The ability to rally plus a tough bullpen performance enabled the Hannibal Cavemen to pull out a 4-3 win over Terre Haute on Thursday night at Clemens Field in Hannibal.
“It was nice,” said Cavemen Manager Jay Hemond. “The bats kicked in a little bit tonight and put up double digit hits and enough runs for our pitching.”
Leading the Cavemen offense with three hits was Zach Nichols, who had an RBI and a run scored.
Trailing 3-2 in the fifth the Cavemen rallied for a pair of runs.
Michael Duarte ignited the comeback with a double down the right field line. He scored the tying run on a hit by J. Golden. Golden would score the go-ahead run on Nichols’ third consecutive hit, a single into left field.
With the lead in hand the bullpen took over, closing out the victory with one-hit pitching.
“Our pitching has been our strength all season. We’ve had great start after great start. The bullpen has been really strong,” said Hemond. “It came out and gave us three shutdown innings as well. When you get pitching like that hopefully you can score enough runs to get the win.”
Wes Judish closed out the game with a perfect ninth to earn the save.
The Cavemen, 11-14, return to action Friday night when they host the division leading Quincy Gems. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.