The Inside Game

by Abby Ferguson

Congrats to the student-athletes and coaches who took part in the “email-athon” Sunday. By sending emails, they raised $1,230 for Transy’s teams that are participating in the Heart Walk on April 23.

After going undefeated in four matches last week, first-year Patrick Richardson has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Richardson went 4-0 as Transy defeated conference rival Hanover College 8-1. In his matches against Hanover, Richardson won both No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles in straight sets. Against Centre College he did not drop a single set in his doubles and singles wins.

Transy senior Kendra DeArk has been named HCAC Pitcher of the Week for softball. Last week she posted a 2-0 record, pitching 10 shutout innings against Manchester College and the College of Mount St. Joseph. She also added 14 strikeouts and four walks. DeArk defeated Manchester College 9-0 and Mount St. Joseph 5-0.

Baseball is now 14-6, 5-3 HCAC, after a 3-2 win over Heartland Conference leader Anderson University. In the sixth inning the Pioneers took a 2-0 lead with senior Evan Rhea and junior Kevin Brinkman getting the RBIs. Senior Thomas Tolliver led off with a walk in the eighth and reached home after a pair of ground outs and an Anderson error. Junior Chris Bloch went eight innings and gave up eight hits and one earned run, while striking out four and walking two. Junior Danny Niehaus closed out the pitching by giving up a run on two hits. Both Tolliver and junior Ryan Troehler helped out the Pioneers at the plate.

Softball has won nine games in a row and is now 16-11-1 overall, 9-1 in HCAC play, after a sweep of Franklin College. The Pioneers won the second game of the doubleheader 16-0 in five innings. Sophomore Megan Mitchell came out swinging, adding her 11th and 12th home runs on the season among her three hits in the first game. Fellow sophomore Michelle Ladanyi also contributed three hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Both contributed to Transy’s 13 hits in the game. In the first game, senior Olivia Wall won her ninth game, allowing four hits in six innings. She struck out six and walked two. In just the first inning of the second game the Pioneers tallied nine runs and after three innings Transy led 11-0. Mitchell scored twice with one RBI and was walked four times. Junior Anne Broadhead went four-for-four with three runs scored, and Ladanyi contributed three hits to go with her four RBIs and two runs. Junior Emily McCarty had two hits and four RBIs, and fellow junior Kaitlyn Kallenborn added one hit and drove in three. Senior Kendra DeArk got the win by allowing only three hits in four innings, as she struck out four and allowed zero walks. Junior Kaitlyn Foree added one strikeout in her scoreless inning of work.


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