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Pitching propels Panthers to sweep of Wilmington

Sydney Griffin prepares to pitch



HANOVER, Ind. – Behind two complete games in the pitching circle, the Hanover softball team pulled off a clean sweep against Wilmington (Ohio) on Wednesday, winning 5-1 and 3-0.

Sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched the first contest, going the full 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. Griffin struck out nine batters in the game, as she also took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

In the second half of the doubleheader, sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) picked up a complete game shutout, allowing no runs on four hits. Wiseman faced just five batters over the minimum in the contest, while adding a 1-for-3 performance at the plate, driving in one run.

Hanover recorded eight hits in the opener, but senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) was the lone Panther to record multiple hits in the contest, going 2-of-3, with one base on balls. Ritchey scored twice during the first game, while adding one steal in each contest to give her a team high 11 swipes this season.

The second game was played at a swift pace, lasting just over one hour, as the two sides combined for 11 hits, with Hanover (9-5) holding a 7-4 advantage. Two players for HC recorded multi-hit efforts in the second contest in juniors Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) and McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.). Both players tallied one run scored, while Luster also drove in one run.

Hanover jumped out to an early lead in the opener, as freshman Taylor Merrill (Brownsburg, Ind.) gave the Panthers a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the second, with a two-out double to right field. The Panthers added a run on a Wilmington (3-15) error in the bottom of the third inning, as Ritchey crossed home plate to make it 3-0 in favor of HC.

The Blue and Red tacked on two more runs in the fifth frame as junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) sent a single up the middle to score both runs. The Quakers recorded their lone run in the top of the seventh on a homer to left field.

Both teams were blanked through the first three innings of action in the second game, with HC tallying all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth. Luster and Wiseman picked up RBI hits, while the third run scored on a dropped fly ball in the left centerfield gap.

The Panthers will conclude non-conference action this season when they travel to face Spalding (Ky.) for a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. this Friday, March 31.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers drop home contest to Centre

Rachel Davis attacks from behind the net

Written by Sports Information Intern, Jake Sipes-Salter


HANOVER, Ind. – In the last contest of their six-game home stand, Hanover lost to Centre (Ky.) 15-3. With the loss, Hanover drops to 3-5 overall and remains 0-1 in conference play. Centre improves their record to 10-3 overall with the win.

The beginning of the game was hotly contested with three scores within the first three minutes, including a goal by freshman Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.).

Centre then proceeded to pull away from the Panthers with a 7-0 run that spanned 23 minutes. Senior Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored with 2:03 left in the half, and at halftime, the score was 9-2 in favor of Centre.

The second half started as fast as the first half did, with three goals inside the first three minutes, including a score by junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.). However, Centre capped the half with a 5-0 scoring run ending any chance of a comeback.

With her goal this game, Fogus improved to 17 on the season and 18 total points. Sophomore Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) had 11 saves, which gives her three games of double-digit saves on the season.

Hanover will look to get back on track this Saturday, April 1, as they travel to Thomas More (Ky.) where they will play Westminster (Pa.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

Baseball drops high scoring affair at Franklin

Spencer Coop looks to successfully bunt


FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover baseball team scored six runs in the fifth inning, but it was not enough, as they fell in a high scoring affair at Franklin on Tuesday evening, 9-8.

The Panthers (11-6, 2-3 HCAC) conceded all nine runs through the first four innings, but a six-run fifth closed the deficit to 9-7 with 4.5 innings to play.

In the top of the eighth, freshman Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) singled to right field to start a two-out rally. Coop, who advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches, scored on a single from sophomore Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.), closing the Franklin (11-6, 3-1 HCAC) lead to 9-8.

Hanover however, left the bases load in the eighth and posted three consecutive strikeouts in the top of the ninth frame, falling on the road 9-8.

Coop finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring three runs for HC. Sizemore added two hits in five at-bats, driving in the one run.

Overall, HC recorded nine hits in the contest, while the Grizzlies posted 11. The Panthers left a total of eight bases runners stranded.

