The Boonville 12U All-Stars finished fourth out of 14 teams while competing in the Babe Ruth Softball World Series at Jensen Beach in Florida.
While finishing the tournament with an overall record of 8-4, the Boonville 12U All-Stars were one of four teams with an unbeaten record after pool play at 3-0.
Nonetheless, the Boonville 12U All-Stars got off to a shaky start in bracket play by dropping their first-two games against Patterson All-Stars 12-1 and East Side 3-1.
With both games on Thursday, August 2nd, the Boonville 12 All-Stars had a much better game against East Side while tying the game at 1-all in the top half of the third before giving up what turned out to be the winning runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Presless Sunderland took the loss for Boonville by giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. She also struck out two batters.
Le’Asia Bruce scored the only run for Boonville, who was out-hit by East Side 7-0.
With two straight losses in the World Series Bracket, the Boonville 12 All-Stars had much better success in the Diamond Bracket the next day beating Ellensburg All-Stars by a score of 14-12.
Although Ellensburg still out-hit Boonville 13-10, the 12U All-Stars made the most of the opportunity by exploding for eight runs in the first. Boonville also plated four in the third and two in the fourth.
Cassidy Bishop picked up the win in the circle for Boonville by giving up five runs on three hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings. Le’Asia Bruce then came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Then, to finish the game, Skylar Sunderland pitched two innings and gave up three runs on six innings while striking out two.
Addison Newell went 2-for-4 in the game for Boonville with a double, home run and three RBIs.
Amera Wright was 2-for-2 with two doubles and four RBIs while Bridgett Lutz added two singles and two RBIs, Cassidy Bishop and Marci Lammers each with one single and one RBI and Le’Asia Bruce with one single. Abby Fuemmeler also drove in one run.
In the next game, the Boonville 12 All-Stars fell to Berkshire Force by a score of 8-3.
While the 12 All-Stars jumped out on top 3-0 after three, Berkshire Force rallied back with eight unanswered runs over the final three innings for the win.
Skylar Sunderland took the loss for Boonville by giving up six runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three batters in five innings. Megan Lewis also pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on two hits and two walks.
The Boonville 12 All-Stars went on a run of four straight wins after that by closing out Friday with a 8-7 triumph against the TCAA Wildcats.
Trailing 4-1 after 2 1/2, Boonville rallied back with four runs in the third and two in the fourth to go up 7-4. Meanwhile, after a scoreless fifth, TCAA Wildcats rallied back with three runs to tie the game at 7-all. However, in the bottom half of the seventh, Boonville scored one run for the victory.
Preslee Sunderland picked up the complete game victory for Boonville by giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out six.
Sunderland also led the hitting attack for Boonville with two doubles and one RBI. Addison Newell finished the game with a single and a triple while Megan Lewis added a single, double and one RBI, Bridgette Lutz with two singles and one RBI and  Cora Thompson with one single and one RBI. Marci Lammers and Alison Eichelberger also scored one run each.
With a record of 2-3 after the first two days of bracket play, the Boonville 12 All-Stars rolled up their sleeves and went to work on Saturday with three straight wins against Los Altos 5-0, Berkshire Force 3-1 and Winter Park Wildcats 7-3. However, in the third place game against the same Winter Park Wildcats team, Boonville fell by a score of 4-0.
In the game against Los Altos, Boonville opened the game with four runs in the bottom half of the first and then sent one run across in the third for the victory.
Skylar Sunderland pitched all six innings for Boonville and gave up just two hits and four walks while striking out three batters.
Cora Thompson and Bridgette Lutz each had one single and one RBI in the game for Boonville. Alison Eichelberger and Addison Newell also had one single each while Abby Fuemmeler drove in one run.
In the next game against Berkshire Force, the Boonville 12 All-Stars avenged an earlier loss.
But it wasn’t easy as Berkshire Force rallied back to tie the game at 1-all in the top half of the second before giving up one run in each of the third and fourth innings of play.
Preslee Sunderland picked up the win in the circle for Boonville by giving up just one run on four hits in six innings. She also had one strikeout.
Addison Newell finished the game with one single and one RBI while Cora Thompson added one single. Bridgette Lutz also drove in one run.
In the first of two games against the Winter Park Wildcats, the Boonville 12U All-Stars trailed 3-2 after five complete innings before rallying back with one in the sixth and four in the seventh for the victory.
Boonville also used a total of three pitchers in the game against Winter Park. Preslee Sunderland pitched the first-three innings and gave up one hit while striking out two batters. Megan Lewis then came in and pitched one inning and gave up one run. Then, to finish the game, Skylar Sunderland pitched three innings and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
Lewis and Marci Lammers also had the only hits in the game for Boonville with one single and one RBI. Cora Thompson drove in two runs while Skylar Sunderland and Makaylea Felten added one RBI each.
In the “if” game for third place, the Winter Park Wildcats scored all four runs in the top half of the fourth for a 4-0 victory against Boonville.
Presless Sunderland took the loss for Boonville by giving up four runs on two hits and six walks in six innings. Sunderland also struck out five batters.
Abby Fuemmeler had both of the team’s hit in the game for Boonville with two singles.