Hanover College’s Eli Copner fires a pitch plateward during the Panthers’ home opener against Eureka on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover College’s Eli Copner fires a pitch plateward during the Panthers’ home opener against Eureka on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover baseball used a six-run sixth inning to blow open a close game and pull away 10 a 10-3 win over visiting Eureka (Ill.) in the team’s home opener on Tuesday.

The Panthers, winners of three-straight, were originally scheduled to play their first home game of the season last week, but snow forced cancellation of that game.

But with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, Hanover was finally able to take the field at K.T. Young Ballpark in front of its home fans.

The two teams traded runs through the first few innings. Eureka (2-1) opened the game with an RBI single by Joe Quinn in the top of the first and Hanover answered with a Andrew Littlefield run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame.

The Red Devils went back on top in the second on a Grant Mullin RBI double but Hanover answered with a two-run double by Ty Stover in the third to go ahead 3-2.

Hanover then began to pull away in the fourth when Grant Larrimore got the run started by blasting a solo home run to left center to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead.

Josh Meszaros opened the scoring for Hanover in the sixth with a two-run single and Stover followed with a two-run single of his own to push the lead to 8-2. A Tyler Fitch RBI single and a Littlefield sacrifice fly led to two more runs and a 10-2 lead.

Eureka got one final run in the eighth on a Mullin run-scoring hit for the final margin.

Larrimore, a sophomore from LaGrange, Kentucky, and the half-brother of Southwestern High School head girls basketball coach Devin Brierly, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to lead Hanover’s offense while Stover was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Mark Walkenhorst, Fitch and Littlefield each had two hits while Spencer Coop had a hit and scored a run.

Eli Copner (2-0) allowed three earned runs on five hits in eight innings with two strikeouts and no walks to pick up the win. Sam Crick worked a scoreless inning in relief with a strikeout.

Mullin went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead Eureka. Quinn (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in two and two-thirds innings.

Hanover (5-2) was to host Thomas More (Ky.) on Wednesday and then play three games at Wabash starting on Saturday.