The Boonville 11-year-old All-Stars have been perfect thus far leading up to Sunday’s championship game against Kennett in the Cal Ripken State Tournament at Boonville.
After edging MABA American 9-8 and Carthage 11-1 on Thursday, the Boonville 11 All-Stars came back and beat Scott County in another nailbiter on Saturday by a score of 5-4.
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.
The Boonville 11 All-Stars also took the early lead against Scott County while pushing across one run in the second, two again in the third and one in each of the fourth and fifth innings of play to make it 5-0. However, in the top-half of the sixth, Scott County rallied back with four runs and had the tying run on third and the go-ahead run at the play before ending the game on a strikeout.
Shane Chamberlain picked up the complete game victory for Boonville by striking out five batters and giving up just four runs on four hits and two walks.
Daulton Forck, meanwhile, took the loss for Scott County by surrendering four runs on five hits and two walks in four innings pitched. Forck also struck out one batter. Nicholas Christian then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on two hits.
Boonville also out-hit Scott County 7-4, with Ethan Watson going 2-for-2 with two singles and one RBI.
Caidyn Hazel and Henry Rohrbach each had one single and one RBI while Dakota Williams, Rhodes Leonard and Bentley Turner added one single each and Garrett Hundley with one RBI.
For Scott County, Nicholas Christian went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs while Carson Essner added one double and one RBI, Joe Young and Blake Urhahn each with one single and Blake Mosby with one RBI.