The Hannibal softball team scored five unanswered runs to secure a 5-1 win at Moberly for its first conference victory Tuesday night.

The Hannibal softball team scored five unanswered runs to secure a 5-1 win at Moberly for its first North Central Missouri Conference victory Tuesday night. 

Lauran Haye, Josie Zeiger, Taylor Wilson and Taylor Simms each finished with two hits, and Wilson pitched seven innings of one-run ball while striking out five and allowing just four hits.

The Lady Pirates improve to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the NCMC.

“We are starting to finally play like the team I know we can be, and hopefully we keep that up,” Hannibal coach Andrew Pollard said.

Sydney Hart tripled and raced home on a passed ball for the Lady Pirates in the top of the third to tie the score at 1.

Wilson and Simms delivered back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the fourth to take the lead before Emilee Wilson singled home Simms to make it 4-1. 

Simms connected for a base hit to drive home Sadie Stine for Hannibal's final run with a single in the sixth.

“We were finally able to get some hits together consistently,” Pollard said. “We hit the ball hard, which caused Moberly to make mistakes, and we capitalized on those. I was very proud with how the girls answered back after a tough loss on Monday.”

Moberly (2-4, 0-2) got on the board with a run in the first inning via an RBI single by Mary Billington.

The Lady Spartans had a golden opportunity to take control, loading the bases with one out. But Taylor Wilson rose to the challenge, extinguishing the fire with a strikeout and flyout. 

The Hannibal pitcher settled in to retire nine straight batters until a one-out single in the fourth. She worked around a walk in the fifth and induced a double play to end the sixth.

The senior needed just six pitches for a 1-2-3 seventh, getting a flyout, popout and groundout.

She tossed 87 pitches for the complete game.

“It was a good game across the board for us,” Pollard said. “Taylor pitched a great game.”

The Lady Pirates did not commit an error. 

“Our defense was solid once again,” the coach said. “We are finally starting to play the defense I have been anticipating all season long, and I do not see that slowing down anytime soon.”

Hannibal is scheduled to host Mexico on Thursday.