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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

Golfers third after 36 holes at HCAC meet

Hanover College’s men’s golf squad is third overall midway through the 72-hole Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. The opening 36 holes of the four-round event were played at the University Club of Kentucky’s Big Blue Course in Lexington, Ky.

Hanover combined for 312 strokes in the second round and have 622 overall (310-312).

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) is tied for seventh in the field with a two-day total of 152 (74-78). Freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) sits in 12th place after turning in a 154 (75-79). Sophomore Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) is 16th with a 159 (79-80).

Senior Austin Robinson (Hagerstown, Ind.) and sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) share 18th place with 160. Hamilton fired a team-low 77 in the second round. Robinson posted a 78.

Transylvania University (Ky.) leads the eight-team field with a 586 (294-292).

The Pioneers’ Nicholas McCarthy is the individual leader after a two-day total of 143 (71-72) on the par-72, 7,013-yard course.

Heartland Conference Championship second-round results

Senior Day caps softball’s regular season

The Hanover College softball team capped its regular-season action with a doubleheader against Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College at Kops-Bedel Stadium. The Pomeroys swept both games of the non-conference twinbill.

Hanover (17-13) lost the first game, 6-2, and fell in the second contest, 14-7.

Junior third baseman Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.), sophomore centerfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and freshman leftfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had two hits and the Panthers totaled 10 in the opener.

Senior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) suffered the loss after working seven innings. Kemmerer (10-4) allowed eight hits and three earned runs. She walked three and piled up 10 strikeouts.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods led just 3-1 after seven innings, but scored three runs in the top of the seventh to pull away.

Hanover vs. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods game one statistics

Hanover and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods combined for 28 hits and 21 runs in the second game.

The Pomeroys (27-11) scored four runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth to help build a 10-5 lead after five innings. The squad added another four runs in the seventh to extend the margin to 14-5.

The Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for the final tally.

Freshman second baseman McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) had three hits, scored two runs and knocked in a run to lead Hanover’s offense. Senior rightfielder Chelsie Nuhring (Lynnville, Ind.), Burke and Skutt each added two hits to the attack.

Nuhring had a career-high three runs-batted-in. Skutt scored one run and had one RBI, while Burke also scored a run.

Senior pitcher Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was tagged with the loss. Davidson (0-3) scattered 12 hits and nine earned runs through four innings. She walked one and fanned two.

Hanover vs. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods game two statistics

Panthers sweep Anderson for league win

Hanover College’s men’s tennis team defeated Anderson University, 9-0, to notch its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the spring.

Hanover, 5-10 overall and 1-6 in the HCAC, scratched out wins in three doubles matches and all six singles matches.

Senior Brian Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) and junior Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) led the singles sweep with triumphs at Nos. 1-2 singles.

Brian Clark posted a 6-0, 6-4 win against Anderson’s Andrew Gingerich at No. 1. Reid Clark, in the No. 2 slot, defeated Jacob Hopper, 6-3, 6-0.

Freshman Nolan Carrico (Sellersburg, Ind.) held off the Ravens' Ethan Hillman, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7), at No. 3, while classmate Douglas Seals (Indianapolis, Ind.) blanked Connor Snyder, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4.

Freshman Alex Kitchel (Indianapolis, Ind.), playing at No. 5, beat Anderson’s Tyler Wilson, 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Jon Craig (Portage, Ind.) completed the Panthers’ singles sweep with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Nick Briles at No. 6.

In doubles action, Reid Clark and Carrico defeated the Ravens’ Gingerich and Hopper, 8-4, at No. 1. Brian Clark and Kitchel paired for an 8-1 win against Hillman and Wilson at No. 2. Seals and Craig capped the doubles sweep with an 8-3 triumph against Snyder and Briles in the No. 3 position.

Anderson fell to 0-9 overall and 0-7 in the Heartland Conference with the loss.

Hanover at Anderson results

Geary, Rogers in top 10 after league's opening round

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) and freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) both sit in the top 10 overall after the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

The first 36 holes in the four-round tournament are being played at the University of Kentucky Club’s Big Blue Course in Lexington, Ky.

Geary is tied for third place after posting a two-over-par 74 on the 7,013-yard course. Rogers shares seventh place after an opening-round 75.

Hanover is second among the HCAC’s eight teams in the event. The Panthers totaled 310 strokes to fall 16 shots behind front-running Transylvania University (Ky.). The Pioneers shot a combined 294. Franklin College is third with a 312.

Sophomore Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) is 15th after turning in a 79. Senior Austin Robinson (Hagerstown, Ind.) is tied for 22nd with an 82 and sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) is just one stroke behind in the 26th spot (83).

