The Boonville 11-year-old All-Stars had a great start on opening day of the Cal Ripken State Tournament Thursday at the Boonville High School Ballfield.
Playing two games on Thursday, the Boonville 11 All-Stars defeated MABA American 9-8 in Game 1 and Carthage 11-1 in Game 2.
The Boonville 11 All-Stars will play next on Saturday, July 22nd in bracket play starting at 5:30 p.m. Tournament action will continue today, with Kennett playing Scott County at 3 p.m., followed by MABA American versus Carthage at 5 p.m. and MABA National versus Kennett at 7:30.
As for the game against MABA American, the Boonville 11 All-Stars jumped out in front with one run in the top-half of the second only to have MABA American rallying back with two in the bottom-half of the inning to go up 2-1. Then, after both teams put up one run in the third and four again in the fourth to make it 7-6 MABA American, Boonville 11 All-Stars came back and tacked on one in the sixth and two again in the seventh to go up 9-7.
MABA American made it close, though. In the bottom-half of the seventh, MABA American rallied back with one run to cut the lead back to one.
Bentley Turner picked up the win in relief for Boonville while Maclin Davis took the loss for MABA American. Henry Rohrbach started the game for Boonville and pitched the first-four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out four. Turner then came in and pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Then, to finish the game, Ben Lutz pitched part of the seventh and surrendered one run.
For MABA American, Maclin pitched three innings in relief and yielded three runs on four hits.
Rhodes Leonard led the hitting attack in the game for Boonville with a single and a double. Caidyn Hazel finished the game with a double and two RBIs while Bentley Turner added one double and one RBI, Dakota Williams and Garrett Hundley each with one single and one RBI, Ethan Watson, Shane Chamberlain, Henry Rohrbach and Cash Valencia each with one single and Ben Lutz with one RBI.
For MABA American, who actually out-hit Boonville 12-10, Conner Gibson went 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBIs. Carter Elders had two singles and two RBIs while Brennon Blair added two singles and one RBI. Matthew Manion, Nolan Inman, Ty Jarvis, Damian Cabrera and Conner Hedgecorth each had one hit.
In the second game against Carthage, the Boonville 11 All-Stars broke out the bats early with five runs in the first, four again in the second and two in the third to win by the mercy rule.
Dakota Williams picked up the win on the mound for Boonville while Colson Brust took the loss for Carthage. Williams pitched the first-two innings and gave up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Garrett Hundley then came in and pitched two innings in relief and struck out four batters.
For Carthage, Brust pitched one inning and gave up five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one batter.
Boonville also out-hit Carthage 10-2, with Shane Chamberlain going 2-for-2 with a single, double and one RBI. Ben Lutz finished the game with a single and a double while Abram Taylor added two singles and two RBIs, Caidyn Hazel added one triple, Dakota Williams with one double and one RBI, Ethan Watson and Garrett Hundley each with one single and one RBI and Bentley Turner and Cash Valencia each with one RBI.
For Carthage, Austin Mitchell had one single and one RBI while Lucas Jones added one single.