HANOVER, Ind. - With the bases loaded and a tie score in the bottom of the seventh of game two, senior McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) gave the Hanover softball team a walk-off win, and a doubleheader split, with a single to left field to defeat Franklin 4-3 Wednesday afternoon at Kops-Bedel Stadium. The Grizzlies took the opening game 11-3.
Ahead 2-1 going into the sixth inning of the nightcap, Franklin plated two runs in the top of the inning to go in front 3-2. With only six outs remaining, the Panthers would not go away and got a one-out RBI single from sophomore Bailey Miller (Charlestown, Ind.) to score Writt and tie the game at three apiece at the end of six.
Junior pitcher Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) retired the Grizzlies in order in the top of the seventh to set the stage for the walk-off in the bottom of the inning.
Senior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) led off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Freshman MacKenzie Smith (Jeffersonville, Ind.) laid down a bunt in an attempt to move Skutt to third and came away with a single of her own to put runners on the corners. Senior Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) was then walked to load the bases and bring Writt to the plate.
With already one hit earlier in the game, the senior drove the ball over the left fielder's head to give the Panthers the come-from-behind 4-3 victory.
Griffin picked up her ninth win of the season. The junior tossed her 13th complete game of the season and allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Five different players finished with multiple hits led by Smith's three hits in four at-bats. Skutt, Writt, Miller and freshman Ashley Swearingen (Clarksville, Ind.) all finished with two hits apiece.
Franklin (24-8 overall, 11-5 HCAC) scored four runs in the second inning of game one and never looked back en-route to an 11-3 win. Sophomore Shelby Edington (New Goshen, Ind.) had a two-run single in the fourth, and freshman Hannah Wilson (Louisville, Ky.) singled home a run in the sixth to account for Hanover's three runs, but they would not be enough.
Writt and Edington combined for four of the team's nine hits. Freshman Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) suffered the loss for the Panthers. Beurman allowed 11 runs - only four earned - on 14 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work.
Hanover, now 15-15 overall and 5-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, will step out of HCAC play Thursday, April 26 with a non-conference doubleheader against Wilmington. First pitch of game one is set for a 3 p.m. in Wilmington, Ohio.
Contact: Mike Pritchard