The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team swept Warrenton in a doubleheader but dropped three other games over the weekend.
The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team was in business Saturday during a doubleheader road sweep of Warrenton.
Hannibal got off to a fast start with a six-run first inning to win the opener 15-6, and Cooper Hinkle and Spencer Locke teamed up on the mound for a three-inning no-hitter in an 11-0 nightcap victory.
“We really put everything together down there,” Hannibal manager Brian Stone said. “Everybody hit the ball really well, and we had really good pitching. We did real well.”
Hannibal batted through the lineup before Warrenton could record three outs in the first game. Chase Kirby singled home Logan Astorino for the first run of the contest. Kirby, Locke and Garrett Stone all scored on wild pitches to make it 4-0. Kaden Malone (triple) and Caleb Peters (double) capped the frame with RBI hits.
Warrenton got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and added two more in the fourth to claw within 6-4.
Needing a response, Charlie Hirner, Jerry Cunningham and Peters delivered RBI singles in the fifth to go ahead 9-4.
Hannibal tacked on two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh to claim a 15-6 blowout victory.
Cunningham started for Post 55 and allowed four runs (two earned) over three innings. Astorino entered in relief to strike out seven batters while allowing two earned runs over four innings.
The strong pitching carried over to the second game — in a big way.
Hinkle started for Hannibal and needed just 15 pitches to breeze through two innings. He allowed one walk and no hits.
Locke recorded four strikeouts in the third inning, but two of his victims reached base due to dropped third strikes on wild pitches. A pickoff play at third base provided the additional out. Locke allowed one walk but kept Warrenton hitless to cap off the abbreviated tag-team no-hitter.
Meanwhile, the Hannibal offense didn't miss a beat, plating six runs in the first inning and five more in the third to enforce the mercy rule.
In the first inning, Kirby, Astorino and Hirner contributed three consecutive RBI singles to take a 3-0 advantage. Peters drew a bases-loaded walk, and Hinkle doubled to right field to score Hirner and Peters.
Cunningham, Hinkle and Astorino drew bases-loaded walks in the third inning, while Braden Shannon and Kirby came through with RBI singles.
St. Clair 9, Hannibal 6 (Sunday)
Hannibal appeared destined for its third win of the weekend Sunday afternoon early into its game against St. Clair at Clemens Field.
Post 55 held a 5-0 lead through the third inning.
In the first inning, Astorino scored on a passed ball for the first tally of the contest before Locke singled home Kirby. Corder Lehenbauer raced home on a wild pitch, and Stone picked up an RBI single that scored Locke to make it 4-0 after one frame.
Hinkle poked an RBI single to center field that scored Astorino in the second inning to go ahead by five.
Then the wheels came off.
Hannibal's bats went cold and its defense turned shaky in the field, where it committed five errors.
St. Clair rallied for three runs in each the fourth and fifth innings before adding two in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
“We kind of gave the game away,” Stone said.
Hannibal mustered just one run during the final five innings. Locke drove home Lehenbauer with a fifth-inning double.
Lehenbauer started on the mound for Hannibal and allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out six batters over four innings. Malone tossed the final three frames and allowed four earned runs.
St. Charles 4, Hannibal 1 (Friday)
Hannibal couldn't bring its offense to life as it lost 4-1 to St. Charles in a road game on Friday night.
Kirby pitched six innings and allowed four runs (two earned) while striking out six batters in the losing effort.
Hirner was a bright spot for Post 55, going 3-for-3 at the plate. He scored Hannibal's lone run on an RBI hit by Malone that tied the game 1-all in the fifth inning.
St. Charles scored once in the bottom of the fifth and twice more in the sixth to secure the win.
St. Peters 6, Hannibal 1 (Friday)
Hannibal fell behind and couldn't recover during a 6-1 loss to St. Peters on Friday night.
St. Peters scored one run in each the first, fourth and sixth innings before tacking on three runs in the seventh.
Despite eight hits, Post 55 could push only one run across. Hirner doubled home Locke in the fifth inning. Hinkle, Post 55's leadoff man, stood out with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.
Hirner started for Hannibal and pitched six innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out four. Stone and Astorino combined to pitch the seventh inning.
Coming up next
Next up for Post 55 is the district tournament.
Hannibal, the No. 7 seed, hits the road to face Sullivan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday for a first-round game.
By virtue of hosting the state tournament July 12 to 15, Hannibal receives an automatic berth into the finals bracket regardless of how district play unfolds.