Coming into Sunday, the Hannibal Cavemen had not recorded a single win on home turf at Clemens Field. Following the conclusion of two games Tuesday, they now have two after beating Kokomo 2-1 in a the final three innings of a suspended game from June 7, and then winning again 7-1 in Sunday’s full scheduled game.

Coming into Sunday, the Hannibal Cavemen had not recorded a single win on home turf at Clemens Field. Following the conclusion of two games Tuesday, they now have two after beating Kokomo 2-1 in a the final three innings of a suspended game from June 7, and then winning again 7-1 in Sunday’s full scheduled game.

In the continuation of the suspended game, the Jackrabbits began with a runner on second and two outs in the top of the 7th inning.

The Cavemen were able to get out of the inning without allowing the go-ahead run, and in the bottom of the eighth, were able to score the winning run. Tyler Niemann walked to lead off the inning, and after eventually advancing to third, was able to touch home on a passed ball by Kokomo. Michael Greene was able to close out the ninth the give the Cavemen their first win in Hannibal this season.

In the full game against Kokomo, Jake Eikleberry took the mound hoping to continue the momentum from Game 1, and he did not disappoint.

The left-hander from Colorado threw seven innings of one-run ball, allowing only one walk and tallying his first win of the season in his fourth start. He lowered his ERA to 1.50 on the season, joining teammate Elliot Stepanof in the top 15 of the Prospect League.

He is third in innings pitched in the league, pitching at least seven innings in each of his four starts; he has also given up no more than two earned runs in every start.

“I was just locating my fastball on both sides of the plate. I really didn’t throw that many breaking pitches or off-speed pitches, I just located a fastball and I had a little sink today,” Eikleberry said of the win. “It takes a lot of pressure off me and the defense when we can score in the early third of the game. That puts a lot of pressure on them, they got to start swinging the bat and it puts them out of their comfort zone.”

The offense, after struggling to score more than three runs in the past few games, exploded for seven runs off Kokomo starter Ryan Fritze, who was pulled after five innings.

Every Hannibal starter but one recorded a hit, led by two-hit games from Nicco Lollio, Tyler Niemann, and Grant Colton. Outfielder Ryan Snyder tallied three RBI in the game, helping the offense have their most prolific day in almost two weeks. The team was also able to draw six walks from Kokomo pitching, and their five runs in the first two innings helped give Fritze his worst start of the season.

The Cavemen play Kokomo again on Wednesday before playing two games in Danville and two weekend games in Kokomo.