It was only fitting that the championship game between Boonville’s Legion and Kansas City Hi Boys go into extra innings Sunday at Liberty park in Sedalia.
With the score tied at 2-2 after four innings, Boonville and KC Hi Boys battled back and forth for the next three innings with no change in the score. However after holding KC Hi Boys scoreless in its half of the eighth, Boonville came back and scored the winning run in the bottom-half of the inning on a walk-off single by Dylan Albertson to score Jalen Poindexter for a 3-2 victory.
In the opening round Friday night against Springfield Glendale, Boonville led from start to finish by pushing across three runs in the first, five again in the second and one in the third for a 9-1 victory.
Grant Davis picked up the win on the mound for Boonville while Addison Jobe recorded the save. Davis pitched the first-three innings and struck out seven batters while giving up one run on two hits and three walks. Jobe then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one hit while striking out two.
Boonville also out-hit Springfield Glendale 10-3, with Kyle VanderLinden going 3-for-3 with two singles, one double and one RBI.
Cass Quinlan was 2-for-2 with two singles while Jalen Poindexter added a home run and two RBIs, Mitchell Hackman with one double and Jacob Francis, Jeremy Davis and Wes Davis each with one single and one run scored.
In the second round against Sedalia on Saturday, Boonville again jumped out on top with one run in each of the first and third innings of play. Meanwhile, after Sedalia plated two runs in the bottom-half of the fourth to tie the game at 2-all, Boonville came back and added two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play and six again in the seventh for a 12-4 victory.
Addison Jobe picked up the complete-game victory for Boonville and struck out seven batters while giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks.
Jalen Poindexter went 2-for-5 in the game for Boonville with a double, home run and one RBI. Grant Davis was 2-for-3 with a single, home run and two RBIs while Jeremy Davis added one single, one double and one RBI, Jacob Francis with two singles and four runs scored, Caleb Hein with two singles, Mitchell Hackman with a double and one RBI, Sean Lorenz with one double and one run scored and Wes Davis with one single.
Of course Boonville’s Legion didn’t stop there. In the third game later that night, Boonville turned back Quincy, Illinois by a score of 16-9.
Boonville led Quincy 3-2 after one and then sent four runs in the top-half of the second to go up 7-2. Meanwhile, after Quincy plated two runs in the third, Boonville came back and added two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings of play and five in the sixth for the victory.
Grant Davis was the winning pitcher in the game for Boonville. In five innings, Davis struck out seven batters and gave up six runs on six hits and two walks. Addison Jobe then came in and pitched two innings in relief and surrendered three runs on four hits while striking out one batter.
Kyle VanderLinden went 2-for-2 in the game for Boonville with a single, double and four runs scored.
Grant Davis was 2-for-5 with a single, double and two runs scored while Jacob Francis added two singles and four runs scored, Jeremy Davis also with two singles, Wes Davis with a triple and one run scored, Jalen Poindexter with a single, two runs scored and one RBI, Caleb Hein with a single and two runs scored and Mitchell Hackman and Dylan Albertson each with one single and one run scored.
In the championship game on Sunday, KC Hi Boys and Boonville each put up one run in the second inning. Meanwhile, in the top-half of the third, KC Hi Boys added another run to go up 2-1. Then, after failing to score in its half of the third, Boonville came back and plated another run in the bottom-half of the fourth to tie the game at 2-all.
Boonville and KC Hi Boys then proceeded to put up goose eggs for the rest of the game until the eighth when Albertson singled in Poindexter for the winning run.
Jeremy Davis was the pitcher of record in the game for Boonville. Dyllan Crowley started the game and pitched the first-five innings, giving up two runs, none earned, on three hits and six walks while striking out six. Grant Davis then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two. Then, to finish the game, Jeremy Davis pitched one inning and issued two hits.
Boonville also out-hit KC Hi Boys 9-6, with Mitchell Hackman going 2-for-4 with a single, triple and one run scored. Kyle VanderLinden was 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Dylan Albertson added two singles and one RBI, Wes Davis also with two singles and Jalen Poindexter with one single and two runs scored.