After a disastrous week last week while finishing 2-2, the Boonville Pirates baseball team may have found its stride once again after pounding the Moberly Spartans last night at Twillman field in Harley park by a score of 15-0 in five innings.
While outscoring Moberly 33-0 this season in two games for the series sweep, the Pirates also improved to 10-3 overall and 5-2 in the NCMC.
Of course nobody had a better night, at least throwing the ball than senior Josh Judd, who picked up his sixth win of the season. Although it came with only four innings, Judd was dominating just the same while holding Moberly to one hit while striking out seven batters. Jake Esser, meanwhile, pitched one inning in relief and allowed one hit and two walks while striking out one.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith said Judd pitched another quality start.
“He worked ahead in the count, kept our defense ready, and competed,” Smith said. “Jake Esser also gave us a good inning in relief as well. Jake is getting stronger and will be a valuable piece as we make a run towards the postseason.”
Smith also had to be please with both the hitting and defense as well. While scratching out 16 hits in the game, the Pirates also displayed great defense at times while committing just one error.
“I’m pleased with the way our guys came out the first inning and jumped on the scoreboard,” Smith said. “We used the entire field, which is encouraging. We go into the wood bat tournament with momentum, should be an excellent weekend to work on fundamentals and our bunting/baserunning. With the wood bats, it will be more difficult to square the ball up, no cheap hits this weekend. Good game for us to get a lot of student-athletes on the field. I was pleased with all of our players effort and focus. If we bring that level of focus and intensity to the park, there will be a lot of fun and excitement ahead.”
The Pirates had plenty of excitement last night while opening the game with seven runs in the bottom-half of the first on six hits. While sending a total of 11 batters to the plate in the inning, the Pirates also had three of the six hits go for extra bases-which started No. 2 hitter Kole Ficken slapping a RBI-double to center. Two batters later, junior Dalton Bealmer hit a laser to center for a RBI-triple. Then, after back-to-back singles by Jady Reese and Ethan Sander, Riley Lang blistered a single to left to extend the lead to 5-0.
Boonville would add two more runs in the inning on a RBI-double to right by Bryce Fuemmeler and a ground out by Hulbert to bring in a run to make it 7-0.
The Pirates put it on cruise after that while adding another run in the second on the RBI-single to center by Ethan Sander. Meanwhile, in the third, Boonville had another explosive inning with six runs on seven hits. While leading at that point 14-0, the two hits that pretty much sealed the victory came with one out when Fuemmeler rocketed a solo home run to left center, his second of the season, to extend the lead to 9-0. Five batters later, Bealmer answered Fuemmeler’s home run with a three-run shot of his own to make it 12-0.
With Moberly going through three pitchers for the game and ace Tanner Wetrich mending a sore arm, the Pirates continued to have their will at Spartan pitchers while tacking on another run in the fourth on a RBI-single to left by Jady Reese.
Ethan Sander, who recently signed with Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, went 3-for-3 on the night with three singles and one RBI.
Dalton Bealmer was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBIs while Bryce Fuemmeler added a double, home run and two RBIs, Kole Ficken with a single, double and one RBI, Jady Reese and Riley Lang each with two singles and two RBIs, Alec Viertel with one single and two RBIs, Austin Hulbert with one single and one RBI and Brady Gholson with one single.
Jarrett McCarty took the loss on the mound for Moberly by giving up 12 runs on 11 hits and two walks.
Brandon Boyer and Kolten Hess each doubled in the game for Moberly.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Moberly by a score of 10-0 in four innings.
The Pirates, improving to 6-3 overall and 6-1 in the NCMC, picked up where the varsity left off by plating four runs in the first and five again in the second to lead Moberly 9-0. Meanwhile, after a scoreless third, Boonville came back and added another run in the fourth to record the shutout.
Boonville JV coach Adam Arnette said the pitchers did a great job tonight.
“I asked them to go out there and throw strikes and that is exactly what they did,” Arnette said. “Combined our pitchers only gave up one hit and struck out six while only giving up one walk. Our hitters did a great job as well and were extremely patient at the plate and walked eight times and did not strike out all game. They all did a great job with runners in scoring position by not trying to do to much and just putting the ball in play. As the season goes on we keep improving and I hope we continue to improve the rest of the season.”
Conner Pond picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by giving up just one walk and striking out five batters in two innings. Kurt Danner then came in and pitched two innings in relief and surrendered one hit while striking out one.
Boonville also finished the game with three hits against Moberly, with Zach Weber going 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Evan Franklin had a double and two RBIs. Kurt Danner also singled in the game while Blake Barnes, Weston Fahrenbrink and Ryan Witting added one RBI.