Boonville Pirates C-team coach Paul Moore spoke bluntly when describing Wednesday night’s doubleheader against Sedalia Smith-Cotton.
After dropping the first game 10-9 and winning the second game 12-10 for the split, Moore said the theme of the night with both teams is that pitchers struggled to throw strikes.
“We had positioned ourselves to win the first game to win the first game in a tremendous way, but we have it up in the last inning due to so many walks,” Moore said. “I felt that we had a great night offensively. We were patient at the plate and put together some really good at-bats. We took our walks when we needed to, but we also had many key hits in all parts of our lineup. But it’s simple: we have to pitch better to get more wins. We gave up a well-positioned victory because we walked too many hitters.
“On the flip side, we made a huge comeback in game two because guys were patient and we’re taking walks that opposing pitchers were giving us. So we experienced the good and the bad of inconsistent pitching. I know we are a talented team offensively, but we need to learn how to keep runners off the bases and keep opponents from scoring. If we can do that as well as cleaning up a few mental errors, I feel like we can be a dangerous team. We aren’t there yet, but it will come with time and experience.”
In Game 1, the Pirates led Smith-Cotton 5-4 after 2 1/2 before giving up one run in the bottom-half o the third. Then, after pushing across three runs again in the fourth and one in the fifth to go up 9-5, Boonville again struggled to throw strikes in the bottom-half of the inning by giving up five runs on four walks, two hits and one error to suffer the loss.
Reece Lang took the loss in relief for Boonville. Trae Williams started the game and pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Lang then came in and pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Tristan Hauptmann pitched 2/3 inning and surrendered two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one batter.
Sim picked up the win for Sedalia Smith-Cotton by pitching 1 2/3 innings in relief and giving up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out two batters.
Smith-Cotton also out-hit Boonville 11-9, with Neale, Gerke and Mcfail each collecting two hits.
For Boonville, Dylan Watson went 3-for-3 with three singles and three RBIs. Connor Barnes was 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI while Trae Williams doubled and Tristan Hauptmann, Kellen Brownfield and Reece Lang each singled. Hauptmann and Brownfield also drove in two runs.
In the nightcap, Smith-Cotton took the early lead by pushing across two runs in the first and si again in the second to go up 8-0. However it was pretty much all Boonville the rest of the way with three runs in the third and nine again in the fifth to lead the Tigers 12-8. Smith-Cotton then made it interesting in the bottom-half of the fifth by rallying back with two runs to cut the lead to two at 12-10 before ending the game on a fly out to second.
Kellen Brownfield picked up the win in relief for Boonville while Mcfail took the loss for Smith-Cotton.
Josh Schildmeier started the game for Boonville and pitched 1 1/3 innings and issued six runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Carson Campbell then came in and pitched 2/3 inning in relief and yielded two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one. Meanwhile, after Connor Barnes pitched one inning and struck out three batters while walking one, Kellen Brownfield came in and pitched two innings in relief and gave up two runs on two walks while striking out three batters.
Boonville also out-hit Smith-Cotton 6-4, with Trae Williams going 2-for-3 with a single, double and one RBI.
Carson Campbell was 2-for-2 with two singles and one RBI while Connor Barnes added one single and two RBIs, Kellen Brownfield with a single and one RBI, Tyler Schuster with two RBIs and Clayton Gochenour, Reece Lang, Lucas Ziegelbein and Josh Schildmeier with one RBI each.
Smith-Cotton was led by Neale with three hits, one of which went for a double. Sim also had two hits with one being a double.