By THE HERALD-WHIG
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Prospect League's top pitching team shut down the league's worst hitting team Sunday night.
Hannibal starter Devontae Wilson tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings to lead the Cavemen to a 1-0 victory over the Springfield Sliders at Clemens Field.
Wilson allowed four hits, walked two and struck out six. Wilson improved to 2-1. Dustin Lawson pitched 1 1/3 no-hit innings to earn the save. He struck out three.
The Cavemen (7-9) lowered their league-leading ERA to 2.41. This marked the fourth time this season Hannibal shut out an opponent.
Springfield (3-14) ranks last in the league with a .193 batting average.
Hannibal's lone run stemmed from a two-out rally in the sixth. Springfield's Matt Rhodes retired Mattingly Romanin and Zach Nichols to start the inning before Damon Waller and Kyle Kuck followed with singles. Jerod Smith walked to load the bases, and Derek Fletcher walked to bring home a run.
Nichols went 3 for 4, including two doubles, to lead Hannibal's offense. Kuck was 2 for 4.
The Cavemen play the Sliders at 6:35 p.m. Monday in Springfield, Ill.