The Hannibal Pirates took a 5-3 loss Wednesday against the Mexico Bulldogs in Hannibal's home opener.
The Hannibal Pirates took a 5-3 loss Wednesday against the Mexico Bulldogs in Hannibal's home opener.Trevor Wade started the game on the mound for the Pirates. In the top of the first inning he pitched out of a two-on, two-out situation, after the HHS defense committed two errors and allowed the Bulldogs to take a two-run lead. The Pirates answered back in the bottom of the first inning. Will Whitaker singled and scored on Gabe Worthington’s homer run over the left-center field fence. “I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and start the game off right. I got that and just took advantage of it,” Worthington said. The game remained tied until the top of the third inning when Wade gave up a walk and an RBI single. In the bottom of the sixth inning Hannibal's Chase Kirby led off with a single up the middle. Drake Dudley singled to move pinch runner Keaton Scott around, but it was all the offense could do, leaving two runners stranded and the Pirates down by one. In the top of the seventh inning Wade allowed a single and recorded a strike out before handing the ball over to Kirby. Kirby was able to get out of the inning. The bottom of the seventh inning the Pirates loaded the bases on hits by Whitaker and Danny Colborn and a walk to Worthington. Kirby drew a walk to score Whitaker and tie the game at 3-3. In the top of the ninth a pair of errors helped the Bulldogs score twice. In the bottom of the ninth the Pirates put a couple of runners on base, but were unable to score. Wade lasted six innings, allowed eight hits and three runs (one earned), while striking out three and walking one. "I felt good, confident and I had trust in my players. I thought we had a pretty good game, but just couldn’t get ahead in the game,” Wade said. Kirby took the loss. He surrendered two unearned runs on one hit over three innings, striking out one and walking one. Gary Culp, Dudley and Whitaker collected two hits apiece. Worthington, Kirby, Colborn and Baxter each contributed a hit. The Pirates outhit the Bulldogs 10-9. Coach Ian Hatton said his team's pitching is good enough to win with. “What it really comes down to is we pitched well, well enough to win," he said. "Trevor had a great start. Chase came in and threw well. Pitching we did well. Little mistakes in the field are the difference in this game. We know that. The big test moving forward is to try to clean these little things up and get back on it. We did battle. It shows a lot of character, but we have to take care of the little things and details.” Hannibal will play Kirksville and Palmyra on Saturday at Veteran’s Field beginning at 11 a.m.