Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith used the words “complete game” when referring to Tuesday night’s 16-1 drubbing of the Fulton Hornets in NCMC action.
Although the Pirates entered the game at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league play, Smith said there were a few things in each game that really kept him from calling it a complete game. That is until Tuesday as the Pirates pitched, hit and fielded their way past Fulton in just five innings of play.
“First of all great outing by Jared Viertel,” Smith said. “He moved to 4-0 and threw the ball well and shut them down, and then Trae Williams finished it up with two innings in relief and did well. Offensively, Kole Ficken had another big night by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, one triple and six RBIs. Samuel Wiser also had a great night with a three run home run and a double. He also drove in four runs. Normally that would be player of the game but Kole driving in six kind of surpassed that. Reardon had a couple of hits at the top of the order and Conner Barnes had two hits as well.”
With 17 players getting in the game for Boonville and 13 getting at bats, Smith said he wasn’t surprised when Fulton scored its only run of the game on a couple of errors.
Boonville finished the game with three errors compared to just one for Fulton.
“I thought we played well until late in the game,” Smith said. “We subbed out once we got past 10-0 and had a couple of errors late that ended up costing us one run, but overall great game at Fulton.”
As for the scoring in the game, Boonville had runners cross the plate in every inning except the first but more than made up for it with four in the second on doubled each by Conner Barnes, Samuel Wiser and Kole Ficken.
Wiser’s name was called again in the third after a three-run home run to extend the lead to 7-0. However it wasn’t until the fourth that Boonville could officially call this game a win after exploding for eight runs on five hits and four walks. The Pirates also sent a total of 13 batters to the plate in the inning to push the lead to 15-0.
Boonville would add another run in the fifth on two hits to make it 16-0 before giving up a run in the bottom-half of the inning.
“Typically we don’t play that well at Fulton or always have had trouble in the past so it was nice to go down there and get a conference victory,” Smith said.
As for Viertel, the senior hurler picked up his fourth win of the season by giving up just one walk in three innings. He also struck out five batters to keep his ERA for the season at 0.00. Williams then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out three.
Hinchie took the loss on the mound for Fulton.
As for the hitting in the game, Ficken upped his average to .625 by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, one triple and six RBIs. Ficken now has 19 RBIs in six games.
Wiser also upped his average with a two hit game by finishing 2-for-2 with a double, home run and four RBIs. Barnes and Williams also had two hits with one being a double for Barnes. He also drove in two runs. Williams had one RBI. Reardon and Peyton Taylor each had one hit while Ethan Waibel, Carson Campbell and Dylan Barnthouse drove in one run each.
In the JV game, Fulton avenged a 13-3 loss against Boonville back on March 20th by beating the Pirates 6-5.
Boonville dropped to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the NCMC.
Boonville JV coach Adam Arnett said he was proud of the players for never giving up. “We got down in the fourth and came back to take the lead in the top of the fifth,” Arnett said. “We could have easily given up and gave them the game. We did not hit the ball like we have in the first-three games this year. We came out flat and did not have any intensity. We need to improve this if we want to get better results. As for the pitching, I thought Kellen Brownfield looked great on the mound. He lasted three innings and did not allow a run while giving up only one hit. He was able to mix up his pitches and keep the hitters off balance. It was a great outing for him and we hope he continues to build on it.”
Boonville led Fulton 3-0 after 3 1/2 before giving up runs four runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Then, after adding two more in the fifth to go up 5-4, the Pirates came back and surrendered the tying and winning run in the bottom half of the frame to suffer the loss.
Brownfield started the game and pitched the first-three innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two. Cale Fox then came in and pitched part of the fourth and allowed four runs on two hits and two walks. Then, to finish the game, Keeran pitched 1 1/3 innings and issued two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter for the loss.
Fulton also out-hit Boonville 6-3.
Collecting the three hits for Boonville were Keeran with a single, double and two RBIs and Brownfield with one single.