DOUBLE THREAT: Leah Kemmerer (above) pitched a two-hitter and belted her second home run of the season in a doubleheader split Saturday with Bluffton. The split kept Hanover softball in contention for a spot in the four-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament with a 7-5 record in the league. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
DOUBLE THREAT: Leah Kemmerer (above) pitched a two-hitter and belted her second home run of the season in a doubleheader split Saturday with Bluffton. The split kept Hanover softball in contention for a spot in the four-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament with a 7-5 record in the league. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
Hanover's men's lacrosse team closed the home portion of its schedule with a 15-5 win over Elmhurst (Ill.) Saturday at L.S. Ayres Field.

Nick Hermes scored five goals and Matt Weber and Luke Karnick added three each for Hanover, now 4-9 overall and 3-5 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.

The Panthers scored three goals over a two-minute span to jump out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Hermes netted two of his goals in the first six minutes of action.

Chris Baney scored in the opening minute of the second period and Hanover eventually stretched the margin to 9-0 by halftime.

The lead increased to 10-0 after Weber scored in the first minute of the third period. Elmhurst (2-8, 1-6 MLC) rallied with four of the next five goals to climb within 11-4 late in the period.

Baney scored with 8.5 seconds left in the third quarter and Karnick, who also had a career-high four assists, netted his third goal early in the fourth to boost the Panthers' lead to 13-4.

Hermes scored twice in the five final minutes to seal the win.

Hanover converted 11-of-13 clears and earned 21-of-24 face-offs. Tim Gruber won 18-of-21 face-offs and led the Panthers with a team-season-high 10 ground balls.

Hanover posted a 56-19 advantage in shots, including 15 by Karnick and 11 from Weber.

Hanover visits College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Wednesday.

Softball splits key twinbill

Hanover split a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball doubleheader with Bluffton (Ohio) at home on Saturday to remain in the hunt for a spot in the league's four-team tournament.

Hanover shut out Bluffton 8-0 in the first game. The Beavers rolled to a 10-2 win the second.

Leah Kemmerer limited Bluffton to just two hits in the Panthers' six-inning win in the opener. Kemmerer allowed lone base hits in the fourth and fifth innings while raising her record to 8-4 this season. She walked one and racked up eight strikeouts.

Hanover's offense rapped out a season-high 15 hits. Danielle Merrick and Breann Truelove had three hits each to lead the Panthers.

Merrick, who leads the team with a .369 average, was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Truelove was 3-for-3 with three runs and one RBI.

Chelsie Nuhring and Lyndsea Burke added two hits each.

Bluffton (17-15, 9-5 HCAC) used a six-run second inning to jump up 10-0 after four innings in the second game.

Hanover managed just two hits, but both came in the fourth inning when the Panthers scored twice.

Burke punched a single up the middle and Kemmerer followed two batters later with a two-out home run - her second of the season.

Christina Davidson (2-7) was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits in two innings. She struck out one before before being relieved by Ashley Cochran, who gave up a run on two hits in three innings.

Hanover (12-14, 7-5 HCAC) hosts College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Tuesday.

Baseball drops 2 to Ravens

Hanover lost a pair of games to cap a three-game series with Anderson Saturday at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

The Panthers dropped the first game 13-4 and the nightcap 4-1.

In the opener, Anderson built a 5-1 lead after three innings and then stretched the margin to 13-3 with three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

Hanover, which had 11 hits in the game, scored a run in the third on a base hit by Kevin Sears and two runs in the fifth when Ryan Grau swatted a bases-loaded single.

Kolton Chapman, Ryan Johns, Matt Newman and Chris Ares collected two hits each.

Andrew Roby (5-3) was dealt the loss, working five innings on the mound and giving up eight runs on 10 hits.

The squads battled through four scoreless innings in the second game before Anderson (18-15, 12-6 HCAC) ended the drought with a run in the fifth. The Ravens extended the lead to 4-0 with three runs in the top of the seventh.

Hanover scored in the bottom half of the seventh for the final tally. Daniel Campbell led off the Panthers' seventh with his second triple of the season and later scored on a wild pitch.

Newman had two of Hanover's seven hits, including his team-leading 13th double of the season.

Rob Wohlschlaeger (3-2) tossed the first six innings for the Panthers, allowing a run on five hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Hanover (14-16, 7-10 HCAC) hosts Franklin on Tuesday.