AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Hanover baseball team went to extra innings for the third game in a row as part of the RussMatt Invitational that saw the Blue and Red fall to Alma, 7-4.
The Panthers (4-3 overall) tallied four runs on 11 hits led by senior Brayden Imel (Barbourville, Ky.) and sophomore Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) with two RBI a piece. On the mound, fresman Bradley McDowell (Greenfield, Ind.) collected a bulk of the work pitching six complete innings surrendering just two earned runs.
The Scouts plated the games first run in the top of the second before the Blue and Red reponded in a major way. Senior Mark Walkenhorst (Fort Thomas, Ky.) opened the inning with a walk before advancing to second on a bulk. He would score later in the inning off a homerun from Burton who sent the ball soaring over the fence in left center, 2-1.
Hanover carried the momentum into the bottom of the fifth inning as Walkenhorst once again reached base on a Alma pitching miscue advancing senior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) to second base. He would score on the next at bat as Imel reached on a fielders choice that scored Coop for the 3-1 advantage.
However, Alma flipped the script in the next half inning as they tallied three runs on two hits to claim the 4-3 lead.
With their backs agianst the wall in the top of the ninth, Hanover delivered as Walkenhorst produced a two out double setting the stage for Imel. The senior provided with a single to left center plating the game tying run.
But extras doomed costly for the Blue and Red as Alma was able to score three runs in the top of the 10th inning en route to the non-conference victory.
Hanover returns to action on Friday, February 28 as they take on Northern Vermont-Lyndon at 10:00 AM as part of the RussMatt Invitational.