The Hannibal baseball team scored 12 unanswered runs Friday night en route to a 15-5 win at Quincy to extend its winning streak to eight.
The Hannibal baseball team finds a way to keep winning.
Hannibal scored 12 unanswered runs Friday night en route to a 15-5 win at Quincy in six innings.
The Pirates (8-3) knocked off the Blue Devils (5-8) for the first time since 2013 to extend their winning streak to eight games.
“It's huge to come across the river and beat a quality baseball program that's been that way a long time,” Hannibal coach Ian Hatton said. “We have won a lot of games in a row so the target was on our back. I'm really proud of the way our guys responded today through that and found a way.”
After trailing 5-3 through three innings, Hannibal responded to plate three runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and five more in the sixth to enforce the mercy rule.
Each member of the Hannibal starting lineup reached base at least once in the victory.
“We definitely battled through a little bit of adversity there in the first few innings,” Hatton said. “But our guys all around tonight — on the mound, in the field, at the plate — did a great job of responding.”
Payton Phillips pitched a complete game to earn the win, striking out five while allowing five runs on eight hits.
The senior buckled down to surrender just two hits over the final three innings combined.
“Payton battled through a couple of tough spots,” Hatton said. “Quincy went out there and got five runs in the first three innings. It was simply because we weren't getting ahead (in the count). He knew that. The big thing with him is he stayed positive for us tonight and played with a lot of fire.”
Chase Kirby produced in the cleanup spot for Hannibal to finish with two hits and four RBIs, while Will Whitaker and Wyatt Waelder scored four runs a piece.
John Trenhaile and Waelder each knocked in three runs. Braden Schlueter drew four walks and scored three times.
The Pirates recorded 11 hits and drew nine free passes during the rout.
“We did a great job of not striking out today, of working really long counts, whether we ended up putting the ball in play or taking a walk,” Hatton said. “We were unselfish at the plate and helped each other out.”
Hannibal closes out North Central Missouri Conference play with a trio of league games next week.
The Pirates, who own a 7-2 mark in conference to trail only Boonville in the standings, play at Moberly on Monday. Hannibal hosts Marshall on Tuesday before traveling to Boonville for its NCMC finale next Saturday.
“We've got a big week coming up,” Hatton said. “We're hopping right back on it Monday. The end goal is still in sight of a conference championship.”