The Boonville Pirates baseball team would have preferred going 2-0 yesterday in the West Central Missouri Baseball Tournament at Warrensburg.
Hosted by Sedalia Smith-Cotton and Warrensburg, the Pirates opened tourney play against the Holden Eagles, the No. 1 team in Class 3 in the latest MHSBC polls, and fell by a score of 4-1. Meanwhile, in the second game, the Pirates defeated Class 4 Harrisonville 4-0.
The Pirates, 3-2 overall, will play on Friday, April 5 at Crane Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg against the Warrensburg Tigers starting at 4 p.m.
In the first game against Holden, the Pirates appeared to be in a dogfight while playing to a 0-0 tie for the first-three innings. However, over the next-two innings, the Eagles put up a total of four runs, two in each inning, to make it 4-0. The Pirates came back with one run in the bottom-half of the fifth but would get no closer to suffer the loss.
Boonville coach Tim Edwards said Dallas Franklin pitched a great game and deserved to have a better outcome. “He had good command only walking one batter all game and got a lot of ground balls,” stated Edwards. “We did not hit the ball very well leaving 10 runners stranded on base during the game.”
Dylan Riley picked up the win on the mound for Holden while Dallas Franklin took the loss for Boonville. In four innings, Riley struck out seven batters and gave up just one hit while walking four. Justin Jaeger then came in and pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out three.
As for Franklin, he went the distance and surrendered four runs, two earned, on nine hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Jalen Poindexter went 1-for-3 in the game for Boonville with a RBI-single while Jordan Copeland, Caleb Hein and Dallas Franklin also had one single. Franklin also walked twice while Copeland scored the Pirates only run.
In the second game, the Pirates had a little better luck while pushing across four runs in the top-half of the second for all of the scoring.
Edwards said Jordan Copeland pitched six great shutout innings to get his first varsity win. “Ethan Sander came in and struck out two batters and retired the order in the seventh. “This was by far the best game we have played this year and it came against a very good Harrisonville team,” Edwards said. “We turned a double play in three different innings and committed no errors for the game. We also hit the ball well the entire game with many hard hit balls including many that resulted in outs. It was exciting to see our energy and enjoy how much fun our guys were having playing the game well.”
While picking up the win on the mound for Boonville, sophomore Jordan Copeland gave up just five hits and five walks while striking out three batters. Ethan Sander pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters.
Keaton Barnes went 2-for-3 in the game with one RBI while Austin Hulbert added a double and two RBIs, Jacob Francis with a double and one run scored, John Reese with a RBI-single, Alec Viertel and Ethan Sander each with one hit and one run scored and Zach Nixon and Josh Judd each with one hit.
Tyler Logan took the loss for Harrisonville by giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three batters in seven innings.