Transylvania’s Nicholas McCarthy and Franklin’s Chris Arnold lead the field, each with a one-under 71.

Heartland Conference Championship – first round results

Senior Day win clinches ORLC tourney slot

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team earned a berth in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference tournament with a 12-4 victory against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) in its Senior Day regular-season finale.

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Seniors Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored three goals apiece, while classmate Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.) and freshman Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) each netted two goals for Hanover, which capped the regular season 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the ORLC.

Green and Karnick each scored to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of action.

Mount St. Joseph, however, hit the back of the net twice in a three-minute span to tie the match at 2-2 with nearly six minutes left in the opening quarter.

From that point, Hanover ripped off nine straight goals to bolt into an 11-2 lead at the intermission. Cheatle led off the decisive spurt with two goals, while Green and Szczublewski also scored two goals during the run.

The teams were scoreless in the third period.

Mount St. Joseph scored twice in the fourth quarter. Karnick, who sandwiched a tally between the Lions’ goals, notched his hat trick with 6:43 remaining in the contest.

Hanover finished with a 53-32 advantage in shots, including a 30-15 margin in the first half.

The Panthers won 15-of-20 face-offs and converted 26-of-29 clearing opportunities.

Junior midfielder Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) and junior defender Stephen Farrow (La Grange, Ky.) each collected six ground balls for Hanover, which totaled 36 in the match. Cheatle and freshman midfielder Sam Pirkle (Naperville, Ind.) picked up four apiece.

Senior goalies Branden Geyer (Centerville, Ohio) and Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) split 60 minutes in the Panthers’ net.

Geyer, making his second start of the season, had six saves in the first half of action. Czisny posted five saves in the second half.

Hanover will be the No. 4 seed in the four-team ORLC tourney, which opens play Friday, May 1. The Panthers will face No. 1 seed Transylvania University (Ky.) at 5 p.m. in Lexington, Ky. The league's championship will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 3, at the highest remaining seed after the semifinals.

Hanover vs. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics

Behind Hubbard's title, Hanover third at HCAC meet

Sophomore Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) broke the school record in the javelin throw and scored in seven other events to lead the Hanover College women’s track and field team to a third-place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in Lexington, Ky.

Hubbard's 36.49-meter toss in the first day of the championship surpassed Keely McCabe’s 2003 mark of 32.80 meters and defeated the second-place contender by more than two meters.

Hubbard also leapt a season-best 10.48 meters in the triple jump to place third. In addition, she qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles in the first day of competition.

Senior Frannie Larson (LaGrange, Ky.), freshman Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Lauren Alexander (Santa Claus, Ind.) all scored in the high jump. Larson placed third (1.50 meters), Pennell leapt a career-best 1.45 meters for fifth and Alexander cleared 1.40 meters to place seventh.

Junior Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:56.05), while senior Mackenzie Dye (New Castle, Ind.) completed the Hanover scoring on the first day of the championship with a fifth-place (41:08.33) showing in the 10,000-meter run.

During the second day of the meet, Hubbard placed second in the long jump (5.06 meters), fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and secured eighth place in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Junior Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) also scored in multiple races, finishing fourth (2:27.71) in the 800-meter run and seventh in the 1,500-meter run (5:07.94).

Debeck and Hubbard teamed with sophomores Erika Jervis (Sheridan, Ind.) and Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) to place fourth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:09.70).

Jervis, Pennell and Hubbard joined senior Jordan Moseby (Indianapolis, Ind.) to place fifth in the 4x100-meter relay.

Ferrell placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:28.11), while junior Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished eighth (2:29.14).

The distance success continued in both the 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs with sophomore Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) and senior Claire Hinshaw (New Castle, Ind.) scoring in both races.

Trachtman passed several runners in the final lap to finish third in the 1,500 (4:56.85). She ran a personal-best 18:58.82 to finish fifth in the 5,000-meter run.

Hinshaw ran 5:05.00 in the 1,500 and 19:04.16 in the 5,000 meters to finish sixth in both races.

Junior Ashlee Arbaugh (Van Buren, Ohio) threw season-bests in both shot put and discus. She placed second in shot-put with a 12.55-meter heave and third in discus (35.25 meters).

Hanover tallied 111.5 points, while first-place Manchester scored 173.5.

Heartland Conference Championship results

Track posts best HCAC finish in decade

Junior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) and freshman Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) each earned second-place finishes to lead the Hanover College men’s track to a fifth-place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. The effort is the highest finish for Hanover since 2004.

Rector started the Panther scoring Friday night with a 32:11.28-effort in the 10,000-meter run. He now ranks third in Hanover history after his debut race in the event.

