Tyess Chatman picked an opportune time to launch the first home run of his baseball career for the Hannibal Legion AAA team.
Tyess Chatman picked an opportune time to launch the first home run of his baseball career.
The slugger pummeled the first pitch he saw Sunday afternoon over the left-field wall for a grand slam to lead the Hannibal Legion Post 55 AAA team to a 13-1 victory over Brookfield at Mark Twain High School.
“That was my first career home run ever,” said Chatman, a 2016 graduate of Waynesville High School who now lives in the area. “It's exciting. Especially a grand slam. It's crazy because coach called time and said if the first pitch is there, do something with it. I managed to do something with it.”
Chatman's blast punctuated a nine-run first inning that began with the first seven Post 55 batters reaching base and coming around to score.
“I was on second when (the grand slam) happened,” said Ben Smith, who started the game on the mound for Hannibal. “I saw the ball go up and it was definitely a no-doubter. It was an especially good feeling. It put us up early and that was a big part of our first inning."
Hannibal tacked on a pair of runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to enforce the mercy rule after five innings.
Smith, a 2016 graduate of Marion County High School, earned the win with three shutout innings. He struck out six batters.
“We hit the ball well and it's always a good feeling when you're starting out there and they were hitting the ball and giving us some insurance runs,” the hurler said. “It makes it easier up on the mound.”
Nick Bringer entered in relief for Hannibal and allowed one run over two innings to close out the lopsided contest.
The win was the first this summer for Post 55 (1-6).
“Everybody put the ball in play today, so it gives us more confidence at the plate,” Chatman said. “And then our defense was pretty solid. I think it'll give us a lot of confidence moving forward in the season.”
Hannibal lost both games of a doubleheader at Elsberry on Saturday.
Elsberry won the first game 4-1. Ashton Oberman pitched the first five innings for Hannibal, while Payton Phillips tossed the final two. The Post 55 squad never could gain traction offensively.
“They threw one of their better pitchers and we just didn't hit well,” Hannibal manager Dennis McMillen said.
Hannibal held a one-run lead into the final inning of the nightcap, but Elsberry plated two runs in the top of the seventh to claim a slim 6-5 win.
Post 55 got a runner on second base with one out in the bottom of the seventh but failed to bring him home to extend the contest.
Earlier in the game, Koy Smith unloaded a three-run home run in the fourth inning to give Hannibal a 5-4 lead.
Drake Serbin pitched four innings for Hannibal and earned a no decision, while Chatman tossed the final three frames in the losing effort.
“Every game I see we're improving,” McMillen said of the weekend. “And we'll get a test next weekend when we go to Chillicothe.”