The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team erupted for a 13-3 win over top-seeded Union to claim the Missouri District 9 Tournament championship.
The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team left no doubt Monday.
Hannibal erupted for a 13-3 win over top-seeded Union in five innings to claim the Missouri District 9 Tournament championship.
“We just killed it all the way around,” Post 55 manager Charlie Culp III said. “Caleb Young threw a complete game, we didn't make any errors and we hit the heck out of the baseball.”
Union scored three runs in the top of the first inning.
It was all Hannibal after that.
Charlie Culp IV and Kegan Birck each delivered RBI hits in the bottom of the first to cut Post 55's deficit to 3-2.
The pair did more damage as part of a five-run rally an inning later.
Culp IV tied the score with an RBI single in the second before Birck put Hannibal ahead with a two-run double that scored Mason Tharp and Young.
Culp IV scored on a passed ball to make it 6-3, and Jack Kirby reached on an error that brought home Hunter Scrogin for the seventh tally.
Post 55 clubbed five doubles and 14 total hits in the victory.
Hannibal, the No. 3 seed, recorded eight stolen bases.
“We picked our situations where we ran,” Culp III said. “Never on the first pitch. We would try to wait until a ball in the dirt and we had great reads.”
The offensive explosion was more than enough for Young, who secured the win by striking out four while allowing three runs (two earned) on just three hits.
Scrogin scored on a fielder's choice to start another five-run outburst in the fourth inning. Dudley crossed home via a Union error.
Garrett Lillard raced home on a double steal to make it 10-3.
Tharp and Young hit consecutive RBI doubles to left to cap Post 55's barrage of offense in the fourth.
After Young shut down Union 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth, Gary Culp lined an RBI base hit to right in the bottom of the frame to enforce the mercy rule.
Hannibal earns an automatic bid to state on the merit of its finish in the district tournament.
Post 55 ran the table in the bracket, coming from behind to beat Sullivan 12-11 on Friday before taking down Washington 4-2 on Saturday and Union 9-2 on Sunday.
Union defeated Washington in the district loser's bracket earlier Monday to earn a rematch against Hannibal.
Post 55 defeated the No. 1 seed two straight days.
The state tournament is scheduled for July 11-15 in Washington.
“The boys are hot and hopefully we can carry that into the state tournament,” coach Culp III said. “We should be ready to rock and roll.”