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Griffin strikes out 14 at Transylvania as softball splits twinbill

Sydney Griffin pitching



LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover softball team scored twice in the sixth inning of the second game, as the late rally was good enough to earn a doubleheader split at Transylvania Monday.

The Panthers (17-11, 7-5 HCAC), who were playing on the second day of a back-to-back, dropped the opening game at Transylvania, 1-0, before rallying for a 5-4 win in the nightcap. Hanover finished the two-day stretch of four games, 2-2.

Hanover outhit the Pioneers 3-2 in the pitching duel to open Monday’s doubleheader, but could not scratch across any runs, as the Blue and Red failed to score in a game for just the second time all season. Transy got a leadoff double in the second inning, as the base runner later scored on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched a complete game, allowing the one run on two hits. The sophomore also struck out seven batters to just two walks.

In the second half of the doubleheader, Griffin came on to pitch in relief, going the final 2.1 innings, striking out all seven batters she faced, as she picked up her ninth win of the season. On the day, the sophomore finished with 14 strikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched.

The Panthers had seven hits from seven different players in the nightcap, with junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) driving in two runs on a double in the third inning. Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) drove in the first HC run of the game, earlier in the frame, with a base hit up the middle.

Skutt and junior Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) were the only two Panthers to record a hit in both games. Freshman Ashleigh Donnell (North Vernon, Ind.) logged a hit in the opener and scored once as a pinch runner in the second contest.

Hanover’s three-run third inning gave them a 3-2 edge after conceding two runs in the bottom of the first frame. The Pioneers (24-11, 8-4 HCAC) regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, to go in front 4-3.

With one out in the sixth, junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Jourdan McAfee (Palmyra, Ind.) reached base safely on back-to-back errors by Transy. A ground out moved the runners to second and third with two outs, as they both came across home plate in the next at-bat on another error by the Pioneers.

Griffin did not allow a base runner over the final two frames, striking out the last six Transy batters to secure the 5-4 victory for HC.

Hanover will continue a busy final week of the regular season with a doubleheader at Franklin, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers wrap up series with Franklin, host Bluffon on the weekend

Coach greets player at first base

HANOVER, Ind. – With eight conference games remaining in the regular season, the Hanover baseball team will travel to Franklin Tuesday for a single game and then host Bluffton in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.

The Panthers dropped two of three over the weekend to Mount St. Joseph, but will look to get back on track Tuesday when they play Franklin for the third time this year at 4 p.m.

Sophomore Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) had a big weekend against the Lions. The second-year first baseman went 7 for 15 with four runs scored and nine RBI and is now hitting .342 in 114 at-bats.

Sophomore pitchers David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) and Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) posted quality starts for Hanover. Herrmann earned his fourth win of the season with seven innings of two-run baseball, while Zorb also allowed only two runs in 6.2 innings in a no decision.

The Panthers (16-15 overall, 7-12 HCAC) have dropped the first two games against Franklin, but will look to salvage the third and final game of the series. The Grizzlies will enter the game 18-14 overall and tied for fourth in the league at 10-9.

Sophomore Sam Claycamp is still among the league’s leaders in several offensive categories, including home runs (7) and RBI (34). Freshman Nick Wright also has seven home runs and leads Franklin with 35 RBI.

The Grizzlies’ pitching staff currently owns a 5.01 earned run average and has allowed three runs in four of their last seven games. In the last four games, Franklin is 1-3, and dropped two of three to Bluffton last weekend.

Speaking of Bluffton, the Beavers will come to Hanover Friday and Saturday for the Panthers’ final home weekend of the season. After a single game Friday at 4:15 pm, the Hanover will recognize its six seniors during Saturday’s doubleheader that will begin at 12 p.m. at K.T. Young Ballpark.

The Beavers are 13-18 overall and 6-13 in the HCAC and have gone 2-10 in their last 12. Of their 10 losses, seven have come by two runs or less.

Seniors Blake Fox and Luke Hickey lead the way offensively for Bluffton. Hickey is hitting .364 with 20 extra base hits and 23 RBI, and Fox is batting .345 with a team-high 25 RBI.

Senior pitchers Dyson Bowman and Jaylen Von Sossan have been two of the team’s top pitchers. Bowman leads the conference with a 1.71 ERA, while Von Sossan leads the HCAC with 65 strikeouts.

