The Hannibal Hoots scored 19 runs Wednesday during a doubleheader sweep of Quincy at Clemens Field to improve their winning streak to 10 games.
The Hannibal Hoots broke out the fireworks early this Fourth of July.
Hannibal scored 19 total runs Wednesday during a doubleheader sweep of the Quincy Gems at Clemens Field to improve its winning streak to 10 games.
The Hoots (14-17) came from behind to plate three runs in the final inning to win the first game 7-6 before coasting to a 12-2 victory in the nightcap.
“Our fight and want to win grows every day and it's something pretty cool to watch right now,” said Hannibal manager Clayton Hicks. “The team chemistry is something you don't see a lot of in the summer. It's good to see these guys come together and really be a team.”
Fans in America's Hometown were treated to fireworks over the Mississippi River following the twin bill.
Sam Nozicka got the show going hours sooner.
The Hoots catcher drilled the first pitch he saw in the seventh and final inning for a two-out, two-run homer to tie the first contest 6-6.
“Sam does lots of little things that probably go unnoticed to lots of people,” Hicks said, "so for him to launch that ball out of there was really special. I'm happy he got that moment.”
Stephen Haring reached with a single to extend the frame and then stole second.
Dylan Dodd did the rest with a pinch hit walk-off RBI double.
“We let Dodd go and he really came through for us,” Hicks said of his two-way star who pitched seven innings the night before.
Hannibal posted just six hits in the comeback victory but feasted on a trio of costly Gems errors.
The Hoots benefited from three unearned runs as part of a four-run third.
Tommy Kraus drew a bases-loaded walk, and Joe Roscetti followed with an RBI single to tie the game 2-2.
Michael Nielsen hit a fielder's choice to the shortstop to bring home Jose Mercado for the Hoots' third run. Kraus scored on an error.
Christhian Cordona earned the win for the Hoots with three innings of two-run ball in relief of starter Dylan Marble. Marble allowed four runs on five hits over four innings to take the no decision.
Tanner Marshall, a Canton native, tossed four innings and allowed just one earned run for the Gems (15-17) to get charged with the loss.
Quincy tied the game 4-4 with a two-run double by Cody Klotz in the top of the fourth. The Gems added a single tally in the sixth with a Max McGuire homer and another on a wild pitch in the seventh.
The final four Hoots hitters reached base in the bottom of the seventh to escape with the win.
Hannibal carried the momentum into the second game.
Patrick Donohue homered in the first inning to give the Hoots a lead they never surrendered.
Chris Iazzetta powered a three-run homer in the fourth to break the nightcap open.
Iazzetta added a solo shot in the sixth and finished with 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs.
“Chris really got us all rolling,” Hicks said. “It was important for him because his dad showed up and surprised him. He ended up having a really good game.”
Wyatt Whitman produced a sacrifice fly for Hannibal's fourth run of the fourth to make it 5-1.
That was enough support for Randall Coxwell, who pitched five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits to secure the win.
“With Randall on the mound, you always feel really confident,” Hicks said. “He's a guy who gives you a quality outing every time. He's a highly-competitive kid and strives for perfection. His ceiling in this game is so high.”
The Hoots pressed on for six more runs in the fifth.
The Gems didn't record an out until their third pitcher of the inning.
The first three Hannibal batters all drew walks before five different Hoots recorded RBI base hits.
Roscetti, Zak Whalin, Iazzetta, Whitman and Donohue each drove in runs during the frame.
Donohue also scored on a wild pitch.
Graham Kuck and Kraus each tossed scoreless innings of relief for Hannibal.
The Hoots didn't commit an error in either game of the sweep.
“That's a tribute to how hard these guys have worked getting fungo work with coach (Jake) Walters or coach (Kevin) Cali,” Hicks said of the strong defense. “The guys are buying into what this coaching staff is trying to do.”