Fresh off a sweep against the Moberly Spartans in NCMC action Monday at Moberly, the Boonville Pirates baseball team had to be feeling pretty good about themselves going into Wednesday night’s game against the Mexico Bulldogs.
Having already beaten the Bulldogs 8-0 back on April 2, the Pirates were confident that a victory was well within reason again at Twillman field in Harley park.
As it turned out, the Bulldogs pulled a fast one on the Pirates by rallying with two runs in the seventh on two errors, one hit and a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 victory.
Boonville, dropping to 8-7 overall and 6-3 in the NCMC, will try again today in a conference game at Marshall starting at 5 p.m.
Boonville Pirates skipper Tim Edwards, who just recently picked up his 100th win at Boonville, said it was a very good game for six innings and then in the seventh Mexico got a couple of odd balls in play that his team just didn’t make plays on.
“They had a little hit to the right side that is kind of those in-between plays and we didn’t get it done,” Edwards said. “I was real pleased how early in the ballgame we did have some execution. We got a guy on and then John Reese bunts him over to third. Jacob Francis then gets a triple and we follow that up with a sacrifice fly to get Jacob in, so there was good execution there to get our two runs.”
Although both teams had plenty of chances through the first-four innings, the Bulldogs finally made do in the top-half of the fifth by pushing across one run on three hits and one walk.
The Pirates also turned the first of two double plays in the fifth to end the threat by Mexico.
Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the fifth, Boonville answered with two runs to go up 2-1 when junior Jacob Francis hit a one-out triple to center to score Caleb Hein, who led off the inning with a walk. Austin Hulbert then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Francis to make it 2-1.
But even that was short-lived as Mexico rallied back with a one spot in the sixth on three straight singles by Matt Ridgway, Dylan Nance and Frank Nickoley to tie the game at 2-all.
Then, after Boonville failed to score in its half of the sixth, Mexico came back with two more runs in the seventh to go up 4-2. The Pirates, meanwhile, had the tying run at the plate with one on when Mexico pitcher Cody Creed came back and got the next-two batters on a fly out and a strikeout to end the ballgame.
Page 2 of 3 - Edwards said Creed did a nice job with his curveball and moving the ball around the strike zone. “He made us have some tough at bats,” Edwards said. “I thought Alec Viertel pitched pretty well. He pitched to contact and got a lot of fly balls and we played good defense behind him. Chase Snapp then came back on short rest and got hit but Ethan Sander came in and did a nice job behind him. He put the fire out and looked solid on the mound. The loss was very disappointing. This was a home conference game that we wanted but Mexico came in here and they beat us.”
Cody Creed picked up the complete-game victory for Mexico, 9-6 on the season, while Ethan Sander took the loss on the hill for Boonville. In seven innings, Creed struck out six batters and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks.
Sander, meanwhile, dropped to 0-1 on the season by giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while striking out two batters.
Alec Viertel started the game for Boonville and pitched the first-five innings, giving up one run on five hits and one walk while striking out one. Chase Snapp then came in and pitched part of sixth and yielded one run on three hits.
Tyler Bracht went 2-for-3 in the game for Mexico with a single and a double. Frank Nickoley also had two hits and one RBI.
For Boonville, Jalen Poindexter went 2-for-3 with a single and a double to raise his average to .370 for the season. Austin Hulbert was also 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI to up his average to .300. Jacob Francis, meanwhile, had a RBI-triple to extend his average to .281 while Zach Nixon finished the game with one single in three at-bats for a .359 clip.
As for the JV game, Boonville handed Mexico its first loss of the season with a 4-3 victory.
The Pirates scored all four runs in the first while Mexico plated two in the first and one in the second.
Boonville JV coach George Monk said the JV team continues to play well. “Our defense is really doing a nice job,” Monk said. “We have played three games now without an error and have recorded several double plays in those games. Our pitched has been adequate but we are giving up too many walks. Hitting is progressing well also.”
While normally playing five innings, Monk said the game was called in the top-half of the fourth with one out when Josh Judd and Jady Reese collided on a fly ball. Monk said Judd was taken by ambulance to the hospital, which in-turn shortened the game.
Quincy Banuet pitched the first-three innings for Boonville and gave up three runs on two hits while walking five. Tavious Brazil then came in and pitched 1/3 inning in relief and walked one batter while hitting one.
Page 3 of 3 - Jady Reese led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with two singles while Josh Judd added a double and Dalton Bealmer and Austin Henderson each with one single.
Note: The game against the Oak Grove Panthers on Wednesday, May 1 has been canceled. Boonville Athletic Director Chris Shikles said the Pirates will play Pilot Grove instead at Twillman field in Harley park starting at 5 p.m.