Missed opportunities hurt the Hannibal Legion Post 55 AA baseball team Monday during a doubleheader sweep to Moberly at Veterans Sports Complex.
The Hannibal Legion Post 55 AA baseball team wants to be aggressive on the base paths this summer.
Sometimes that aggression needs to be reined in.
Hannibal drew a pair of walks and connected for a single in the first inning against Moberly on Monday night at Veterans Sports Complex.
But the hosts had nothing to show for it as they ran into the final two outs of the frame at third base.
“Base running was not our strong suit tonight,” Hannibal coach Michael Elliott said. “Usually it is. Usually it's just wonderful. Tonight wasn't so good. But we just need to pick ourselves up and lift each other up.”
The missed opportunities caught up to Hannibal during a 12-6 loss in the first game of a doubleheader.
Hannibal dropped an abbreviated second game 6-0 in three innings.
In the first game, Post 55 cut a four-run deficit to 6-5 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Parker Elliott drove in Robert Loweer with a single to make it 6-3 before Hannibal's play of the night.
With runners on first and third, Elliott took off for a successful steal of second base. The Moberly catcher threw to second in an attempt to gun down Elliott. Meanwhile, Mavryk Comley barreled home from third base for Hannibal's fourth run.
“We did not expect this to work,” coach Elliott admitted. “It was just something we were trying out because Parker and Mavryk are our two big guys, our heavy hitters.”
Casey Hathaway then hit a single to bring in Elliott.
Moberly responded with one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three more in the seventh to pull away.
Cameron Voepel reached base and came around to score on an error in the sixth for Hannibal's final tally.
Tyler Wilson started for Hannibal and pitched 2 2/3 innings in the loss. Wilson was followed on the hill by Mat Wilson, Comley and Logan Astorino.
Comley recorded a strikeout to strand the bases loaded in the top of the third.
“Tyler Wilson pitched excellent,” coach Elliott said. “This was his first time pitching competitive ball and he looked pretty good. Tonight was just to see where we could play people and see some different pitchers.”
Moberly jumped out to an early lead with two runs on three hits in the first inning. The visitors tacked on another in the second via a sacrifice fly to center.
Moberly sent nine batters to the plate in the third, when it scored three times before Comley helped Hannibal out of the jam.
Voepel drove home Loweer with a groundout in the second inning to put Hannibal on the board. Hathaway smoked an RBI double to score Comley to give Post 55 its second run.
Hannibal failed to muster any offense in the second game as Moberly secured the sweep.
Hannibal fell 11-1 to Rhineland on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday night, Post 55 defeated St. Peters 13-3 in five innings.