The O’Fallon Hoots (1-4) fell to the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes (2-3) by the final of 5-4 Sunday night at CarShield Field.
Hoots starter Nolan Miller turned in the best start from a Hoot this season, throwing seven innings, giving up five hits, two runs (one earned), walking three and striking out three. In his season debut, he turned in the longest start of any Hoot to date.
Cole Robinson’s first home run of the season was a two-run blast that cleared the clock in left-center field. Colin Bergmann drove in a run in the first inning, his second run driven in on the season. Robinson, Bergmann, Patrick Clohisy, and Sam Maddox all had two-hit performances.
The Hoots defense was outstanding, with Colin Bergmann getting an outfield assist, Gavin Bennett catching a runner stealing and Evan Albrecht recording four assists and two putouts. Cole Robinson also made a diving play, robbing Alex Wade of a hit in the second inning.
The Hoots outhit the Lucky Horseshoes 11 to six, but the three-run eighth downed the Hoots. Springfield got two base runners on via a walk and a hit-by-pitch and Wade hit a game-tying double. Wade would score on a wild pitch later in the inning.
O’Fallon is off Monday, but returns to action Tuesday on the road against the Cape Catfish. The Hoots next home game is Wednesday night at 6:35 pm, gates opening at 5:35. General Admission tickets to CarShield Field are $10 the day of the game.