The Hannibal Hoots erupted for 11 runs in the seventh inning Monday night for a 15-2 romp over Springfield at Clemens Field.
The Hannibal Hoots scored just 10 total runs during a four-game losing streak entering Monday.
The Hoots eclipsed that total in the seventh inning alone Monday night at Clemens Field.
The 11-run inning sent the Hoots to a 15-2 romp over visiting Springfield during a Western Division Prospect League game.
Hannibal sent 15 batters to the plate during the frame, collecting nine hits and turning a slim 4-2 advantage into a 15-2 lead.
“Putting up that many runs and knocking out a couple pitchers, it was awesome,” leadoff hitter Tye Thixton said of the seventh inning. “The bats finally came alive and it was a great feeling.”
Thixton collected the first hit of the seventh with a double to deep left-center field.
Josh Lane, Jordan Humphries, Joe Roscetti and Dylan Dodd all collected run-scoring hits in the frame.
Dodd’s hit was a line-drive two-run double off the base of the wall in center field. The lefty also drove home a run with a groundout earlier in the frame.
Dodd finished the game 2-for-5 with 5 RBIs.
Thixton and Humphries both collected a second hit before the third out of the inning was recorded.
The Sliders used three different pitchers in the inning.
Hannibal posted another crooked number earlier in the game to take the lead.
A throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by No. 9 hitter Patrick Donohue loaded the bases with no outs for the Hoots in the home half of the fifth.
An RBI groundout by Thixton broke a 1-all tie, before Dodd brought home another run with an infield single. The Sliders committed a second error of the inning on Dodd’s hit, which brought home the third run of the frame.
“Every day we see live pitching we are getting a little better at the little things,” Hoots manager Clayton Hicks said. “We were able to do a good job of putting the ball in play and put the pressure on them early and we were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes because of it.”
The Hoots jumped out on top out of the gate.
Thixton led off the game with a single and stole second. After advancing to third on a groundout, Thixton was brought home on a groundout by Dodd.
“We had a talk with the team last night (Sunday) and explained to them it was still early in the season and there was no need to panic,” Hicks said of the losing streak. “So it was nice to see the guys respond early.”
Springfield tied the game in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Logan Stephens.
Randall Coxwell picked up the win for the Hoots with six strong innings on the hill. The right-hander scattered four hits.
“Randall did a nice job on the mound for us tonight,” Hicks said of his starting pitcher. “It was nice to see the offense break through like they did and also for the pitching to be good as well.”
The Hoots (2-4) hit the road Tuesday at Kokomo to start a four-game road trip.
“We will take all the confidence we can get heading on the road,” Hicks stated.