Hannibal Hoots Streak Reaches Ten with DH Sweep of Gems
The Hannibal Hoots continued their winning ways Wednesday, extending their winning streak to ten with a double header sweep of the Quincy Gems, 7-6 and 12-2 at Clemens Field.
In game one, Quincy took a 2-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by right fielder Cody Klotz and a sacrifice fly by left fielder Aaron Campbell.
Hannibal answered with four in the bottom of the third on a bases loaded walk, an RBI single and a throwing error that allowed two more runs to score.
The Gems tied the game in the fourth, then scored single runs in the sixth and seventh, taking a 6-4 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, center fielder Tye Thixton singled, then catcher Sam Nozicka homered, tying the score. Then, right fielder Stephen Haring singled and stole second. That set up a dramatic finish, as pinch hitter Dylan Dodd doubled into the gap in left center, scoring Haring and giving the Hoots a 7-6 walk-off win.
Christhian Cardona, in relief of Dylan Marble, was the winning pitcher for Hannibal.
In game two, Hannibal broke open a 1-1 game with four runs in the fourth on a three-run homer by left fielder Chris Iazetta and an RBI double by first baseman Aaron Goecks. Then, the Hoots sent twelve men to the plate in the fifth, turning four walks and five singles into six runs. Iazetta put an exclamation point on the night with his second home run of the game, a solo shot in the sixth, rounding out the 12-2 win.
The double-header sweep extends Hannibal's winning streak to ten and improves their season record to 14-17. Quincy's record drops to 15-17.
The Hoots are back home Thursday, taking on the Danville Dans at 6:35 p.m.