JV team wins 8-2 over Pirates
It didn't take long for the Boonville Pirates baseball team to get acclimated to the weather last night while hosting the Hannibal Pirates in NCMC action at Twillman field in Harley park.
After falling to Hannibal just last week at Hannibal 4-2, the Pirates came back last night and set the tone for the game by exploding for three runs in the bottom-half of the first en route to a 4-3 victory.
While the win improved Boonville's record to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Edwards said other than the sixth inning Chase Snapp pitched well and the defense played well.
"Chase pitched a good ballgame for starters," Edwards said. "However, I was disappointed there in the sixth. He walked the lead off guy and then we made an error right after that and that gave them a run that inning which meant the tying run ended up coming to the plate in the seventh.
"They earned their runs in the seventh and got a couple of nice hits. Jordan (Copeland) did a good job and came in and got a couple of ground balls and got us out of it. Offensively, we were prepared to play early on and didn't let the cold affect us and fortunately we got on Scott early because he is a good pitcher and as the game went on he got better. Fortunately we got those three runs in the first to kind of get us off to a good start."
Although Hannibal rallied with three runs in the final-two innings to cut the lead to one against Boonville, the first inning proved to be the difference as the Pirates sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs on three hits, one walk and one error. Two of those hits, one by Austin Hulbert and Jalen Poindexter, were scored as infield singles. Boonville also picked up its first run on a wild pitch while the second run came on a ground out to second by Keaton Barnes. The Pirates also had a little luck in the inning when Ethan Sander squirted a hit past Hannibal's third baseman for a RBI-single to make it 3-0.
The Pirates added another run in the bottom-half of the second to go up 4-0 thanks to two walks by pitcher Brandon Scott and a RBI-single up the middle by Barnes.
Junior Chase Snapp, meanwhile, shut Hannibal down for the first-five innings while giving up just four hits. Of course Snapp had some help along the way after an interference call in the second nullified a two-hit inning by the Pirates. Ethan Sander also robbed Hannibal of extra base hits by making a diving catch on a ball in center in the second. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Sander robbed junior Jordan Wilson on a potential two-run home run by climbing the fence for the ball to end the inning.
Edwards said Sander is a good outfielder and made some good plays by chasing down some flyballs. "There is no doubt in my mind that he can play the outfield," Edwards said. "I thought Jordan was going to get the ball in left center in the seventh. He had a long way to run and it would have been a great catch. I thought we made some good plays defensively."
Needless to say Hannibal made up for all the missed opportunities in the sixth and seventh innings. After pushing across one run in the sixth on one walk and a little dribbler in front of the plate, which led to a throwing error, Hannibal came back and tacked on two more runs in the seventh off of Snapp on a lead-off double to center by Austin Kirby and a RBI-triple to center by Trevor Anderson.
The Pirates, however, would get no closer as sophomore pitcher Jordan Copeland retired the next-three hitters on a strikeout and back-to-back ground outs to end the game.
As for Snapp, the left-handed hurler improved his record to 2-1 by holding Hannibal to just three runs, two earned, on eight hits and one walk while striking out five. Copeland then came in and pitched one inning in relief for the save and struck out one batter.
As for Hannibal pitcher Brandon Scott, the senior hurler went the distance and gave up four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six.
Keaton Barnes had the only extra base hit in the ballgame for Boonville, being a double. Jalen Poindexter went 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored while Austin Hulbert had a single and scored one run, Ethan Sander and Kelsey Callaway each with one single and Zach Nixon with one run scored.
For Hannibal, Jacob White went 2-for-3 with two singles.
Edwards said he felt the team was playing pretty well last week even when they went 2-4 with losses against Holden and Warrensburg.
"I said that I like the way this team is headed even though we went 2-4 last week," stated Edwards. "We are playing better defense. That's three games now where we have committed a grand total of two errors in 21 innings. I don't want to jinx us but if we do that early in the year we win some games instead of losing so that's what we need to do."
Boonville also won the JV game against Hannibal 8-2.
Bryce Fuemmeler picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits while walking one and striking out six.
Josh Judd went 3-for-3 in the game with a triple, two singles and one RBI.
Conner Pond was 2-for-2 with a single, double and one RBI while Jady Reese hit a solo home run in the first to left, Bryce Fuemmeler with a single and two runs scored and Evan Franklin also with one single.
Boonville assistant coach CJ Zeller said this was by far the standout performance of the year for this group. "Our defense made only one error and everyone we put in the lineup contributed something," Zeller said. "I feel that we are beginning to shake off the early spring and hit our stride following the lead of the varsity. Big games for Josh Judd, Jady Reese, Conner Pond and Bryce Fuemmeler."