The Boonville 10-year-old All-Stars finished 1-1 on opening day at the Cal Ripken State Tournament Thursday night in Carthage by beating Carl Junction 15-5 in four innings and then losing to Carthage 8-5 in the nightcap.
In the opening game against Carl Junction, Boonville exploded for six runs in the bottom-half of the first and then sent two runs across in the second, one again in the third and six in the fourth to win by the mercy rule. Carl Junction, meanwhile, put up two runs in the first and three in the third.
Luis Green picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by striking out five batters in two innings. Green also gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. Josh Barber then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out three batters.
The Boonville 10 All-Stars also out-hit Carl Junction 8-4, with Connor Wilmsmeyer going 3-for-3 with two singles, one triple and two RBIs.
Beau Walker finished the game with a single, double and one run scored while Dakota Troost added a double and two runs scored, D’Avion Jones with a single, one RBI and three runs scored, Luis Green and Evan Bishop each with a RBI-single, Trenton Schoen with one single and two runs scored, Rhad Leathers with one RBI and Zack Espey with one run scored.
In the nightcap, the Boonville 10 All-Stars trailed the entire game while giving up three runs in the third and five again in the fifth. However after four complete innings, Boonville trailed Carthage by just one run (3-2). Unfortunately for the 10 All-Stars, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Carthage came back and exploded for five runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-2. Then, in the top-half of the sixth, Boonville added three more runs.
Trenton Schoen took the loss on the mound in relief for Boonville. Evan Bishop started the game and pitched the first-two innings, giving up just two walks while striking out five. Schoen then came in and pitched two innings in relief and yielded three runs on two hits and five walks while striking out one batter. Then, to finish the game, Connor Wilmsmeyer pitched one inning and allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two batters.
Boonville also out-hit Carthage 6-3 despite the loss. Wilmsmeyer and Leathers each had two singles and one RBI to lead all hitters. Troost finished the game with a home run and one RBI while Schoen added one triple, Jones with a RBI-single and Jaeshua Barber with one single.