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Anderson Falls to Franklin in HCAC Title Game

Anderson Falls to Franklin in HCAC Title Game

In a winner-take-all matchup for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament title, the fifth-seeded Anderson University baseball team fell to top-seeded Franklin College 12-3 on Sunday at Kokomo Municipal Stadium in Kokomo.


This season was an absolute blast, all the way down to [Sunday's] HCAC Championship game. I'm forever grateful for this awesome group of seniors and their contributions to our baseball family. We love you and you will always have a special place in the heart of Anderson Baseball.


Luke Willman belted an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning to put Franklin (33-11) on the board. Colby Reed singled in a run during the same inning to take a 2-0 lead.

Anderson (27-19) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third when Charlie Jones reached on error while also driving in Grahm Reedy on a sacrifice bunt.

Anthony Smith contributed an RBI single in the bottom of the third for Franklin.

Rene Casas Jr. smacked a solo home run to right field in the top of the fourth, trimming the deficit to 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, eventual tournament MVP Tysen Lipscomb smashed a grand slam to take a 7-2 lead.

Franklin plated four more runs in the fifth. Lipscomb singled in a run and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. Dyllan Redmon cracked a two-run single to put the Grizzlies ahead 11-2.

Trey Dorton singled in a run for the Ravens in the top of the eighth.

Sean Sullivan contributed a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth.

Casas Jr. smashed a solo homer to lead the Ravens offensively. Dorton finished the game with a single and two walks. Reedy provided a double while Luke Renard and Justin Reed rounded out Anderson's five hits with singles.

Lipscomb finished the game with 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBI and three runs to lead the Grizzlies. A.J. Sanders went 3-for-5 while Willman added an RBI double. Colby Reed went 1-for-1 with three walks and three runs. Redmon produced a two-run single. Smith and Sullivan rounded out Franklin's 10 hits with RBI singles. Matt Earley drew three walks while Jonathan LaGuire-Cruz drew two walks.

Matthew Johnson (6-1) recorded the win. He struck out three batters, issued four walks and allowed two runs on three hits in six and two-third innings. Gavin White threw a perfect ninth inning. Will Butts punched out a batter, yielded zero walks and gave up one run on two hits in one and one-third innings.

Landen Southern (6-5) was hit with the loss. He struck out three batters, conceded three walks and scattered three runs on four hits in two and one-third innings. Aidan Shoemaker struck out a batter, issued a walk and allowed one run on two hits in three innings. Cole Whitlock punched out a batter, yielded four walks and gave up three runs on one hit in one and two-thirds innings. Walker Stull fanned a batter, yielded two walks and allowed one run on one hit in one and one-third inning. Evan Doan issued two walks and surrendered four runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.


The Ravens limited themselves to four errors in six games for an average of 0.67 errors per game, leading the conference tournament teams by a wide margin. Anderson also turned seven double plays for an average of 1.17 double plays per game, ranking second among tournament teams for the weekend. The Ravens also turned a tournament high among all teams with four double plays in Saturday's win against Franklin.


Dorton and Stull were both selected to the HCAC All-Tournament Team. Stull garnered all-tournament honors after throwing five perfect innings of relief for a win during Saturday's game against Transylvania University (24-19). Dorton closed the tournament 9-for-20 with a double, six RBI, six walks and two runs. He finished the weekend with a .450 batting average and a .577 on-base percentage.