Hannibal baseball struggles as season winds down

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball team has lost its last three and now has an overall record of 1-10. 

On May 2, Westhill rolled past Hannibal 19-2. The Warriors fell to Marcellus 4-0 in Game 1 of a May 5 doubleheader and then lost in Game 2 by 6-1.

Westhill built a 7-2 lead over Hannibal during the first two innings of the game and kept scoring through the end of the game. 

Westhill outscored Hannibal by eight runs to push its lead to 15-2. Westhill added four runs during the sixth inning en route to a 19-2 win.

The Warriors were led by Jon Combes and Bryce Casson with a run each. Following Combes and Cassone were Colton Cannova and Ethan Straub with a hit each. Combes was also credited with an RBI. 

Austin Mattison got the start on the mound for the Warriors, allowing five runs off three hits in an inning of work. In relief of Mattison, Colton Cannova allowed six runs off five hits in three innings pitched. Jorge Padua threw a strikeout while allowing eight runs off six hits in two innings of work and Troy Landis threw a strikeout in just an inning pitched.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, Marcellus built an early lead 2-0 lead in the first.

After three scoreless innings, Marcellus added to its lead, scoring a run each during the fifth and sixth innings to cap off a 4-0 win over Hannibal.

Leading the way for the Warriors were Colton Cannova, Taber Carter, Jon Combes and Sam McCraith, each with one hit.  Austin Mattison pitched the entire game for Hannibal, throwing four strikeouts while allowing four runs off eight hits in seven innings of work.

In Game 2, Marcellus got rolling after two scoreless innings, building a 5-0 lead. The Mustangs added another run during the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. 

However, Hannibal didn’t quit. They scored during the seventh inning to bring the lead down to five runs but coulnd’t tackle the Marcellus lead as the Mustangs won 6-1.

Hannibal was led by Anthony Paige with a hit and RBI, followed by Matt Combes, Greg Hadcock and Ethan Straub with a hit each. 

On the mound, the Warriors were led by Troy Landis, who threw three strikeouts while allowing six runs off five hits in five innings pitched. In relief of Landis, Jorge Padua threw a strikeout in one inning of work.

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