Pirates finish Sedalia S-C Tournament at 1-2; drop to 3-4 overall

With a game every day last week and sometimes two, the Boonville Pirates baseball team had reason to feel a little weary while facing the Warrensburg Tigers Friday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
While going 1-1 in the Smith-Cotton/Warrensburg Tournament earlier in the week, the Pirates appeared to have the Tigers right where they wanted them while leading 9-7 after 7 1/2. Unfortunately for Boonville, they had no answer for Warrensburg in the bottom-half of the eighth while giving up three runs to suffer a 10-9 loss.
Despite dropping to 3-4 on the season, the Pirates still managed to score nine runs on nine hits. Warrensburg, meanwhile, finished one better than Boonville with 10 runs on nine hits.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville started in a hole against Warrensburg by giving up four runs in the bottom-half of the first on four hits, one error and one hit batter.
Meanwhile, after leaving one runner on in the first and two on in the second against the Tigers, Boonville finally got on the board in the top-half of the third with one run when Jordan Copeland led off with a double and scored on the ground out to short by Jalen Poindexter.
The Tigers also added one run in its half of the third on a lead-off home run to center by Brett Marr to go up 5-1.
The game was just getting interesting at that point, though. After a scoreless fourth, Boonville came back and tied the game at 5-all by pushing across four runs on two hits, two walks and one error.
With only one hit through the first-four innings, the Pirates doubled that total in the fifth on RBI-singles each by Poindexter and Chase Snapp.
Meanwhile, after holding Warrensburg scoreless in the bottom-half of the fifth, the Pirates tacked on two more runs in the sixth on a two-out single to right by Austin Hulbert and a RBI-double to left by Poindexter to extend the lead to 7-5.
Boonville also cruised through Warrensburg’s half of the sixth. However, after a scoreless inning in the top-half of the seventh, the Pirates literally came unraveled in the bottom-half of the inning by allowing the Tigers to rally back with two runs on two hit batters and one error to tie the game at 7-all.
Of course that was all forgiven in the top-half of the eighth as Boonville answered Warrensburg’s two runs with two of its own on a RBI-single to right by Dallas Franklin and a sacrifice bunt by Keaton Barnes to go up 9-7.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they had a hard time holding on to the lead all game while surrendering three runs in the bottom-half of the eighth on three hits and three walks to suffer the loss.
Boonville coach Tim Edwards said the Pirates started this game by getting into a hole after the first inning when Warrensburg scored four runs.
“Ethan Sander started the game pitching but ended up coming out after the first inning with a sore arm,” Edwards said. “Chase Snapp came in and did a great job holding Warrensburg at bay for five innings. Credit to our boys, they kept positive and working hard and climbed back into the ballgame against another outstanding team. In the bottom of the seventh we could not hold the lead but we still were able to string some hits together and execute a suicide squeeze to take another lead in the top of the eighth. Once again we could not hold the lead in the eighth but I am extremely happy with our effort today. We played six games in five days this week, all against very good teams and we battled hard in all of them. I really like where our team is headed.”
Roop picked up the win on the mound for Warrensburg while Josh Judd took the loss on the mound for Boonville. Roop pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Burgin and gave up four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.
Judd, meanwhile, pitched one inning in relief and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one batter.
Ethan Sander started the game for Boonville and pitched just one inning, giving up four runs on four hits. Chase Snapp then came in and pitched 5 1/3 innings and issued three runs, one earned, on two hits and and one walk while striking out two.
Brett Marr went 3-for-3 in the game for Warrensburg two singles, a home run and three RBIs.
For Boonville, Jalen Poindexter went 2-for-3 with a single, double and four RBIs. Keaton Barnes was 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI, while Jordan Copeland added one double, Chase Snapp with a two-RBI single, Dallas Franklin with a RBI-single, Austin Hulbert and Zach Nixon each with one single and one run scored and Kelsey Callaway and Caleb Hein with one run scored apiece.
The Boonville Pirates baseball team is scheduled to play tonight at Columbia Rock Bridge starting at 5 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, April 9, the Pirates will travel to Fulton for a conference game starting at 5.