By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Hannibal baseball team held off a seventh-inning rally by Marshall to record its first North Central Missouri Conference victory 6-4 Saturday at Marshall, Mo.
The Owls took advantage of three Pirates errors to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Hannibal extended its lead to 6-2 in the top of the seventh when Trever Hertlein walked, stole second base and took third on a passed ball. Austin Kirby then walked and Eric Hugenberg was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jordan Wilson followed with a two-run double.
Wilson also scored a run with a first-inning groundout. He finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Dalton Overstreet, Kirby and Hugenberg combined to scatter six hits for the Pirates (2-4, 1-3).
Payson 2-2, West Hancock 0-0: Two strong pitching performances helped the Indians sweep a doubleheader at home.
In the opener, Tanner Stout made a two-run triple in the first inning hold up by limiting the Titans to seven hits. Stout (2-1) didn't walk anyone and struck out seven batters. He helped his cause by hitting a run-scoring triple in the first inning. He later scored on an RBI single by Cody Hildenbrand, who led six-hit attack for Payson Seymour (4-2) by going 2 for 3.
In the nightcap, Payson's Austin Coultas fanned 13 Titans en route to throwing a three-hit shutout. He got all of the offense he needed in a two-run third inning. Drew Burwinkel had a two-out single to start the rally. Brady Loos and Coultas followed with singles to load the bases. Logan Hilgenbrink singled home a run. Another run scored on an error on the play.
Pittsfield 6-4, Calhoun 3-11: A three-run sixth inning helped the Saukees snap a 3-3 tie and win the opening game of a non-conference doubleheader at Pittsfield, Ill.
After the Warriors tied the score at 3 by scoring three times in the top of the sixth, Austin Ator walked to lead off the bottom of the inning. One out later, Korbyn Cox walked and Austin Allen was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Dalton Butler's fielder's choice scored Ator. Jonah Meleski and Quinn Leahy followed with RBI singles.
Butler's two-run home run in the third inning gave Pittsfield a 3-0 lead. Meleski finished 3 for 3 and Butler scattered five hits in going the distance for the victory.
The Saukees trailed 7-0 in Game 2 before getting on the scoreboard in the sixth when Meleski hit an RBI single and Leahy scored a run on a groundout. Allen's RBI single scored Pittsfield's other run in the seventh.
Jacob Jenkins pitched the first 42/3 innings in the loss.
Illini West wins two: The Chargers won twice at Carthage, Ill., beating Athens 11-0 in five innings and edging Triopia 5-4 in eight.
A nine-run third inning put Illini West in control against Athens. Nolan Ard hit a solo home run for the first run of the inning. Later, the Chargers drew four bases-loaded walks and Peyton Porter hit a two-run double.
Ard finished 2 for 3 as Illini West had only four hits. Colton Mellinger struck out six batters, walked none and allowed only two hits in four innings of work before Jacob Douglas pitched the fifth.
The Chargers had only three hits against Triopia but scored the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Mellinger reached on an error which scored Braden Bennett from third base. That was the Trojans' second error of the inning.
Illini West (5-2) forced extra innings by scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch hitter Alex Rhodes singled home Bennett and Dalton Elliott. With Dusty Waddell at the plate with two outs, Daniel Harrell scored from third on a balk.
Braxton Squier pitched the final three innings in relief of Bennett to earn the victory. The two hurlers combined to strike out 11 batters.
Western 6-17, Brussels 3-0: Evan Ehrhardt had five hits in the Wildcats' non-conference sweep on the road.
Western took control of Game 1 by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth when Izack Hively singled home Ehrhardt and Josh Sally scored on a passed ball.
Ehrhardt was 3 for 4. Donovan Schwanke pitched the first four innings, scattering two hits while striking out 10 batters.
Three Western players had at least two hits in the six-inning nightcap. The Wildcats (5-5) scored three runs in the top of the first when JJ Bryant was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Austin Ward drove in a run with a groundout and Nekoda Gerding added an RBI single.
Gerding finished 3 for 5 with six RBIs, while Noah Lynch led off the third with a home run and finished with two htis.
CCC Tournament: Highland dropped two games, losing to Mark Twain 6-2 before falling to Louisiana 6-4.
Mark Twain used a four-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach against the Cougars.
Ethan Anderson had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Douglas Camden pitched seven innings and gave up four hits to take the win.
Cody Wilkens pitched six innings and gave up four earned runs for Highland.
In the second game, Louisiana scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 victory over Highland.
Brandon Holland and Trevor Castagna combined for 16 strikeouts for the Bulldogs. Castagna tallied nine and Holland added seven.
"We ran into some good pitching today," Highland coach Jeff Oenning said. "The first game we were making a lot of contact. In the second game we were outmatched. Sixteen strikeouts -- that's hard to beat."
Wilkens finished 2 for 3, included an RBI double in the third inning.
Jack Neisen hit a solo home run in the seventh for the Cougars (1-4). Neisen also took the loss, giving up six runs and five strikeouts in 41/3 innings.
Castagna had a double and a triple for Louisiana.