Win 15-3 and 7-2 to improve to 8-6 overall and 6-2 in NCMC

The Boonville Pirates baseball team got two much needed wins in the way of the Moberly Spartans last night in NCMC action at Moberly.
While coming off two straight losses in the annual Boonville Wood Bat Tournament over the weekend, the Pirates took out their frustration on the Spartans last night in a varsity doubleheader by picking up the sweep by the scores of 15-3 and 7-2.
In the first game against Moberly, the Pirates actually trailed 2-0 after the first inning  and 3-0 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with a 12 spot in the bottom-half of the third on seven hits, three walks and three errors to go up 12-3.
Boonville never trailed after that while adding three more runs in the fourth on four hits, one walk and one error to extend the lead to 15-3.
Junior Dallas Franklin picked up the win on the mound for the Pirates. In five innings, Franklin struck out four batters and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks.
Boonville also out-hit Moberly 12-5, with Keaton Barnes going 2-for-4 with five RBIs and one run scored. Ethan Sander was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored while Alec Viertel added two hits and one RBI, Jalen Poindexter and Zach Nixon each with one hit, two RBIs and two runs scored, Austin Hulbert with one hit, one RBI and three runs scored, Jacob Francis with one hit, one RBI and two runs scored, Dallas Franklin with one hit and one run scored, John Reese with one hit and two runs scored and Kelsey Callaway with one run scored.
For Moberly, Derrick Nickerson and Chase Dougherty each had two hits.
Justin Connaway, meanwhile, took the loss on the mound for the Spartans by giving up 11 runs, five earned, one seven hits and two walks while striking out two batters in 2 2/3 innings.
Boonville coach Tim Edwards said Franklin got off to a shaky start on the mound by walking the first-two batters and then giving up two hits and allowing Moberly to score two runs. “He settled in and pitched great after that by allowing only three more hits, striking out four and not allowing any more walks,” Edwards said. “We really hit the ball well in the third inning by collecting seven hits and scoring 12 runs. However, we were also aided by four Moberly errors in the game.”
In the second game, the Pirates broke a scoreless tie after two innings by pushing across three runs in the third and four again in the fourth on the grand slam home run by Jalen Poindexter.
Boonville also out-hit Moberly 7-6, with Jalen Poindexter going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and six RBIs. Austin Hulbert was 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Keaton Barnes added one double and Zach Nixon and Jordan Copeland each with one single.
Copeland also picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up two runs, none earned, on six hits while striking out six batters.
Tanner Wetrich took the loss on the mound for Moberly by giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and six walks while striking out five batters.
Nickerson went 2-for-3 in the game for Moberly with a single, double and one RBI.
Edwards said Copeland pitched a gem in Game 2 by allowing only one unearned run in each of the fifth and seventh innings. “He had great command by allowing no walks in a complete-game win,” Edwards said. “Jalen Poindexter had a grand slam in the seventh inning to extend the lead and give us a little breathing room. It was a great night of baseball.”
Edwards also picked up his 100th career win against the Spartans.