Senior Tyler Cockerham (Georgetown, Ind.) opened the scoring in the fifth inning for HC with a home run to left field. With the bases loaded, HC scored one run on four consecutive at-bats.

The Panthers have now played seven consecutive games that have been decided by two or fewer runs. Six of the contests during the stretch have been one-run games.

Hanover will stay on the road for its next weekend series, which will be at Rose-Hulman. The Blue and Red will open the series with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, March 31.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's lacrosse game at Transylvania postponed

lacrosse equipment

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse contest at Transylvania on Wednesday, March 29, has been postponed.

The game originally scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled, with a make-up date scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Hanover will next be in action on Sunday, April 2. The Panthers are slated for a 1 p.m. home contest against Bethany (W. Va.).

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Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's lacrosse faces Centre and Westminster (Pa.) this week

Team huddle


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team will compete twice this week, highlighted by a home contest with Centre (Ky.) on Wednesday evening.

The Panthers (3-4, 0-1 ORLC) will host the Colonels at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, before going to Thomas More (Ky.) to face Westminster (Pa.) in a neutral site game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.

Hanover is coming off a loss last week in its Ohio River Lacrosse Conference opener to Transylvania, 18-9. The Blue and Red had won three consecutive matches prior to the loss to the Pioneers.

In the loss, junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse, Ile, Mich.) recorded a team high three goals. Fogus leads the team and ranks in the top five in the conference in points (17) and goals (16).

Freshman Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) added two goals and one assist against Transy, giving her a total of 13 points this season. Her 13 points rank second on the squad, as she has recorded 10 goals and three assists in 2017.

Among the top 50 in NCAA Division III in draw controls per game is junior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.). Shroyer is retrieving just over five draw controls per game, ranking first in the ORLC and 45th nationally. The junior is also third in the conference with 21 ground balls.

Sophomore net minder Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) ranks second in the ORLC in both goals against average (9.02) and save percentage (5.11).

Hanover’s first opponent this week, Centre, will enter Wednesday’s contest with a 9-3 overall mark, including a 4-0 record in Southern Athletic Association play. The Panthers are 0-2 against SAA opponents this season.

Junior Hannah Bellamah leads the offensive attack for the Colonels. Bellamah has 45 goals and 19 assists, totaling 64 points this season. All three offensive statistics rank in the top 20 in the nation.

Westminster has yet to play a contest in 2017, but will open the season with a road ORLC game at Saint Vincent on Wednesday evening. This is the first year as a varsity program for the Titans.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover takes to the road for HCAC games against Franklin and Rose-Hulman

Garett Zorb awaits the signs from Tyler Fitch

HANOVER, Ind. – One week after going 2-2 in the opening week of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, the Hanover baseball team will go on the road for four more conference games this week.

The Panthers fell to Transylvania 5-4 on the road to open league play last Tuesday, and are scheduled to go back on the road this Tuesday when they play Franklin at 4 p.m.

Hanover will then look to win its second series in two tries with a three-game series against Rose-Hulman Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1. The Panthers defeated visiting Defiance two out of three this past weekend to improve to 11-5 overall.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) continued their strong seasons last week. Shine went 7 for 16 (.438) and is now hitting .469, while Fitch finished the four games 6 for 16 (.375) to improve to .370 on the year.

Sophomores David Blanco (Fishers, Ind.) and Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) combined for three strong outings on the mound. Blanco pitched 9.2 innings or relief between two games and allowed only one earned run for a 0.93 earned run average. The sophomore earned his first collegiate win in a 6-4 game-three victory against Defiance. Zorb had one of his best starts of the year as he tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball with only one walk and five strikeouts in game one against the Yellow Jackets to lower his ERA 4.56 in 23.2 innings.

Franklin is currently 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC after winning two of three from Transylvania over the weekend. Sophomore infielder Sam Claycamp leads the team in most major offensive categories, including home runs (5) and RBI (19).

