerer led the assault with three hits, including a double.
Senior third baseman Shelby Overton (Greenwood, Ind.), sophomore designated hitter Victoria Wilson (Camby, Ind.), freshman centerfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and freshman rightfielder Alex Combs (Greenwood, Ind.) each tallied two hits.
Tied 1-1 after the first inning, Hanover used four of the extra-base hits to score a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings.
Kemmerer doubled to start the second inning and scored when Wilson followed with a two-base hit. Overton had a run-scoring double in the third inning. Ritchey hit her first collegiate triple to push a run across the plate in the fourth inning to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead.
Hanover’s cushion reached 6-1 in the top of the seventh. Combs, with her first collegiate extra-base hit, knocked in a pair of runs with a two-out double.
Mount St. Joseph scored twice in the bottom half of the inning. The Lions followed a walk and single with a two-run triple for the final margin.
In the second contest, Mount St. Joseph led 6-0 before Hanover eventually got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
Freshman first baseman Mattie Varvel (Fillmore, Ind.) reached on an infield error to start the frame. She moved to third after a sacrifice bunt and passed ball and scored on a grounder to the right side of the infield by freshman leftfielder Michaela Corbin (Kendallville, Ind.).
The Lions (6-22; 3-9 HCAC) countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth to build a 7-1 lead.
Hanover rallied in the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits.
Wilson led off the inning with a solo homer, her team-leading fourth of the season. Corbin earned a one-out walk and scored on a double by Ritchey down the left-field line. Ritchey scored on a single through the middle by sophomore second baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.).
Wilson, who has nine multi-hit games this season, had two of the Panthers’ seven hits in the contest.
Junior Christina Davison (Cincinnati, Ohio) was tagged with the loss after working two and one-third innings. Davidson (3-8), the first of three Hanover pitchers, allowed six earned runs on seven hits.
Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014