Only loss of the tournament comes to state champion Kennett
The Boonville 12 All-Stars couldn’t have asked for a better start to the state tournament after opening pool play with back to back wins over Scott County and Carthage in convincing fashion.
While winning 18-2 over Scott County in the opening round and then beating Carthage 12-2 in the second game, the Boonville 12 All-Stars were a lock to advance on to bracket play as the No. 1 seed in their pool.
Unfortunately for the 12 All-Stars, they were left in a tough situation while facing last year’s defending state champion, Kennett, in the opening round of bracket play over the weekend. Kennett won 8-5 over Boonville, dropping the 12 All-Stars down to the loser’s bracket. However, after beating Sikeston 14-3 in an elimination game on Sunday, Boonville came back to beat Scott County 14-0 in the third place game later that afternoon.
Kennett wound up winning the title by beating MABA American 7-2.
As for the opening game against Scott County, the Boonville 12 All-Stars left little doubt while putting up two runs in the second and four again in the third to extend the lead to 6-0. Then, after Scott County plated one run in the bottom half of the third, Boonville came back and added three more in the fourth, one in the fifth and eight in the sixth to win by the mercy rule.
Shane Chamberlain picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up just one run on two hits and one walk while striking out four batters in three innings. Isaiah Hauptmann also pitched two innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out four. Then, to closeout the game, Bentley Turner pitched one inning and walked two batter.
Boonville also out-hit Scott County 14-3, with Ethan Watson going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Caidyn Hazel and Levi Jeffries each had two hits in the game while Tanner Bishop and Rhodes Leonard added one single and three RBIs each, Abram Taylor and Bentley Turner each with one single and one RBI and Shane Chamberlain, Isaiah Hauptmann and Dakota Williams with one single each.
In the game against Carthage, Boonville got off to a slow start after failing to score in the first inning but then sent four runs across in each of the second, fourth and fifth innings of play to win by the run rule.
Dakota Williams was the winning pitcher in the game for Boonville with 10 strikeouts in four innings. He also gave up just two hits and two walks. Bentley Turner then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, Abram Taylor went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Garrett Hundley had two singles and two RBIs while Tanner Bishop added two singles, Caidyn Hazel with one home run and three RBIs, Shane Chamberlain with one triple and one RBI, Isaiah Hauptmann with one double and one RBI and Bentley Turner with one single and one RBI.
In the opening game of bracket play against Kennett, the Boonville 12 All-Stars rallied back to tie the game at 1-all in the second. However it was pretty much Kennett after that with three runs in the third and four again in the fourth to go up 8-1. Boonville then made it close by tacking on three more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to make it a three run ballgame.
Tanner Bishop took the loss for Boonville by giving up four runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four batters in 2 1/3 innings. Levi Jeffries then came in and pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Boonville 12 All-Stars also matched Kennett hit for hit with seven, with Ethan Watson and Shane Chamberlain each collecting one double. Tanner Bishop, Garrett Hundley and Dakota Williams each had one single and one RBI while Isaiah Hauptmann and Rhodes Leonard added one single each.
In the two games on Sunday, the Boonville 12 All-Stars left little doubt against Sikeston by scoring all 14 runs in the first three innings. Boonville put up four in the first, seven in the second and three in the third. Sikeston, meanwhile, scored three runs in the fourth.
Shane Chamberlain pitched all four innings for the win for Boonville and gave up three runs on two hits and two walks. He also struck out five batters.
Boonville also out-hit Sikeston 12-2, with Chamberlain going 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and three RBIs. Caidyn Hazel also had three hits with two singles, one double and one RBI while Ethan Watson added two singles and one RBI and Levi Jeffries, Tanner Bishop, Garrett Hundley and Cash Valencia each with one single and one RBI.
In the third place game against Scott County, the Boonville 12 All-Stars opened the game with four runs in the first and then sent three runs across in the second and seven again in the third to win by the mercy rule.
Dakota Williams picked up the win for Boonville and struck out five batters in four innings while giving up no runs, no hits and no walks.
Boonville also had 13 hits in the game, with Caidyn Hazel going 2-for-2 with a single, triple and two RBIs. Levi Jeffries finished the game with two singles and two RBIs while Bentley Turner added two singles and one RBI, Shane Chamberlain with one home run and one RBI, Dakota Williams with one double and one RBI, Abram Taylor also with one double, Tanner Bishop with one single and two RBIs, Ethan Watson and Rhodes Leonard each with one single and one RBI and Cash Valencia with one single.