Sanders sets mark for Franklin
SANDERS A HIT â€” Ian Sanders, a Bellmont grad, recently set the career hits record at Franklin College with his 209th safety. (Photo provided)
DEFIANCE, Oh — Senior second baseman Ian Sanders (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont H.S.) collected three hits and broke the Franklin College career record in that stat department in the second game of Saturday's Heartland Conference baseball doubleheader at Defiance.
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Sanders’ RBI double to left center field in the eighth inning was the 209th hit of his career, snapping the mark held by Jim Swienconek ‘09, to help the Grizzlies (12-8 HCAC, 22-12 overall) rout the Yellow Jackets 14-2 in the second contest and complete a doubleheader and three-game series sweep of Defiance (1-19 HCAC, 5-30). FC outlasted the Jackets 8-6 in 10 innings on Friday.
Jarrett Johnson (Beech Grove, Ind./H.S.) and Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic H.S.) also collected three hits — Windler drove in two runs with a triple — and shortstop Nick Stoia (Indianapolis, Ind./Decatur Central H.S.) hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning, and had four RBIs in all.
Pitcher Shawn Mattingly (Indianapolis) pitched the first seven innings, posting seven strikeouts and improving to 4-3.
Sanders went three-for-four with two runs scored and two RBI, and was credited with four assists at second base for Franklin.