Hanover baseball outlasted Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Transylvania 11-8 in an offensive clash on Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

Hanover's bats sizzled early as the Panthers built a 9-2 lead in the fourth inning but Transylvania trimmed the deficit to 9-7 after the bottom of the sixth.

The Panthers responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to extend the advantage to 11-7 before the Pioneers made one last comeback attempt.

Despite having runners in scoring position in each of the final two innings, Transylvania managed just one more run as Hanover hung on for the three-run win.

The two teams combined for 26 hits and 36 baserunners in the game with each team accounting for 13 hits. Hanover's Matt Newman, Matt Brooks and Austin Holloway each collected three hits. Newman also had a team-high four RBIs.

Newman and junior Ryan Johns both belted home runs.

Gino Chumas appeared in a relief role on the pitching mound and picked up the victory for Hanover. Chumas pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs on three hits while walking one.

Alex Wiseman was the starting pitcher but lasted just one and one-third innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits and striking out one.

Hanover (7-10, 3-4 HCAC) travels to Bluffton on Friday for an HCAC afternoon matchup.

Softball opens Heartland schedule with Franklin split

Hanover softball opened the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference portion of the season with a doubleheader split against rival Franklin on Tuesday at Southwestern High School.

Hanover scored a 6-3 win in game one. The Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the second, one each in the fourth and fifth innings and two more in the sixth.

Franklin managed just a run each in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

The Panthers totaled 11 hits in the contest. Gabrielle Ritchey, Lyndsea Burke and Leah Kemmerer had two hits each and Burke, Tori Wilson, Kemmerer and Michaela Corbin each had an RBI.

Kemmerer started and finished the game inside the circle and picked up her seventh win of the season. The Jennings County graduate threw seven complete innings giving up three runs including two earned on five hits while walking three and striking out seven.

In game two, an early Panther lead slipped away as Franklin came away with a 10-2 victory.

Hanover led 2-0 after three innings before the Grizzlies came alive. Franklin scored seven runs in the top of the fourth and added three more in the fifth to post the win.

The Panthers had just three hits in game two coming from Burke, Danielle Merrick and Mattie Varvel. Burke also accounted for the two Hanover runs.

Anna Phillippe was tagged with the loss for Hanover. Phillippe threw three and one-third innings, giving up seven runs including four earned on eight hits.

Hanover (10-8, 1-1 HCAC) visits Manchester on Sunday for an HCAC game.