Hanover men win Big Four Classic at Crooked Stick
Hanover’s men placed first and the women were second at the Big Four Golf Classic at Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel on Tuesday. The Panther men shot a 304 to edge Butler (308), DePauw (313) and Wabash (340) for their second win of the season. The women shot a 356 to finish behind Butler (322) but ahead of Franklin 403. Tony Rogers, a junior from Carmel, shot an even-par 72 to claim medalist honors and lead Hanover’s men to victory. The round was a new season-low for Rogers, who beat Butler’s Michael Denner by two strokes. Gabe Rohleder finished third overall with a 76, Ben Hamilton was fifth with a 77 and Justin Smith was eighth with a 79 to round out Hanover’s scoring. Johnny Vidal had a non-scoring 81, good for 13th. Competing as an individual, freshman Bradley Murray shot a 92 and finished 23rd. Hanover’s women tuned up for the NCAA Division III National Championships by placing three scorers in the top 10, led by sophomore Sam Pease from Cincinnati who was fifth with an 84. Devan Smith was ninth with an 89, Allison Goodwin was 11th with a 91 and Maddie Cody was 12th with a 92 for Hanover. Ellen Wuerch shot a non-scoring 95 and placed 14th. Competing as an individual, Cassie Hendrickson was ninth overall with an 89 for Hanover. Lauren Tibbets of Butler was the medalist in the women’s match with a 77. Hanover’s men return to action in two weeks for the first two rounds of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships on April 29-30 at Aston Oaks Golf Course in North Bend, Ohio. Hanover’s women will next compete in the NCAA Tournament May 9-12 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.
Baseball falls to Transy
Transylvania scored five runs early and then held on for a 7-4 win on Tuesday to hand Hanover just its third baseball loss at home this season. The visiting Pioneers scored three runs in the first and two more in the third to take a 5-0 lead before Hanover began to chip away. The Panthers got a run back in the fourth when Spencer Coop singled and later scored on a Josh Meszaros single up the middle. Hanover then used two errors to load the bases and got RBI hits by Coop and Chase Sizemore to cut the lead to 5-4. But that was close as the Panthers would get. Transy scored twice in the eighth on a Blake Hart two-run double and Hanover went quietly in the final two innings for the final margin. Hanover managed just six hits in the game, all singles. Sizemore was 2-for-4 with an RBI while Tyler Fitch and David Herrmann added hits. David Jung (0-2) started and lasted just one inning on the hill for Hanover. He allowed three earned runs on one hit with two strikeouts and four walks. Zach Chapman, Tanner Simpson and Gino Chumas combined to throw eight innings in relief, giving up four runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Hanover (15-10, 6-7 HCAC) visits Manchester for the beginning of a three-game series on Friday.