The same six were also selected to the NCMC All-Conference Team
The Boonville Pirates baseball team fell short of reaching the Final Four after losing to the Winfield in the sectional round of the state playoffs to finish at 20-5 overall.
But for six members of the Pirates baseball team, they were recently honored for their play not only during the conference season but also during the Class 4 District 8 Tournament.
The Pirates had six players selected to both the all-conference and all-district team for the 2017 season.
Players selected to the NCMC All-Conference team for Boonville were pitchers Nick Zeitlow and Connor Barnes and Kole Ficken, Weston Fahrenbrink, Dylan Watson and Ben Horst as position players.
The same six players were also selected to the all-district team for the 2017 season.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith said he is very proud of the all conference selections. “This is a very select group,” Smith said. “Nick was a perfect 10-0, Connor really stepped up and filled the zone this year. Kole was the leading vote selection for position players while Dylan had to compete with some quality catchers. Ben was rock solid at first, and hit over .400 in conference. “I’m very proud of our 20-5 season. Winning districts three years in a row is a tough feat and winning conference the second year in a row is an accomplishment as well.”
Of course nobody was better on the mound this season than Zeitlow, who finished 10-0 with an ERA of 1.922. He also had a team-leading 58 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched while giving up 18 runs (14 earned) on 45 hits and seven walks.
As for Barnes, the sophomore hurler came on strong toward the end of the season to finish 4-0 with an ERA of 1.663 in 33 2/3 innings pitched. He also gave up 12 runs (eight earned) on 27 hits and four walks while striking out 52 batters.
As for Ficken, who started at third base in every game this season, he finished second in hitting only to Weston Fahrenbrink with a .439 clip. However for the season, Ficken led the team with 36 hits in 82 at-bats along with a team-leading nine doubles, five home runs and 31 runs scored. He also had 21 singles, one triple and 29 RBIs.
Fahrenbrink, meanwhile, played right field for the Pirates and led the team with a .444 clip along with two triples and 33 RBIs. He also finished the season with 28 hits in 63 at-bats with 15 singles, seven doubles, four home runs and 15 runs scored.
Watson also started at catcher in 25 games this season and tied for the team-high in home runs along with Ficken with five. The sophomore standout also hit .403 for the season with 27 hits in 67 at-bats with 18 singles, four doubles, 23 RBIs and seven runs scored.
As for Horst, the junior first baseman hit .384 for the season with a team-leading 25 singles. He also had 28 hits in 73 at-bats with three doubles, 19 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
While finishing 11-1 in the NCMC, the Pirates dropped their only game on the road against the Hannibal Pirates by a score of 4-3.
Hannibal wound up finishing second in the NCMC at 7-3, followed by Kirksville at 8-4, Fulton at 7-5, Moberly at 4-7, Marshall at 2-9 and Mexico at 1-11.
Note: Boonville posted three shutouts this season by beating Mexico 10-0, Moberly 7-0 and Father Tolton 12-0. The Pirates also finished 2-2 in one-run games by beating Marshall 3-2 and Kirksville 7-6 and losing to Hannibal 4-3 and Grain Valley 1-0 in the Boonville Wood Bat Tournament.