Softball splits double header action with Panthers
In game one the Panthers of Hanover would score quickly with a run in the first inning by their first batter, Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, In.). The run was unearned as Ritchey was walked to first base. The would eventually drive in a second run after a series of three errors by Centre; what would end up being the only errors of the entire day for the Colonels.
Through the next five innings it appeared those two runs in the first by the Panthers would be the sum total of all the runs for game, however, in the top of the seventh Hanover would add two more insurance runs to their total.
With Centre down four nothing in the bottom of the first, the Centre bats tried to liven up and rally for the win. Brittany Sears (Lexington, Ky.) would start the rally with a single up the middle. Alisha Russell (Pineville, Ky.) would follow Sear's single with one of her own down the third base line, advancing Sears to second. After Katie Martello (Nicholasville, Ky.) reached first on a fielder's choice Sears would be thrown out at third. However, Jessika Young (Leitchfield, Ky.) wanted to make sure the Colonels were not blanked on the scoreboard so she hit a deep ball to left field that allowed her to make it to second and Martello to third while scoring Russell.
The Colonels would add one more run to the board when Kelly Staples would single driving Martello to home plate. Martello's score would be the last for Centre in game one ending their comeback chances. The Colonels would pick up five hits on the day compared to eight hits by Hanover. Elysse Petrie picks up the loss for Centre and now has a record of 5-8 while Leah Kemmerer earns the win for the Panthers, improving her record to 11-2.
Although game two began similar to game one, with Hanover scoring in the first inning the rest of it was almost a complete reversal. Hanover would record four errors in game two while the Colonels would have none. Centre would also put up seven hits compared to five for the Panthers.
Centre would put runs on the board in three different innings, scoring twice in the bottom of the second and once each in the bottom of the fifth and sixth. Shawnee Shuler (Knoxville, Tenn.) would pitch through the start of the seventh inning earing the win for the Colonels while Petrie would close the game out giving Petrie her first save of the year.
The Panthers move to 15-11 overall while the Colonels record now stands at 8-15. Centre will play on Saturday, April 12 in a double header against conference foe Berry College. The first game of the double header is slated to begin at noon.