What began well turned south in a hurry for the Hannibal baseball team Thursday night during a 15-3 loss at Boonville in a North Central Missouri Conference contest.
After leadoff man Chandler Moffitt was hit by a pitch and Gabe Worthington reached on a single, senior Scot Roberts smacked an RBI double to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
It didn't last for long.
Boonville (11-2, 7-0 NCMC) promptly responded in the bottom of the first with a pair of home runs to left field as part of a 5-run scoring spree.
Neither team scored in the second, but Boonville was back at it in the third, when it tacked on four more runs with two outs.
By the time Boonville junior Kole Ficken, a Central Missouri commit who drove in six runs Thursday, lined his squad's third homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth, the home team held a commanding 15-1 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Kevin Campbell scored on an error and Wyatt Waelder came home on an RBI by Roberts, but it was too little too late for Hannibal (4-2, 4-1).
The game, in which Boonville outhit Hannibal 10-7, ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Nick Zietlow pitched all five innings for Boonville to earn the win.
Wyatt Waelder, who went 2 2/3 innings and surrendering nine runs (seven earned), was charged with the loss. Noah Zahn entered in relief to record the final four outs for Hannibal.
Hannibal struggled in the field and committed four errors, allowing seven of Boonville's runs to score in unearned fashion.
The conference rivals meet again at 5 p.m. on Monday at Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal.