Drop to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in NCMC
As far as Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith is concerned, its the same old story for the Pirates this season.
“We get great pitching and great defense but no hitting,” Smith said. “We had the bases loaded twice and didn’t score. I think we have hit and run once this season but I can’t give the signs because we don’t execute. Honestly, this is a game we should have won. They are decent but in my opinion we should have had 8-9 runs. The better team didn’t win but they were aggressive and went up there swinging and we didn’t. Now we have to go back to work.”
What’s ironic about the 3-2 loss at Hannibal is that almost exactly on this day last year the Pirates fell at Hannibal by a score of 4-3 for their only loss in the NCMC.
Boonville can still control its own destiny while sitting at 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play, but Smith said had the Pirates won the game they would’ve had a leg up on everybody.
Hannibal improved to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the NCMC.
Connor Barnes took the loss on the mound for Boonville, dropping him to 1-1 on the season. But even then Barnes pitched well enough to win while giving up just three runs on three hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. He also had eight strikeouts. Reece Lang then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed just one hit while striking out one batter.
Wyatt Waelder picked up the win in relief for Hannibal by giving up just one hit and two walks in three innings. He also struck out one batter. Colton Brown started the game for Hannibal and surrendered two runs on three hits and five walks in four innings while striking out two batters.
Both teams also had more than just a conference game at stake on Thursday. For Boonville, they entered the game having won six straight. As for Hannibal, they had won three straight after starting the season at 0-3.
Of course the No. 5 ranking in Class 4 looked to be worthy for the Pirates after putting up one in the second on a lead off triple to right by Trae Williams. Williams wound up scoring on a pass ball to make it 1-0. Then, in the fourth, Williams led things off again for Boonville with a single to center, followed by back to back walks and a sacrifice fly to center by Ethan Waibel to extend the lead to 2-0.
However, after a scoreless fifth inning, Hannibal finally got on the board in the sixth after failing to collect a hit for the first five innings. With one out already in the inning, the Pirates scratched out two singles and a double to tie the game at 2-all. Then, after getting the next batter on a ground out, Trenhaile came back and singled on a line drive to short for the go ahead run.
Boonville went down in order after that in its half of the seventh to end the game.
Hannibal had just one extra base hit in the ballgame on the double and two RBIs by Worthington. Trenhaile also singled and drove in one run while Whitaker and Waelder had one hit each.
For Boonville, Trae Williams went 2-for-3 with a single and a triple while Dylan Watson and Tristan Hauptmann each had one single.
In the junior varsity game, Hannibal defeated Boonville 10-0 in four innings.
The Pirates, dropping to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the NCMC, failed to score a run for the first time this season. As for Hannibal’s JV, they put up two runs in each of the first and third innings and six again in the fourth to win by the mercy rule.
“We could never get anything going,” said Boonville JV coach Adam Arnette. “We struggled at the plate only collecting two hits. When we did hit the ball hard, it was right to someone. Things just did not go our way today.”
Ethan Walker took the loss for Boonville by giving up four runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one batter in 2 1/3 innings. Carson Campbell then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief and allowed six runs on four hits and five walks.
Hannibal also out-hit Boonville 6-2 in the game. Tyler Schuster and Kellen Brownfield had the only hits in the game for Boonville, both being singles.