The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team was firing on all cylinders for a dominant 12-2 road victory over Elsberry on Sunday afternoon.

The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team was firing on all cylinders for a dominant 12-2 road victory over Elsberry on Sunday afternoon.

Every member of the Hannibal lineup reached base during the rout, and a total of six Post 55 players scored at least one run.

The bottom five hitters in manager Brian Stone's batting order shined the brightest. Garrett Stone, Spencer Locke, Jerry Cunningham, Logan Astorino and Kaden Malone combined for 11 RBIs on nine hits. 

Hannibal broke into the scoring column with a pair of runs in the second inning and never looked back. Astorino singled on a ground ball to score Locke and later came around to score to put Post 55 ahead 2-0.

The visitors then tacked on four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth en route to a five-inning, mercy rule finish. 

Charlie Hirner led off the third inning with a hit by pitch. Chase Kirby, who started on the mound and tossed a complete game, one-hit victory, doubled to center field to put runners on second and third. With an opportunity to break the game open, Stone smacked a 1-2 pitch for a line drive up the middle to score both runners. 

Later in the same frame, Malone beat out an infield single that scored Stone, and Cooper Hinkle drew a bases-loaded walk to score Locke to grow the lead to 6-0.

In the fourth inning, Locke hit a sacrifice fly to score Kirby before Cunningham doubled home Stone to continue the offensive outburst.

Hannibal remained full throttle in the fifth inning to take a 12-0 edge. 

Stone drew Post 55's second bases-loaded walk of the game to score Hirner to make it 9-0. Locke grounded out to score Kirby, and Cunningham singled home Caleb Peters. Astorino capped his strong 3-for-4 game at the dish with a double to plate Stone.

Kirby held Elsberry hitless through 4 2/3 innings before the home team rallied for two runs in the fifth thanks to a pair of two-out walks and an infield single.

Hannibal finished with 15 hits to Elsberry's one.

Union 4, Hannibal 3

Earlier Sunday, Hannibal fell just short during a 4-3 loss to Union. 

Trailing 4-1 through six innings, Post 55 staged a comeback in the seventh, scoring twice to give Union a run for its money. Ross Arch delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to right field to score Locke and Astorino to pull Hannibal with one. Hannibal proceeded to load the bases but was unable to push the tying run across.

Post 55 totaled 10 hits to Union's five during the losing effort. Astorino, Locke and Stone each recorded two hits a piece.

Hirner took the loss for Hannibal. The Hannibal native allowed one run over two innings of work before Corder Lehenbauer came out of the bullpen to pitch the remainder of the contest. Lehenbauer struck out eight batters and allowed three runs over four innings. 

Hannibal 10, Pacific 3

Cunningham had a day to remember Thursday during Hannibal's 10-3 road win over Pacific. On top of starting on the mound, the Palmyra native also starred in his role as the No. 7 hitter in the lineup, stroking three hits to lead Post 55's persistent offensive attack. 

Cunningham, who pitched three scoreless innings, capped a four-run third inning for Post 55 with a single that scored Hirner. Earlier in the frame, Hinkle got the fun started with an RBI groundout to bring home Astorino for the first run of the game. Arch used heads-up base running to score the second run of the contest before Locke singled home Kirby to make it 3-0.

Astorino reached on an infield single and later came around to score in the fourth inning to put Hannibal ahead 4-0.

The offenses remained silent until the seventh inning, when Hannibal plated five to take a 10-0 lead before Pacific scored its only three runs during the bottom half of the frame.

Cunningham picked up his second RBI of the day with a single to score Lehenbauer to make it 6-0. Astorino followed with an run-scoring single before Arch drilled a two-RBI triple.

Locke raced home on a Pacific misplay for Hannibal's tenth tally.

Hirner entered in relief of Cunningham in the fourth inning and pitched the next three frames before Peters and Malone patched together the seventh to close out the win.