By Rob Tetro
Hannibal’s interim varsity softball coach Dave Meeker expected his inexperienced team to take a few lumps this season.
So far, his expectations have been pretty accurate. Hannibal has yet to win a game this season, with an 0-3 record.
The Lady Warriors began the season April 11 with a 21-9 loss to Bishop Ludden. Hannibal capped off the 3-game stretch with a doubleheader against county foe Phoenix April 17, losing the first game 16-0 and the second 25-2.
Bishop Ludden got off to an impressive start in its game with Hannibal, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first inning.
Bishop Ludden wasn’t about to let up and by the end of the fifth inning, Bishop Ludden had an 18-0 lead over the Lady Warriors.
However, Hannibal refused to quit. During the sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Warriors outscored Bishop Ludden, 9-3. But the game ended with a Bishop Ludden win by 1-9.
The Lady Warriors were led by Sabrina Weigand with a hit and 3 RBIs.
After falling to the Lady Firebirds 16-0 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, Hannibal’s struggles continued during Game 2.
Phoenix wasted little time putting the game out of reach. By the end of the second inning, the Lady Firebirds had a 21-1 lead over the Lady Warriors.
Hannibal scored during the third inning to cut the Lady Firebirds’ lead to 21-2. then Phoenix scored 4 more runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 25-2 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Kimberly Holbrook with 2 hits and 4 RBIs including a homerun. Following Holbrook was Gabrielle Esposito with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Shannon Dolan had a hit and an RBI while Jada Jackowski chipped in 2 hits for Phoenix.
Cheyenne Wilson earned the win on the mound for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 8 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 2 hits in a complete game effort.
The Lady Warriors were led by Megan Norris with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by Malana Scott with 1 hit.
Dallas Voss got the start on the mound for Hannibal. She threw 1 strikeout while allowing 21 runs off 5 hits in 3 innings of work.
In relief of Voss, Malana Scott threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 2 innings pitched.