Hannibal baseball team falls in sectional quarterfinals

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball team’s regular season came to an end with an 8-10 overall record, which earned them the tenth seed in the Section III Class B playoffs.

In the opening round May 21, Hannibal cruised to an 8-2 win over the seventh seed Holland Patent.

The Warriors were rewarded for their win with a contest against top seed Westhill in the sectional quarterfinals May 23. Despite Hannibal’s best efforts, Westhill won the contest.

Westhill supplied the first, last and only scoring in a game that consisted of solid pitching and glove play.

After 5 and 1/2 scoreless innings, Westhill took a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for Hannibal, they were unable to respond during their final at bat as Westhill came away with a 2-0 win.

The Warriors’ season concludes with a 9-11 overall record.

Leading the way for Hannibal were Austin France, Jamie King and Jake Shortslef, who all had a hit against Westhill.

On the mound, Greg Pitcher finished with three strikeouts while allowing two runs on two hits in six innings of action.

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