For the second time this season, the Hannibal Hoots have won two in a row, posting a 7-2 win over the Sliders in Springfield Wednesday night.

Hannibal took a 2-0 lead in the third. Right fielder Patrick Donohue led off with an infield single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Catcher Brady West walked and center fielder Tommy Kraus reached on an error. Kraus was forced at second on a ground ball by shortstop Jose Mercado, which allowed Donohue to score. While second baseman Josh Lane was at the plate, West scored on a wild pitch.

Springfield tied the game in the fifth on a double and a two-run homer by third baseman Adam Lopez.

The Hoots regained the lead in the sixth when first baseman Jordan Humphries singled, went to third on an error and scored on an infield hit by Donohue.

Hannibal widened their lead with three in the seventh. West was hit by a pitch and was replaced by pinch runner Wyatt Whitman, who went to second on an infield hit by Kraus and scored when Mercado reached on an error. Kraus and Mercado came home on a triple off the bat of Humphries.

The Hoots added an insurance run in the ninth when Mercado singled, went to third on a base hit by Lane, and scored on a wild pitch.

Hannibal starting pitcher Dylan Marble pitched the first five innings. Dylan Chisholm went the last four innings in relief, picking up the win.

The win improves the Hoots' record to 6-17, while the Sliders drop to 15-12.

It's the same two teams at Clemens Field Thursday night at 6:35 p.m.

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