The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team gave up seven runs in the fifth inning Wednesday during a 9-7 loss to St. Genevieve at the state tournament.
One inning changed everything Wednesday night.
The Hannibal Legion Post 55 A baseball team led 5-2 through the top of the fifth during the first round of the state tournament.
But St. Genevieve erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the frame — bringing 13 batters to the plate and capitalizing on three Post 55 errors — en route to a 9-7 victory at Ronsick Field in Washington.
“We shot ourselves in the foot. Our defense didn't play very good,” Hannibal manager Charlie Culp III admitted. “If you do that at the state tournament like this, everybody is a pretty good baseball team. They made the plays and won the game.”
Hannibal enters the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament and is scheduled to play again at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Caleb Young doubled to score Drake Dudley and Mason Tharp to give Hannibal the lead in the top of the fifth. Charlie Culp IV and Kegan Birck followed with RBI hits to put Hannibal ahead 5-2.
The advantage didn't last long.
After Garrett Lillard allowed just two runs over the first four innings, St. Genevieve soon knocked the Hannibal starter from the game.
An error to lead off the bottom of the fifth was a sign of things to come.
“Garrett pitched well enough to win the game,” Culp III said. “One bad inning is really what it was, and they capitalized on that.”
Tharp singled home Gary Culp in the top of the sixth to pull Hannibal to within 9-6, but Post 55 stranded a pair of runners.
Birck scored on a groundout in the seventh to cut the deficit to two, but Hannibal never threatened to get closer.
Hannibal outhit its foe 13-11 in the loss.
The victors played an error-free game defensively.