By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Brown County baseball coach Jared Hoots had an idea of what Hardin Calhoun's pitcher was going to do.
So with runners on first and third and no outs in the top of the seventh inning, Hoots decided to take a risk.
He had sophomore Triston Hobson lay down a bunt, which scored Jared Fry to give the Hornets a 5-4 win over Calhoun Friday at Brown County.
"It was a 1-0 count, so I figured the kid would come back with a fastball," Hoots said. "Hobson is a good contact hitter. ... I had a lot of faith in the kid at the plate to execute the squeeze and he got it done."
Brady Long, who pitched the last 2 2/3 innings, picked up the win for the Hornets (1-0).
Hannibal 6, Western 1: The Pirates limited the Wildcats to two hits to help Hannibal open the season with a win in Kinderhook, Ill. Eric Hugenberg allowed one unearned run and pitched three innings to pick up the win. Trevor Hertlein drove in three runs and Brandon Scott two for Hannibal.
Triopia 7, Griggsville-Perry 5: Dryden Craven threw three scoreless innings in the season opener for the Tornadoes, but the bullpen struggled when staked to a lead.
Griggsville-Perry was ahead 3-0 going to the bottom of the fourth when three walks preceeded a grand slam that gave Triopia the lead.
The Tornadoes tied the game in the top of the fifth, but Griggsville gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Isaac Whitaker went 2 for 3 with a double for the Tornadoes.
Griggsville-Perry 7, Triopia 3: The Lady Tornadoes used a three-run sixth inning to open the season with a win on the road.
Mackenzie Vose picked up the victory for Griggsville-Perry, striking out six and allowing one walk. Junior Rachel Smith had a triple for the Lady Tornadoes (1-0).
Calhoun 6, Brown County 0: Maddie Baalman struck out 16 and only allowed three hits as Calhoun shut out Brown County.
Becca Wegs, Emily Hendricker and Emily Kitchell had hits for the Hornets. Wegs struck out four in a losing effort.
Troy Triad 6, Quincy High School 3: Andrew Fauble made his first impression a lasting one.
Trailing in the third set, the QHS freshman rallied for a win to highlight the Blue Devils' season-opening dual.
Playing at No. 3 singles, Fauble opened with a 6-3 victory in the first set against the Knights' Jake Bennett. After dropping the second set 7-6, Fauble fell behind 9-4 in the third set.
He rallied to tie the match at nine and fell behind 10-9 before he won the last three games to earn his first victory.
"I was really proud of him," QHS coach Mike Terry said. "(In the third set), he let the other guy make mistakes and put the pressure on him. Once he lost a few volleys, it seemed like he got tight and made a few mistakes."
Junior Collin Adams won both a singles and doubles match in his Blue Devils' debut. Adams beat Dylan Saulkenberg 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Tom O'Connor to beat Bennett and Cody Chaplin 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.
John Wood drops two: The Trail Blazers fell to 5-4 on the season after losing to Mercer (N.Y.) Community College 7-6 and Lakeland (Ohio) Community College 12-10 at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Luke Sorenson took the loss against Mercer, allowing two runs in the top of the seventh inning with the game tied at five.
Matt Marek helped the Trail Blazers cut into the lead when he drove in Mark Carpenter when he grounded out.
JWCC had two runners on base when Mercer recorded the final out.
John Lozano and Carpenter both had two hits and two RBIs in the Trail Blazers' lost to Lakeland.
Hannibal-LaGrange 15-3, Lyon College 7-2: The Trojans fell to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the American Midwest Conference after being swept by Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.
The Trojans had a 5-0 lead in the first game of the doubleheader, before they surrendered 14 runs in the second and third innings to lose control. Sophomore Drew Morecraft went 4-for-4 from the plate for HLG, while seniors Ian Sikes and Clink Hamilton had two hits.
Blake Zurliene also drove in a run for the Trojans in the fourth inning that tied the game at two. Lyon College scored the winning run in the fifth inning.
Filmore Tournament: Culver-Stockton went 1-2 at Evangel University's David Filmore Memorial Softball Tournament.
The Wildcats lost to Ottawa (Kan.) University 9-3 and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 6-3. Kristy Obert threw a three-hitter in the final game to help C-SC (2-5) beat Stephens College 14-3 in five innings.
Kim Meyers had three hits and drove in two runs against Stephens, while Rachel Dixon added two hits and two RBIs.
Self-inflicted wounds hurt the Wildcats against Cardinal Stritch. C-SC made nine errors in the loss. Dixon hit a solo home run. Emily Orf drove in the Wildcats' lone RBI against Ottawa.
Quincy d. Erskine: The Hawks opened up the QU Crossover with a 25-22,28-30, 25-21, 24-26, 15-13 victory over Erksine (S.C.) College. Four QU players -- Ian Lawson, Steven Battaglia, Jack Gamache and John Pranger -- finished with 12 kills each. Ethan Freeman had 12 digs for the Hawks.