Lawson Rickey's home run in the 13th inning Tuesday in Winfield lifted the Hannibal Pirates to a 4-3 win over Mexico in district tourney play.
Lawson Rickey's home run in the 13th inning Tuesday in Winfield lifted the Hannibal Pirates to a 4-3 win over Mexico in district tourney play."I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball. Man, I was tired," said Rickey, who had a pair of hits in the game. "I was trying to have the best at bat that I could and just put something into play. He sat the pitch in there perfectly for me. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone. I had that gut feeling.” Freshman Tanner VanWinkle was the winning pitcher. He worked three shutout innings, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out one. HHS starter Adam Baxter went seven innings, allowing three runs. Will Whitaker threw the next three innings. Two singles and a double gave Mexico a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Hannibal got its offense on track in the sixth. Gabe Worthington and Chase Kirby started the uprising with back-to-back walks. Gary Culp chased in Worthington with a hit to right field. A throwing error on the play allowed the courtesy runner for the catcher, Alec Mundle, to score the tying run. After the Bulldogs scored in its half of the seventh, Hannibal would rally again. Charlie Hirner and Drake Dudley drew consecutive walks. Worthington drove in the tying run with a single. HHS Coach Ian Hatton was pleased with his team's determination to extend its season. "We never thought we were out of the game," he said. "It took longer for the offense to come around then we would've liked, but we kept our composure through some tough situations and we stuck with it and played for each other. When we needed something to happen we made it happen because of our group effort and focus today."