The Boonville Pirates C Baseball Team may be hitting its stride after a slow start to the 2016 season.
After beating Fulton earlier in the season 18-6, the Pirates came back Thursday night on the road against the Marshall Owls to pick up the sweep by scoring a total of 39 runs on 29 hits in a total of seven innings to improve to 4-3 on the season.
By beating Marshall 17-3 in the first game and 22-0 in the nightcap,  Boonville Pirates C-team coach Paul Moore said the players did an excellent job of picking up where they left off earlier in the week with their offense, even though it took a couple of innings to get going.
“Going down 3-1 in the first inning of the first game gave us a bit of a scare, and it didn’t help the fact that we struck out eight times in the first-three innings,” Moore said. “However, we settled down a bit and were able to put a nice rally together, and that eventually opened the flood gates. What I was really happy with tonight was our pitching staff. I would say as a whole, tonight is the best performance we’ve put together this season. We kept the walks to a minimum and did a nice job of working into good counts and missing some bats. The pitchers were confident and trusted their stuff, and it showed with the innings that we had tonight. I was happy with the effort and the determination to come back after going down 3-1, and they kept applying the pressure and never looked back. Our confidence is at a really high level right now, and that will help going into net week against two very good opponents in Mexico and Hallsville.”
It couldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.
However, the Pirates will have to find a way to start the game better after trailing Marshall 3-1 in the first inning in Game 1. Although the Pirates would later rally back with 16 runs in the fourth, the first-three innings produced a total of just one run.
Connor Barnes picked up the win in relief for Boonville. Reece Lang started the game and pitched the first-two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five. Barnes then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed just one hit while striking out four.
Boonville also out-hit Marshall 8-3, with Kellen Brownfield and Clayton Gochenour each collecting two hits and three RBIs. Malik Brazil had two hits and one RBI while Trae Williams and Tristan Hauptmann added one hit and two RBIs. Carson Campbell and Reece Lang also had two runs batted in while Connor Barnes and Tyler Schuster added one RBI each.
In the nightcap, Boonville picked up where it left off in Game 1 by exploding for 11 runs in the first, four again in the second and seven in the third to win by the mercy rule.
Josh Schildmeier picked up the win on the mound for Boonville by striking out four batters in two innings. He also gave up three hits and one walk. Malik Brazil then came in and pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and walked two while striking out three.
Boonville also finished the game with a total of 21 points, with Josh Teter going 4-for-4 with two singles, two doubles and two RBIs.
Trae Williams and Carson Campbell each had three singles and two RBIs while Reece Lang added a single, double and three RBIs, Lucas Ziegelbein with two singles and two RBIs, Kellen Brownfield with two singles and one RBI, Logan Zaugg with two singles, Connor Barnes with one double and two RBIs, Bryant Campbell with one single and two RBIs and Josh Schildmeier with one single.