Although the Boonville 11 All-Stars finished 1-2 in the Cal Ripken Midwest Plains Regional Tournament over the weekend in Boonville, they could have easily been 3-0 if not for one bad inning in both losses.
While dropping their opening game Thursday night against North Platte, Nebraska, the Boonville 11 All-Stars had the game tied at 1-all going into the top half of the sixth before giving up eight runs for a 9-3 loss. Meanwhile, on Friday against Liberal, Kansas, the Boonville 11 All-Stars trailed just 5-4 after three surrendering one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings in a 7-4 defeat. As for the game on Saturday, Boonville again had to come from behind. Except this time, the 11 All-Stars rallied from a 6-2 deficit after two by outscoring East Central, Colorado 13-8 over the final four innings for a 15-14 victory.
Liberal and East Central finished tied in the American Division at 2-1 while Boonville and North Platte were both 1-2. Meanwhile, in the National Division, Fargo, North Dakota finished 3-0. Bemidji, Minnesota placed second at 2-1, followed by Kennett, Missouri at 1-2 and Pioneer, Colorado at 0-3.
Bemidji and East Central were schedule to play in the first semifinal game on Sunday, followed by Liberal versus Fargo in the second semifinal.
As for the Boonville 11-year-old All-Stars, they had a great start against North Platte by jumping out in front with one run in the bottom-half of the second.
Unfortunately for the 11 All-Stars, the lead was short-lived as North Platte rallied back with one run in the top-half of the third to tie the game at 1-all. Meanwhile, after both teams failed to score in the fourth and fifth innings of play, North Platte came back and broke the game wide open with eight runs in the top-half of the sixth to make it 9-1. The Boonville 11 All-Stars put up two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth but it was to no avail as North Platte held on for the victory.
Easton Jones picked up the win on the mound for North Platte while Trenton Schoen took the loss for Boonville. Jones pitched 5 1/3 innings and struck out six batters while giving up three runs on three hits and four walks.
Evan Bishop started the game for Boonville and pitched the first-four innings, giving up just one run on three walks. Bishop also struck out 11 batters. Schoen then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one batter.
North Platte also out-hit Boonville 5-3, with Ethan Jackson going 1-for-3 with one triple and one RBI. Jones had one single and one RBI while Kade Korinek, Logan Dodson and Brady Haneborg added one single each.
For Boonville, Lance Haynes singled and drove in one run while Evan Bishop and Jaeshua Barber each had one single. Gage Hodges also drove in one run.
In the game on Friday against Liberal, the Boonville 11 All-Stars again opened with the early lead by pushing across two runs in the first and two again in the top half of the third to go up 4-2.
However it was all Liberal after that with three runs in the bottom half of the third and one in each of the fourth and fifth innings of play for the victory.
Julian Juarez picked up the win on the mound for Liberal while Jaeshua Barber took the loss for Boonville. Juarez pitched the first four innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three.
For Boonville, Barber pitched the first four innings and gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Connor Wilmsmeyer then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out one batter.
Liberal also out-hit Boonville 10-8, with Julian Juarez going 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs. Lexi Miller also had two hits with two singles and two RBIs while Gus Eylar added two singles, Xavier Porras with one double and two RBIs, Breton Spikes with one double, Jhett Huffman with one single and one RBI and Jadon Sautter with one single.
For Boonville, Connor Wilmsmeyer went 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs. Tyler Wassman also had two hits with two singles while Evan Bishop added a single and one RBI and Dakota Troost, Jaeshua Barber and Connor Gorman each with one single.
In the final game on Saturday against East Central, the Boonville 11 All-Stars trailed at one point 7-2 after 2 1/2 before rallying back with two runs in the bottom half of the third to cut the lead to 7-4. Then, after East Central plated two more runs in the fourth and five again in the fifth to go up 14-4, Boonville came back and exploded for six runs in the fifth and five again in the sixth for the victory.
Trenton Schoen picked up the win in relief for Boonville while Tad Eurich took the loss for East Central. Connor Wilmsmeyer started the game and pitched the first two innings and gave up six runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two. Lance Haynes then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed five runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two batters. Then, to finish the game, Schoen pitched two innings and issued three runs on just one hit and two walks while striking out four batters.
For East Central, Eurich pitched 2/3 inning in relief and gave up two runs on one hit while striking out one batter.
Boonville also finished the game with three hits against East Central, all going for doubles, with Jaeshua Barber going 1-for-2 with one double and three RBIs. Connor Wilmsmeyer was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while Gage Hodges added one double. Connor Gorman also drove in one run.
For East Central, Tad Eurich went 2-for-2 with two triples and three RBIs. Zach Thorson added two singles and one RBI while Kacen Sederstrom had one double and five RBIs, Rowdy Humrich and Guy Tubbs each with one single and one RBI, Max Kersenbrock and Wyatt Stanko each with one single and Brady Simmons with one RBI.