In two tightly-contested weekend games with the Springfield Sliders, the Hannibal Cavemen came away with one victory and one loss to move to 1-2 on the young Prospect League season.
The Saturday night’s tilt, things were looking similar to the season’s opener, with the home team going down 6-0 by the fifth inning. But late inning offensive bursts had the Cavemen up 8-6 by the eighth inning, only to go down 9-8 in the top of the ninth.
Down to its final out, Cavemen Ed Reichenbach singled to place Romero Harris within scoring distance at third base.
A walk to load the bases and a hit by pitch taken by Hannibal’s Johnathan Hallman tied up the game.
Ross Lemmel, who substituted in as a runner for Reichenbach, scored on a wild pitch to end the game in walk off fashion.
Springfield 9, Hannibal 7
Despite a major push in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game, the Cavemen fell short, losing 9-7 to Springfield.
By the seventh inning, the Sliders were up 8-2.
A double by Ross Lemmel and two wild pitches scoring runners in the ninth closed the gap to 9-7, but a strikeout ended the Cavemen comeback.