The Hannibal Hoots concluded their first season in the Prospect League with a 7-3 win over Springfield on Friday at Clemens Field.
The Hannibal Hoots started and finished the season in the win column.
Just more than two months after the club launched its inaugural season in the Prospect League with a win on Opening Night, Hannibal closed the summer with a 7-3 victory over the Springfield Sliders on Friday.
The Hoots conclude the year with a final record of 25-35. They posted a 21-18 mark after winning just four of their first 21 games.
“So proud of the way the guys competed all year long,” Hannibal manager Clayton Hicks said. “It would’ve been easy for them to throw in the towel and quit, but they never did. I wish all of them nothing but the best and hopefully they’ll have success this year with their school teams.”
Hannibal pulled ahead of Springfield with four runs in the sixth inning in front of the home crowd at Clemens Field.
Chris Iazzetta hit a go-ahead two-run single to give the Hoots a lead they never relinquished. Joe Roscetti and Aaron Goecks scored on the play.
Sam Nozicka provided an RBI single and came home on a hit by Daunte DeCello for insurance.
Frankie Garcia pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Quinton Kujawa followed with a shutout frame, and Hunter Wienhoff shut the door with two hitless innings.
Randall Coxwell started for Hannibal and pitched four innings of three-run ball.
“Randall struggled on the mound but he was great for us all year,” Hicks said. “The bullpen shut it down and picked us up as they have all year.”
Hannibal put three unearned runs on the board in the second against Springfield starter Ben Stephens.
Tommy Kraus drove in the first run with a single, and Patrick Donohue hit a two-RBI single to put the Hoots up 3-1.
The Sliders posted one run in each the second, third and fourth but failed to score over the final five innings despite outhitting Hannibal 11-10 for the game.
Seven different Hoots stole a base in the victory.