Hannibal Cavemen Battle Back to Beat Kokomo 12-11
The Hannibal Cavemen overcame four-run and five-run deficits in the late innings Wednesday night to beat the Kokomo Jackrabbits 12-11 in ten innings at Clemens Field.
The Cavemen comeback started in the sixth when second baseman Sam Griggs drove in two runs with a triple, making the score 5-2 in favor of the visitors.
Kokomo scored two more in the seventh to lead 7-2. That's when the real comeback began for Hannibal.
The first six batters reached base for the Cavemen in the bottom of the eighth. Designated hitter Emilio Lollio drove in two runs with a single, shortstop Brett Marr had an RBI single, another run scored on a wild pitch, and they tied the game on an RBI single by catcher Tyler Niemann.
The Jackrabbits then proceeded to score four runs of their own in the top of the ninth.
Then in the bottom of the inning, left fielder Wesley Degener led off with a triple and was driven in by center fielder Justin Blechle. Then, with one out, Lollio singled and Griggs hit one onto the clubhouse roof for a three-run homer, tying the game at 11-11.
After Cavemen reliever Dalton Smith retired the Jackrabbits in the top of the tenth, Degener singled with two out in the bottom of the inning. He stole second and scored on a base hit by Blechle to give Hannibal a 12-11 win.
The victory improves the Cavemen's record to 6-14. They travel to Danville for games Thursday and Friday nights, and will be in Kokomo Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The next action at Clemens Field is next Tuesday as the Springfield Sliders come to town.