by Rob Tetro
During the week, the Hannibal varsity baseball team earned wins against Jordan-Elbridge and Cazenovia to improve its record to 3-1.
Hannibal held Jordan-Elbridge to one run en route to a solid win April 15.
The Warriors’ April 17th game against Cazenovia proved to be far more challenging. Hannibal scored a crucial fifth-inning run while holding off Cazenovia for the hard fought win.
The Warriors got off to a quick start when they took on Jordan-Elbridge. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the top of the first inning. Jordan-Elbridge responded with a run during the bottom of the second inning to cut Hannibal’s lead down to 2-1. The Warriors kept Jordan-Elbridge scoreless the rest of the way. Hannibal scored four runs during the third, fourth and fifth innings to cap off a 6-1 win.
The Warriors were led by Jake Shortslef, Greg Pitcher and Mike Cook, who all had two hits.
Matt Wagner, Austin Matteson and Matt Bogawitch, and Austin France each chipped in a hit. France’s one hit was a solo home run.
Trevor Alton got it done one the mound for the Warriors. Alton finished with eight strikeouts while giving up only a run on five hits in five innings of play.
Shortslef saw some time in relief of Alton. He struck out five Jordan-Elbridge batters while giving up only one hit in two innings of work.
Cazenovia was ready to battle when it took on Hannibal.
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