The Hannibal Legion Post 55 AAA team surrendered a late rally to lose the first game at Chillicothe before exploding for a 13-0 win in the nightcap.
The screws came loose for the Hannibal Legion Post 55 AAA team at Chillicothe on Tuesday night.
With the game tied, Hannibal surrendered four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Post 55 couldn't recover as it took a 10-6 loss in a non-district game.
“We just had a really bad inning that went to pieces,” Hannibal coach Randy Trenhaile said.
There wasn't much time to get down about the loss.
Post 55 immediately responded, exploding to win the nightcap of a doubleheader 13-0 in just five innings.
“Frustrating loss, but I appreciate how the team responded,” Trenhaile said. “Even in between games, they were upset with themselves. They knew they shouldn't have lost that first game. They were pretty fired up in the dugout.”
Chad Smith and Tommy Harvey combined to pitch a no-hitter in the second game. Smith pitched four innings and struck out six, while Harvey worked a scoreless fifth.
Chillicothe managed just three base runners in the nightcap.
“Chad pitched the first four innings and only threw 48 pitches, and then I brought Tommy in because I wanted to give him an inning since he hadn't pitched for a while,” Trenhaile said.
Kevin Campbell led the Post 55 offense by going 3-for-4 with four runs scored in the victory.
The Hannibal leadoff hitter bounced back after going hitless in the first game of the twin bill.
“We've got to have Kevin get on for us because he's quick as lightning,” Trenhaile said. “He's got a lot of speed.”
Lawson Rickey and Smith each scored three runs for Hannibal.
Jerry Cunningham collected a pair of RBIs.
In the first game, Hannibal scored three runs on three hits in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Chillicothe countered with four runs in the third to take a 5-3 edge.
Both teams scored a run in the fourth.
Hannibal went back ahead with two runs in the top of the sixth before the hosts put together another four-run spree in the bottom of the same inning.
Payton Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh but was stranded to end the game.
Hannibal is scheduled to play four district games this weekend.
Post 55 is slated to play a doubleheader at St. Charles on Saturday before two games at Union on Sunday.
Trenhaile mentioned the 13-run outburst and stellar pitching in the second game Tuesday gives his team confidence entering a significant stretch of the season.
“We came out and turned it around in the second game, so hopefully that momentum will take us into this weekend,” Trenhaile said.