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Softball ends season in HCAC title game

Hanover College’s softball team lost to No. 1 seed Anderson University, 9-2, in the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s post-season tournament.

Anderson (30-9) led 6-1 after five innings. Hanover cut the margin to 6-2 with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Ravens plated three more runs in the top of the seventh for the final margin.

Hanover (19-5) totaled five hits in the contest. Senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) had two of the Panthers’ hits. Freshman outfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), who tallied 12 hits in the four-game tourney, had a base hit and capped the season with at least one hit in the Panthers’ final 13 contests.

Merrick, Skutt and sophomore outfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) were each named to the HCAC’s all-tournament team.

Sophomore pitcher Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) suffered the loss after two and one-third innings. Phillippe (6-5) allowed eight hits and five earned runs.

Hanover at Anderson statistics

Earlier in the day, freshman Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Skutt each had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Hanover a 7-6 win against Bluffton University (Ohio) and push the Panthers into the championship of the Heartland Conference’s tournament.

Trailing 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Ritchey hit a one-out single and swiped second. Skutt followed with a double to score Ritchey and tie the game at 6-6. Powers hit a single into right field to score Skutt with the game-winning run.

Senior Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) pitched all nine innings to record her 11th win of the season. Kemmerer (11-5) gave up 10 hits, but only one through the final three innings of the tilt. She allowed four earned runs with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Skutt reached base five times in the contest. She finished 4-for-4 at the plate, including her game-tying double, and also walked.

Powers, Kemmerer, Ritchey and junior outfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) had two hits apiece to help fuel the Panthers’ 15-hit effort.

Kemmerer hit run-scoring singles in the first and fourth innings to keep Hanover within 4-3. The Panthers eased ahead 5-4 in the fifth when Powers smacked a bases-loaded, two-run single.

Bluffton (26-16) tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth to eventually force extra innings.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) statistics

Ninth-inning rallies cap season with twinbill sweep

Hanover College’s baseball squad used a pair of ninth-inning rallies to sweep a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Earlham College.

Hanover scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to swipe a 4-3 victory in the opening game of the twinbill. The Panthers snapped a 9-9 tie with a run in the ninth inning to pull out a 10-9 triumph in the second contest.

The teams combined for just 12 hits in the opening game, but Hanover used two of its seven hits to score the winning runs in the ninth-inning rally.

Freshman designated hitter Colin Marsh (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a one-out single and sophomore catcher Austin Holloway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) followed with a walk. Junior outfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) punched a base hit into center field to score Marsh. Freshman third baseman Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) added a sacrifice fly to right to deliver Holloway from third and Ares later scored the winning run on a passed ball.

Marsh and Ares stroked two hits apiece for the Panthers, which did not get a hit until the fourth inning.

Sophomore hurler Cody Reister (Underwood, Ind.), now 3-2 this season, earned the victory with one and one-third innings of hitless relief.

Junior Matt Powers (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) tossed the first seven and two-thirds innings. He limited Earlham to only five hits and three earned runs. Powers fanned four and issued two walks.

Hanover at Earlham game one statistics

In the second game, senior second baseman Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) led off the top of the ninth inning with a base hit. Two batters later, freshman outfielder John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) stroked a base hit into center field to deliver Johns with the eventual game-winning run.

Junior pitcher Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) sent Earlham down in order in the bottom of the ninth and picked up his second win of the season (2-0) with one and two-thirds innings of no-hit relief.

Hanover totaled 15 hits in the outing, marking the 22nd time this season the squad has collected 10 or more hits in a game.

Ares notched his first career four-hit game, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs-batted-in. Johns, Scheil, Shine and senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) had two hits apiece.

Hanover built a 7-0 lead after batting in the top of the seventh. Earlham (26-12; 15-11 HCAC) scored three times in the bottom of the stanza to cut the Panthers’ lead to 7-3.

Hanover added two runs in the eighth to pull ahead, 9-3, but the Quakers used two walks, three hits and an error to score six times in the inning to tie the game at 9-9.

Hanover, which won six of his final nine games, closes the season with a 17-18 overall record. The Panthers finished sixth in the HCAC standings with a 13-14 league mark.

Hanover at Earlham game two statistics

Robinson, Rogers pace Panthers in HCAC’s third round

Senior Austin Robinson (Hagerstown, Ind.) and freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) led Hanover College’s men’s golf team in the third round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s championship tournament. The final 36 holes of the 72-hole event are being held at the Royal Hylands Golf Course in Knightstown, Ind.

Robinson and Rogers each fired a five-over-par 76 on the 6,452-yard course.

Rogers is now ninth overall in the 40-athlete field with a 54-hole total of 230 (75-79-76). Robinson climbed into a 17th-place tie with sophomore Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio), who turned in a six-over 77 in the third round.

