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Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Hannibal-LaGrange Baseball Team continued conference play this weekend against Williams Baptist College. The Trojans lost all three games 6-7 (11 innings), 0-6, and 4-14. The closest game was on Thursday afternoon when they led 6-3 in the top of the ninth inning.
In game one, Francisco Rivas (SR/Caracas, Venezuela) threw seven innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven. Four batters had two hits apiece (Victor Bautista (SR/Guatire, Venezuela), Tim Gurnow (SO/Festus, Mo.), Matt Jones (SR/Washington, Mo.), and Toure Parpit-Sinclair (SO/Ontario, Canada)) which comprised for 8 of the 12 hits. Jones also had two of the five RBI's in the game. The Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with three runs to force the game to go into extra innings. WBC was able to plate a run in the bottom of the 11th to walk-off with the win.
Williams Baptist jumped out early to a five run lead by the third inning of game two. The Trojans were only able to muster three hits in the game by Seth Brown (JR/Palmyra, Mo.), Jones, and Lane Thebeau (SO/Montgomery City, Mo.). Dan Pearson (JR/Omaha, Nebr.) started the game and gave up five hits through five innings.
The Trojans looked to their bullpen for game three as each pitcher was limited to less than two innings as one of their weekend starters continues to deal with an injury. David Evans (SR/St. Peters, Mo.), Jacob Fulmer (JR/Newton, Kans.), and VJ Vinson (SO/Sandy, Utah) each combined to only give up three hits and no runs through the first five innings while HLGU took a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth. But the Eagles went on to score seven runs in the sixth inning and six runs in the eighth to inning finish the game. Bautista and Thebeau each went 3 for 4 while Bautista drove in two RBI's.
HLGU will host William Wood University next weekend, April 21-22, to close out their home schedule. The are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. on Friday and a double header starting at noon on Saturday. Come out and celebrate all the seniors on Saturday as the Trojans will be honoring them.