I'm Mat Mikesell, sports editor at the Hannibal Courier-Post in Hannibal, Mo.
I've worked at a few newspapers and had some great opportunities in my journalism career. I previously spent the last five-plus years as a sports writer at the Herald-Whig in Quincy, Ill., but was promoted to sports editor after the Herald-Whig's parent company purchased the Courier-Post. As a Ball State alum, I was a sports editor and a football beat writer for the Ball State Daily News. After graduation I worked temporarily as a sports freelancer for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. I interned at the Herald-Whig before coming back full-time in March 2014.
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Lunger dazzles, but Hoots fall in doubleheader
Published Aug. 6, 2019
QUINCY, Ill. — Tyler Lunger couldn’t have thrown a better game in perhaps his final outing of his career.
The Indiana University Kokomo right-handed pitcher dazzled for the Hannibal Hoots, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out 10 across 6 2/3 innings. It was his first start of the season after having nine previous relief appearances and didn’t throw more than three innings in any game.
However, when the Hoots learned starter Sean Beaver was shut down for the remainder of the season, manager Clayton Hicks turned to Lunger.
“He just called me up and he challenged me,” Lunger said. “I figured it was going to be my last start, so why not?”
The only thing missing was getting the victory.
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Hoots break out of slump to end losing streak
Published Aug. 4, 2019
QUINCY, Ill. — The Hannibal Hoots had lost six straight games and struggled to score during the slide.
The Hoots’ dugout didn’t portray that kind of team. The offense in the first inning didn’t, either.
Hannibal scored six runs in the first inning and 11 in the first three frames on the way to a 13-8 Prospect League victory over the Springfield Sliders Saturday night at QU Stadium. The Hoots scored just seven runs during the six-game skid.
“That just felt really good to get the bats going again,” Hoots third baseman Damian Yenzi said. “We finally got some offense.“
Hannibal (22-35) scored two batters into the game on Kellan Murray’s RBI double to score Nathan Kuhn. Yenzi and Matt Westphal had back-to-back RBI singles, and Yenzi scored on an error by Springfield centerfielder on the ball hit by Westphal for a 4-0 lead.
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