QUINCY -- The Hannibal Hoots squandered one lead Wednesday night.
They were never in danger of letting go of another.
The Springfield Sliders rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to steal a 6-4 victory in the first game of a Prospect League doubleheader at QU Stadium, only to see the Hoots score nine runs in the first inning of the nightcap and earn the split with a 16-6 victory.
Hannibal led 3-2 going to the seventh in the opener when left-hander Matt Ottsen took over for starter Dylan Chisholm, who allowed two runs and six hits over six innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
Ottsen lasted just three batters. The Sliders' Zeb Roos led off with single, took second on a wild pitch and went to third on Alex Ludwick's single.
Brendan Ryan followed with a two-run single after Ludwick stole second base. A single and a double plated another run and a two-out RBI single by Evan Spry made it a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Hoots plated a run with a two-out single, but they left one runner stranded and never got the potential tying run on base.
The Sliders scored a run in the top of the first of the nightcap, only to watch the Hoots bring 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and score nine times to take control.
A two-run single by Damian Yenzi and a two-run triple by Daunte DeCello were the big blows, and the Hoots scored twice on wild pitches.
Hannibal finished the second game with just nine hits, taking advantage of 13 walks.
Kyle Kent went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Yenzi was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
Right-hander Jackson Uner picked up the victory, allowing five runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and one walk.