The Hannibal Hoots recorded more hits than Chillicothe on Thursday night, but that had no bearing on the final result in a 7-3 loss.

The Hannibal Hoots baseball club recorded more hits than the Chillicothe Paints on Thursday night.

That had no bearing on the final result.

Chillicothe (5-2) capitalized to score three unearned runs in the first inning as the hosts made the most of seven hits en route to a 7-3 win at VA Memorial Stadium.

Hannibal (3-6) collected eight hits but lost to the Paints for the second time in as many days. The Hoots are slated to wrap up a four-game road trip at Terre Haute on Friday. 

Hannibal mustered just five runs over 18 innings this week against Chillicothe after entering the two-game set having scored 22 over its previous two games combined.

“We ran into a couple really good arms the last couple nights,” Hannibal manager Clayton Hicks said. “Hopefully we can finish out this road trip with a win heading into the off day (Saturday).” 

Griffan Smith pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball while striking out five to earn the win for Chillicothe on Thursday.

Josh Lane delivered an RBI single in the sixth for the Hoots' lone score against the Paints starter.

Chillicothe struck for four runs in the first inning and never surrendered the lead.

The hosts added a single tally in the fourth and two more in the fifth. 

Joe Roscetti and Chris Iazzetta each had run-scoring hits in the top of the ninth, but the Hoots stranded the bases loaded.

Hannibal native Dalton Overstreet allowed six runs (three earned) over four innings to take the loss for the Hoots.

Kolton Rominski struck out three but surrendered a run in his inning on the mound, while Tommy Kraus (two innings) and Richie Well (one inning) logged scoreless relief outings.

Lane and Patrick Donohue paced Hannibal with two hits a piece in defeat.