Beats two Pennsylvania teams by a combine score of 34-2
The Boonville Pirates baseball team finished its spring break trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida with a record of 2-1.
After losing to Melbourne Catholic 10-3 on Friday, the Pirates bounced back with two straight wins by beating Troy, Pennsylvania 24-1 on Saturday and Pottstown, Pennsylvania 10-1 on Sunday.
In the opening game Friday against Melbourne Catholic, the defending state champions in Class 5, the Pirates couldn’t have asked for a better start after pushing across two runs in the top-half of the first on RBI singles each by Riley Lang and Avery Reardon.
Meanwhile, after a run in the bottom half of the first by Melbourne Catholic, Boonville came back and tacked on another run in the third on a ground out to second by Reardon to extend the lead to 3-1.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they had no answer for Melbourne Catholic after that while giving up nine unanswered runs over the four innings to suffer the loss.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith said too many walks and the bats went silent against Melbourne Catholic.
“We played a good team,” Smith said. “We just did not play a complete game.”
Melbourne Catholic also out-hit Boonville 11-5.
For Boonville, Kole Ficken went 2-for-3 with two singles. Avery Reardon had a single and two RBIs while Riley Lang added one single and one RBI and Blake Barnes with one single.
Kellen Barnes took the loss on the mound for Boonville. Jared Viertel pitched the first-two innings and surrendered two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two. Barnes then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed two runs on one hit and two walks.
Smith used pitcher by committee after that, with Trae Williams throwing two innings and giving up one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Then, to finish the game, Weston Fahrenbrink pitched one inning and issued five runs on five hits and two walks.
In the game against Troy, Pennsylvania, the Pirates broke out the bats early while exploding for 10 runs in the bottom-half of the first on seven hits.
While sending a total of 15 batters to the plate in the inning, senior Riley Lang had two of the team’s seven hits and drove in one run. Ficken also doubled and drove in one run while Reardon, Blake Barnes, Ryan Witting and Dylan Watson each had one hit.
Troy, meanwhile, plated one run in the top-half of the second only to have Boonville send two more across in the bottom-half of the inning on a RBI-triple to left by senior Makiah Waibel and a ground out to second for a run by Zach Weber.
The Pirates would tack on three more in the third on a two-RBI double to left by Watson and a double by Reardon to push the lead to 15-1. Then, after holding Troy scoreless in its half of the fourth, Boonville exploded for nine more runs in the bottom-half of the fourth on four hits.
Nick Zeitlow picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up just one run on three innings in two innings. He also struck out two batters. Ben Horst then came in and pitched three innings in relief and struck out five batters while giving up just one hit.
Boonville also out-hit Troy 14-4, with Dylan Watson going 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and five RBIs.
Avery Reardon also had three hits, one of which went for a double, and two RBIs. Riley Lang had two singles and drove in one run while Makiah Waibel added a triple and one RBI, Kole Ficken with one double and one RBI, Zach Weber with one single and two RBIs, Blake Barnes, Connor Barnes and Ryan Witting each with a RBI-single and Mason Hage, Trae Williams, Jared Viertel, Ben Horst and Ben Eichelberger each with one run batted in.
Smith said everyone hit and played with confidence in the game against Troy.
In the final game against Pottstown, the Pirates jumped out to stay by exploding for five runs in the bottom-half of the first and then adding one in the second, three again in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Pitching also came to the forefront for Boonville as junior Mason Hage pitched four scoreless innings before giving way to Connor Barnes in the fifth. Hage gave up just two hits while Barnes surrendered one run on one walk while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Riley Lang pitched one inning and struck out two batters.
Boonville also out-hit Pottstown 14-2, with Reardon going 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI. Ficken had a single, double and four RBIs while Ben Horst added two singles and one RBI, Blake Barnes with two singles, Trae Williams with one triple, Ethan Waibel with one double, Dylan Watson with a two-RBI single, Riley Lang, Zach Weber and Makiah Waibel each with one single and Nick Zeitlow with one RBI.
Smith said this was a solid game by the Pirates. “We jumped on them in the first inning and Mason Hage pitched well,” Smith said. “Avery Reardon really hit the ball well today and everyone got to play in the contest. Great trip, wonderful experience.”
In the JV game on Saturday, Boonville defeated Cedar Creek, New Jersey 11-5.
The Pirates trailed Cedar Creed 5-3 after 3 1/2 before exploding for seven runs in the bottom-half of the fourth and one again in the fifth for the win.
Dylan Barnthouse picked up the win in relief for Boonville. Reece Lang started the game and gave up two runs on one hit and two walks in two innings. He also struck out two batters in the game. Barnthouse then came in and pitched three innings in relief and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three.
As for the hitting in the game, Connor Barnes went 3-for-3 with a single, double, triples and three RBIs. Logan Zaugg also had three hits with two singles, one double and two RBIs while Trae Williams added two singles, one double and one RBI, Carson Campbell with one single and one double, Ben Eichelberger with two singles and one RBI, Sam Wiser with one single and one RBI and Kellen Barnes with one RBI.