Pirates improve to 5-0 with 8-1 victory
After a lackluster effort the night before against the Hannibal Pirates, Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith was hoping for a quick turnaround Tuesday night on the road against the Marshall Owls.
While the Owls posed a threat just for the simple fact of playing at home, they also have one of the best pitchers in the conference in Zach Maupin. Luckily for Boonville, Maupin didn’t touch the mound as the Pirates scattered eight runs on 10 hits over seven innings for a 8-1 victory.
Boonville Pirates baseball coach Fred Smith said Nick Zeitlow and Tavious Brazil both pitched a great game.
“We played a clean, error free game, and ran the bases very well,” Smith said. “We actually stole 20 bases last night. The wind held some balls up, so we needed to manufacture some runs. We had good contributions up and down the lineup. However give their pitcher some credit, he had us off-balanced for the first few innings. We made the adjustments and hit well for the windy conditions. Scoring in the middle innings and not letting up helped. We also executed a squeeze play and got several kids some playing time.”
After two scoreless innings by both the Pirates and Owls to start the game, Boonville finally got on the board in the top-half of the third on a two-out two-RBI single to center by Jady Reese.
Meanwhile, after holding Marshall scoreless again in its half of the third, Boonville came back and tacked on three more runs in the fourth when Riley Lang and Hunter Spaedy led off with back to back singles and later scored on sacrifice flies by Nick Zeitlow and Makiah Waibel. Then, for the third run in the inning, Bryce Fuemmeler singled and later stole home to extend the lead to 5-0.
The runs continued after that for Boonville with one in the fifth on a RBI-single to third by Spaedy and two again in the sixth on a one-out single by Zach Weber and a two-run home run to left by Kole Ficken to make it 8-0. Meanwhile, in the bottom-half of the sixth, Marshall scored its only run of the ballgame on a solo home run by senior Garrett Clouse.
As for Zeitlow, the junior hurler picked up his second win of the season by giving up just one run on one hit and one walk through six innings of play. He also struck out eight batters. Tavious Brazil then came in and pitched inning in relief and allowed one hit while striking out two batters.
Bishop took the loss for Marshall, who dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the NCMC, by giving up six runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two.
As for the hitting in the game for Boonville, who improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the NCMC, Jady Reese upped his average to .600 for the season by going 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs. Hunter Spaedy is currently hitting .533 after going collecting two hits and driving in one run. Kole Ficken was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs while Makiah Waibel added a single and one RBI and Zach Weber, Riley Lang, Brady Gholson and Bryce Fuemmeler each with one single.
For Marshall, Clouse homered while Maupin singled.
In the JV game, Boonville also improved to 5-0 on the season by turning back Marshall 6-2.
Boonville JV coach Adam Arnette said both of the pitchers did a great job. “Kellen Barnes gave us three good innings and Hunter Edwards came in and shut them down in the final two,” Arnette said. “Ethan Waibel kept his hot bat going by leading off with a double. Edwards also had a big hit in the fifth that scored two runs as well.”
Boonville and Marshall both put up two runs in the first-three innings. The Pirates then sent one run across in the fourth and three again in the fifth to seal the victory.
Kellen Barnes pitched the first-three innings and gave up just two runs on one hit and two walks to pick up the victory. He also struck out five batters. Hunter Edwards then came in and pitched two innings in relief and walked two while striking out three.
Boonville also out-hit Marshall 4-1, with Hunter Edwards going 1-for-3 with one double and three RBIs. Ethan Waibel and Kellen Barnes also doubled while Ben Eichelberger finished the game with a RBI-single.