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Rallies lead HC softball to sweep of Southeast
Courier Sports Staff
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:00 AM
Hanover softball used two late rallies to sweep a doubleheader away from Indiana Southeast on Tuesday in New Albany.
In game one, Hanover scored three runs in the fifth inning and captured a 4-3 win.
Lyndsea Burke smacked a two-run double and tied the game 3-3 before Danielle Merrick hit a single that drove in Burke and gave the Panthers the eventual winning run.
Gabrielle Ritchey added a base hit and scored two runs in the contest while Burke and Leah Kemmerer each had a double.
Kemmerer, a junior pitcher and Jennings County graduate, picked up the win inside the circle throwing a complete game. Kemmerer went seven innings and gave up three runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six.
Hanover made an even bigger comeback in game two and scored a 10-9 victory in nine innings.
IUS's six-run fifth inning gave it a 7-2 lead but the Panthers scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh to force extra innings.
The two teams were deadlocked 8-8 heading into the ninth before freshman Mattie Varvel scored on a passed ball and a Ritchey single pushed across Michaela Corbin giving Hanover a 10-8 lead. The Grenadiers scored one run in the bottom half of the inning but the Panthers slammed the door shut.
Hanover had a season-high 18 hits in the second game with Burke going 3-for-6 with two runs and a career-high four RBIs. Ritchey and Shelby Overton each had three hits while Paige Starling, Merrick and Kemmerer had two hits each.
Kemmerer pitched in relief and notched her sixth win of the season going two-thirds of an inning in the ninth. Freshman Anna Phillippe got the start and pitched four and one-thirds of an inning giving up five runs on 10 hits.
IU Southeast freshman Cadie Povaleri, a Madison graduate, played in game two. Povaleri played in centerfield and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Hanover (8-6) visits Spalding (Ky.) next Wednesday.
Track sets several records
Records continued to fall on Tuesday afternoon as the Hanover track and field teams opened the outdoor season against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Franklin on the road.
The two teams competed in 30 different events with Franklin scoring 61 points to Hanover's 47.
In the women's portion of the rivalry meet, junior Frannie Larson, a Goshen (Ky.) native, broke her own school record in the high jump. Her leap of 1.65 meters broke her previous record jump of 1.62 meters set last season.
Jordan Moseby also had a big day recording three separate wins. Moseby won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.72 and captured first place in the 400-meter relay with Tricia Walsh, Erika Jervis and Briahna Chambers in 51.51 and the 800-sprint medley relay with Walsh, Chambers and Brittany Ferrell in 1:57.14.
In the men's events, the 400-meter relay squad of Anthony Pizzo, Enrico Franchini, Tyler Arceneaux and Torrey Gardiner received first place in a school record time of 43.19, breaking the 43.25 mark set in 2013.
Hanover also claimed two other wins. Gardiner won the 100-meter dash in 11.45 and senior Al Moreland won the hammer toss with a throw of 42.98 meters, moving him into fifth all-time in school history.
Hanover hosts the Hanover Invitational on Saturday, March 29.
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