Baseball Sweeps Northern Vermont-Lyndon on Day One of RussMatt Invite

Zeke Porta

AUBURNDALE, FLA. - The Hanover Baseball team used extra innings on Monday afternoon to sweep Northern Vermont-Lyndon as part of the RussMatt Invitational. The Panthers took game one 10-2 before completing the sweep in extras by a score of 9-8.

Junior Zeke Porta (Louisville, Ky.) led the Blue and Red going 4-for-6 at the plate with three runs on four hits. He also added three RBI with a double and a triple.

In game one, the Panthers scored early and often as they plated four runs in the top of the first inning. The first two batters reached on Northern Vermont-Lyndon pitching mistakes before a senior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) single to left field plated Zorta for the games first run. The next at bat would see senior Mark Walkehorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.) chart an RBI as he grounded out to second scoring sophomore Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.). The final runs of the inning came off the bat of senior Brayden Imel (Barbourville, Ky.) who homered to left field making the score 4-0.

Porta dealt clutch in the top of the second inning as he tacked on an insurance run with a triple that saw junior Matt Vetor (Pendleton, Ind.) cross home plate, 5-0. 

The excitement continued for the Blue and Red as sophomore Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) recorded his first home run of the 2020 campaign in the top of the third inning pushing the advantage to 6-0. 

The NVU-Lyndon pitching struggles continued late into the game as hit by pitch in the top of the fifth plated another Hanover runner before a Littlefield walk sent freshman Drew Kelly (Carmel, Ind.) to home plate. The Blue and Red tacked on two more runs with one in the sixth inning and one in the seventh inning en route to the 10-2 victory. 

The night cap saw the Panthers win in extra innings behind relief pitcher freshman Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.) who recorded his first win of the season. 

Hanover found themselves trailing 8-2 early before a two run fifth inning followed by a three run outburst in the sixth inning pulled them within a run. They would add the game tying run in the bottom of the seventh forcing extra innings. The winning run came in the bottom of the ninth inning following the Panthers 10th hit of the afternoon. 

Leading the team was Littlefield going 2-for-3 at the plate with a homerun. On the mound, Joyce pitched an efficient 2.1 innings in relief not allowing a base runner. 

Hanover returns to action on Tuesday, February 25 as they take on Cabrini at 3:30 PM.