Both golfers have totaled 236 strokes in three days of action.

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) added an 80 in the third round to complete the Panthers’ scoring. Geary is tied for 10th place overall with a 232 (74-78-80).

Sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) posted a non-scoring round of 86. He is 28th in the field with a 246 (83-77-86).

Hanover, with its tournament-low round, amassed 309 strokes to push its 54-hole total to 931 (310-312-309). The Panthers are in fourth place in the team standings behind Transylvania University (889), Franklin College (919) and Mount St. Joseph University (925).

Franklin's Chris Arnold is the individual leader. Arnold's 216 is just ahead of Ben Fister, who leads Transylvania with a 217.

Heartland Conference Championship third-round results

Lacrosse bumped in ORLC semifinals

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team closed its season with a 12-6 loss at Transylvania University (Ky.) in the semifinals of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference tournament.

Senior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and senior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) each scored two goals for Hanover, which caps its season with a 7-9 overall record.

Junior defender Stephen Farrow (La Grange, Ky.) and freshman midfielder Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) also added goals for the Panthers.

Senior goalie Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) allowed seven goals with seven saves in the opening 20 minutes of action. Sophomore Adam Anthony (Louisville, Ky.) relieved and had 11 saves with five goals allowed through the closing 40 minutes.

Hanover trailed 11-1 at halftime, but outscored Transylvania (11-6) in the final 30 minutes of action.

The Panthers had 15 turnovers, but just eight shots in the decisive first half. The squad finished with 29 shots, including 21 in the second half. Green led the offense with 13 shots, while Karnick attempted seven.

Sophomore midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) led Hanover with four ground balls and the team collected 17 in the match. Farrow and Szczublewski had three apiece.

The Panthers won 12-of-22 face-offs and converted 18-of-26 clears.

Hanover at Transylvania (Ky.) statistics

Two-out walk-off trips Panthers

Earlham College snapped a 6-6 tie with a two-out run-scoring single in the ninth inning to hand Hanover College’s baseball team a 7-6 loss in the opening contest of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at Richmond, Ind.

Seniors Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.), Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) and Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) had three hits apiece to spark Hanover’s offense, which totaled 13 hits in the setback.

Newman had a pair of runs-batted-in, while Hall scored one run and Lantz scored once and had one RBI.

Sophomore pitchers Cody Reister (Underwood, Ind.) was tagged with the loss after one and two-thirds innings in relief. Riester (2-2) allowed three hits and one earned run.

Classmate Chase Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) worked the opening six and two-thirds innings on the mound. He scattered nine hits and four earned runs with four walks and five strikeouts.

Lantz hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to help Hanover get out to an early 2-0 lead.

Earlham (26-10; 15-9 HCAC) scored once in the second inning and twice in the third inning to ease ahead 3-2.

The Panthers scored three times in the fourth inning to jump into a 5-3 lead. Freshman designated hitter Colin

Marsh (Indianapolis, Ind.) slugged a two-run triple and Newman added a run-scoring single to key the burst.

The Quaker answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 5-5.

Hanover reclaimed the lead at 6-5 when Newman punched another run-scoring base hit into right field.

Earlham, however, answered with a tying run in the bottom of the seventh to set up its ninth-inning rally.

In the ninth, the Quakers put runners on first and second with two outs. A base hit into left field was enough to plate the game-winning run.

Hanover at Earlham statistics

Panthers survive first day of HCAC tourney

Hanover College’s softball team, making its first appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament since 2006, split two games to advance to the second day of competition in the double-elimination event.

Hanover (18-14) lost to host Anderson University, 7-6, in the opening round. The Panthers bounced back with an 8-6 win against No. 3 seed Manchester University in the second contest.

In the tourney opener, Hanover (17-14) led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Anderson (28-9), the event’s No. 1 seed, exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the frame to jump ahead, 7-4.

The Panthers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to pull within 7-6, but had the tying run thrown at the plate to end the contest.

Senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) and freshman outfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) each tallied three hits for Hanover, which collected 13 hits in the outing.

Merrick smacked a home run, scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs. Skutt doubled and scored a run.

Freshman second baseman McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) and freshman third baseman Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) each added two hits to the attack.

Senior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) suffered the loss. Kemmerer (10-5) allowed 10 hits and six earned runs. She had four strikeouts and issued four walks.

Powers hit a run-scoring single to give Hanover a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Anderson, however, used a two-run homer to grab a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame.

Merrick singled in a run in the third inning to tie the game and scored on an error later in the inning to push the Panthers ahead, 3-2.

She belted a solo home run, her first of the season, to nudge Hanover’s cushion to 4-2 in the fifth.

Anderson used three hits and three errors to score five times in the bottom of the fifth to bolt into a 7-4 lead. The Ravens loaded the bases with no outs and dealt a decisive blow with a grand slam.

