The Boonville Pirates JV baseball team finished 1-1 in the Hallsville JV Tournament over the weekend by beating Fulton 15-1 in the first game and then losing to Blair Oaks 6-3 in the second game.
In Game 1 against Fulton, the Pirates scored early and often while pushing across two runs in the first, three again in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and four in the five to win by the mercy rule. The Hornets, meanwhile, scored their only run of the ballgame in the bottom-half of the first.
Josh Judd picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up just two hits and two walks in five innings. He also struck out one batter.
Judd also provided most of the offense for Boonville with a single, double and a home run. Dalton Bealmer had two singles and one double while Quincy Banuet added a single and a double, Jady Reese and Bryce Fuemmeler each with two singles and Austin Henderson with one double.
Boonville JV coach George Monk said this was an excellent performance by the whole team.
“We played very well defensively, highlighted by two double plays,” Monk said. “We obviously hit very well but we added to the pressure by running the bases aggressively. Quincy Banuet stole third early in the game that made the middle infielders nervous any time we had runners on second. Josh Judd solidified our running when he stole home in the third forcing the pitcher to balk. Josh also had a great day at the plate and was able to come away with the win from the mound.”
Of course the Pirates weren’t so fortunate in the second game against Blair Oaks while giving up two in the second and one in the fifth to trail 3-0. However, after battling back with a three spot in the sixth, the Pirates turned right around and surrendered three runs in the seventh for the loss.
Tavious Brazil took the loss on the mound for Boonville by pitching 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Conner Pond. Pond pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits and seven walks while striking out four. Brazil then came in and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in relief. He also struck out two batters.
Judd and Banuet each had two hits in the game for Boonville, both of which went for singles, while Alex Wright and Jady Reese added one single each.
Monk said the second game was a lot different than the first. “Pitching was good from both teams,” Monk said. “Hits and runs were hard to come by. For us, Conner Pond did a nice job for five innings. Offensively, we struggled compared to the first game but I really liked how our hitters kept battling against an excellent pitcher. We were able to battle our way to tie the game in the sixth. Overall, this was an excellent showing by the Boonville Pirates. We hit very well and had good pitching. I also think there was a lot of pride and learning gained through our performance.”
The split over the weekend put the Pirates JV at 5-4 overall.