It’s safe the say the Boonville 14-year-old All-Stars were dominating in their own right over the weekend while competing in the Missouri Babe Ruth State Tournament in Scott City.
While outscoring their opponents 61-5 after four games leading up to bracket play, it didn’t come as a surprise that Boonville picked up the No. 1 seed heading in Sunday’s games. However it didn’t stop there. After beating Scott City 21-1 in the first game in bracket play, the Boonville 14 All-Stars upended SEMO South 6-2 to win the state title and move on to the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in North Platte, Nebraska on July 25-30.
The Boonville 14 All-Stars will check in on Wednesday, July 26th. Meanwhile, after a picnic later that night and a managers, coaches and umpires meeting Thursday morning, play will begin at 12 noon with Nebraska facing Iowa. Minnesota and Kansas will follow at 2:30 p.m. with North Platte playing Colorado at 5, opening ceremonies at 7 and then North Dakota versus Boonville 14 All-Stars at 7:30.
As for the scores leading up to the championship game, Boonville 14s opened tournament play on Thursday by beating SEMO South 9-1. Then, after upending Cape Girardeau 14-1 in the second game, Boonville came back with a 22-3 win over Scott City. Meanwhile, in the final game in pool play, Boonville defeated Sikes 16-0 in five innings.
In bracket play, Boonville beat Scott City 21-1 and then knocked off SEMO South for the second time in the tournament.
In the championship, SEMO South opened the game with one run in the top-half of the first on a lead-off single, error and a sacrifice fly. Meanwhile, in Boonville’s half of the first, the 14s rallied back with two runs on a one-out triple to right by Bailey Quint and a RBI-single to center by Saylor Marquez, who later scored on a bases-loaded walk.
SEMO South added another run in the top-half of the second to tie the game at 2-all.
 Then, after both teams failed to score in the third inning, Boonville came back and tacked on another run after a walk and back-to-back singles each by Nathaniel Krebs and Bailey Quint to make it 3-2.
Boonville manager Brian Jackson said the 14 All-Stars then came up with the key play of the game in the top-half of the fifth. With a runner on and out one, catcher Kayle Rice made a perfect throw to third baseman Colten Collyott, who applied the tag for the second out. Quint then struck out the next batter to end the inning.
“That was a big play for us,” Jackson said. “SEMO South had a runner on second and were looking to tie the game until the out at third.”
That turned out to be a big momentum killer for SEMO South, who failed to score for the rest of the game.
As for the Boonville 14 All-Stars, they put up three more runs in the sixth on a lead-off double to left by Axton Nease and a RBI-single to center by Krebs. Spencer Steakley also drove in a run with a single to third to make it 5-2 while Hayden Krumm singled to center to score Bryce Harris to extend the lead to 6-2.
Quint also picked up the complete game victory for Boonville by giving up just two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six batters.
Drew Hicks took the loss for SEMO South. Hicks pitched three innings in relief of starter Luke Nichols and surrendered four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three.
The Boonville 14 All-Stars also out-hit SEMO South 12-8, with Quint going 2-for-4 with a single, triple and one RBI.
Krebs finished the game with two singles and one RBI while Collyott added two singles, Nease with one double, Marquez, Steakley and Krumm each with one single and one RBI, Rice and Cody Garner with one single each and Cale Fox with one RBI.
For SEMO South, Dalton Hayes had three hits while Jack Duenne added two hits and Luke Nichols, Kannon Nowell and Nate Stone each with one hit.