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Hanover softball splits twinbill
Courier Sports Staff
Saturday, March 29, 2014 4:59 AM
Hanover College's softball team went 1-1 on Wednesday in non-conference doubleheader at Spalding (Ky.) University.
The Panthers won the first game 5-3 but lost the slugfest nightcap 18-13.
Hanover's Leah Kemmerer, a junior from North Vernon, went the distance in the game one win to improve to 6-1 this season with a complete-game outing. Kemmerer allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out 11.
Hanover racked up six hits and produced a three-run rally in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead and hold on for the win.
Hanover's Danielle Merrick, a junior shortstop from Eminence, was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Gabrielle Ritchey, a freshman outfielder from Loogootee, walked twice, scored a pair of runs and had two stolen bases. Shelby Overton, a senior third baseman from Greenwood, belted a solo home run.
Hanover and Spalding then combined for 31 runs on 33 hits in the nightcap as the Golden Eagles led 7-2 after the first inning and stretched the margin to 18-5 after four.
The Panthers (9-7) scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to pull within 18-13, but neither team scored again.
Junior outfielder Chelsie Nuhring, of Lynnville, had three of Hanover's 11 hits. Wilson and freshman first baseman Mattie Varvel, of Fillmore, had two hits each.
Nuhring was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Varvel was 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a run scored and Wilson was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs.
Kemmerer belted her first home run of the season, drove in two, reached on a walk and scored twice.
Spalding (7-10) led 8-3 after two innings, but Varvel smacked a two-run double for Hanover in the third inning to cut the deficit to 8-5.
The Golden Eagles answered with five runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth to put the game out of reach 18-5.
The Panthers, within one out of dropping the game on the run rule, mounted the eight-run charge in the fifth inning.
Anna Phillippe, a freshman from Greenfield, was tagged with the loss after working two-thirds of an inning. Phillippe (1-2) gave up seven runs on six hits.
The 31 combined runs marks the most for Hanover's program since a 16-15 win over Franklin College on March 23, 2010. The Panthers totaled 32 runs in a shutout win against Kentucky State University on April 7, 1994.
Hanover hosts Defiance at noon on Sunday.
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