The Hannibal Hoots exploded for six runs in the seventh inning to beat Kokomo 10-5 on Sunday at Clemens Field.
Dylan Chisholm did not expect to pitch Friday at Prospect League West Division foe Quincy.
But the surprise relief appearance made him more focused for his start Sunday afternoon against visiting Kokomo.
In his one inning of work on Friday, the Hannibal southpaw worked the Hoots out of a bases-loaded jam. The Hoots would go on to pick up the win in 13 innings.
On Sunday, Chisholm carried the gained confidence with him for 6 ⅓ innings to help Hannibal to a 10-5 victory.
The lefty allowed just three hits and three runs while fanning seven batters in the win.
“With my scheduled start today, I kind of just used Friday as a bullpen session,” Chisholm explained of his unexpected inning on Friday. “But a surprise call in a high-level situation like that keeps you more focused and prepared to get you ready for your start.”
Chisholm exited the game Sunday with a 4-1 lead, but there were runners at second and third with one out in the top of the seventh. He retired 13 straight batters before allowing a leadoff single in the seventh. Chisholm’s day was finished two batters later on a one-out double.
Graham Kuck entered and gave up a sacrifice fly before Alex Dorethy recorded a pinch-hit single to pull the Jackrabbits to within 4-3.
But the Hoots offense regained the momentum in the bottom half of the frame.
Seven straight one-out singles resulted in six insurance runs for Hannibal.
Brady West, Stephen Haring, Daunte DeCallo (two-run single) and Jose Mercado all recorded run-scoring hits in succession for a commanding 9-3 lead. Joe Roscetti capped the scoring with an RBI single that marked the eighth hit of the inning for the Hoots.
“That is something we have been doing a lot of here lately,” Chisholm said of the six-run seventh inning. “When a pitcher has a bad inning, our offense will come back and back us up. The hitting has been well and we have just really been clicking well as a team.”
After a disappointing 9-1 loss to the Jackrabbits at Clemens Field on Saturday, the Hoots wasted no time racing out to a quick lead.
Mercado and Tommy Kraus drew back-to-back walks to start the home half of the first inning.
Mercado came around to score on a wild pitch before Roscetti drove home Kraus with a single to right.
Haring blasted a solo home run in the second for a 3-0 lead.
Haring collected four of the Hoots’ 14 hits in the game.
“We all had a good BP (batting practice) today and I think we just carried that over into the game,” the left-handed hitter said. “Everyone had a good approach at the plate and just did our jobs of moving runners over and scoring runs.”
All nine batters in the Hoots starting lineup reached base at least once, and seven of the starters collected at least one hit.
“The offense was there again today for us and it was great to see them explode late in the game to put it away,” Hoots manager Clayton Hicks said. “The bullpen struggled some, but Dylan came out and gave us a great performance starting the game. Just a great team win.”
Kokomo manager Gary McClure was ejected from the game in the bottom of the sixth after the home plate umpire called a balk that resulted in the Hoots' fourth run of the game. It was the second balk called in the game — both coming from the home plate umpire.
Hannibal (16-19) returns to the diamond Tuesday at Quincy.