In last year’s meeting between the two teams, Hanover swept the series in Bluffton, including a 4-3 win in 12 innings in game three.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Carrico wins first career HCAC Player of the Week award

Landon Carrico runs across the baseline


GREENWOOD, Ind. – Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) of the Hanover men’s tennis squad has recently been announced as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday’s match against Manchester.

The freshman picked up both a doubles and singles victories, as he competed in the top match in both venues. This is his first career player of the week award, while also giving HC two conference weekly accolades this season.

Carrico has been the Panthers competitor in the No. 1 singles spot all season long, as he continued his strong freshman campaign with a straight set victory against Manchester. He conceded just three total games in two sets, winning the match by a count of 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles play, Carrico teamed with junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) to win the No. 1 contest, 8-4.

On the season, Carrico is tied for the team lead in singles victories with 12. He is also 4-1 in HCAC singles matches this year. The freshman recently began playing in doubles matches as well, as Saturday’s win was his first victory in four tries in doubles matches this year.

Hanover (8-10, 3-2 HCAC) defeated the Spartans 9-0, giving the Blue and Red back-to-back 9-0 victories in conference play.

The Panthers will look to stay hot in HCAC action when they welcome Transylvania for a 4 p.m. match Tuesday, April 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Trachtman garners weekly award from Heartland Conference

Cami Trachtman running


GREENWOOD, Ind. – For the first time in her career, senior Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) of the Hanover track and field team has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

Trachtman highlighted a strong showing by the Panther women in their final preparation before this weekend’s HCAC Outdoor Championships, by winning the 1500-meter run at the Rose-Human Twilight Meet last Friday.

The senior paced the field of 21 runners by setting a new personal best time of 4:54.11. Her time last Friday also moved her into fifth all-time in the event at Hanover.

Trachtman’s time is the fastest 1500m run in the HCAC this season, and is one of just five posted times in the conference under five minutes this outdoor season.

Hanover’s women finished third at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet, totaling 109 points, as Trachtman’s victory was one of two first place finishes for the Blue and Red.

The Panthers have now won women’s track or field athlete of the week awards in back-to-back weeks, and have a total of five awards during the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons.

Hanover will compete in the HCAC Outdoor Championships this weekend, with events beginning Friday, April 28, and concluding Saturday, April 29.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers to compete in three matches on final week of the regular season

Mitchell Minniear on a serve



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team will look to continue its recent stretch of solid play in conference action, as they close out the regular season with three matches this week.

Hanover (8-10, 3-2 HCAC) has won back-to-back HCAC matches by a count of 9-0, including a neutral site contest with Manchester this past Saturday at the West Indy Racquet Club, the site of the HCAC Tournament.

The Panthers will play in back-to-back conference matches earlier in the week, hosting Transylvania at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, before traveling to Franklin for a 5 p.m. contest Wednesday, April 26. The Blue and Red will cap the regular season with a home match against Defiance at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 29.

Hanover is currently in a tie for third in the conference standings, with the top six teams making it to the HCAC Tournament next weekend. The top two seeds will get a first round bye, while seeds 3-6 will open tournament action next Friday, May 5.

Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) has recently been named HCAC Player of the Week for his performance in the 9-0 win over Manchester. Carrico took the No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-1, while also teaming with junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) to win the No. 1 doubles match, 8-4.

Carrico and sophomore Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) are tied for the team high in singles victories this year, with 12 apiece. The duo has competed solely in the top two singles spots.

Smith also added a singles victory last Saturday, as he improved to 3-2 in conference play and 9-8 overall, as all of his individual matches have been in the third slot.

Entering the week, Transylvania is 0-6 in conference play and 0-14 overall. Franklin is tied with HC for the third spot in the HCAC standings with a 3-2 record, while also hoisting a 6-6 overall mark. Defiance sits just one-half game back from HC and FC at 3-3 in HCAC play, as the Yellow Jackets have a 9-9 overall record.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Senior Day highlights week ahead for men's lacrosse

Headshots of men's lacrosse seniors


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team will finish the 2017 season with a pair of Ohio River Lacrosse Conference games, including a home contest against Mount St. Joseph Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (2-11, 1-4 ORLC) are coming off a 9-8, triple overtime loss at Westminster (Pa.) this past Saturday. Senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.) accounted for four of the Panther scores in the game, recording two goals and two assists.

This week, the Blue and Red will travel to Transylvania for a make-up contest at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, before welcoming MSJ for Senior Day at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29.

Hanover will honor its three seniors, Warner, Jacob Bell (Evansville, Ind.) and Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.), during Saturday’s season finale.

