The Boonville Pirates C-baseball team picked up a split Tuesday night on the road by beating Mexico’s C-team 11-0 in the first game and dropping a 4-3 decision against the Bulldogs junior varsity in the nightcap.
While the split put the Pirates at 4-1-1 on the season, head coach Joe Henke said Hunter Pethan pitched a great first game and the boys did a great job at the plate. In the second game, Henke said the boys battled a good JV team but ended up allowing one run in the fourth inning that cost them. “I am proud of the way the boys competed,” Henke said. “We loaded the bases three straight innings but just couldn’t get the big hit. We needed a good challenge and this will make us better going forward.”
In the first game against Mexico’s C-team, the Pirates exploded for six runs in the first and then sent two runs across in the second and three again in the third to win by the mercy rule.
Hunter Pethan pitched all three innings for the win by striking out six batters and giving up just one hit.
Boonville also out-hit Mexico 15-1, with Cody Garner going 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs.
Pethan also had two hits in the game, one being a double. Bryce Harris finished the game with two singles and two RBIs while Lane West had two singles and one RBI, Spencer Steakley with two singles, Landon Williams one single and two RBIs, Axton Nease and Cameron Ray each with one single and one RBI and Saylor Marquez with one single.
In the nightcap, Boonville trailed Mexico’s JV team 3-1 after the first before rallying back with one in the second and one again in the fourth to tie the game at 3-all. However, in the bottom-half of the fourth, the Bulldogs scored what turned out to be the winning run for a 4-3 victory.
Charlie Bronakowski took the loss in relief for the Pirates by giving up one run on two hits while walking one batter in one inning. Cody Garner started the game and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in three innings.
Boonville also matched Mexico with eight hits in the game, with Saylor Marquez going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Kayle Rice also had two hits with two singles while Spencer Steakley added one single and one RBI and Charlie Bronakowski, Cody Garner and Andrew Wiser each with one single.