Entering its 57th year of Boonville Junior Babe Ruth baseball also brought out the best in CARSTAR, Medical Arts and A&W Saturday night at Twillman field in Harley park.
With the first-two games resulting in one-run ballgames, with CARSTAR edging KFC 6-5 and Medical Arts winning over Imhoff Appliances 4-3, you just had a feeling that the final game between A&W and KWRT would be another nailbiter. Unfortunately for KWRT, last year’s champion, they had no answer for Wyatt Grizzle, Riley Lang or Jonathan Gerke, as all three players accounted for six of the team’s eight hits, for a 12-1 victory.
Of course if the baseball wasn’t enough to satisfy the needs of the fans, the opening ceremonies in-between games probably fit the bill with the parade of athletes lined up and down first and third base lines. And then if that wasn’t enough, Lance Quinlan, who has battled through sickness, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to open the 2013 season in JBR.
While pitching dominating opening night in JBR, there were also plenty of runs scored along with hits in three games. In all, six teams combined for 31 runs on 31 hits.
Crazy, right? Well here is another one. KFC out-hit CARSTAR 8-3 despite losing in the game 6-5.
Of course it didn’t help that KFC also had five errors in the ballgame compared to just three for CARSTAR. Nonetheless, after playing three complete innings, CARSTAR and KFC were locked in a battle tied at 3-all. Unfortunately for KFC, they had little to show for the rest of the game while putting up two runs in the bottom-half of the seventh. CARSTAR, meanwhile, took the lead for good by pushing across one run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Jake Esser picked up the win on the mound for CARSTAR, 1-0, while Tavious Brazil took the loss for KFC, 0-1. Esser pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out 14. Regan Meisenheimer then came in and pitched 1/3 inning in relief and struck out one batter. Then, to finish the game, Alex Wright scattered two runs over one inning while giving up two hits.
Esser also went 1-for-2 in the game with one one single, one RBI and one run scored. Alex Wright was 1-for-2 with one single and two runs scored while Regan Meisenheimer added one single and scored one run.
For KFC, Kole Ficken went 3-for-4 with three singles and three runs scored. Ryan Sprigg was 2-for-4 with two singles and two runs scored while Dalton Bealmer added a double and two RBIs, Tavious Brazil also with one double and Morgan Browning with one single and two RBIs.
Page 2 of 3 - In the second game, Imhoff’s Appliances broke out the bats first with two runs in the bottom-half of the second only to have Medical Arts rally back with a three spot in the third and one again in the fifth to make it 4-2. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the fifth, Imhoffs tacked on another run to cut the lead to one.
Hunter Edwards picked up the win in relief for Medical Arts, 1-0, while Conner Pond took the loss for Imhoff’s Appliances, 0-1.
Evan Franklin pitched the first-two innings and gave up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out one. Edwards then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Then, to finish the game, Chad Northern pitched 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit.
For Imhoff’s Appliances, 0-1, Pond scattered four runs, two earned, over 4 1/3 innings, and gave up three hits and nine walks while striking out seven. Bryce Fuemmeler then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and recorded three strikeouts.
Chad Northern led the hitting attack in the game for Medical Arts with two singles and one run scored. Gabe Rumbaoa was 1-for-3 with one single and two RBIs while Hunter Edwards added one single and one run scored, Evan Franklin with two runs scored and Brantley Edwards with one RBI.
For Imhoff’s Appliances, which had seven hits in the ballgame, Bryce Fuemmeler went 2-for-4 with a single, double and one run scored. Clemence Twenter was 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI while Makiah Waibel, Zach Weber and Jacob Twenter added one single each and Lucas Gerke and Jaylen Butner each with one run scored.
In the final game, A&W broke a 0-0 tie after the first-two innings by exploding for five runs in the third, one again in the fourth and six in the fifth to win by the mercy rule after five.
Riley Lang picked up the win on the mound for A&W, 1-0, while Dalton Vaughn took the loss for KWRT, 0-1.
Lang pitched the first-three innings and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out three. Jonathan Gerke then came in and pitched two innings in relief and surrendered one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four.
For KWRT, Vaughn pitched the first-four innings and scattered six runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Brady Gholson then came in and pitched part of the fifth and allowed five runs on just one hit and four walks. Then, to finish the game, Mason Hage pitched one inning and issued one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two.
Page 3 of 3 - A&W also out-hit KWRT 8-4, with Riley Lang going 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored.
Wyatt Grizzle was also 2-for-4 with a single, double, three RBIs and one run scored while Jonathan Gerke added a single, double, one RBI and one run scored, Austin Andrews with one double and one run scored, Braydon Johnson with a single, two RBIs and three runs scored, Trent Monk with two runs scored and Alex Breshears, Jared Bledsoe and Preston Renfrow each with one run scored.
For KWRT, Isaac Lorenz went 2-for-2 with two singles and one run scored while Dalton Vaughn tripled and Mason Hage singled.