The Hannibal baseball team picked up an 11-1 victory in six innings over Fulton on Friday at Veteran Sports Complex to improve to 2-3 on the season.
Hannibal baseball coach Ian Hatton saw a lot of good things from his team in a 6-0 defeat at Quincy Notre Dame on Wednesday evening.
That confidence has now turned into two straight wins for the Pirates.
Hannibal picked up an 11-1 victory in six innings over North Central Missouri Conference rival Fulton on Friday at Veteran Sports Complex to improve to 2-3 on the season.
“Playing through the cold and being able to put up 11 runs for a second straight game, this was a great win for us tonight,” the Pirates skipper said. “These last two games give us a huge confidence boost as we move into a big conference week again next week.”
The Pirates offense broke open a close game with a seven-run fourth inning for a commanding 9-1 advantage.
John Trenhaile opened the fourth frame with a double and scored on a Colton Brown single.
Trenhaile also capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run single.
The run support would be more than enough for Wyatt Waelder. The Pirates starting hurler tossed a one-hitter in the complete-game win. Waelder fanned five in his six innings of work.
The lone Fulton run was unearned.
“Wyatt was outstanding on the mound tonight,” Hatton said. “He did a great job of being around the zone and forcing the action."
A sacrifice fly by Brown enforced the mercy rule in the last of the sixth inning.
Hannibal needed just six hits to come away with the win, taking advantage of eight bases on balls.
The Pirates were also aggressive on the base paths, as they swiped nine bags in the win.
Lucas Brown stole four bases, while Will Whitaker stole two.
Hatton mentioned he is pleased with the way his squad has responded after three straight losses to open the season.
“We continue to gain momentum after a slow start,” the coach stated. “Our effort as a unit has been phenomenal and I am proud of the way the guys have battled and taken care of business. We are playing some great team baseball.”
The Pirates return to the diamond Tuesday as they play host to another NCMC foe, Kirksville.