Baseball set to play five games this week

Chase Sizemore leading off from first

HANOVER, Ind. - After playing seven games in its opening week in Florida, the Hanover baseball team will be back in action with five more games this week, incuding a pair of neutral site doubleheaders over the weekend.

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OPPONENTS: Centre (Ky.), Hope (Mich.), Alma (Mich.)

LAST WEEK: The Panthers opened their 2018 season last week with their annual winter break trip to Florida. In seven games, Hanover won twice, including its second consecutive season-opening win with a 6-2 victory over Augustana (Ill.). Along with that win, the Panthers also defeated Capital (Ohio) 4-1. Of the team's five defeats, three came by three runs or less.

THIS WEEK: Hanover will open the week with its first true road contest of the season. The game against Centre was scheduled for Wednesday, but due to an unfavorable weather forecast the game has been moved up to Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. The Colonels are currently 6-4 through their first 10 games and have won four straight contests. 

The Panthers will then travel to Westfield, Ind. Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11 to play Hope and Alma in a doubleheader each at Grand Park. Hope is coming off a 24-18 season and has yet to play a game this spring, while Alma also traveled to Florida last week and opened its season with a 3-2 record. Saturday's games against Hope will begin at 1 p.m., and Sunday's twin bill is set for a 2 p.m. start.

Hanover and Centre last met in 2013 with the Colonels winning both ends of a doubleheader in Danville. The two teams split a doubleheader the previous year in Hanover. The Panthers played Alma last year in Florida and after falling behind 8-0 in the first inning, rallied to win the game 10-8. Hanover and Hope have not played in recent years. 

HOT START: Senior infielder Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) is off to another strong start. Through seven games, Shine leads the team in most offensive categories, including average (.455), on-base percentage (.500), slugging (.727), runs (6), hits (10), RBI (6) and extra-base hits (3).

A career .304 hitter in 115 games, the fourth-year player recorded at least one hit in six of the seven games this year with three multi-hit performances. He has also driven in a run in five of the six games.

Also picking up where he left off from last year is junior David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.). Although he is 0-1 through two starts, Herrmann has a 1.64 earned run average in 11 innings and has allowed only two earned runs with 10 strikeouts. 

ON DECK: Following this week Hanover will travel to Crestview Hills, Ky. Tuesday, March 13 to play Thomas More, and then return home for its first home games of the 2018 season with a three-game series against Wabash Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18 at K.T. Young Ballpark.

Contact: Mike Pritchard