The Boonville 12 All-Stars did everything imaginable to get back to the championship in the Babe Ruth State Tournament over the weekend in Monett.
After playing three games on Saturday, the Boonville 12 All-Stars had just one more hurdle to climb to reach the title game. However, after its third straight game on Saturday, the 12 All-Stars appeared to have nothing left the next day against Sikeston while falling by a score of 11-4.
While finishing fourth in the tournament with a record of 3-2 overall, the Boonville 12 All-Stars couldn’t have asked for a better start on Friday by beating Aurora 16-2.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville exploded for 10 runs in the first or six in the second to lead 16-0.
 It also helped that Boonville out-hit Aurora 7-1, with Kyla Johnson leading the way with a two-run home run.
Peyton Kempf doubled in the game while Josie Robb, Andrea Jackson and Kyra Perkins each had one single and one RBI and Jasmine Watson and Morgan Massa with one single each.
Kempf also picked up the win on the mound for Boonville. In three innings, Kempf struck out six batters and gave up two runs on one hit and three walks. Morgan Massa pitched one inning in relief and struck out three batters.
From there the Boonville 12 All-Stars were hit and miss for the rest of the tournament.
In the second game against Heartland, the 12 All-Stars trailed  5-0 after two full innings before rallying back with three in the top-half of the third. Unfortunately for the 12 All-Stars, they had no answer for Heartland after that while giving up eight unanswered runs to suffer a 13-3 setback.
Morgan Massa took the loss for Boonville by giving up 13 runs on eight hits and 11 walks while striking out five batters in five innings.
Heartland also out-hit Boonville 8-6. Kyla Johnson led the hitting attack for Boonville with a single, double and one RBI while Zoe Coffelt added two singles, Josie Robb with a RBI-single and Mackenzie Lutz with one single.
In the third game against Monett, the 12 All-Stars trailed 5-3 after two before rallying back with two in the third to tie the game at 5-all. Boonville then outscored Monett 7-4 for the rest of the game to win 12-9.
Massa picked up the win for the 12 All-Stars by giving up five runs on three hits and five walks in two innings. Massa also struck out three batters. Johnson then came in and pitched four innings in relief and surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four batters.
Johnson also led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with a single, triple and one RBI.
Andrea Jackson had two singles while Mackenzie Lutz added one triple, Josie Robb with a two-RBI-single, Kerigan Samer with a RBI-single and Zoe Coffelt with one single.
In the fourth game against Aurora, the Boonville 12 All-Stars again had a nailbiter while rallying with two runs in the bottom-half of the fifth for a 11-9 victory.
Peyton Kempf also had her best game to date in the circle for Boonville. In six innings pitched, Kempf struck out 15 batters and gave up just nine runs on four hits and four walks.
Morgan Massa led the hitting attack for Boonville with two singles and three RBIs while Broklyn King, Andrea Jackson, Mackenzie Lutz and Hailey Polk added one single each.
In the final game against Sikeston, the 12 All-Stars trailed at one point by a score of 10-2 before rallying back with two runs in the sixth inning in a 11-4 loss.
Kempf took the loss for Boonville. In 2 1/3 innings pitched, Kempf gave up two runs on one hit and four walks while striking out three. Morgan Massa then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and yielded nine runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two.
Kerigan Samer doubled in the game for Boonville while Andrea Jackson, Kyla Johnson, Mackenzie Lutz and Morgan Massa each singled.