The Hannibal Legion Post 55 AAA baseball team surrendered runs in the first four innings during a 7-4 home loss to Elsberry on Tuesday.

The Hannibal Legion Post 55 AAA baseball team surrendered runs in each of the first four innings and couldn't recover for a 7-4 home loss to Elsberry on Tuesday at Veterans Sports Complex. 

Hannibal (6-4) stranded three runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings combined as its comeback fell short.

Post 55 scored twice in the sixth to pull to within three.

“Elsberry was a tough team,” Hannibal coach Randy Trenhaile said. “To play them 7-4, I'm proud of our guys. We gave some runs up that we shouldn't have. If we take a couple runs off and have one more big hit, we would have been right there.”

Elsberry (9-1) jumped out on top with three runs in the top of the first. Joe Martin hit a two-run triple to key the rally.

Brad Cheek connected for a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second to put Hannibal on the board, trailing 4-1.

Elsberry tacked on another score in the third and two runs in the fourth to take a commanding 7-1 advantage. The visitors' fifth run scored via an error. The next two came home on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively. 

Hayden Hoerr reached on an error for Hannibal in the bottom of the fifth that drove in Cheek to make it 7-2.

One inning later, Cheek drew a bases-loaded walk to score John Trenhaile before Hoerr grounded out to score Koy Smith.

Smith went 2-for-2 with a triple and two runs in the loss. 

Post 55 left runners on second and third in its half of the sixth. 

Tommy Harvey contributed a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh, but a groundout ended the contest.

Cameron Turnbull earned the win for Elsberry as he went 5 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits.

Hannibal committed four errors over the first four innings as Elsberry plated all of its runs.

Three of Elsberry's runs were unearned.

Chad Smith allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over 3 1/3 innings while striking out four to take the loss.

Colten Crabill finished the fourth on the hill, allowing a pair of unearned runs.

Hoerr tossed two innings of scoreless one-hit relief to keep the hosts within striking distance.

“That's the first time he's pitched this summer,” coach Trenhaile said of Hoerr. “He's been shut down, so he hadn't pitched yet. He's one of my intended starters when he gets to going.”

Trenhaile fired two strikeouts as part of a perfect top of the seventh to maintain Hannibal's three-run deficit.