By Rob Tetro
The Hannibal varsity baseball is 0-4 to begin the season, losing doubleheaders to Mexico and Phoenix.
On April 12, Mexico held off the Warriors, 10-7 in Game 1 of their doubleheader. In Game 2, Mexico prevailed with an 11-8 win.
Phoenix rolled past the Warriors, 19-2 in Game 1 of their April 17 doubleheader. In Game 2, Phoenix blanked Hannibal, 7-0.
Mexico escaped with a hard fought win over the Warriors in Game 1 of their doubleheader. After an evenly played first inning, the game was tied at 1.
However, Hannibal pulled ahead during the next 2 innings, outscoring Mexico 4-2 during the second and third innings to take a 5-3 lead.
Then Mexico erupted took in the fourth inning, scoring 5 runs to pull ahead. Hannibal had no answers down the stretch as Mexico held on for the 10-7 win.
Mexico was led by Jake Gorton with a hit and 3 RBIs, followed by Justin Marden with a hit and 2 RBIs, Anthony Moretti with a hit and an RBI and Brian Dufrane, Tanner Stevens, Tyler Stever and Dante Turo combined for a hit and 4 RBI.
Tyler Stever earned the win for Mexico on the mound. He allowed a run off of 2 hits in an inning of work. Following Stever was Justin Marsden who allowed 6 runs off 3 hits in 3 innings of work. Caleb Wallis is credited with the save for Mexico.
Leading the way for Hannibal was Colton Cannova and Austin Mattison, with 2 hits and an RBI each. They were followed by Shane Sweeting with a hit and an RBI and Greg Hadcock with an RBI.
On the mound, Colton Cannova started the game for Hannibal, throwing 2 strikeouts while allowing 3 runs off 4 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings of work.
Following Cannova was Jorge Padau who threw a strikeout while allowing 7 runs off 2 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched. Taber Carter finished the game for Hannibal on the mound.
In Game 2, Mexico scored a couple of late runs to seal the win over the Warriors.
Early on, it seemed as if Mexico would roll — after 4 innings of play, Mexico had a 7-1 lead.
However, the Warriors battled back during the next 2 innings. They outscored Mexico, 7-2 during the fifth and sixth innings to come within a run at 9-8.
But they were unable to get any closer. Mexico added 2 more runs during the top of the seventh inning to cap off an 11-8 win.
Mexico was led by Anthony Moretti with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, followed by Justin Marsden with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
Dante Turo had a hit and 2 RBIs and John Bouck, Tanner Stevens, Tyler Stever, Caleb Wallis and John Washer combined for 3 hits and 3 RBIs.
On the mound, Dante Turo earned the win for Mexico. In 3 and 2/3 innings of work, Turo threw 5 strikeouts while allowing only 1 run off 3 hits.
Following Turo was Anthony Moretti, who threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 3 hits in 1 and 1/3 innings pitched. Tanner Stevens earned the save for Mexico, with 3 strikeouts and 3 runs off of 3 hits in 2 innings work.
Leading the way for Hannibal was Sam McCraith with 3 hits and an RBI against Mexico. Following McCraith were Taber Carter, Greg Hadcock, Ethan Straub and Shane Sweeting, each with a hit and an RBI. Colton Cannova and Austin Mattison added 2 hits.
Austin Mattison started the game on the mound and in 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Mattison threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs off 5 hits.
Following Mattison was Troy Landis who threw 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 3 innings pitched. Jorge Padau is credited with throwing a strikeout while allowing only a hit in 2/3 of an inning.
After falling to Phoenix 19-2 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, the Warriors suffered the same fate in Game 2.
In Game 2, Phoenix stifled the Warriors early and often. The Firebirds jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the first inning and then Phoenix put the game out of reach during the next 2 innings. The Firebirds scored 5 more runs during the second and third innings en route to the 7-0 win.
Phoenix was led by Jordan Jock with 2 hits and an RBI, followed by Emilio Tassone with a hit and 2 RBIs. Bryce Plante and Zach Schlacter had a hit and an RBI each and Dylan Borza chipped in a hit.
On the mound, Jordan Jock earned the win for the Firebirds. In 6 innings pitched, Jock threw 5 strikeouts while allowing just 1 hit.
Bryce Plante earned the save for Phoenix, throwing a strikeout and allowing only 1 hit in 1 inning of work.
Leading the way for Hannibal were Jon Combes and Austin Mattison with 1 hit each. Austin Mattison pitched the entire game for the Warriors, throwing 6 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs off only 3 hits.