After overcoming several major deficits throughout the game, the Hannibal Cavemen defeated the visiting Kokomo Jackrabbits 12-11 in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th inning.

After overcoming several major deficits throughout the game, the Hannibal Cavemen defeated the visiting Kokomo Jackrabbits 12-11 in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Wesley Degener singled with two outs, and after stealing second base, came around to score on a single by outfielder Justin Blechle to give the Cavemen their third straight win. Kokomo held second place in the division earlier in the week, but following their third loss in two days, now sit at fourth place thanks to the sudden offensive explosion from the Cavemen.

The game was not without controversy, however.

After Hannibal eliminated a five-run deficit to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth, Kokomo was able to put a runner on second in the top of the ninth. Jackrabbits third baseman Shea Molitor tried to come around to score on a single by outfielder Karl Sorenson, but Hannibal center fielder Blechle fired a strike to home plate to nail Molitor and keep the tie alive. On the next play, Sorenson came around to score on a single, but Ryan Snyder fired home from right field. The home plate umpire ruled Sorenson safe, but the Cavemen fans in attendance exploded with anger, believing Snyder had gunned him down.

Catcher Tyler Niemann threw his mask, and manager Greg McVey came on to the field to separate his players from the officiating crew. McVey got into a heated discussion with the crew chief as both fans and players alike rained in their shouts of protest.

The crowd would grow quieter as the Cavemen proceeded to allow three more runs in the inning, believing the game was now over. However, in the bottom of the ninth, Hannibal had a different idea.

Degener tripled to lead off the inning, and Blechle smacked a single to bring Degener in to score and reduce the deficit to three.

Designated hitter Nicco Lollio singled to put on a second runner, bringing second baseman Sam Griggs to the plate; Griggs notched two RBI earlier in the game. Looking to plate another run, Griggs stepped in and smashed a long home run to tie the game at 11 and inject life back into the Cavemen faithful. Degener and Blechle combined again in the bottom in the tenth when Blechle singled to sent the fans home happy. The heart of the Cavemen order came up huge in the game, as Blechle, Lollio, and Griggs combined to go 8-for-15 with nine RBI.

After starting the season 1-9, Hannibal sits at 6-14, having won five of their past ten games. The team plays two road games in both Danville and Kokomo this week before returning home next week to play Springfield.