The Boonville Babe Ruth 10-year-old All-Stars could see the light at the end of the tunnel while leading Sweet Heat 5-3 after 3 1/2 in an elimination game in the Babe Ruth State Tournament Sunday in Advance, Missouri.
With the winner to move on to the championship game later that morning against Heartland, the Boonville 10 All-Stars needed just six more outs to move on.
Sweet Heat, however, had other ideas while rallying back with two runs in the bottom-half of the fourth and then scoring the go ahead run in the fifth for a 7-5 victory.
While finishing 2-2 in the tournament, the Boonville 10 All-Stars had a great start by beating SEMO Misfits 12-2 in four innings.
In that game, Boonville scored four runs in each of the first-four innings to win by the mercy rule while SEMO scored both of its runs in the top-half of the second.
Lillian Newham picked up the win in the circle for Boonville by striking out seven batters in four innings. Newham also gave up two runs on four hits and three walks. Emma Moore, meanwhile, took the loss for SEMO by giving up 12 runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out four batters.
Boonville also out-hit SEMO 10-4, with Isabella Imhoff going 2-for-2 with a single and a double. Le’Asia Bruce and Allison Drummond also had two singles while Alison Eichelberger, Amera Wright and Ny’Asia Jones added one single each.
For SEMO, Paige Wilhite, Mari Freeman, Madyline Fray and Kaytlin Troost each had one single.
Of course things would go south in a big way in the second game against Heartland as the Boonville 10 All-Stars fell behind never to catch up in a 15-4 loss.
The Boonville 10 All-Stars trailed Heartland 3-0 after one, 4-1 after two and 11-2 after three. Meanwhile, after the Boonville 10 All-Stars scored two runs in the top-half of the fourth, Heartland came back and plated four runs in the bottom-half of the inning to win by the mercy rule.
Alyssa Dirdon was the winning pitcher in the game for Heartland while Lillian Newham took the loss for Boonville. Dirdon pitched all four innings and struck out 10 batters while giving up four runs on five hits and six walks. Newham, meanwhile, pitched four innings and allowed 15 runs on 13 hits and five walks while striking out eight batters.
Heartland also had 15 hits in the game, with Ava LeGrand going 3-for-3 with a single and two doubles. Mackenzie Lane also had three hits with two singles and one double.
For Boonville, Isabella Imhoff, Lillian Newham, Emerson Eads, Mabry Caton and Kierstyn Woodruff each had one single.
While going 1-1 on the opening day of the tournament, the Boonville 10 All-Stars were back to their old self on Saturday by beating the Lady Raiders 9-2.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville opened the game with eight runs in the first inning and one again in the second to lead the Lady Raiders 9-0.
Boonville also had Le’Asia Bruce in the circle, who wound up finishing the game with 13 strikeouts in five innings for the win.  Sammy Waller took the loss for the Lady Raiders by giving up nine runs on 13 hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Amera Wright had a big game with a triple, home run and two RBIs. Alison Eichelberger and Isabella Imhoff finished the game with two singles each while Cora Thompson added a triple and two RBIs and Le’Asia Bruce, Lillian Newham, Ny’Asia Jones, Allison Drummond, Mabry Caton and Elly Rapp with one single each.
For the Lady Raiders, Baily Wimmer, Sally Hoskins and Mia Baslee each had one single.
In the fourth game of the tournament and second that day, the Boonville 10 All-Stars had their best game offensively by exploding for 16 runs to beat the SEMO Blaze 16-0.
While staving off elimination twice on Saturday, the Boonville 10 All-Stars ran out of time in another elimination game on Sunday by losing to Sweet Heat 7-5.
Of course the win was well within Boonville’s grasp while leading Sweet Heat 3-2 after two and 5-3 after 3 1/2. Unfortunately for the 10 All-Stars, they had no answer for the Sweet Heat in the fourth or fifth while giving up a total of four runs to suffer the loss.
Kayla Sumpler was the winning pitcher in the game for Sweet Heat while Lillian Newham took the loss for Boonville. Sumpler pitched all five innings and struck out 13 batters while giving up five runs on six hits and two walks. Newham, meanwhile, pitched all five innings and struck out 11 batters while giving up seven runs on six hits and nine walks.
Boonville also matched Sweet Heat with six hits, with Amera Wright going 2-for-2 with a single and a double. Alison Eichelberger, Le’Asia Bruce, Lillian Newham and Mabry Caton also had one single each.
For Sweet Heat, Kinley Norris went 3-for-3 with a single, double and one triple.