Designated hitter Tanner Gilmore slugged a three-run homer, and the Hope College baseball team was on its way to a 12-4 victory against Hanover, Indiana in Game 2 of a season-opening doubleheader Saturday.
The Flying Dutchmen rebounded after a 6-4 loss in Game 1 to garner a split at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
Hope erupted for a five-run bottom of the second that provided more than enough support for winning pitcher Connor Jackson of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford HS).
Jackson allowed three runs and two runs — one earned — in five innings of work during the scheduled nine-inning game.
Gilmore, from Murietta, California (Alta Lorna), pictured, finished with four RBIs after adding a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
In Game 1, Hanover (3-7) answered a three-run Hope third with two runs in its half of the inning for a 4-3 lead.
Third baseman Danny Carrasco of Grandville, Michigan (Calvin Christian) delivered a two-run double for the Flying Dutchmen. He finished with three hits.
Rightfielder Mason Opple of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) had two hits.