HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to visiting Wabash as the Panthers fell 8-3 in game one and 3-1 in game two Sunday afternoon at K.T. Young Ballpark.
The Panthers, playing in their first home games of the season, took an early lead in the first inning of game one. Sophomore Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) singled to left to open the home half. Two hitters later, senior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) recorded his third triple of the year, a shot just inside the third base bag to score Coop to make it 1-0.
Following an unearned run in the top of the second by the Little Giants, Hanover answered with an unearned run of its own in the bottom of the frame for a 2-1 lead.
The score remained that way until a Wabash run in the sixth tied the game at two all. The Panthers regained the lead again in the bottom of the inning with another unearned run, but the Little Giants tied the game in the seventh, went ahead with another run in the eighth, and then added four more in the eighth for the 8-3 victory.
Junior Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) tossed six strong innings and allowed only two runs - one earned. He allowed only four hits, walked three and struck out two for a no decision. Junior David Blanco (Fishers, Ind.) took the loss as he allowed three runs on five hits over two innings of work.
Coop and Shine had multi-hit games and scored a run each. Coop was two-for-four, and Shine three-for-four with an RBI.
Game two saw the Little Giants take a 1-0 lead with a first-inning run, but Hanover answered in the bottom with a run of its own. With two outs, Shine doubled to left center field. Junior Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) then followed with an RBI single to right field to knot the game at one apiece.
Wabash scored a two-out run in the fifth and another in the ninth for its three runs, while the Panthers had the bases loaded in both the seventh and eighth innings but were unable to come up with a key hit.
Junior pitcher David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) was the hard-luck loser. Over seven innings of work Herrmann allowed only two runs on seven hits with a two walks and two strikeouts. Shine posted another multi-hit game and finished two-for-three with a run scored.
Hanover will next travel to Berea, Ky. to play Berea Wednesday, March 21. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at the Berea Sports Complex.
Contact: Mike Pritchard