The Boonville Pirates baseball team couldn’t seem to buy a hit at the right time last night on the road against the Marshall Owls.
Although the Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top-half of the second, they had no real answer for the Owls after that while giving up six runs over the next-five innings to suffer a 6-4 loss.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 8-8 overall and 6-4 in the NCMC, head coach Tim Edwards said this was a disappointing loss as they had several chances to tie the game and get the lead but could not come up with the timely hit. “Caleb Hein struggled with getting the ball down in the zone early and gave up some hits and runs, but he bounced back and pitched better as the game progressed,” Edwards said. “We hit the ball well at times but had too many fly ball outs.”
Officially, the Pirates had 12 fly ball outs in 29 at-bats with only eight hits. As for Marshall, they had 10 hits in 28 at-bats.
Boonville also finished the game with three extra base hits, all doubles, while Marshall had two doubles.
The Pirates also jumped out to an early lead by pushing one run across in the top-half of the second when Ethan Sander led off the inning with a single to left, advanced to second on the ground out by Alec Viertel and then scored two batters later on a sacrifice by Caleb Hein.
However, it didn’t take long for the Owls to get the runs back and then some. Trailing 1-0 after 1 1/2, Marshall rallied back with a four spot in the bottom-half of the second on four hits and two errors to go up by a score of 4-1.
Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the third inning, Marshall came back and tacked on another run in the fourth on two hits to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Pirates didn’t go down without a fight, though. In the top-half of the fifth, Boonville plated three more runs on back-to-back-to-back doubles by Zach Nixon, Keaton Barnes and Ethan Sander to cut the lead to one at 5-4.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they would get no closer in the ballgame as Marshall came back with another run in the bottom-half of the fifth for the victory.
Mason Paulus picked up the win on the mound for Marshall while Caleb Hein took the loss for Boonville, dropping him to 1-2 on the season. Paulus pitched the first-six innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Hein, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for the Pirates and surrendered six runs, four earned, on 10 hits and three walks while striking out six.
As for the hitting in the game for Marshall, Paulus went 3-for-4 with two singles and one double. Darion Lawrence was 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI.
For Boonville, Ethan Sander went 2-for-4 with a single, double and one RBI to raise his average to .297. Zach Nixon and Keaton Barnes, meanwhile, finished the game with one double each and drove in one run while Austin Hulbert, Jalen Poindexter, Alec Viertel and Dallas Franklin added one single each. Caleb Hein also drove in one run for the Pirates, who are collectively hitting .271 as a team this season.
Poindexter also continues to lead the team in hitting with a .367 clip but not far behind him is is Nixon with a .357 average. Also hitting above .300 for the season is Alec Viertel at .308. Boonville also has three players hitting .290 or better, with Sander at .297, Hulbert at .296 and Barnes at .292.
As for the pitching, Jordan Copeland is 2-0, Dallas Franklin 2-1, Chase Snapp 2-2, Josh Judd 1-1 and Caleb Hein 1-2.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Marshall 8-2.
The Pirates never trailed in the game against Marshall and sent three runs across in each of the first and third innings of play and two again in the fourth. Marshall, meanwhile, scored both of its runs in the bottom-half of the fourth.
Conner Pond picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up two runs on six hits and five walks while striking out five.
Garrett Gamel had three singles in the game for Marshall while Evan Franklin added a single and a double, Austin Henderson with two singles and Dalton Bealmer and Austin Andrews each with one single.
Boonville JV coach George Monk said the JV team continues to play very well. “Offensively, we had one of the best games we have played,” Monk said. “Several players who have struggled used this game to break out of their slumps. Conner did a nice job of mixing speeds and kept Marshall from ever mounting an attack. None of the errors hurt us and they occurred very late. Our defense has continued to shine in the last few games.”