Warner currently leads the team with 29 points, including a team high 20 goals and nine assists. In his career at Hanover, Warner has logged 56 goals and 33 assists for a total of 89 points.

Bell has appeared in all 13 games this season, while making 12 starts in the back line. Kwasny has appeared in 12 games, as he and Bell have combined for 24 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers this year.

Freshman Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made 13 saves in the road contest at Westminster, giving him double-digit stops in 12 of the 13 games this season, including each of the last 11 appearances. Dubrava leads the ORLC and is 16th nationally in save percentage at 0.599.

In the face-off circle, sophomore Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) has won 129-of-220 attempts, giving him the second most victories in the conference. Green also ranks among the top three in the ORLC in face-off winning percentage, at 0.576.

Transylvania will enter Tuesday’s contest atop the ORLC standings with a 5-0 mark in conference play. The Pioneers are 9-3 overall, winning eight straight, while also hoisting a 3-1 record at home.

Allowing just under six goals per game, Transy leads the conference in goals against average. The Pioneers are also second in the ORLC in goals scored, averaging 12.08 per contest.

Mount St. Joseph is 1-14 overall and has dropped nine consecutive games. The Lions are 1-5 in conference action this season.

The Lions have struggled to score all year, ranking last in the conference in goals per game at 6.73, while also conceding just over 16 goals per game defensively.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Softball splits doubleheader with Manchester on Senior Day

Group photo of the softball seniors and coaches



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover softball team honored its four seniors during their final home regular season games of their careers, as the Panthers split a doubleheader with Manchester Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers (16-10, 6-4 HCAC) exploded for eight runs in the third inning of the opener, en route to a 9-0 victory in five innings. Manchester (12-18-1, 3-7 HCAC) rallied to pick up the win in the nightcap, 7-3.

Seniors Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and Maddie Drajer (South Bend, Ind.) started in both games Sunday afternoon, with each recording two total hits. Both Ritchey and Drajer added a run scored in the opener.

Starting the second game in the pitching circle was senior Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.), as she pitched the first three innings, plus the first batter in the fourth frame. Phillippe conceded six hits, while giving up three earned runs.

Another senior that started in the second game was Michaela Corbin (Kendallville, Ind.). Corbin started in right field and made two appearances at the plate, logging a pair of base hits, while also driving in all three HC runs in the game.

Hanover outhit the Spartans 11-2 in the opener, behind a 3-for-3 performance by junior Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) at the plate, and a complete game, shutout from sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) in the pitching circle. Luster added one RBI and one run scored, while Griffin struck out four batters over five innings.

Juniors McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) and Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) each added a pair of hits in the opener. Writt also scored twice and drove in two runs during the third inning rally.

Three consecutive, two-out base hits in the first inning gave HC a 1-0 lead, as Writt scored on a single up the middle from Poe.

The Panthers took advantage of two MU errors, plus six hits to score eight runs in the bottom of the third inning. At two different points in the frame, HC had at least four consecutive batters reach base safely. Manchester recorded the only hit of the final two innings in the top of the fifth, but could not bring across any runners.

Hanover recorded 11 hits again in the second game, but the Spartans also produced 11 hits, outscoring the Panthers 7-3. The Blue and Red left nine runners stranded in the doubleheader finale.

Freshman Jourdan McAfee (Palmyra, Ind.) went 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring two runs. Ritchey, Corbin and sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) each logged two hits in the contest.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the second, HC tied the game at two-all with a single from Corbin, which scored Wiseman and McAfee. The Spartans however, tacked on two more runs in the third to go in front 4-2.

Corbin’s base hit that scored McAfee closed the gap to one run, 4-3, in the bottom of the fourth inning. Manchester responded again however, tallying three runs in the next half inning to go up 7-3.

The Panthers will conclude the regular season with three road doubleheaders, with that stretch of games beginning at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Transylvania.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Strong second half performance not enough in 13-10 road loss for women's lacrosse

Rachel Davis attacks offensively


LATROBE, Pa. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team outscored Saint Vincent 6-2 in the second half, while also tallying the final four goals of the game, but the late rally was not enough in a 13-10 road loss Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers received a combined seven goals from senior Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.). Miller did most of her scoring damage in the first half, totaling three of her four goals in the first 30 minutes of play. The senior also added a team high seven ground balls. Davis tallied two of her three goals during the 4-0 scoring spurt to close the game.

