Prospect League

Hoots fend off Sliders' rally in ninth to end losing streak

Tommy Kraus
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jun. 13, 2018 12:20 am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Hannibal Hoots led by seven runs heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.

A five-run frame on the strength of four unearned runs made things momentarily uncomfortable.

The Springfield Sliders had the tying run on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when Hannibal's Clayton Slifer struck out J.T. Weber to thwart the rally and win 10-8 Tuesday night at Robin Roberts Stadium.

The Hoots (4-8) snapped a four-game losing skid in the victory.

Hannibal plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 10-3 lead.

Connor Pasko drew a bases-loaded walk to score Wyatt Whitman, and Sam Nozicka was hit by a pitch two batters later with the bases loaded to plate Richie Well.

On the next at-bat, Tommy Kraus hit into a fielder's choice, but an error allowed Joe Roscetti and Pasko to score.

A bases-loaded walk scored the first run in the bottom of the ninth for the Sliders (6-7). A sacrifice fly by Richard Miller scored another run. Keaton Rice walked two batters later with the bases loaded to plate another run, and an error on a ball hit by Adam Lopez on the next at-bat scored another.

A run scored on a wild pitch on Weber's at-bat before he struck out.

Hannibal used a three-run fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Kraus, to take a 4-2 advantage.

Randall Coxwell earned the victory for the Hoots, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three.

Hannibal banged out 13 hits. Nozicka had three, and Roscetti and Kraus had two each. Kraus and Josh Lane each drove in three runs.

Hoots 10, Sliders 8

Hannibal Springfield

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Kraus cf 5 0 2 3 Stephens lf 3 1 1 0

Lane ss 2 0 1 3 Dohanos cf-ss 4 2 0 1

Dodd rf 5 0 1 0 Miller dh 4 2 3 3

Goecks rf 0 0 0 0 Poteat rf 4 1 1 0

Nielsen dh 4 0 0 0 Rice c 4 0 1 1

Whitman ph 1 1 1 0 Lopez 3b 5 0 1 2

Whalin 3b 3 0 1 0 Weber 1b 5 0 0 0

Well pr-3b 0 1 0 0 Raisbeck 2b-ss 3 1 1 0

Roscetti 2b 4 3 2 0 Morris 2b 2 0 0 0

Pasko 1b 4 2 1 1 Tesmond ph-cf 2 1 1 0

Haring lf 5 1 1 1

Nozicka c 4 2 3 1

Totals 37 10 13 9 Totals 36 8 9 7

Hannibal 010 301 014--10

Hannibal 002 001 005--8

E--Lane, Roscetti, Weber, Raisbeck. LOB--Hannibal 11, Springfield 8. DP--Springfield 2. 2B--Kraus, Roscetti, Nozicka. HR--Miller. HBP--Dodd, Nozicka. SF--Kraus, Lane, Miller. SH--Lane. SB--Poteat, Raisbeck. CS--Lopez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Hannibal

Coxwell W,2-0 6 7 3 3 0 3

Kuck 1 1-3 0 0 0 3 3

Steiner 2-3 0 0 0 0 1

Slifer 1 2 5 1 3 1

Springfield

Jensen L,2-1 5 1-3 10 5 5 0 3

Santiago 1 2-3 0 0 0 2 2

Hovorka 1 3 5 5 3 0

Ewig 1 0 0 0 0 1

WP--Coxwell, Jensen 2. PB--Nozicka. HB--Santiago, Ewig.

Umpires--Plate, Tim Eddie; Bases, Tim Burch

T--3:14. A--518.

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