While the offense is hitting .294, the pitching staff has posted a 4.69 team ERA in 142.0 innings as nine different hurlers have seen action. The team has also done a nice job controlling the running game as opponents have only been successful 13 times in 22 attempts (59.1%).

Last year’s regular season and conference tournament champion, Rose-Hulman, will host Hanover on the weekend. The Fightin’ Engineers are 3-12 overall and dropped two of three to HCAC pre-season favorite Earlham in the first league games for both teams last week.

Rose-Hulman, which hosts Anderson Tuesday, is led offensively by senior Zack Trusk. In 58 at-bats, Trusk is hitting .431 with four doubles, a home run and 11 RBI. Sophomore David Burnside is also swinging the bat well as he leads the team in doubles (5), triples (1), home runs (3) and RBI (15).

The Fightin’ Engineers are hitting .290 as a team, and the pitching staff has tallied a 5.83 team ERA. In 19.2 innings, senior Jonathan Banks is 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Junior Ian Grant (4 starts) and senior Cody Sunderhaus (5 starts) lead the team in innings pitched and have notched 4.50 and 6.45 ERA’s respectively.

Rose-Hulman won all three contests between the two teams last year, while Franklin and the Panthers split a pair of games, with the third game of the series cancelled due to weather.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Softball slated for two non-conference doubleheaders this week

Tori Luster rounds third base smiling after home run


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover softball team will wrap up non-conference action this week with a pair of doubleheaders.

The Panthers, who have not competed since Saturday, March 18, will host Wilmington (Ohio) for a pair of games beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The Blue and Red will then travel to face Spalding (Ky.) for a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

Hanover currently sits at 7-5 overall, but the team has dropped three of its last four games, prior to winning 6-of-8 to start the season. The Panthers are currently tied for the fourth best overall record in the HCAC.

The Blue and Red dropped both games at Wilmington last season, but picked up a pair of victories at home against Spalding. In the wins over the Golden Eagles, pitchers Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) and Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) both threw complete games, allowing one run apiece.

Griffin is second in the HCAC in strikeouts per game at 7.5. The sophomore has also posted a 3-3 record this year and has one no-hitter to her name. Leading the pitching staff, in terms of earned run average, is sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.). Wiseman has posted an ERA of 2.76, adding a 2-0 record.

Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and junior Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich.) are both among the top 10 in the HCAC in stolen bases, combing for 15 of HC’s 18 swipes this season. Ritchey is also among the top 50 in NCAA Division III in steals per game, at 0.75.

With a batting average of .415, junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) leads the team and ranks seventh in the HCAC. Skutt also has nine RBI, while defensively, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) has a team high 10 RBI, while also posting two of Hanover’s three home runs in 2017. Her two blasts rank among the top five in the conference.

Wilmington enters the week with a 2-12 overall mark, but both wins have come in their past five games. The Quakers will travel to Oberlin (Ohio) on Tuesday before coming to Hanover on Wednesday.

Grace Yoder is batting .426 this season to lead WC, while adding seven runs scored and six RBI. Becca Carpenter has done most of the pitching for the Quakers, currently holding a 4.10 ERA.

Spalding has won three of its last four games and will enter Friday with an overall mark of 4-3. The Golden Eagles are 1-1 at home this season.

Samantha Klein has logged a .450 batting average, as she has one triple and one home run to her name this season. The Golden Eagles have only had three players appear in the pitching circle through seven games, with Olivia Leet holding a team low 4.42 ERA. Leet has a 2-1 record this year.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers sweep singles play in win at Anderson

Alec Bates on a serve

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team swept singles play at Anderson on Sunday afternoon, en route to an 8-1 victory in their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener.

The Panthers have now won four consecutive matches, improving to 6-4 overall. Hanover has not conceded more than two points in any match during the winning streak.

Three players for HC recorded both a singles and doubles victory on Sunday afternoon. Sophomores Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) and Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) recorded an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles spot. Bates went on to win the No. 4 singles match in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Barrett, the reigning HCAC Player of the Week, added a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the second singles spot.

