Dylan Marble pitched six innings and the Hannibal Hoots hit two home runs Monday during a 9-2 win over Springfield at Clemens Field.
Dylan Marble wasn't happy when he was instructed to issue an intentional walk to arguably the best hitter in the Prospect League.
The Hannibal Hoots starting pitcher, who struck out Springfield slugger Richard Miller in the first inning Monday, put him on to load the bases with two outs two frames later.
“It was definitely the right baseball move because Miller is a great hitter and leads the league in home runs, but I was kind of angry at the time,” Marble said of the decision by Hoots manager Clayton Hicks.
Sliders cleanup hitter Josh White made Hannibal pay by sending a first-pitch, two-run single to left field.
But Marble otherwise held the Sliders in check.
The right-hander pitched six innings of two-run ball to lead Hannibal to a 9-2 win over Springfield at Clemens Field.
The Hoots improve to 24-33 with three games remaining.
“You've just got to battle,” Marble said. “It happens, you're going to give up hits and runs, but you've just got to clear your mind and get ready for the next guy.”
Marble finished with six strikeouts and just one walk to earn his first victory of the season.
He tossed a perfect sixth to secure his longest start as a Hoot.
“Dylan threw really well and it was good to see him end on a high note,” said Hicks, who coached Marble the past two years at Danville Area Community College. “He was down in the zone and that made the difference. He was able to get ahead and pitch to his strengths.
“I'm proud of Dylan for personal reasons tonight. This may be the last time I coach him.”
After falling behind 2-0, Hannibal responded to score nine unanswered runs to beat its West Division rival.
Dylan Dodd hit a grounder and reached on an error in the bottom of the third, bringing home Patrick Donohue for the Hoots' first run.
Alex Satunas followed with an RBI single to right to tie the game at 2. Satunas is batting .344 in nine games since being signed as a late addition.
Brady West scored on a wild pitch to give Hannibal a 3-2 lead later in the frame.
The hosts never gave the lead back.
An RBI groundout by Dodd scored Sam Nozicka in the fourth to make it 4-2.
The Hoots tacked on five insurance runs in the late innings with a display of power hitting.
Dodd launched a solo homer to right field to make it 5-2 in the seventh. The standout got the silent treatment upon his return to the dugout before receiving delayed congratulations.
“We just let him be for a few seconds … just some good 'ole baseball fun,” said teammate Aaron Goecks.
West and Satunas then hit back-to-back doubles, with Satunas driving in West to make it 6-2.
“Their pitcher just kept coming with fastballs away and he had a lot of pitches so I knew he was tired,” Satunas explained of his double off Dustin Wilson, who threw 146 pitches over seven innings to take the loss. “He just missed in and I put it hard to right field and it worked out in my favor.”
Donohue roped an RBI single in the eighth for the Hoots' seventh run of the victory.
Goecks capped the fun with a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Avery Dugan to establish the final margin.
“The first pitch was a fastball in the same spot and I was just under it, so I stayed on top when I got it again and got a good piece of it,” Goecks said of his eighth-inning shot. “It was nice to get a good win in our second-to-last home game of the year.”
Hunter Wienhoff, Graham Kuck and Tyler Lunger each pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
Kuck struck out the side in the eighth before Lunger recorded a perfect ninth to secure the win.
Hannibal posted eight hits in the win to Springfield's seven.
The Hoots are scheduled to play at Terre Haute on Tuesday night before an off day Wednesday.