Hanover, however, made a late charge. The Panthers had two hits and capitalized on three errors to score two runs to get within 7-6. On the final play, junior third baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) hit a single into right field to score Luster from third base. Writt, who was on second, tried to deliver the tying run, but was gunned down on a relay from the rightfielder to the pitcher to the catcher.

Hanover at Anderson statistics

Hanover stayed alive in the four-team tournament with an 8-6 victory against Manchester in the squad’s second game of the day.

Merrick stroked a two-run single in the first inning and Skutt knocked in a run with a base hit in the second inning to give the Panthers an early 3-2 lead.

Hanover maintained the one-run advantage until the sixth inning, when the Panthers erupted for five runs.

Sophomore outfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) sparked the output with a bases-loaded double. Skutt followed with her team-leading fourth triple of the season to score Ritchey and later crossed the plate on an error to boost the cushion to 8-2.

Manchester used a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly to score four runs in the seventh for the final margin. With Hanover nursing its 8-6 lead, Kemmerer notched two strikeouts to close the inning and record her second save of the season.

Skutt finished 4-for-4 with two runs and a pair of runs-batted-in. Ritchey had two hits, scored twice and knocked in three runs. Senior catcher Breann Wininger (Loogootee, Ind.) added two hits and scored two runs.

Sophomore Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) earned the victory after six innings in the circle. Phillippe (6-4) gave up nine hits and five earned runs. She walked four and posted two strikeouts.

Hanover will continue its tournament run, Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. against Bluffton. The event will continue with a game at 1 p.m. and, if needed, 3 p.m.

Hanover vs. Manchester statistics

Shroyer headlines lacrosse all-league honorees

Freshman defender Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has been named first-team all-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference and is among four Hanover College athletes named to its inaugural all-league teams.

Shroyer is joined on the ORLC's post-season honors list by freshman midfielder Mallory Fogus (Midland, Mich.), freshman goaltender Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) and sophomore defender Bekah Dickmander (Morristown, Ind.).

Shroyer, who also earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as a defender with Hanover’s soccer team, led the Panthers’ defense with 59 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. She also tallied two goals on just seven shots during the season.

Fogus is a second-team all-ORLC honoree. She led Hanover’s offense with 32 goals and added four assists for a team-high 36 points. She fired a team-leading 71 shots with 51 shots on goals. She also the squad with 46 draw controls.

Mousa, an honorable mention all-conference selection, logged more than 800 minutes through 14 matches in the Panthers’ net. She posted 124 saves and allowed 168 goals (12.3 goals against average).

Dickmander has been named to the ORLC’s sportsmanship team. She scored two goals, both on free-position attempts, picked up 44 ground balls and won 16 draw controls.

Hanover, coached by C.J. Durham, posted a 3-11 overall record in the program’s first season. The Panthers placed eighth in the 10-team conference with a 2-7 record.

Lantz sparks sweep at Franklin

Senior Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched eight strong innings in the opener and knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning of the second contest to fuel the Hanover College baseball team’s sweep of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference twinbill at Franklin College.

Hanover defeated Franklin, 12-1, in the first game. The effort stands as the Panthers’ largest margin of victory against the Grizzlies since a 14-0 win, March 20, 1999.

Lantz, who evened his record at 3-3 this season, scattered seven hits with just one earned run. He walked two and tallied a career-high nine strikeouts.

Senior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) and junior centerfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) combined for seven of Hanover’s 16 hits. Brooks collected four hits, including a three-run homer, and scored four runs. Ares was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three runs-batted-in.

Senior second baseman Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore catcher Austin Holloway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) and freshman designated hitter Colin Marsh (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had two hits.

Senior Adam Lane (Washington, Ind.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Brooks smacked a two-run home run to spot the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Marsh hit a run-scoring single to plate Brooks as part of a two-run third inning to nudge Hanover ahead 4-0.

Franklin cut into the margin to 4-1 with a run in the fourth.

The Panthers, however, added a run in the fifth inning when Brooks singled to push sophomore leftfielder Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.) across the plate, then erupted for five more runs in the sixth inning to bolt into a 10-1 lead.

Hanover scored its five runs on six hits in the frame. Brooks and Johns each knocked in runs with a base hit, while Ares and Marsh each swatted run-scoring doubles.

Ares had a run-scoring single in the eighth inning and later crossed the plate from third base on a wild pitch to cap the scoring.

Hanover at Franklin game one statistics

Hanover (15-17; 11-13 HCAC) outlasted Franklin, 9-8, in 10 innings in the second game to nail down its sweep of the three-game season series against the Grizzlies.

Senior catcher Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.) led off the top of the 10th with a base hit and eventually moved to third after a sacrifice bunt and a fly ball to center field. Lantz followed with a two-out single to drive in Hall with the eventual winning run.

