The Boonville Boys 13-year all-star team came up short in defending their State Championship and finished third in a very competitive tournament.

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The Boonville Boys 13-year all-star team came up short in defending their State Championship and finished third in a very competitive tournament. 

The Boonville team lost an extra inning heartbreaker in the semi-finals to the host SEBA team and then was defeated in the loser brackets final by the eventual State Champion Sikeston team who Boonville had earlier defeated in the opening game. 

After an impressive first round win over Sikeston, Boonville played a very good SEMO team on Friday afternoon in a second round game.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, SEMO wasted little time in letting Boonville know they were in for a battle. SEMO quickly jumped on top of the home team Boonville with a five run first inning. Boonville answered back and by the bottom of the fifth inning, scored three runs on a single by Andrew Broyhill. Singles by Nate Parris and a RBI single by Tyler Peterson tacked on two more runs to push the score to 11 – 9. Pitcher, Brett Kenny and the Boonville defense settled in and played flawless baseball the last two innings holding SEMO scoreless. Boonville tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning to preserve a hard fought 12 – 9 victory.

Winning pitcher Kenny pitched the final four innings allowing three runs on four hits and one walk. Head coach, Mike Krumm said, “The key to the ballgame was the first inning where we came out nervous in the top half of the first and made a few errors which led to a quick 5 – 0 start for SEMO, however we came right back and scored six runs to answer the SEMO team who had a large crowd on hand. Those six runs basically got us back to a square game and I thought we played solid from that point forward.

The win set up a “High Noon” showdown with the host/home team SEBA in a semi-final battle with the winner guaranteed a spot in the Championship Game. Both teams proved their worth in belonging in the semi-finals as the host team SEBA won an extra inning thriller 8 – 5.

The game went nine innings with both teams having opportunities to win the game. After watching Boonville blister the ball with their bats in the first two games, the SEBA coaches threw a left-handed junk ball pitcher that kept the Boonville batters off stride for much of the game.

Boonville countered with their ace Dallas Franklin, who pitched a masterful five innings allowing four runs on six  hits, two walks and recording nine strikeouts.

After a scoreless first inning Boonville got on the scoreboard in the second inning on a Zach Nixon double, an Ethan Bader sacrifice bunt, and a two out RBI single by Kenny.  SEBA came right back in the top of the 3rd inning with two singles and a two RBI double to take a 2 – 1 lead. SEBA came back again in the top of the fourth inning and produced two more runs to take a 4 – 1 lead.