Finish second in state tournament with a record of 3-1
With the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, the Boonville 11-year-old All-Stars probably felt the game was theirs to win Sunday against Kennett in the championship game in the Cal Ripken State Tournament at the Boonville High School Ballfield.
Although Kennett still had to bat in the bottom-half of the sixth if it came down to that, the Boonville 11 All-Stars fell one run short of moving on to the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in Bismarck, North Dakota after losing by a score of 10-9.
While finishing the tournament at 3-1, the Boonville 11 All-Stars also finished second-one better than last year after placing third.
Needless to say this game will sting for a while as the Boonville 11 All-Stars left nine runners on base while committing five errors. Kennett, meanwhile, stranded six runners and finished the game with four errors.
The Boonville 11 All-Stars also made the most of their opportunities, especially in the fourth while scoring two runs on three walks and one error to tie the game at 7-all.
Boonville also led at one point in the game at 5-1 after 2 1/2 before giving up six runs in the bottom-half of the third.
Although Kennett wound up out-hitting Boonville 8-6 in the game, they also scored the first run in the bottom-half of the first on one walk and one hit.
The Boonville 11 All-Stars, meanwhile, rallied back with two runs in the top-half of the second on one hit, three walks and a wild pitch to go up 2-1. Then, after holding Kennett scoreless in its half of the second, Boonville came back and tallied three more runs in the top-half of the third on a two-out double to center by Dakota Williams, a single by Garrett Hundley and two-RBI single by Henry Rohrbach to make it 5-1.
Unfortunately for Boonville, the lead didn’t last as Kennett took its turn in the bottom-half of the third and exploded for six runs on three hits, three walks and two errors to retake the lead at 7-5.
While sending 11 players to the plate in the inning, Kennett’s Hunter Lawrence provided the big blow with a three-run home run to center. Then, after Boonville tied the game with two in the top-half of the fourth, Kennett came back and tacked on another run in the bottom-half of the inning on one walk and one error to make it 8-7.
Kennett also put up two runs in the fifth on three hits and one error to extend the lead to 10-7. However after battling back pretty much the entire game, the Boonville 11 All-Stars again had a rally going in its of the sixth by loading the bases with two hit batters and a double to center by Shane Chamberlain. Then, after a error by the pitcher scored two runs to cut the lead to one at 10-9, Kennett pitcher Anquan Hill came back and struck out the next batter to end the game.
Hill picked up the win in relief for Kennett while Dakota Williams took the loss for Boonville. Hunter Lawrence started the game and pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out four. Hill then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on one hit while striking out three.
For Boonville, Garrett Hundley started the game and pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one. Williams then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two.
As for the hitting in the game for Kennett, Lawrence went 2-for-3 with a single, home run and three RBIs. Derione Davis also had two hits, both being singles. Ashton Williams homered and drove in one run while Jaidee Morton and Peyton Branum added one single and one RBI each, Payton McNabb with one single and Matt Gardner with one RBI.
For Boonville, Shane Chamberlain went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Dakota Williams also doubled and drove in one run while Henry Rohrbach added one single and two RBIs, Garrett Hundley and Rhodes Leonard each with one single and Abram Taylor and Cash Valencia each with one RBI.