Playing their fifth game in four days may have finally taken its toll on the Boonville Pirates baseball team last night in the make-up game on the road against the Hannibal Pirates.
With a 2-2 start to the week with one game remaining, the Pirates suffered their third loss of the season in six games last night in a 4-2 setback against Hannibal.
While dropping to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Edwards said Hannibal’s pitcher did a nice job but his team struck out too much.
“We took a called third strike four different times and left six runners stranded on base,” Edwards said. “Alec Viertel pitched a good game in his first start of the year and allowed only one earned run. Two costly errors, one in the third inning and one in the fourth inning, led to three unearned runs. If we clean up the defense, this is a game that we win.”
While matching Hannibal with six hits and two errors in the game, the Pirates, as in Boonville, also took the early lead by pushing across one run in the first  when junior Jacob Francis led off with a single to right and later scored on an error by the center fielder to make it 1-0.
Unfortunately for Boonville, their runs were few and in-between. Hannibal, meanwhile, rallied back with two runs in the bottom-half of the third on one hit, one error and one pass ball to go up 2-1.
Of course it didn’t take long for Boonville to get the run back. In the top-half of the fourth, the Pirates plated another run when senior Zach Nixon hit a one-out double to left and scored on the double to center by Ethan Sander to tie the game at 2-all.
Hannibal also responded with a run in its half of the fourth thanks to another error and two hits to make it 3-2. Then, after holding Boonville scoreless in its half of the fifth, Hannibal came back and added another run in the bottom-half of the inning on two hits to extend the lead to 4-2.
Boonville also had a chance to add to its run total in the sixth and seventh innings. With one out in the sixth, senior Jalen Poindexter hit a one-out double left only to be left stranded. Then, in the seventh, Keaton Barnes led off with a double to center and then advanced to third on the ground out to second by Caleb Hein. Hugenberg then came back and got Francis on a strikeout to end the game.
Hugenberg picked up the complete-game victory for Hannibal while Alec Viertel took the loss for Boonville. In seven innings, Hugenberg struck out eight batters and gave up two runs, one earned, one six hits and one walk. Viertel, meanwhile, pitched all six innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out three.
Hertlein and Lewton also had two hits each in the game for Hannibal.
For Boonville, Zach Nixon went 2-for-2 with a single, double and one run scored.
Ethan Sander was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI while Jalen Poindexter and Keaton Barnes also doubled and Jacob Francis singled and scored one run.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Hannibal 7-2.
The Pirates, 2-2 overall and in the conference, opened the game with one run in the first and then sent one run across in the second, two again in the third and three in the fourth for the victory.
Boonville JV coach George Monk said this was the teams best game offensively.
“We had some very nice at bats that resulted in the best run total of the season,” Monk said. “We had baserunners in every inning. Bryce and Conner did a nice job from the mound. Overall, this was our best game. We had a couple of errors but we didn’t let that bother us.”
Bryce Fuemmeler picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up just three hits in three innings. He also struck out one batter. Pond then came in and pitched two innings in relief and surrendered two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Josh Judd, Tavious Brazil and Austin Henderson doubled in the game for Boonville while Bryce Fuemmeler, Evan Franklin, Dalton Bealmer and Alex Wright each singled.