The Hannibal Hoots increased one streak and snapped another with a 6-3 Prospect League win over Terre Haute on Monday night.

The Hannibal Hoots increased one streak and snapped another with a 6-3 Prospect League win over Terre Haute on Monday night.

Hannibal beat the Rex at Clemens Field to secure its seventh consecutive victory, breaking the seven-game winning streak the West Division leaders brought into the game.

“This was a good victory against the Rex,” said Hoots closer Tyler Lunger. “It was big for our team to keep our winning streak alive and end theirs.”

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Hannibal (11-17) plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take control.

Wyatt Whitman lifted a sacrifice fly to center for the go-ahead run. Jose Mercado scored on the play after entering as a pinch runner for pinch hitter Michael Nielsen, who drew a one-out walk.

“That's just team baseball,” Whitman said of taking the lead. “That's what we've been focusing on to keep this streak rolling. It doesn't matter who's up, we're just getting the job done. Small ball, sac flies, whatever it takes.”

Tye Thixton followed with a two-RBI double to right to cushion Hannibal's advantage. Zak Whalin and Daunte DeCello both came home on the hit. 

The tailing line drive was just beyond the reach of the Rex right fielder, who made a diving effort on the play as the ball went toward the corner.

“I wasn't sure it would get down,” Thixton said. “I was running and I saw the umpire say it was down. I kept going. I was trying to get us a couple insurance runs by putting the bat on the ball and seeing what happens.”

Lunger entered the game for the ninth inning and shut down Terre Haute with three strikeouts to end the game.

The final punchout came on three pitches. 

“Tyler is the stone-faced criminal out there,” said Hoots starting pitcher Dylan Chisholm. “He throws the fastball down your throat until you're sick of it. He's fun to watch.” 

Chisholm set the tone with six quality innings to earn the win.

The southpaw allowed one unearned run while striking out five and only walking one. 

The Lindenwood University-Belleville product retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced in his first start of the summer. 

“It was a hot day so I was trying to pace myself because I didn't want to run out,” said Chisholm, who threw 83 pitches. “I was conserving my bullets to get through the sixth inning.” 

Chisholm mentioned the win proved the Hoots can compete with any opponent in the league. 

“We knew they were a really solid ballclub and could hit and were in first place,” he said of the Rex. “But we're hot too. We're playing good ball and we're not afraid to play anybody.” 

Connor Pasko beat out an infield single to drive home Dylan Dodd for the initial run of the game in the first.

Joe Roscetti raced home on a passed ball with two outs to put the Hoots ahead 2-0. 

The Rex (18-9) got on the board via a Hoots error in the third to cut their deficit in half. Chisholm limited the damage by inducing a groundout to strand a pair of runners. 

A sacrifice fly by Dodd scored Whitman to give Hannibal a 3-1 lead in the fifth. 

Chisholm breezed through the sixth but was pulled out of the game due to pitch count rules.

Terre Haute scraped to score runs on an infield single and sacrifice fly to tie the score in the seventh.

Hoots reliever Graham Kuck escaped a precarious situation in the top of the eighth by firing a strikeout to leave the bases loaded. 

“Graham threw the ball really well in that high-leverage spot with the bases loaded,” Chisholm said. “That's a big strikeout.” 

From then on, the momentum shifted in Hannibal's favor.

Every member of the Hoots starting lineup reached base at least once in the victory.

Hannibal has allowed three or fewer runs in every game of its current winning streak.

“Our starting pitching right now is unbelievable,” Hannibal manager Clayton Hicks said. “We're thin in the 'pen right now, but the guys we've leaned on have really picked it up for us. They've come through and helped us out.” 

Hannibal is scheduled to play at Quincy on Tuesday night.