The trio of Davis, Miller and freshman Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) combined for 18 of Hanover’s 26 shot attempts in the contest, with Miller leading the group with seven. Boomershine could not find the back of the net on any of her six shot attempts, but the freshman did lead the team with three assists.

Junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) bookended the scoring for HC, tallying the first and final goals of the game. Freshman Tayia Davis (Fishers, Ind.) scored the first goal of her career with the opening goal of the second half.

Defensively, junior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) made nine saves, while also retrieving six ground balls. Junior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) led the team with six draw controls, while classmate Cassidy Coates (Evansville, Ind.) retrieved four ground balls.

After scoring the first two goals of the contest, over the opening three minutes of action, the Panthers then found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoring run. The Blue and Red made it 5-3 with a Miller goal at the 17:35 mark, but the Bearcats followed with a 6-1 scoring spurt to lead 11-4 at the intermission.

Hanover and Saint Vincent traded the first four goals of the second half, as the Bearcats led 13-6 with just over 21 minutes remaining. The Panthers kept SVC scoreless over the final 21 minutes of action, but could only score four times, falling 13-10.

The Blue and Red will look to snap its recent two-game skid with a 4 p.m. contest at Franklin, next Wednesday, April 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Baseball stumbles late against MSJ at home

Brooks Bailey connects on a hit


HANOVER, Ind. – For the second consecutive contest, the Hanover baseball team took a lead into the final inning, but for the second time in as many games, they fell late to Mount St. Joseph, this time by a count of 5-4 on Saturday afternoon.

Hanover took the first game of the weekend series against the Lions, but bowed out late in the final two, as they go to 16-15 overall and 7-12 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. After taking two-of-three games in the series, MSJ improves to 16-16 overall and 10-9 in the HCAC.

Freshman Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) was the lone Panther to record multiple hits, as the Blue and Red tallied just seven in the contest. Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.) each recorded one hit, while both also added a pair of walks to reach base safely on three occasions. Scheil scored two of HC’s four runs as well.

On the mound, senior Chase Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) got the nod to start, as he went five full innings, allowing one run on five hits. Justus added four strikeouts.

Hanover did most of its offensive damage in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three runs on three hits. Bailey got the Panthers on the board by ripping a double to left center, scoring senior Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.). Sophomore Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) singled later in the frame, scoring two runs to give HC a 3-1 lead.

Scheil hit a one out double down the left field line in the fifth inning, and later scored on a base hit up the middle by Coop. Hanover led 4-1 after five complete innings.

After a scoreless sixth, the Lions tacked on two runs in the seventh to close the gap to 4-3. Mount St. Joseph added two additional runs in the top of the ninth, coming from behind to take a 5-4 advantage.

Bailey reached safely with one out in the ninth, as he walked. After a strikeout, Coop doubled down the right field line to put runners on second and third. Both runners were stranded however, with a strikeout in the next at-bat.

Hanover will look to bounce back Tuesday, April 25, as they cap their midweek series against Franklin, with a 4 p.m. first pitch.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's tennis gets back on track with 9-0 win over Manchester

Dakota Smith gets ready for a return


INDIANAPOLIS – The Hanover men’s tennis team picked up its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating Manchester in a neutral site contest played at West Indy Racquet Club.

The match between HC and MU was originally scheduled to be played at Hanover, but due to the forecast in the area, the match was moved to West Indy Racquet Club, the site of the HCAC Tournament each year.

After dropping two straight conference matches, the Panthers (8-10, 3-2 HCAC) have now won back-to-back HCAC contests by a count of 9-0. The Blue and Red also improved to 4-4 in neutral site matches this year.

Hanover got off to a fast start, conceding just five games over the three doubles matches. Sophomores Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) swept the No. 2 doubles match, 8-0.

Adding an 8-1 victory in the third doubles match were freshmen Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Mitchell Minniear (Muncie, Ind.). The duo of junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) took the top spot, 8-4.

All six HC doubles competitors competed in singles action as well, as the Panthers picked up six straight set victories against the Spartans (1-8, 1-4 HCAC). No Panther conceded more than three games in a single set, with three athletes dropping just two games in two sets.

Smith won at No. 3 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-0. Adding 6-1, 6-1 wins in the fourth and fifth matches were Clohessy and Helmers.

In the top two spots, Carrico and Barrett each won 6-2, 6-1, as the two are tied for the team lead in singles victories this season, with 12 apiece. Minniear won the final singles match, 6-3, 6-0.

Hanover will host Transylvania in its next match, with the contest set to begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester