The Hannibal Hoots overcame a scare in the ninth inning to secure a 10-8 win at Springfield in a Prospect League game Tuesday.
The Hannibal Hoots came alive offensively and overcame a scare in the ninth inning to secure a 10-8 win in a Prospect League West Division game at Springfield on Tuesday.
Hannibal (4-8) led 6-3 entering the ninth inning and piled on four runs in the top of the final frame.
But Springfield (6-7) responded to rally for five runs — four unearned — in the bottom of the inning.
The Sliders brought the winning run to the plate before Hoots reliever Clayton Slifer fired a strikeout to escape any further trouble.
Hannibal snapped a four-game losing streak.
“We had a scare in the ninth when we almost gave the game away, but our guys kept fighting and we found a way to come out on top,” Hannibal manager Clayton Hicks said.
Randall Coxwell pitched six innings while allowing three runs to earn the win for the Hoots.
Hannibal scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a lead it never gave back.
Tommy Kraus provided a two-run single, and Josh Lane contributed a sacrifice fly to score Sam Nozicka to give the Hoots a 4-2 lead.
Nozicka hit an RBI single in the sixth as both squads plated a run in the inning.
An RBI single by Lane in the eighth gave Hannibal a three-run advantage.
The Hoots capitalized on Springfield miscues in the top of the ninth to score on a bases-loaded walk, bases-loaded hit by pitch, error and sacrifice fly.
Hannibal had just one hit in the four-run outburst.
Springfield loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth thanks in part to an error that allowed the leadoff batter to reach base.
The Sliders' five-run rally was aided by two bases-loaded walks, a sacrifice fly and a pair of errors before Hannibal eked out the victory.
Stephen Haring put Hannibal on the board in the second inning with an RBI single.
Nozicka paced Hannibal from the No. 9 spot in the lineup with three hits. He drove in a run and scored twice.
Kraus and Joe Roscetti collected two hits a piece, while Kraus and Lane each drove home three runs.
"It's nice to see the bats start rolling," Hicks said. "Hopefully we can keep it up and get a winning streak started."
Graham Kuck pitched 1 1/3 inning of scoreless relief, while Jonny Steiner recorded outs against both of the hitters he faced in the eighth.
Hannibal is scheduled to host Lafayette on Wednesday night at Clemens Field.