EXTRA INNINGS: Southwestern right fielder Michael Baker-Conover (above) dives after a sinking liner off the bat of Jac-Cen-Del’s Brytton Rogers in the top of the eighth inning only to have the ball hit off the heel of his glove and score Eagles pitcher Alex Schoettmer with the game-winning run. The Rebels’ Brad Sims shows his disappointment after striking out to end the game with Mackenzy Withered on deck (below). (Staff photos by David Hill)
EXTRA INNINGS: Southwestern right fielder Michael Baker-Conover (above) dives after a sinking liner off the bat of Jac-Cen-Del’s Brytton Rogers in the top of the eighth inning only to have the ball hit off the heel of his glove and score Eagles pitcher Alex Schoettmer with the game-winning run. The Rebels’ Brad Sims shows his disappointment after striking out to end the game with Mackenzy Withered on deck (below). (Staff photos by David Hill)
Jac-Cen-Del pulled out an eight-inning 4-3 win over Southwestern in baseball action Thursday in Hanover.

Both teams had baserunners through four innings but no runs had crossed. The Eagles put a three-spot on the board in the fifth inning and Southwestern rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

After Jac-Cen-Del took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth, Southwestern put up a fight, loading the bases on a base hit and a pair of errors before Eagles' lefty Alex Schoettmer finished what he started with a pair of strikeouts. Schoettmer finished with 15 strikeouts while yielding eight hits, one hit batter and one walk.

"I'm proud of the way we battled back," Southwestern coach Derik Hutton said. "I just wish we wouldn't have waited so late.

"I thought it was a very well pitched game today. They have a great pitcher and Mackenzy (Withered) pitched a great game."

The Rebels stranded runners at first and third in the first inning and another runner at third in the third inning. Withered retired Jac-Cen-Del in order in the first and fourth innings.

Jac-Cen-Del's three-run fifth inning opened with a hit by Brytton Rogers, who scored the first run on a passed ball. After two were out, Taylor Huff reached on an error, Trey Brown singled and both scored on a double by Dominique Norman.

After a relatively quiet sixth inning by both teams, Southwestern opened its rally with a one-out single by Gage Hartman. Another out later, Brad Sims walked before Withered helped himself with a two-run double to make it a 3-2 game.

Caleb Rogers then stepped to the plate and promptly lined a base hit to right field that scored Withered with the tying run.

"Caleb has really been struggling at the plate recently," Hutton said. "It was nice to see him get a big hit."

Schoettmer doubled with one out in the top of the eighth inning and scored what proved to be the winning run on a two-out hit by Rogers.

Southwestern didn't go down without a fight in the bottom of the eighth. Tristen Embs opened with a base hit and Adam Jackson reached on an errant throw. With one out, Hartman reached on an error on the second baseman to load the bases.

Schoettmer then beared down on the mound to strike out Darius Whitson-Spegal and Brad Sims to end the contest.

For the Rebels, Whitson-Spegal and Embs had a pair of hits each and Withered, Rogers, Cory O'Neal and Hartman had one each.

The Rebels remain home today when they host Crothersville at 5 p.m.

Hanover sofbtall swept

Hanover's softball team dropped a home non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, losing to Spalding University 1-0 and 8-7.

In game one, Spalding scored the only run in the top of the first inning, when Alyssa McAfee hit a home run over the left field fence. Neither team scored again as the Golden Eagles went on to win 1-0.

The Panthers collected only four hits in game one with freshman Paige Starling getting half of those.

Leah Kemmerer was tagged with the loss on the mound for Hanover. The sophomore allowed one earned run on only five hits while walking three and striking out seven.

In game two, Hanover built a 5-2 advantage through six innings before Spalding used two big home runs in the top of the seventh to jump on top 6-5. The Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings tied 6-6.

In the top of the eighth, the Golden Eagles regained the lead when McAfee belted a two-out home run to give Spalding an 8-6 advantage.

Lyndsea Burke hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to pull Hanover within a run before Spalding slammed the door for the 8-7 win.

The Panthers rapped out eight hits in the second game. Burke and Angie Fleck had two hits each and Breann Truelove, Victoria Wilson, Abby Murphy and Allison Arnold had a single each.

Kemmerer picked up the loss on the mound in a relief appearance. The Jennings County graduate pitched two and one-third innings giving up five earned runs on five hits and striking out two.

Hanover (12-18, 7-7 HCAC) will close out the regular season on the road Saturday when they face Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Anderson.

Hornets edge Shawe 3-2

Shawe's girls tennis team dropped a home match to Henryville on Thursday 3-2.

The Lady Hilltoppers won two of the three singles matches but dropped both doubles including a three set battle at No. 1 doubles.

"This was a match that I truly believe we should have won," Shawe coach Steve Sims said. "We had two matches go three sets and we lose both of them. If one goes our way, we win the match."

Match results were: Singles - No. 1 Liz Grote (SM) d. Jordan Jeffers (H) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); No. 2 Taylor Grote (SM) d. Shelby Sinn (H) 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 Natalie Bobay (H) d. Bailey Davis (SM) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; Doubles - No. 1 Alicia Lindley, Sarah Johnson (H) d. Brittney Snodgrass, Kalyn Robison (SM) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4; No. 2 Kendra Tanner, Marissa Thomasson (H) d. Hannah Storm, McKay Burdette (SM) 6-2, 6-1.

Shawe (3-8) visits Lawrenceburg on Tuesday.

Owls shut out Rebels

Southwestern softball was shut out 13-0 at Seymour 13-0 on Thursday.

Katie Conover, Austin Courtney, Sarah Scholey and Haley Bare had hits for the Rebels.

Southwestern hosts Clarksville today.