HANOVER, Ind. – With precipitation falling throughout the afternoon, the Hanover baseball team dropped its rain-shortened Senior Day contest to Mount St. Joseph Saturday, 6-1.
The Panthers (8-25, 5-12 HCAC) and Lions (14-21, 5-11 HCAC) had completed eight full innings in the first game of what was scheduled as a doubleheader and had even started the ninth inning of Game One before the remainder of the day was called. Per NCAA rules, the game's statistics revert back to the last completed inning, making it a 6-1 final in eight frames.
Hanover was only able to put together four hits in the contest, which included extra-base shots from junior Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) and freshman Cory Walker (Versailles, Ind.). Walker drove in HC's lone run with his double to center in the fourth, scoring junior Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.), who had reached on a hit by pitch.
The Lions were able to engineer a trio of two-run frames, including the second, third and fifth innings. The Blue and Red did have their chances throughout but left 10 runners stranded over their eight offensive innings.
With Saturday marking the squad's season finale, Hanover did honor its three senior athletes prior to the first pitch with a brief ceremony. Appearing for the final time at K. T. Young Ballpark Saturday were Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.), John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Drew Shafer (Ashley, Ohio).
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