The Boonville 14-and-under All-Stars had a combination of pitching, hitting and defense on its way to the championship in the Babe Ruth State Tournament over the weekend in Bonne Terre, Missouri.
While finishing 1-1 on Friday, the Boonville 14 All-Stars came back and recorded three straight wins in bracket play on Saturday. Meanwhile, in the championship game on Sunday, the Boonville 14 All-Stars came back and knocked off the Heartland Nationals in a thriller by a score of 10-9.
The Boonville 14 All-Stars will now advance to the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament on July 18-22 in Independence, Kansas.
Of course the Boonville 14 All-Stars had a great start on Friday by beating Monett by a score of 10-0 in four innings.
While pushing across four runs in the top-half of the first, the Boonville 14 All-Stars came back and added four more in the second, which included a two-run home run over the fence. Meanwhile, after a scoreless third, Boonville tacked on two more runs in the fourth to win by the mercy rule.
Kiley Barnes picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by striking out six batters and giving up just one walk in four innings.
Miranda Northern led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with a single, triple, home run and five RBIs.
Courtney Timm had two singles and one RBI while Ella Reisinger and Hannah Fuemmeler added one single and one RBI each and Kiley Barnes with one single.
With one win already in the bag, the Boonville 14 All-Stars faced a tough Heartland team later that night and fell by a score of 8-6.
Heartland jumped out on top with two runs in the first and three again in the second to go up 5-0 only to have Boonville rally back with four runs in the top-half of the third to cut the lead to one at 5-4. Meanwhile, after Heartland added two more runs in the bottom-half of the third to go up 7-4, Boonville came back and plated two more runs in the fourth to make it a one-run ballgame again at 7-6. Unfortunately for the 14 All-Stars, they never got any closer as Heartland sent across another run in the bottom-half of the fourth for the victory.
Kiley Barnes took the loss on the mound for Boonville by giving up eight runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three.
Despite the loss, Boonville out-hit Heartland 8-6 with Miranda Northern again providing much of the offense with three singles. Renee Baker finished the game with a double while Kiley Barnes and Kelsi Dillender added one single and one RBI each and Taylor Ellebracht and Addison Quinlan each with one single.
Meanwhile, in the pick-up game on Saturday against the Sting 16U softball team, the Boonville 14 All-Stars had another close call by winning 9-8 in five.
The Boonville 14 All-Stars led the Sting 4-1 after two but then surrendered five runs in the third and two again in the fourth to trail by a score of 8-6. However, after a scoreless fifth by the Sting, Boonville came back and plated three runs in the bottom-half of the inning for the victory.
Kelsi Dillender picked up the win on the mound for Boonville. While pitching a total of three innings (1st, 2nd and fifth), Dillender gave up just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out one. Miranda Northern then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed seven runs on two hits and three walks.
Taylor Ellebracht had three hits in the game for Boonville with a single, double, triple and two RBIs.
Courtney Timm finished the game with a single, double and four RBIs while Ella Reisinger and Addison Quinlan added two singles and one RBI each, Miranda Northern with one double and one RBI and Kelsi Dillender and Leigha Vollmer with one single apiece.
In bracket play later that night on Saturday, Boonville defeated Monett for the second time in the tournament by a score of 10-1.
Boonville led Monett 4-0 after one, 7-0 after two and 9-1 after three. Meanwhile, after holding Monett scoreless in its half of the fourth, Boonville came back and plated another run in the fourth for the victory.
Kiley Barnes picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up just one run on three hits and one walk in four innings. Barnes also struck out one batter. Kelsi Dillender then came in and pitched one inning in relief and struck out one batter.
Boonville also out-hit Monett 9-3, with Taylor Ellebracht collecting three hits with a single, double, triple and three RBIs. Miranda Northern had a single, double and one RBI while Kiley Barnes added two singles and one RBI and Kelsi Dillender with two singles.
In the next round against Heartland, the Boonville 14 All-Stars avenged its only loss of the tournament by beating Heartland 8-1.
The 14 All-Stars reeled off eight straight runs in the game while pushing across one in the second, five again in the fourth and two in the fifth to make it 8-0. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the fifth, Heartland rallied back with one run.
Kiley Barnes pitched all five innings to pick up the victory for Boonville. While giving up one run on two hits and three walks, Barnes also struck out two batters.
Taylor Ellebracht again led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with a single and two doubles.
Kiley Barnes finished the game with a single, double and two RBIs while Miranda Northern and Renee Baker added two singles and two RBIs, Kyla Johnson with two singles and one RBI and Addison Quinlan with one single.
While facing Heartland again in the championship game, the Boonville 14 All-Stars had a little tougher time in this game while breaking a 9-9 tie with one run in the bottom-half of the seventh for a 10-9 victory.
The Boonville 14 All-Stars also had a great start against Heartland by pushing across one run in the first and three again in the second. Meanwhile, after both teams plated one run in the third with the All-Stars leading 5-1, Heartland came back and added six runs in the top-half of the fifth to go up by a score of 7-5. But even that was short-lived as Boonville rallied back with four runs in the bottom-half of the fifth to make it 9-7. Then, after Heartland sent two more runs across in the sixth to tie the game at 9-all, Boonville came back and scored the winning run in the bottom-half of the seventh.
Kiley Barnes picked up the complete-game victory for Boonville by giving up nine runs on 11 hits while striking out three batters.
Boonville also out-hit Heartland 15-11, with Miranda Northern collecting two singles, one double and two RBIs.
Ella Reisinger had three singles and four RBIs while Hannah Fuemmeler added three singles, Kiley Barnes and Renee Baker each with two singles and Courtney Timm and Taylor Ellebracht each with one single.
Note: MVPs throughout the tournament for Boonville were Miranda Northern, Taylor Ellebracht, Kiley Barnes and Ella Reisinger.