Freshman Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) also added two wins on Sunday, taking the sixth singles slot by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Helmers teamed up with classmate Mitchell Minniear (Muncie, Ind.) at No. 3 doubles to win 8-1.

Hanover won all six singles matches in straight sets, conceding no more than four games in any of the 12 total sets. The Blue and Red also blanked the Ravens (0-1, 0-1 HCAC) in three sets, and lost two games or less in 10 frames.

The Panthers, who snapped a four-game losing streak in conference openers, will take a break from HCAC play when they next step on the court. Hanover will travel to Wabash on Saturday, April 1, to take on the Little Giants, as well as Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Cody leads women's golf at Golden Eagle Invite

Maddie Cody post shot in the fairway



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover women’s golf team finished second in the weather-shortened Spalding Golden Eagle Invite this past Saturday and Sunday.

Due to weather delays, the originally planned 36-hole tournament was cut to 27 total holes (18 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday). However, due to NCAA rules, nine hole rounds do not count toward official results, meaning only Saturday’s 18 hole scores will officially count.

Freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished second after Saturday’s round, posting a score of 89. The freshman moved into first in the unofficial 27-hole total, recording a score of 130, after a 41 on Sunday.

Two other Panthers logged top 10 finishes in sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.). Pease recorded a round of 95 on Saturday to place eighth, while Goodwin’s score of 100 was good enough for ninth. Both golfers stayed put in the individual standings after Sunday’s shortened round.

Rounding out the team scoring were juniors Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) and Cassie Hendrickson (Greenwood, Ind.). Both Wuerch and Hendrickson logged a round of 103 on Saturday. Wuerch ripped off a nine-hole score of 44 on Sunday, unofficially finishing 10th overall.

Junior Hannah George (Saint Augustine, Fla.) and sophomore Erin Graninger (Evansville, Ind.) also competed as individuals.

Hanover finished round one with a score of 387, placing second out of four teams. Otterbein (Ohio) took the top spot in the team scoring with a total of 358. Team standings were not affected by the shortened nine-hole round on Sunday.

The Panthers will continue their spring slate when they compete in the Big Four Classic on Tuesday, April 11. The one-day tournament will be held in Carmel, Ind., at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Rohleder finishes third as four Panthers post top 20 finishes at MSJ Spring Invite

Gabe Rohleder


NORTH BEND, Ohio – The Hanover men’s golf team had four players finish inside the top 20 during the Mount St. Joseph Spring Invitational, tying for third overall this past weekend.

Despite four players finishing inside the top 20 for HC, three of those players competed as individuals, including sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.), who finished third. Rohleder logged a two-day score of 151 (77-74), as he led HC in par three (2.75) and par four (4.40) average scoring. The sophomore added a tournament high seven birdies as well.

Senior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) led the team scoring group with a total of 155 (76-79). Vidal was tied for third place after the opening round on Saturday.

Joining Vidal with a score of 76 on Saturday were junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.). Rogers finished in a tie for ninth after a second round score of 86 gave him a total of 162. The junior led the Panthers with 23 pars, while also finishing with a par three holes at even, which was third in the field.

Smith totaled a score of 166 after a Sunday round of 90, tying for 37th place with senior Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) (82-84). The sophomore finished the tournament with HC’s lone eagle and four birdies.

Sophomore Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) and freshman Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) each placed top 20 finishes as individuals. Butte ripped off five birdies on the weekend, as he tied for 15th with a score of 158 after consecutive rounds of 79. Zapp logged a total of 161 (79-82), tying for 20th overall.

With three individuals tied for third place after the opening round, Hanover posted a score of 310 to lead the field of 14 teams after Saturday. The Blue and Red posted a score of 333 on Sunday, finishing with a total of 643 and dropping into a tie for third with Thomas More.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference school, Transylvania jumped up to the top spot in the team standings, finishing the event with a score of 628. The Pioneers’ Carson Wattenbarger competed as an individual, earning the medalist honors with a total of 143.

Hanover is scheduled to compete for the second consecutive weekend, when they enter the Rose-Hulman Invitational next Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.

Contact: Tyler Jester