The Boonville 15-year-old All-Stars may have their title hopes dashed yesterday after losing to Hi-Tower, Minnesota 5-3 in the semifinal round of the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in Liberal, Kansas. But even with the loss, the 15 All-Stars still have an outside shot to reach the championship with a win today against Bismarck, North Dakota in an elimination game at 1.
After back-to-back wins against Coffeyville, Kansas and Fairfield, Iowa over the weekend, the Boonville 15 All-Stars found themselves playing from behind against Hi-Tower after giving up two runs in the bottom-half of the second. However after failing to score for the first-three innings, Boonville rallied back and tied the game at 2-all with two runs in the top-half of the fourth. Unfortunately for the 15 All-Stars, they never got any closer after that as Hi-Tower came back and tacked on two more runs in the bottom-half of the fourth and one again in the fifth to make it 5-2. Then, in the seventh, Boonville picked up another run to cut the lead to two.
Ryan Johnson pitched the first-six innings to pick up the win for Hi-Tower while Ethan Sander took the loss for Boonville. While giving up three runs on five hits and one walk, Johnson also struck out six batters for Hi-Tower. Ed McKinley then came in and pitched one inning in relief and walked two while striking out one batter.
For Boonville, Josh Judd pitched the first-four innings and gave up four runs on six hits while striking out two batters. Sander then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out two.
Hi-Tower also out-hit Boonville 9-5, with Robbie Rice going 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs. Nick Reis was 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
For Boonville, Kenan Johnson went 2-for-3 with two singles while Austin Hulbert doubled and drove in one run while Ethan Sander and Alec Viertel each singled. Keaton Barnes and Josh Judd also had one RBI each.
Saturday and Sunday's games
The Boonville 15-year-old All-Stars made it 2 for 2 over the weekend in the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in Liberal, Kansas.
After beating Coffeyville, Kansas 9-6 in the opening round on Saturday, the Boonville 15 All-Stars were even more impressive in the second round on Sunday by blanking Fairfield, Iowa 13-0.
In the first game against Coffeyville, the Boonville 15 All-Stars wasted little time getting out in front by pushing across two runs in the first to go up 2-0. However, over the next-three innings, Coffeyville outscored Boonville 3-1 to tie the game at 3-all after four. Coffeyville never got any closer in the ballgame as Boonville came back and exploded for six runs in the fifth to make it 9-3. Coffeyville made it interesting in the final-two innings by pushing across two runs in the sixth and one again in the seventh to cut the lead back to three.
Page 2 of 2 - Ethan Sander picked up the win on the mound for Boonville while Micah Elrod took the loss for Coffeyville.
Josh Judd started the game for Boonville and struck out two batters while giving up three runs on four hits and four walks in four innings. Sander then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three. Then, to finish the game, Keaton Barnes pitched one inning and surrendered one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two.
For Coffeyville, Elrod pitched five innings and issued nine runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out one.
Boonville also out-hit Coffeyville 12-9, with Austin Hulbert going 2-for-3 with a single, double and three RBIs.
Alec Viertel was 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs while Keaton Barnes also had two singles, Josh Judd with a RBI-triple, Kenan Johnson with a RBI-single and Ethan Sander, Jordan Copeland, Austin Henderson and Quincy Banuet with one single each.
For Coffeyville, Bradly Hershey went 3-for-5 with three singles and three RBIs.
In the second game on Sunday, the Boonville 15 All-Stars again had a great start by pushing across one run in the first, eight again in the second and four in the third to win by the mercy rule after five.
Sander again picked up the win on the mound for Boonville. In two innings, Sander gave up just one walk. Jordan Copeland then came in and pitched three innings in relief and struck out four batters while giving up just one hit and one walk.
Boonville also finished the game with eight hits against Fairfield, with Josh Judd going 1-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.
Jordan Copeland and Austin Henderson each had a double and two RBIs while Keaton Barnes finished the game with a double and one RBI, Ethan Sander with a single and two RBIs and Austin Hulbert and Alec Viertel each with a single and one RBI.
Brandon Plecker had the only hit in the game for Fairfield, being a single.