Chase Kirby allowed one run over 6 ⅔ innings Wednesday as the Hannibal Pirates knocked off Quincy Notre Dame 3-1 in Hannibal.

Chase Kirby allowed one run over 6 ⅔ innings Wednesday as the Hannibal Pirates knocked off Quincy Notre Dame 3-1 in Hannibal.

HHS jumped on top with a run in the first on singles by Will Whitaker, Kirby and Danny Colborn.

QND’s Ben Whittaker tied the score at 1 with a solo homer in the third.

The Pirates took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Gabe Worthington singled on a 3-2 count, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

Kirby, who worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the second, escaped another jam in the fifth when the Raiders had a runner on with one out. A hard hit ball back to Kirby allowed him to start a double play to Worthington and Mason Tharp to end the inning. After the third out was recorded Kirby responded with a fist pump and a “Let’s go” shout.

“In that moment I felt great,” Kirby said. “When it was hit to me I knew we had a chance at two outs and I went with it and gladly enough it went our way. After that we were just battling ourselves and we overcame it right there.”

Kirby started the seventh. After recording a groundout and a strikeout Kirby was lifted in favor of Whitaker. After surrendering a walk Whitaker got a game-ending strikeout.

“It feels really good to get this win, especially because it is against QND and we haven’t beaten them in a while, so it feels really good,” Whitaker said.

Kirby, who picked up his first win of the spring, allowed four hits, struck out five, and allowed one earned run over 6 2/3 innings.

“I felt great,” the senior said. “They are a really good ball team. I just bore down and pitched my game. I had a great group of people behind me make the plays to get us this win. It felt amazing to turn it over to Will at the end. Will came in and did his job and we won.”

Adam Baxter, Kirby, Whitaker, Drake Dudley, Colborn, and Worthington each collected one hit to lead the Pirates to victory.

HHS Coach Ian Hatton, whose team improved its record to 4-5, was excited to get the win.

“Today was a really good team win. Today was a good win against a great team and against a great pitcher. To get a win like this, against a team that won 30 games last year and they might do it again this year, it is a big deal,” he said. “We play like we did tonight, whether we score a bunch of runs or not, play like this defensively and pitch like we did tonight, we are going to be just fine in the long run.”