Panthers Drop Home Opener with Spalding

Panthers Drop Home Opener with Spalding

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Baseball team welcomed DSI to campus on Wednesday afternoon as they took part in the team's home opener with Spalding. The Blue and Red fell in the non-conference match-up by a score of 5-4.

The Panthers move to 5-5 overall on the season while the Golden Eagles sit at 8-3 overall.

Spalding jumped on the scoreboard quickly as Garrett Wilson hit a leadoff homerun in the top of the first inning to claim the 1-0 advantage. However, the Panthers would respond in the bottom of the third inning as freshman Drew Kelly (Carmel, Ind.) hit a leadoff double before junior Zeke Porta (Louisville, Ky.) connected for an RBI double plating the Panthers first run, 1-1.

The top of the fourth inning saw the Golden Eagles score another runner as a leadoff walk followed by a JT Johnson RBI single put them back on top 2-1. They tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning before junior Eli Copner (Zionsville, Ind.) got Johnson to ground into a double play retiring the side.

The bottom half of the inning saw the Blue and Red offense come alive as they scored three runs on two hits led by RBI from sophomore Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) and senior Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.). Sophomore Jake Schaefer (Cincinnati, Ohio) opened the inning with a walk before advancing to second on a freshman Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) single. Schaefer would later score off the bat of Littlefield who plated two Hanover base runners tying the contest 3-3. They claimed their first lead of the afternoon following a fielder's choice by Coop that saw the second basemen attempt a play at the plate in hopes of getting Porta but came up empty handed, 4-3.

The Golden Eagles continued to hang around as they plated the tying run in the top of the seventh inning following a Panther hiccup at the plate before regaining the lead in the top of the eighth inning off the bat of Wilson, 5-4.

Hanover threatened in the bottom half of the inning as senior Brayden Imel (Barbourville, Ky.) drew a walk before advancing to second on a freshman Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) single. The runners would later advance to scoring position following a Golden Eagle passed ball but were left stranded as Spalding retired the side and held on for the victory.

Freshman Brody Summers (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the call to the mound pitching four complete innings before surrendering the ball to Copner. The junior finished the afternoon with five strikeouts allowing just two runs.

The Blue and Red return to action on Saturday, March 7 as they travel to North Carolina to take on Methodist. The three-game series is slated to begin at 1:00 PM with a single to be played Sunday, March 8.