A historic season came to an end for the Hannibal baseball team Saturday with a 13-3 loss to Troy in the Class 5 District 8 semifinals.
The seams unraveled for the Hannibal baseball team Saturday afternoon during the fifth inning of a 13-3 loss to Troy Buchanan in the Class 5 District 8 semifinals in Wentzville.
Troy brought 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame en route to scoring nine runs to break a 3-all tie.
The Trojans tacked on another in the sixth to enforce the mercy rule.
“Baseball is a funny game,” Hannibal coach Ian Hatton said. “We couldn't have played any better for four full innings. But they definitely came alive with the bats. There is not a lot you can do about a team that comes out and hits their way to that many runs.”
Nick Gales, who pitched a complete game for the Trojans while striking out 10, helped himself by driving home the go-ahead run with one out in the fifth.
Dallas King followed with a RBI single, and Todd Meyers grounded out to bring another run home to extend the lead to 6-3, chasing Hannibal starter Colton Brown from the game.
“When you go through a lineup like Troy has as many times as Colton did, you get yourself into some tight situations sometimes,” Hatton said. “That's what happened in the fifth inning there. But the big thing is he competed the whole time just like all our guys have all year.”
The Trojans capitalized on Pirate miscues to break the game open with six more tallies with two outs.
Troy scored 11 unanswered runs to win the game.
Hannibal, which eclipsed the school wins record Friday, finishes the year 16-7.
Gabe Worthington stroked a single in the sixth for his 33rd hit of the season to tie Zach Nichols (2009) and Paul Trenhaile (2011) for the Hannibal record.
“All the records we've broken this year and winning 16 games, it's amazing we were able to accomplish that,” Hatton said. “Our kids came through, and it's a great feeling to have done as much as we have this year.”
Hannibal jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Will Whitaker and Wyatt Waelder each scored from third base on wild pitches.
Dane Stuckey roped a two-out RBI single for Troy to cut Hannibal's lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame.
Troy's Will Otte tied the game at two with a two-out RBI single to right in the second.
After Braden Schlueter led off the third with a double, Whitaker smoked a RBI single to drive him home to give the Pirates a 3-2 edge.
The Hannibal defense executed a couple big-time plays before the score unraveled.
Second baseman Gary Culp dove to his left to corral a grounder and threw to first for an out in the second.
In the third, Whitaker snagged a sharp liner near third base and threw to first to double off a Troy runner to help Hannibal maintain the lead.
But when Ford hit a one-out RBI double for Troy in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at three, it was a sign of things to come for the potent Trojans offense.
Troy (19-10) advances to play Holt for the district championship on Tuesday.