Boonville sophomore Josh Judd appeared to be fazed little if any that he got the nod Tuesday night against the Prairie Home Panthers at Twillman Field in Harley park.
With Boonville’s JV facing Prairie Home’s varsity, Judd took the challenge in stride by mowing down 12 hitters while giving up just two hits in a 10-0 victory.
The Pirates JV, 9-7 overall, also had a great start in the game against Prairie Home while pushing across four runs in each of the first-two innings against Mineral Area bound pitcher Trever Huth.
But if that wasn’t already enough while leading Prairie Home 8-0 after two, Boonville also plated two more runs in the sixth to win by the mercy rule.
Boonville JV coach George Monk said this was a special opportunity for the JV.
“The weather was great, the jv was being showcased, and we were facing an excellent pitcher from Prairie Home varsity,” Monk said. “Our offensive execution matched the day. We were able to stroke line drives early in the game to put pressure on Prairie Home. As beautiful as the day was, Josh Judd's performance on the mound was even more beautiful. He had a perfect game through three innings and finished the game well. Originally we had him slated to pitch about 3 innings but he commanded the ball with his efforts.”
As for Huth, the senior hurler pitched the first-three innings and surrendered eight runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Kole Holliday then came in and pitched two innings in relief for the Panthers and yielded two runs on two hits and three walks.
Dalton Bealmer went 3-for-4 in the game for Boonville with two singles, one double and two RBIs. Jady Reese was 2-for-3 with two singles and four RBIs while Tavious Brazil added one single and one RBI and Austin Henderson and Josh Judd each with one single.
For Prairie Home, Kole Holliday and Trever Huth each had one single.
Despite the loss, which dropped the Panthers to 2-5 on the season, head coach Jesse Oswald said his team didn’t do a good enough job at the plate to keep themselves in this one.
“We didn’t get a runner on base until the fourth inning,” Oswald said. “Their pitcher Josh Judd did an excellent job of keeping us off balanced, but also threw a lot of strikes. “Trever and Klay pitched a solid game for us, but we had some mistakes in the field early that allowed them to plate some runs. It was a good experience for our boys to play at Boonville and against their JV team, but we didn’t come to play in the early innings. Again, we can learn from how to start and finish a ballgame and this will only improve our team going into districts.”
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