Prospect League

Catfish get revenge on Hoots

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 10, 2019 1:30 am

QUINCY -- After sweeping the Prospect League West Division leading Cape Catfish in two games over the weekend, the Hannibal Hoots welcomed Cape for a doubleheader at QU Stadium on Tuesday.

Hannibal was looking to build its momentum toward the second half of the season with another pair of wins, but the Catfish ultimately avenged their previous two losses with an 8-5 victory in game one and a 6-4 victory in game two.

It was two big innings that did the Hoots in, as the Catfish scored four runs in the fourth inning of game one and another four runs in the fifth inning of game two.

"It's been the story of our team all year, we beat ourselves usually in one inning," Hoots manager Clayton Hicks said. "It's the four-run inning, it's the three-run inning, every now and then it's a little more than four or three. It's not one big thing. It's just a bunch of small things that continue to beat us. That's frustrating, but our guys know it and we are making strides in the right direction."

Heading to the fourth inning in game one, the Hoots (10-22) trailed the Catfish (24-12) by one run, but Cape's Ellison Hanna led off with a double and Dalton Doyle followed with a double to make it a 3-1 game. Two batters later, John Behrends connected on a three-run home run that extended the Catfish lead to 6-1.

It was a similar story in game two. After allowing Cape two runs in the top of the first, Hannibal battled back to even the game at 2 after the fourth, with Nathan Kuhn driving in Joseph Kalafut with an RBI single for the tying run.

It didn't take long for Cape to bust the game open, however, as the Catfish answered with four runs, capped by Hanna's two-run double that made it a 6-2 game.

"We hit a little bit of a snag in the fifth, I dove on a ball at first and then had an uncomfortable stretch," said Dylan Chisholm, the Hoots' starting pitcher in the second game. "That didn't feel too great, I would have liked to get through that last inning but the guys picked it up and we fought to the end."

Chisholm had a stretch of great pitching in game two. After he gave up two runs in the first, he retired 10 straight batters, including taking the Catfish down in order in the second, third and fourth innings.

"It was kind of a struggle early because it was so hot and we were sweating so much and with the humidity I just couldn't get a grip on the fastball," Chisholm said. "I told our catcher (Connor Manthey) that we had to shy away from the fastball and go change-up-curveball, and that kind of got us out of the fastball later in counts. We started to pitch backwards and that seemed to help things out. We used the change-up early to get quick outs and that seemed to get us through innings quicker."

In both games, the Hoots had chances late to tie or win the game. In the seventh inning of game one, Drew Gilin, Diego Munoz and Grant Hannant all slapped singles that eventually brought Gilin around. Kyler Kent brought in Munoz on an RBI groundout, but Joe Roscetti struck out to end the game.

Austin Wood led off the seventh inning of game two with a home run to make it a 6-4 game and Kent drew a one-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Manthey nearly took advantage with a long fly ball to left field that fell just shy of being a two-run blast, and Kalafut grounded out to bring that game to a close.

Wood finished 4 for 4 in game two with an RBI and two runs scored, and both Hannant and Roscetti were 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run in game one. Chisholm took the loss in the second game by allowing five hits and six runs and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings, while Hunter Becker was the losing pitcher in game one with six runs and five hits given up over four innings.

Despite taking losses in both games, the Hoots actually out-hit the Catfish 12-8 in game one and 8-6 in game two.

"We are coming together. We're doing some things that are nice," Hicks said. "We are starting to swing it again. We are starting to pitch a little better. We just lost two baseball games today, that's all it came down to. They did more to get the win than we did these last two games, but there's no doubt our team is starting to make strides in the right direction."

Catfish 8, Hoots 5

Cape Hannibal

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Stone rf 4 0 0 0 DeCello ss 3 0 3 0

Washington ss 4 0 1 1 Munoz pr 1 2 1 0

Keck c 3 0 0 0 Hannant rf 4 1 2 1

Hanna lf 4 1 1 0 Wegner cf 4 0 1 1

Doyle 3b 2 2 1 1 Kent 1b 4 0 1 1

Pridgen 1b 2 1 0 0 Roscetti 2b 4 1 2 1

Campbell dh 3 2 1 0 Yenzi dh 2 0 0 0

Behrends cf 3 2 3 6 Vanaman lf 3 0 1 0

Jordan 2b 3 0 0 0 Zimmerman c 2 0 0 0

Manthey ph 1 0 0 0

Scott c 0 0 0 0

Gilin 3b 3 1 1 0

Totals 28 8 7 8 Totals 31 5 12 4

Cape 020 402 0 -- 8

Hannibal 010 002 2 -- 5

E--Keck (3), Gilin (3). LOB--Cape 3, Hannibal 6. 2B--Hanna (6), Doyle (7), Campbell (2), Behrends (6), Hannant (4). HR--Behrends (4), Roscetti (3). SB--Keck (12).

IP H R ER BB SO

Cape

McNeely W,4-1 5 1-3 9 3 3 0 2

Bunnell S 1 2-3 3 2 2 1 2

Hannibal

Becker L,2-4 4 5 6 6 1 4

Heidorf 2 2 2 0 2 1

Young 1 0 0 0 0 2

WP--McNeely, Bunnell.

Umpires--Home, Dennis George; Field, Joseph Elking. T--2:09. A--NA.

Catfish 6, Hoots 4

Cape Hannibal

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Stone rf 2 2 0 0 Munoz ss 3 1 1 0

Washington ss 3 1 1 1 Gilin 2b 1 0 0 0

Behrends cf 4 2 1 1 Wood rf 4 2 4 1

Hanna lf 2 0 1 3 Wegner cf 4 0 0 0

Doyle 3b 3 0 1 1 Kent dh 3 0 0 0

Campbell c 3 0 0 0 Manthey c 3 0 1 0

Cottom 1b 3 1 2 0 Kalafut 1b 3 1 1 0

Jordan dh 3 0 0 0 Vanaman lf 3 0 0 0

Wallace 2b 2 0 0 0 Murray 3 0 0 0

Kuhn 2b 3 0 1 1

Totals 25 6 6 6 Totals 30 4 8 2

Cape 200 040 0 -- 6

Hannibal 001 110 1 -- 4

E--Washington (5), Wallace (4). LOB--Cape 3, Hannibal 8. 2B--Hanna (7). HR--Washington (4), Wood (1). SB--Hanna (5), Munoz (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Cape

Wolfe 4 5 2 1 1 3

Smart W,3-1 2 2 1 1 1 3

Taylor S 1 1 1 1 1 1

Hannibal

Chisholm L,1-3 4 2-3 5 6 6 2 4

Lunger 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

Ottsen 2 1 0 0 1 2

WP--Smart.

Umpires--Home, Joseph Elking; Field, Dennis George. T--2:14. A--125.