The Boonville 16U All-Stars accomplished everything they set out to do over the weekend in the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in Winfield, Kansas.
With only two teams in the 16U Division, Boonville needed to win just two games to move on to the Babe Ruth World Series in Jensen Beach/Stuart, Florida on July 19-27.
As it turned out, the Boonville 16U All-Stars won the rubber match after playing two games earlier in the day against Southern Plains Iriquois Athletic Association (SPIAA) 13-8. Boonville also took the first game 4-3 while SPIAA won the second game 12-0.
Of course it didn’t look good early on for the 16 All-Stars in Game 1, as they trailed 1-0 through the first-three innings. However over the next-four innings, Boonville outscored SPIAA 4-2 by pushing across three in the fourth and one again in the fifth.
Skyler Shuffield picked up the win in the circle for Boonville while Morgan Herkelman took the loss for SPIAA. Shuffield pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on five walks while striking out four batters. Hailey Polk then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out three.
Boonville also out-hit SPIAA 4-2, with Josie Robb and Sylvia Bishop collecting one double each. Jacey Fenton had a single and two RBIs while Bailey Chew added one single and Abbie Grizzle with one RBI.
For SPIAA, Alli Granados and Milly McClure each had one single.
Jacey Fenton and Sylvia Bishop were also presented with the WOW Awards for their hitting while Hailey Polk won the SHE Award for sportsmanship, hustle and enthusiasm.
In the second game, SPIAA led Boonville from start to finish by pushing across one run in the first, two again in the second, one in the third, five in the fourth and three in the seventh to win 12-0.
Peyton Kempf took the loss in the circle for Boonville by giving up nine runs on two hits and six walks in four innings. Kempf also had one strikeout in the game. Hailey Polk then came in and pitched three innings in relief and surrendered three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one batter.
Meaghen McClure picked up the win for SPIAA by striking out seven batters in seven innings.
SPIAA also out-hit Boonville 5-2, with Emily Urquidi going 2-for-2 with two singles.
For Boonville, Peyton Kempf and Jacey Fenton each had one single.
Kyra Perkins also picked up the WOW Award in Game 2.
With each team with one win each, the next game would decide the champion. Luckily for Boonville, a 9-run first inning all but sealed the victory as the 16U All-Stars came back and plated three more in the third and one again in the fourth to go up 13-3. But even then SPIAA made it interesting by rallying back with two in the fifth and three again in the sixth.
Skyler Shuffield was the winning pitcher in the game for Boonville while Meaghen McClure took the loss for SPIAA.
Shuffield started the game and pitched the first-four innings, giving up three runs on one hit and five walks while striking out six batters. Hailey Polk then came in and pitched three innings in relief and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three batters.
Boonville also out-hit SPIAA 10-4, with Kali Corbitt going 3-for-5 with three singles and two RBIs. Josie Robb and Jacey Fenton each had two singles and one RBI while Skyler Shuffield added one double and three RBIs and Sylvia Bishop and Bailey Chew eaqch with one single.
For SPIAA, Taige Kliesen led all hitters with one double.
Morgan Massa also won the SHE Award in the final game while SPIAA picked up the Sportsmanship Award. SPIAA’s Meaghen McClure also won the Commissioner’s Award.