Senior Logan Wells (Scottsburg, Ind.) placed sixth in the same race with a personal-best time of 32:43.89.

Classmate Justin Baldwin (North Vernon, Ind.) threw 44.47 meters to place seventh in the javelin throw, while freshman Kegan Aldridge (Jasper, Ind.) jumped a season-best 12.42 meters to finish the Panthers' scoring in the first day of the championship.

Hanover opened the second day of the meet with the 4x100-meter relay squad of sophomore Enrico Franchini (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Feldmann, freshman Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and sophomore Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) running a season-best 43.66 seconds to place fourth overall.

Sophomore Frank Baracani-Thomas (Vincennes, Ind.) followed with a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:10.83), while senior Richie Sellers (Noblesville, Ind.)placed sixth (2:02.07) in the 800-meter run.

Feldmann, Franchini and Alexander all scored in the 400-meter run. Feldmann led the way, placing second (50.22), while Franchini (51.24) and Alexander (52.71) placed fifth and eighth overall, respectively.

Feldmann and Franchini also placed sixth and seventh in the 200-meter run, running 23.07 and 23.21, respectively.

Strong ran a season-best 57.90 seconds to place sixth in the 400-meter hurdles, while Rector and Wells doubled back to place third (15:35.51) and eighth (15:49.18).
The same relay squad closed the day running the 4x400-meter relay. The group ran 3:27.12 to finish fourth and secure the team's fifth-place finish in the meet.

Heartland Conference Championship results

Panthers drop two to close HCAC slate

Hanover College’s softball team closed the regular-season portion of its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule with two losses to Bluffton University (Ohio) in a twinbill at Kops-Bedel Stadium.

Hanover fell 6-1 in the first game and 11-9 in the nightcap to slip to 17-11 overall and finish 9-7 in the conference.

Bluffton led 5-0 after four innings in the opener. Hanover scored its run in the bottom of the fifth and the Beavers answered with a run in the sixth inning for the final margin.

Freshman leftfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) collected three of the Panthers’ seven hits in the contest. Freshman first baseman Mikayla Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) had two hits.

Sophomore pitcher Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) was tagged with the loss after working three innings in the circle. Phillippe (5-4) gave up seven hits and four earned runs.

Poe closed the outing with four innings of relief. She allowed four hits and a run through the final four innings.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) game one statistics

Hanover built a 6-2 lead after two innings in the second contest. Bluffton, however, countered with two runs in the third inning and six more in the fourth to bolt into a 10-6 lead. The Panthers cut the deficit to 10-8 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but could get no closer.

Skutt had two hits, including a double, knocked in three runs and score one run. Senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) added a pair of hits, scored a run and notched two runs-batted-in.

Senior hurler Christina Davidson (Cincinnati, Ohio) suffered the loss. Davidson (0-2) pitched three innings, scattering four hits and six earned runs.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) game two statistics

Softball sweep clinches HCAC tourney berth

Hanover College’s softball squad swept a doubleheader at Transylvania University (Ky.) to clinch a spot in next week’s four-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

Hanover pulled out a 6-5 victory in the first game. The Panthers, behind a two-hitter by sophomore pitcher Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.), posted a 5-1 win in the second contest.

The sweep puts Hanover in the HCAC tournament for the first time since the 2006 season. The two-day event will be played Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

In the first game, Hanover and Transylvania were deadlocked at 5-5 after three innings and the Panthers eventually plated the game-winning run in the top of the seventh.

Freshman outfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) led off the frame with a single. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) and scored on a base hit into right field by freshman designated player Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Senior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) recorded her 10th win of the season after allowing five earned runs on six hits. Kemmerer (10-3) walked two and had eight strikeouts.

Hanover totaled 11 hits in the contest. Skutt and Powers had three hits apiece, while freshman second baseman McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) had two hits.

Hanover at Transylvania (Ky.) game one statistics

Phillippe (5-3) did not allow a hit until the sixth inning to spark Hanover in its 5-1 triumph in the nightcap. Both Transylvania hits and a run came in the sixth inning.

The Panthers (17-9; 9-5 HCAC) claimed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run homer off the bat of freshman first baseman Mikayla Poe (Greenfield, Ind.).

Skutt doubled to start the third inning and later scored on a Writt single up the middle to nudge Hanover ahead, 3-2.

Hanover added two runs on three hits and an error in the fifth inning to build a 5-0 cushion.

The Panthers tallied 10 hits in the victory. Skutt, Powers, Writt and junior rightfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) each had two hits.

Transylvania fell to 12-18 overall and 5-7 in the conference with the setback.

Hanover at Transylvania (Ky.) game two statistics