Finishing second in the Babe Ruth State Tournament over the weekend in Monett was a good accomplishment, considering what the Boonville 14 All-Stars went through to get there.
While the 14 All-Stars are looking at the big picture as the host for the Regional Tournament, it was still a good learning experience for the girls.
Despite finishing 2-3 in the tournament, the Boonville 14 All-Stars had a great start in the opening round by beating Sikeston in a thriller Friday night by a score of 13-12.
While leading at one point 11-4 after three, the Boonville 14 All-Stars couldn’t seem to keep Sikeston off the bases after that while surrendering five runs in the fifth and three again in the sixth to tie the game at 12-all. However, in the bottom-half of the sixth, Boonville scored the winning run.
Autumn Fuemmeler picked up the win in the circle for Boonville while pitching two innings in relief of starter Kurstin Leonard. Leonard pitched the first-four innings and struck out seven batters while giving up four runs on one hit and three walks. Fuemmeler then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed eight runs on six walks while striking out three.
Boonville also out-hit Sikeston 8-1, with Kelsey Bishop going 2-for-4 with a single and a triple.
Cheyenne Schuster was 2-for-3 with two doubles while Kishanda Jones added a single and a double and Renee Baker, Madolyn Stodgel, Leigha Vollmer and Lindsey Harris each with one single.
In the second game, the Boonville 14 All-Stars had overthrows and passed balls which led to a 16-11 lost against the Heartland Heat.
Boonville trailed 9-2 after two and 12-4 after three before rallying back with four runs in the fourth and one again in the fifth to close the gap at 12-9. Unfortunately for the 14 All-Stars, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Heartland came back and outscored Boonville 4-2 in the sixth for the victory.
Kurstin Leonard took the loss for Boonville by giving up 16 runs on 13 hits and two walks while striking out four batters in six innings. Autumn Fuemmeler then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed just one hit.
While out-hitting Heartland 17-14, the Boonville 14 All-Stars also had 10 errors in the game.
Leigha Vollmer went 4-for-4 in the game for Boonville with four singles. Kishanda Jones and Shianne Rhorer each had two singles and one double while Ella Reisinger and Madison Watson added two singles each, Kurstin Leonard with an inside the park home run and Cheyenne Schuster with one triple.
The Boonville 14 All-Stars also had a winnable game against Sikeston but instead fell by a score of 16-14 in eight innings.
While trailing at one point by a score of 8-5 in two innings, the 14 All-Stars rallied back with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings to go up 9-8. However, in the sixth, Sikeston outscored Boonville 2-1 to tie the game at 10-all. Then, after both teams put up one run in the seventh, Sikeston came back and outscored Boonville 6-3 in the eighth while playing international tiebreaker rules.
Page 2 of 2 - Kurstin Leonard took the loss in the circle for Boonville by pitching five innings in relief of starter Autumn Fuemmeler. Fuemmeler pitched the first-three innings and gave up eight runs on four walks while striking out one. Leonard then came in and pitched five innings in relief and issued eight runs on five hits and six walks while striking out five.
The 14 All-Stars also out-hit their third straight opponent in the tournament by a count of 7-5.
Baker finished the game with two singles while Rhorer had one double and Reisinger, Harris, Schuster and Madison Watson each with one single.
In Game 4 on Sunday, the 14 All-Stars sent Sikeston packing after leading from start to finish for a 14-11 victory.
Boonville led 9-8 after four and then sent two runs across in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play and one again in the seventh.
Kurstin Leonard picked up the complete-game victory for Boonville by giving up 11 runs on 11 hits and six walks while striking out four batters.
Boonville also had its best offensive game of the tournament by pounding out 17 hits against Sikeston.
Rhorer went 3-for-5 in the game for the 14 All-Stars, with two singles, one double and three RBIs.
Jones also had three hits, all of which went for singles, and one RBI. Bishop added two singles and one RBI while Madison Watson and Ellie Monk contributed two singles each, Leonard with a RBI-single and Reisinger, Stodgel, Vollmer and Schuster with one single apiece.
In the final game against the Heartland Heat, a team Boonville lost to earlier in the tournament, the 14 All-Stars just didn’t have anything left while falling 14-2 in five innings.
Kurstin Leonard took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up 12 runs on eight hits and four walks in three innings. Fuemmeler then came in and pitched one inning in relief and issued three runs on two hits and three walks.
Bishop and Stodgel also had the only two hits in the game for Boonville, both of which went for singles.
Shianne Rhorer also received the hitting medal for the Boonville 14 All-Stars.