PALMYRA, Mo. — The Hannibal softball team banged out 13 hits on the way to a 15-2 victory over Palmyra Monday night at Flower City Park.
It was Palmyra's second game of the night, and the lineup consisted of mainly JV players. However, Hannibal coach Andrew Pollard was pleased to see the Pirates snap their four-game losing skid in the regular season finale.
“We needed that boost,” Pollard said. “And Palmyra hit the ball well against (Hannibal pitcher Kylie McAfee).”
Palmyra had seven hits off McAfee and put the ball in play of the Hannibal right-hander. McAfee managed to strike out six, but the Panthers made the Pirates' defense work.
“She'll pitch to contact,” Pollard said. “She allows our defense to have good chances. That's what I wanted to see, and we responded and the defense played great holding them to two runs because it could have been a lot more.”
The Pirates were jumpstarted by Sydney Hart's three-run homer in the top of the second inning, which made it 5-0. Kylie McAfee's RBI single in the inning pushed the lead to 6-0.
Palmyra got on the board in the third on an RBI double, but Hannibal pushed the lead to 9-1 in the fifth on Chloe Simms' two-run triple and Adyra Nichelson's RBI single.
McAfee threw all seven innings for Hannibal, scattering seven hits while allowing two runs. She struck out six and walked one.
Hannibal now eagerly awaits district play.
“I'm expecting them to come out hard,” Pollard said. “We've been in some big games this year, and we know we can hang with anybody. It's not going to be a walk in the park, but hopefully we can play the game like it's the last one.”