Hayden Hoerr plowed his way to a complete game shutout to lead the Hannibal Legion Post 55 AA baseball team to a 4-0 victory at St. Peters.
Hayden Hoerr plowed his way to a complete game shutout Wednesday night to lead the Hannibal Legion Post 55 AA baseball team to a 4-0 victory at St. Peters.
His battery mate helped him get there.
St. Peters put up resistance in the bottom of the seventh inning when it put runners on first and third with two outs. Due to a pitch count limit of 105 pitches per outing, Hoerr knew his next batter inevitably would be his last.
Catcher Adam Baxter received the southpaw's 104th pitch of the night and gunned down a would-be base stealer at second to conclude the contest.
“No hesitation,” Hannibal manager Deanie Waelder said of his backstop. “They tried to steal second and it wasn't happening.”
Hoerr struck out seven batters and allowed only four hits over his seven innings. Of the 28 hitters he faced, he pounded the zone with 20 first-pitch strikes.
“Hayden doesn't get rattled on the mound,” Waelder said. “That was proven tonight when there were a couple errors behind him. He stayed under control. You could tell he wanted it. Probably about fifth inning or sixth inning, every time he went out he said, 'I got this, I got this,' and he just rolled with it.”
Hannibal took the lead in the fourth inning with a pair of two-out runs. Alec Mundle singled to right to bring home Treyson Culwell, who had reached on a double. Mundle later came around to score on a wild pitch.
Danny Colborn doubled home Wyatt Waelder in the fifth inning to make it 3-0.
Casey Williams picked up an RBI single in the seventh.
“The middle of the lineup got on base and we pushed runs across,” Waelder said. “Everybody produced hits all the way up and down.”
The victory displayed progress Post 55 (8-5) has made since the start of the summer.
“This was a revenge game for us,” Waelder said. “At the Memorial Day Tournament, St. Peters, for the first time I've been coaching, beat us 6-1. This was revenge. That was mentioned before the game started so everybody was aware of it. It just gave that much more fire.”