Manchester U Baseball Takes Two From Hanover
HANOVER, Ind. – The Manchester baseball team started Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play off on the right foot after collecting a pair of wins at Hanover College on Saturday April 2.
The Spartans took down the Panthers by identical scores of 6-2.
Manchester got some outstanding pitching in the opening game by seniors Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind./Rochester) and Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll). Hooks pitched 8 innings and scattered five hits while striking out six Panthers. Kresl entered the game in the bottom of the 9th inning and allowed just one hit while striking out a pair to seal the win.
The Spartans hit three sac flies in Game 1 against the Panthers.
In the 6th inning, Zach White (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) connected on an RBI double to left. White
Later in the 9th, Manchester would collect a pair of insurance runs following an RBI double by Cole Filson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and RBI single by Aidan Stevens (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer Central).
Rocco Hanes (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) added a 3-5 performance at the plate in the opener on Saturday.
Aidan Stevens led the Spartans’ offensive efforts in the second game of the day with a 4-5 performance at the plate. Stevens homered in his first at-bat, scored three times, and stole a base. Stevens also had two RBI.
Harrison Pittsford, Gavin Gleason, and Cole Filson also drove in runs in Game 2.
Brett Wathen (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) pitched 5.2 innings to earn his second win of the season. Wathen allowed just two runs on four hits.
Peyton Jackson (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Austin Kresl were sharp out of the bullpen for the Black & Gold in Game 2. Jackson allowed just one hit and struck out a pair in 1.1 innings worth of work. Kresl earned his first save of the season after tossing two scoreless innings.
The Spartans (5-10, 2-0 HCAC) are scheduled to return to the diamond on Tuesday April 5 with in another HCAC doubleheader at Bluffton.
First pitch from Ohio is scheduled for 1 p.m.