With the season winding down and the postseason no longer a factor, the Cavemen can only focus on one thing: winning.
The Hannibal Cavemen fell to the Danville Dans, losing two out of three to them over a home and away series, in walkoff faction by a score of 8-7.
Despite the walk off loss, Hannibal came back from down 7-1 at one point to tie the game up in the top of the ninth inning.
Kris Gardner started the game for Hannibal, going six innings and allowing seven runs — six earned — on 10 hits and six strike outs.
For the Dans, Zach Gordon went 6.2 innings allowing four runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts.
Matt Frahm was credited with the victory for the Dans, pitching .2 innings allowing three runs — two earned — and four hits.
The Cavemen started out the contest by getting on the board first. With one out, Kris Goodman hit a single, and moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Zach Nichols single to make the score 1-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Tyler Fullerton of Danville hit a triple to lead things off and hit on a one out sacrifice from Andrew Daniel to tie the contest up.
In the bottom of the second inning, Danville took the lead. Cole Stancile hit a one out single, moved to second on a play that allowed Christopher Newcomb to reach on an error. A sacrifice moved the two runners over and Tyler Fullerton hit a two-out single to plate Stancil and make the score 2-1.
The bottom of the third was rough for Hannibal. After a top of the third that saw Roberto Gonzalez be the only baserunner with a leadoff single, the Dans plated five runs to finish its scoring until the ninth inning.
Adam Casson hit a double with one out and was then hit in on a Nick Whitty homer to make the score 4-1.
Zane Dillon then followed that up with a single and found his way to second after a Stancil single. Newcomb kept the line moving and loaded the bases with a single of his own.
Britton then hit another Danville single to plate two runs and Fullerton hit a sacrifice to score Newcomb and put the score at 7-1.
Nichols helped the Cavemen answer back a little in the top of the fourth with a leadoff home run to put the Cavemen down by a score of 7-2.
The seventh would then see Hannibal get back on the scoreboard and make things a little tense for the Dans.
Gonzalez led off the inning with a single, Neal Hansen followed up the single with one of his own and Jake Mangler moved both men over a base with a sacrifice. Goodman then walked to load the bases.
Page 2 of 2 - Nichols again came through for the Cavemen, hitting a double to plate both Gonzalez and Hansen and moved Hannibal within three runs.
The Cavemen then tied things up in the ninth inning after a fairly calm top of the eighth that saw Daniel Peters collect the only hit of the frame.
Against new Danville pitcher Matt Frahm, who subbed for Pat Gannon who faced only Hansen, Mangler reached on a one out double. Mangler was then immediately moved home by a double from Goodman to put the score at 7-5. An error then allowed Nichols to reach first and Goodman to score to put the Cavemen down just one run at 7-6.
Ian Sikes followed this up with a single, then with two outs Derek Fletcher hit a single to score Nichols and tie things up at sevens.
The tie game didn’t last long. After two balls, Danville’s Evan Powell hit a homer to send the Danville fans home happy.
The Cavemen will now move on to play the Terre Haute Rex at 6:05 p.m. today, Aug. 4, at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind.