Boonville High School JV Traveling Team hit a wall Tuesday night in the way of Columbia Rock Bridge while dropping a doubleheader by the scores of 17-5 and 8-1.
Although the second game was cut short due to lack of pitching by Boonville, it mattered little as Rock Bridge pounded out 23 hits in the first game and nine hits in 3 1/2 innings in the nightcap.
Of course the first game was close for the first-three innings with Boonville trailing Rock Bridge 6-5. However after giving up two more runs in the fourth, Boonville couldn’t seem to get an out in the fifth as Rock Bridge exploded for nine runs to win by the mercy rule.
In all, Rock Bridge pounded Boonville 15U pitching as eight hitters had a field day while combining for 22 hits, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
Despite collecting just three hits in the ballgame, Boonville led Rock Bridge early after pushing across one run in the bottom-half of the first on a single by Austin Andrews.
Meanwhile, after Rock Bridge plated two runs in the top-half of the second, Boonville came back and added four more runs in the bottom-half of the inning on three hit batters and a RBI-single by Andrews to make it 5-2.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they never led again after that as Rock Bridge came back and reeled off 15 unanswered runs over the next-three innings for the victory.
Collin Bensketter picked up the win in relief for Rock Bridge while Travious Brazil took the loss on the hill for Boonville, who closed out the season at 3-7 overall.
Goings started the game for Rock Bridge and pitched just one inning, giving up one run on one hit while striking out one. Bensketter then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief and surrendered four runs, three earned, on one hit and two walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Jack Wildham pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five.
For Boonville, Brazil pitched the first-four innings and yielded nine runs, four earned, on 15 hits and one walk while striking out one. Evan Franklin then came in and pitched one inning in relief and issued eight runs on eight hits while striking out one.
While nine different players had hits in the game for Rock Bridge, seven of those finished the game with two hits or more.
Drew Fougene led the hitting barrage for Rock Bridge with three singles, one double and three RBIs. Fougene also scored three runs.
Nick Cunningham also had four hits, with three singles, one double and three RBIs while scoring one run. Curtis Holliday went 3-for-4 with two singles, one triple, one RBI and three runs scored while Wildham added two singles, one double, three RBIs and one run scored, Cameron Groll with three singles, one RBI and two runs scored, Andrew Wooldridge with two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored, Jordan Smith with two singles, one RBI and one run scored, Goings with one double and three runs scored and Bensketter with one single.
For Boonville, Austin Andrews led the way with two singles and one RBI. Evan Franklin had the only other hit, being a single, while Jady Reese added two RBIs and Alex Wright and Conner Pond with one RBI each.
In the nightcap, Rock Bridge jumped out for good with two runs in the second and six again in the third to make it 8-0. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the third, Boonville scored its only run on the RBI-double by Andrew Garrison.
Curtis Holliday was the winning pitcher in the shortened game while Dalton Bealmer took the loss for Boonville. Holliday pitched just one inning and struck out two batters. Fougene then came in and pitched one inning and walked one while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Jordan Smith pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out two.
For Boonville Bealmer pitched the first-two innings and yielded two runs on four hits and one walk. Makiah Waibel then came in and pitched part of the third and issued five runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks. Then, to finish the game, Alex Wright pitched one inning and struck out one batter while giving up one run on three hits.
Rock Bridge also out-hit Boonville 9-1, with Jordan Smith and Jack Wildham collecting two hits each and England, Wooldridge, Snieder, Hannick and Fougene each with one hit.
For Boonville, Andrew Garrison went 1-for-1 with a RBI-double.