Hanover totaled 15 hits in the game, with Hall, Holloway and senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) each collecting three hits.

Hall had three singles, scored once and had one run-batted-in. Holloway had three singles and three RBI. Newman, who doubled, also scored two runs and pushed two runs across the plate.

Ares, who has 19 hits in his last 13 games, added a single and double and scored three times.

Junior Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) earned his second collegiate victory after two innings of relief. Otto (1-0), who worked the ninth and 10th innings, allowed four hits and no earned runs.

Marsh pitched the first eight innings of the contest. He gave up 10 hits and four earned runs with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Franklin (16-21,9-15) scored twice in the first inning of the second contest to take an early lead.

Hanover, however, reeled off two runs in the second, third and fourth innings and scored another run in the top of the fifth to build a 7-2 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Grizzlies loaded the bases and eventually scored a pair of runs, then added a run in the seventh to trim the Panthers’ cushion to 7-5.

Hanover increased its lead to 8-5 with an unearned run in the eighth. Franklin, however, countered with three runs in the bottom of the ninth on three hits and two infield errors to force extra innings.

The victories mark the first time since the 2000 campaign that Hanover has swept its season series against Franklin. That season, the Panthers defeated the Grizzlies, 4-3 and 6-1, during a March 18 home doubleheader.

The effort also marks Hanover's first series sweep against Franklin since the Heartland Conference changed to an annual three-game series format in 2001.

Hanover at Franklin game two statistics

Tennis season ends with loss to Transylvania

Hanover College’s men’s tennis team closed its season with a 9-0 loss to Transylvania University (Ky.) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

Senior Brian Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) capped his four-year career with a pair of tightly contested matches.

Clark, teaming with freshman Alex Kitchel (Indianapolis, Ind.), lost 9-7 to Transylvania’s Josh Buckman and Luke Groene at No. 2 doubles.

Clark also battled the Pioneers’ Robert Albrecht, but fell 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) at No. 1 singles.

Junior Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Nolan Carrico (Sellersburg, Ind.) were edged, 8-6, by Albrecht and Zach Meikle at No. 1 doubles.

Clark was held off by Transylvania’s Dylan Conner at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4). Carrico, meanwhile battled Buckman at No. 3 before losing 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Hanover completes its season with a 5-11 overall record. The Panthers finished the Heartland Conference slate with a 1-7 mark.

Transylvania is now 4-7 overall and 4-4 in the league.

Hanover vs. Transylvania (Ky.) results

Baseball takes one in 24-inning day

Hanover College’s baseball team posted one win in 24 innings of play as the Panthers completed a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference series at Manchester University in one day.

Hanover earned a 6-4 victory in a mid-morning contest, which included the final six innings of a weather-suspended game from April 25. Manchester countered with 8-2 and 4-3 wins in the regularly-scheduled doubleheader that followed.

The Panthers (13-17; 9-13 HCAC) erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning and held on for the 6-4 victory in the rain-altered contest.

Senior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.), senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) and junior designated hitter Travis Thompson (Mount Carmel, Ill.) each tallied two hits to spur Hanover’s 10-hit effort at the plate.

Sophomore catcher Austin Holloway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) and freshman third baseman Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) each knocked in one run and scored a run to help fuel the Panthers’ four-run inning.

Sophomore pitcher Cody Reister (Underwood, Ind.) picked up the victory with six innings of relief. Reister (2-1) gave up seven hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Junior Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) recorded his team-high fourth save of the season with one inning of scoreless relief.

Hanover at Manchester game one statistics

Manchester used a four-run fourth inning to get on top of Hanover midway through the second tilt. Both teams scored a run in the seventh, but the Spartans added three in the eighth to extend the lead to 8-1.

The Panthers plated one run in the ninth for the final margin.

Senior second baseman Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the ninth inning.

Holloway knocked in Hanover’s seventh-inning run with a base hit.

Junior hurler Matt Powers (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) was dealt the loss after six and two-thirds innings. Powers (3-3) allowed nine hits and four earned runs. He walked three and had five strikeouts.

Hanover at Manchester game two statistics

Manchester (21-11; 14-9 HCAC) used a hit, wild pitch and throwing error to score a decisive run in the ninth inning and hand Hanover a 4-3 setback in the series’ finale.

Johns and Thompson each had a pair of hits to account for half the Panthers’ eight hits in the game.

Thompson doubled and later scored in the fifth inning. Johns pushed a run across the plate with an infield hit in the sixth inning.

Sophomore Chase Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) pitched six and two-thirds innings of relief. Justus (0-6) scattered seven hits and gave up three earned runs.

Freshman Colin Marsh (Indianapolis, Ind.) started the outing, but faced just six hitters before leaving with one out in the second inning.

Hanover at Manchester game three statistics