HANNIBAL — Trace Phillips from Braymer turned in a solid pitching effort for Chillicothe’s Vern R.?Glick Post No. 25-sponsored American Legion baseball senior Cardinals and the offense gave him plenty of run support early, as the?Cardinals picked up the split of their Sunday doubleheader with Hannibal with a 13-3 conquest in the second game.
Hannibal took game one, 8-7
Phillips allowed the only three runs of the game on four hits from Hannibal, and six walks. He struck out four, and received the win.
The win brought Post No. 25’s senior season mark to 8-6.
The Cardinals next are to face Warrensburg in a road doubleheader Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Justin VanHoutan continued his hot streak astride the plate in Sunday’s second-game win, driving in a game-high six runs off a double in the first, a single in the second, a bases-loaded walk in the third, and a fielder’s choice in the fourth. J. VanHoutan made it on base and scored runners in the first four innings of play in the contest, before grounding out to third base in the top of the fifth inning, thus ending his torrent.
Steven Cooper and Zac Doug-las were both hit by pitches from Hannibal starting pitcher Austin Hoewing to open the ballgame. Hoewing’s struggles mounted after he mishandled a Derrick Leeper sacrifice attempt, thus loading the bases for J. VanHoutan.
A wild pitch on Hoewing scored Cooper, and advanced the other two baserunners in the process. J. VanHoutan cracked a line-drive double past the shortstop, plating his teammates, and making it 3-0, with no outs. Hoewing battened down the hatches, though, and after allowing a Trenton Troyer single to left, struck out two to end the inning.
Phillips let in one run off of an RBI single from Caleb Jamison to bring things closer together in the bottom of the inning. Post No. 25 scored two in the second, though, to answer the call. J. VanHoutan ’s single again brought in Leeper and Cooper, widening the gap to 5-1.
The Cards added five more to their tally in the top of the third, after holding Hannibal scoreless in their second-inning attempt. Issac Mattis plated Troy Toedebusch (walked by Hoewing) with a line drive double to left field to kick the scoring off. Cooper walked, and Douglas singled to right on a hard ground ball, bringing in Mattis.