After beating Park Hills 11-1 in the opening round of the Babe Ruth State Tournament last weekend in Charleston, the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars had their sights set next on Jackson in the second round on Sunday.
However due to rain on Sunday, the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars had to hold that thought until Monday. But as it turned out, the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars had that one game they would just as soon forget while committing a season-high seven errors in a 11-1 loss.
“We just had way too many errors and not enough hitting against Jackson” said Missouri Valley manager Eric Rhorer. “However, in the game against Park Hills we hit the ball really well.”
Now facing win or go home in the next game, the Missouri Valley 16-18 managed to bounce back in a loser’s bracket game against New Madrid while breaking a 2-2 tie after 4 1/2 with four runs in the fifth for a 6-2 victory.
Rhorer said while his team didn’t play very well defensively again in the game against New Madrid, they did hit the ball better while scratching out seven hits.
Of course a series of miscues, lack of hitting and just plain bad luck led to Missouri Valley’s demise in the next game against Charleston as the 16-18 All-Stars dropped their second game by a score of 4-3.
Despite finishing fourth in the tournament at 2-2 overall, Rhorer said his team gave it everything they had. “In the end sometimes luck just falls the other way,”?Rhorer said.
The Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars had all of their luck they needed in the opening game against Park Hills while pushing across two runs in each of the first and fifth innings of play. Then, after a rare run by Park Hills in the top-half of the sixth, the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars came back and broke the game wide open with seven runs in the bottom-half of the inning to win by the mercy rule.
Grant Davis, who pitched as a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau in the season, picked up the complete-game victory for Missouri Valley. Garriet Coffman, meanwhile, took the loss for Park Hills. In seven innings, Davis struck out nine batters and gave up just one run on three hits and two walks. Coffman also went the distance and allowed 11 runs on nine hits and nine walks while striking out four.
Jalen Poindexter went 2-for-2 in the game for Missouri Valley with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Mitchell Hackman was 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs while Kyle VanderLinden added a single, two RBIs and scored twice, Jacob Francis with one single, one run scored and two RBIs, Jeremy Davis with one single, one RBI and two walks, Cass Quinlan with a RBI-single and Grant Davis with one single and one run scored.
For Park Hills, Levi Moss, Andrew Warren and Brad Bass each had one single.
With one win already in the bag, the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars were hoping to make it two in a row against Jackson on Sunday. However, the rain delay turned out to be a bad thing for the 16-18 All-Stars, who were out-played in every facet of the game to suffer the loss.
While Jackson scored in every inning against the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars and led at one point 9-0 after four, they also banged out 11 hits while committing just one error. The Missouri Valley All-Stars, meanwhile, managed just one run in the fifth and finished the game with three hits and seven errors.
Pitching also went south for the 16-18 All-Stars. Dyllan Crowley took the loss but pitched just 2/3 inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one. Kyle VanderLinden then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Caleb Hein pitched one inning and surrendered two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two.
For Jackson, Austin Baldwin went the distance and gave up just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out two.
As for the hitting in the game for the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars, Wes Davis went 1-for-1 with a single, one run scored and one stolen base. Grant Davis and Cass Quinlan also had one single in the game.
For Jackson, they hit the ball a little better with Chris Devonport going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two runs scored. Colby Brown also had multiple hits in the game with a single, double and four runs scored.
With a record of 1-1 after the first-three days, the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars had no choice but to bounce back on Tuesday or risk dropping their second game and a trip back to Boonville.
As it turned out, the Missouri Valley All-Stars took the latter by pushing across two runs in the first and four again in the fifth for the victory.
New Madrid made it close, though. Up until the four-run fifth, New Madrid had rallied back with one run in each of the second and third innings of play to tie the game at 2-all.
As for the pitching, Grant Davis picked up his second win of the tournament by holding New Madrid to just two runs on two hits and three walks in seven innings. He also struck out four batters. Kellawis, meanwhile, took the loss for New Madrid by giving up six runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out three.
Missouri Valley also out-hit New Madrid 7-2, with Kyle VanderLinden going 2-for-4 with two singles, one run scored and two stolen bases. Mitchell Hackman also had two singles and one run scored while Wes Davis added a RBI-single, Jeremy Davis with a single and two stolen bases and Jacob Francis with one single, one run scored and one stolen base.
For New Madrid, Darst went 1-for-3 with a single and one run scored while Nolan added a RBI-single.
In what turned out to be the final game of the tournament for the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars, the Charleston Squirrels used a little bit of luck and trickery on Wednesday while prevailing by a score of 4-3.
Although the Missouri Valley 16-18 All-Stars scored first in the game with two runs in the top-half of the first, it didn’t take long for Charleston to get one of the runs back with one in the second. Meanwhile, after a scoreless third, Missouri Valley came back and tacked on one run in the top-half of the fourth only to have Charleston send one run across in the bottom-half of the inning to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Charleston Squirrels did everything and anything they could after that. After adding two runs in the bottom-half of the sixth to go up 4-3, the Charleston Squirrels used the old hidden ball trick to perfection in the seventh. And it worked. After walking the lead-off runner and then giving up a stolen base, Charleston skipper Michael Minner decided the time was right for the hidden ball trick.
After tossing the ball to second on a few pick off attempts, Charleston’s shortstop and second baseman faked an overthrow by the pitcher with the Boonville runner taking off for third. As it turned out, Charleston’s pitcher had the ball all along and tossed the ball to third to get the runner out to end the game.
Dyllan Crowley took the loss on the mound for Missouri Valley. While leaving the game in the sixth after being hit by a line drive, Rhorer said Crowley pitched well enough to win for 6 1/3 innings. However after leaving the game, Rhorer went with Caleb Hein for 2/3 inning to closeout the game.
Grant Davis had two of the team’s three hits in the game for Missouri Valley with two singles and one run scored. Jalen Poindexter had the only other hit, being a single.