Hannibal baseball wins first of year

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball team went 1-2 in its last 3 games and now has an overall record of 1-7.

On April 25, Hannibal topped Red Creek, 5-4, to win its first game of the season. They lost to Cazenovia 4-0 in Game 1 of an April 28 doubleheader. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Cazenovia cruised to a 14-0 win over the Warriors.

In the Red Creek win, the Warriors jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. The second inning was scoreless but then Red Creek pulled ahead scoring two runs in the third.

The Warriors quickly answered back, scoring 3 runs during the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. After both teams scored a run each during a competitive fifth inning, Red Creek scored during the sixth inning to bring the deficit down to a run. But Red Creek was unable to get any closer down the stretch as Hannibal escaped with a 5-4 win.

Leading the way for the Warriors were Troy Landis and Austin Mattison with two 2 hits and an RBI. Following Landis and Mattison was Sam McCraith with a hit and 2 RBI, Taber Carter had a hit and an RBI and Jon Combes added a hit.

On the mound, Colton Cannova earned the win for the Warriors. In 4 1/3 innings of work, Cannova threw five strikeouts while allowing three runs off five hits. In relief of Cannova, Austin Mattison allowed a run in an inning pitched. Jorge Padua earned the save for Hannibal, allowing one hit in 1 2/3 innings of playing time.

In the first game of the Caz doubleheader, Cazenovia scored a run in each of the first 2 innings of the game to take a 2-0 lead. Following a scoreless third inning, Cazenovia put the game out of reach. They scored two runs during the fourth inning to cap off a 4-0 win over the Warriors.

Hannibal was led by Taber Carter and Austin Mattison with a hit each. Austin Mattison pitched a complete game for the Warriors, throwing four strikeouts while allowing four runs off four hits.

In game two, Cazenovia wasted little time putting the game out of reach, jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the Warriors in the first inning. The Lakers extended their lead during the second and third innings, scoring six more runs to take 9-0 lead.

Cazenovia capped off an impressive effort down the stretch, scoring five more runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 14-0 win over the Warriors.

Leading the way for Hannibal was starting pitcher Kenny Maynes. In 1 1/3 innings pitched, Maynes threw three strikeouts while allowing seven runs off four hits. In relief of Maynes, Taber Carter threw two strikeouts while allowing three runs off six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work. Jorge Padua allowed four runs off four hits in an inning of playing time.

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